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  1. Holy shit, that LSAT score. Congrats, you definitely deserve it!
  2. You know yourself best Donald. If you think the mental pressure psychologically is better for you, go for it if you have $200 to work with. Do keep in mind you wouldn't even see your score until July... and what happens if you get it back and it's a shitty score? Is that more pressure or less pressure? If you're doing proper PTs, you should be getting a pretty good gauge of where you're at IMO. But again, you know your brain and how you deal with stress best. Just remember to be brutally honest with your PTing. You need to have the best possible idea of where you're at and the best way is going to be consistent, proper simulations.
  3. I don't think the 'advantages' gleaned by current flex (one less section) will counteract the lack of prep personally. https://7sage.com/the-three-worst-lsat-mistakes/ See #1. It would be one thing if your diag was 165 or something but to jump 12 points in 1 month is just not something very feasible. The LSAT is not a test you can cram for. If you game at all, it takes time to learn the 'meta' of the test so to speak for each section. There are some things that pretty much always happen and are almost always tested (ie. A->B, B->C, tf. A->C) and the pattern recognition, how to not just organize pieces in certain orders/categories but also how to EFFICIENTLY do it, see what they tend to look for, learn the nuances of different question types, etc... you're fighting a real uphill battle with just one month and potentially just wasting finite materials trying to rush it. Have you considered an alternative explanation also for why there are more high scores: that the average person 1) has more time to study as a result of the pandemic and 2) there are also more people taking the test? Ultimately, our current cycle is done. The next cycle won't be due until Oct/Nov. Any gains you may or may not make with a 3 section test will be overcome by proper, nuanced preparation where you build up your foundations properly. Don't try to take a shortcut with this test, it will bite you in the ass lol. EDIT: FYI, my diagnostic was 159 and it took me 4 months of pretty hardcore studying (the month before my test, I did 2 PTs a week with review, and multiple assorted sections of LG, RC, LR by themselves, met with a study buddy twice a week and would talk with her for HOURS (one time we started at 8pm and ended at 12am) to start PTing in the 170s by the end, and got 168 at the end even after the immense amount of work I put in (there were some extenuating circumstances, but acts of God are acts of God). You may be smarter than me, but just to put it into perspective...
  4. From my understanding, the Manhattan forum is good (at least it was for me because sometimes all you need is another opinion or two to see the other angles on the right/wrong ACs) I used the LG bible myself from Powerscore, though I really needed 7sage's foolproof method for LG to get myself consistent. I've heard mixed reviews of both the Manhattan and Powerscore courses, particularly the price of it. Have you looked into Harvard Ready if you don't like 7sage? There's plenty of positive feedback about it here on lawstudents.ca. It's not as well known on other places (ie. /lsat subreddit) but there's plenty of feedback here that you can read about it. Good luck!
  5. IIRC sometime in January.
  6. Did my daily check for acceptances. Windsor accepted me sometime today for the single JD. Don't see it in my emails. cGPA 2.93, L2 3.03, LSAT 168, mature candidate (I know there's no real distinction for Windsor, just for the sake of context and stats) Will likely be declining within the week
  7. Yeah A) is true. I think with B it depends on your spread. If you're getting more than 3-4 wrong on LG that's basically a game's worth wrong and I think you can realistically get that down to -1/-0 and that by itself could pump your LSAT up from 162 to 165, which shoots you from the 85th percentile to the 91st percentile, which isn't insignificant. If you're just weak on a couple types of LR questions (ie. it took me forever to do parallel reasoning questions and I learned strategies to help deal with that) and can shore that up, that's another couple points right there too. With RC it's a bit more of a black box but definitely still doable.
  8. If you don't mind me asking, why do you think you can't get a better score on the LSAT? Does it have to do with your score spread (ie. you're going -0 on LG, and the majority you're getting wrong is in RC or something like that) or did you burn through all the PTs, or have you already improved a lot from your initial level, etc I definitely think this year with more applicants and more people with good LSAT scores, a good LSAT or GPA are going to be less differentiating unless you're at the top, so maybe ECs did play a bigger factor than usual as a differentiating point. I know I wasn't expecting any news from Ottawa at all so I was very surprised when I got the nod with my stats.
  9. As someone who's now a mature student heading back to school 9 years after undergrad this is great advice. I'm a fellow low GPA person, I didn't have the right study habits, motivation, or prioritization ability in undergrad. For me, getting into the workforce for a while and learning better work habits really seems to have made a big difference (I did my LSAT with my horrible habits 5 years ago and maxed out at 161, but got to 168 this time by actually creating schedules/plans of attack and sticking to them, I actually got up to the mid 170s on PTs a week before my actual test in July 2020). It's definitely worth considering either returning to school even if it costs more, or at the very least taking an honest look at yourself to think about what would be different vs undergrad.
  10. I think step 1 here is going to be to see how well you can do on the LSAT. If you diagnostic in the 130s vs if you diagnostic at the 160s is going to really change your gameplan. To some extent a strong LSAT can definitely offset gpa. You're a ways off from being able to apply in the mature category and I don't know what your financial situation is like, but definitely start with a cold diagnostic in realistic test conditions.
  11. Rejected on the 19th via email, applied Mature: cGPA: >3 (2.92 or something like that) LSAT: 168 Did my undergrad at UofT. Interesting ECs/softs and good LoRs. Guess they took one look at my grades from UofT and were like NO WAY! 😂 I'm not complaining, I knew UofT would be a longshot.
  12. Just in case you're also considering other schools beyond Dalhousie... Western: "Mature candidates must have at least five years of non-university experience since leaving high school, which need not be consecutive, and must have attended university for a minimum of two years. Mature applicants are asked to provide a resumé as a supplementary document when filing their application, as we will give greater weight to the work and life experience of mature candidates in our holistic assessment. We do not set a specific minimum or competitive threshold for Mature applicants, as the applicant pool may vary year to year, and mature applicants may have various skills and life experiences to offer. Moreover, we have noted over time that the strongest mature applicants tend to have academic records and LSAT scores that approach the competitive level of general category applicants." --- Osgoode: "Applicants with fewer than three years of university are welcome to apply if you have demonstrated through the length and quality of your non-academic experience, an ability to successfully complete the JD Program. To be eligible, as of September of the year of admission, you: must be at least 26 years of age; and have a minimum of 5 years of non-academic experience." --- Ottawa https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/admissions/admissions-criteria/first-year-applicants/mature-applicants Sorry realized this was starting to get really long so just sending links to relevant places. Good luck!
  13. Was accepted to Ottawa mid-late Feb with a sub 3 cgpa and a 168 LSAT score, 7 years of work experience. I had solid/interesting ECs. Haven't been rejected anywhere else yet, but also haven't heard from anywhere else yet (was kind of surprised with Ottawa, but not complaining at all).
  14. Like the others here, I would advise you get that LSAT up a little bit, it can make all the difference. Depending on the resources you have and haven't used and what your LSAT score spread is like, it's definitely possible to make some marked improvements (ie. if you're getting a lot wrong on LG it's pretty realistic to be able to iron that out until you're going -2 or less. A score in the 160s plus your F2 should get you in somewhere if you apply access. It's only March, you have months to study and do another run of the test before the application cycle for 2021-22 begins.
  15. Yes, but I thought that law schools weren't allowed to make decisions based on whether or not it was an accommodated test (otherwise what would the point be)? https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05/21/law-school-group-agrees-stop-flagging-scores-students-who-get-extra-time-due https://www.kaptest.com/study/lsat/lsat-accommodations-what-you-need-to-know/
  16. Hi guys, I've read a couple threads here about what laptop to get for law school. My Lenovo IdeaPad 3's battery life is leaving a lot to be desired and one of my distinct memories from undergrad (I graduated back in 2012, so maybe this changed... but I doubt it) is fighting for electrical outlets in random parts of the classroom. Both of these have a lot of portability, good power, and last for over 10 hours which I'm sure can carry me through the day. I'd get the keyboard attachment for the tab7. I'm not really an Apple guy and don't want to be (personal preference) but I am open to other choices. Mainly looking for portability, long battery life, and a large enough screen as I'll 99% be going pretty far away for school come September this year so no access to my desktop at home. I'm happy with anything under $1.5k. If this isn't in the right place just let me know and I can repost!
  17. I took a 5 year break from the test and forgot everything other than a tiny tiny bit about the way logic chains worked. It's actually a blessing in some ways -- you'll have forgotten some of the material so you have more to work with in practice sets and the like. Funny enough, I got back into studying for this test in Feb 2020 and wrote in July 2020. I think the most important thing for my success was to create a plan of attack and really stick to it. I knew I was weak in LG, and after doing some practice LR sets I knew I had some types of question types I was weak against and focus fired on those. I kept a detailed journal to track what I was getting wrong and why I was getting wrong, and also utilized analytics on 7sage to really nail in what I had to work on. I did LG almost every day and watched some of those explanation videos on 7sage probably 5+ times. Every week I'd sit down and evaluate what went right and what went wrong, and make notes about specific things that seemed to always trip me up, take too much time, etc. I was very honest about anything I wasn't 100% certain on and that really helped me build up fundamentals to tackle the test intelligently. February was devoted to just section/question type practice and reading RC passages from early PTs/articles from The Economist/Scientific American/etc., occasionally slotting in RC sessions and peering over the lessons where I needed the most work. I started doing 1 PT a week around the middle of March, taking a lot of care to again review very deeply. The review always took longer than the tests themselves, sometimes double the time. From the middle of April onward, I was doing 2 PTs a week with review. I did LG sections or games in some capacity 6x a week because I internalized the idea that it was the most learnable section, and it really paid off for me in my July 2020 take. I don't know if your LG was as bad as mine but I would sometimes do 3 sections of LG (12 games) in a row (mixing sets I'd done before, but not perfectly, and new sets to conserve prep materials). TL;DR: Figure out your weaknesses, focus fire on them, and remember to heavily review and be honest with your faults. A long break can be a good thing. and FYI, I got a 161 back in 2015, did a diagnostic in the beginning of 2020 and got a 159... ended up with a 168 in July and was getting 170+ in PTs by June.
  18. I applied with a shitty cGPA (>3.00) and b2/l2 and a 161 back in 2015 and was rejected everywhere (applied Western Queens Windsor UofT Osgoode). I applied again this year as a mature student with same stats but bumped my LSAT to 168, just got into Ottawa on Friday. Your GPA is better than mine was, so I think if you can snag a LSAT in the mid 160s or more you have a solid shot at at least some schools. Remember to apply widely!
  19. My legs are weak right now. Checked on a whim just now... wasn't in yesterday, but am in today! cGPA: 2.93, b2/l2: are both like 3.0something LSAT: 168 (July 2020) Access/Mature applicant. I think I had some unique ECs and glowing LoRs from people who could really speak for me. This is my first acceptance... didn't think I'd hear back until at least April!
  20. I was in the middle of eating dinner and I had to run to my computer to check it out. Especially after seeing there were some acceptances earlier in the day... I freaked out haha. Gotta stop looking at this site!
  21. And before you say this is harsh, there is plenty of documentation for people who were consistently scoring in a range underperforming on test day, it just happens. He's not trying to rain on your parade but it's important to think about best as well as worst case scenarios. That said if you've been studying for that long and are consistent, good luck and get back here with a 170+ and we'll have better advice for you then.
  22. Purely using last year's Accepted Thread, someone with your LSAT score and a slightly higher gpa (3.1) got in around April. Most people who got in later from a quick glance seem to have higher GPA but lower LSAT scores. As someone in your boat, I'm a bit nervous since Windsor is a bit of a black box, but at least it has happened before, right? But the reason why people are always hesitant to say anything about Windsor is when you look at the Rejected Thread: There are people with similar on paper stats to some who got accepted, so it's honestly too hard to say. Honestly it's out of our hands now especially with a potentially more competitive application cycle. We've done what we can!
  23. Hi, as someone else who was interested in this a while back, there is some advice here on the forum from people before (some of this is a bit dated, but it's a start if you haven't looked through already): There are probably others. I remember looking through a few times. The general consensus from what I remember is 'maybe, but most likely not as a lawyer, and even if you are, likely with less pay.'
  24. I agree with this. The amount of investment you'd need to put in to raise that 2.3 into something usable would take a crazy amount of work and effort (and there'd be all those potential complications you mentioned). Meanwhile, if you grind the **** out of your LSAT and get a 170+ coupled with a mature/access consideration I'm sure you could get in somewhere. I started off not being able to finish LG and my best PT by the end of 4-5 months of dedicated studying was 176 (there were some issues with my FLEX that were beyond my control... construction noises at the worst possible time but I still scored fairly well). I'm not incredibly bright, I just found a method that worked for me and many others and grinded consistently and found a good study buddy (she ended up with a 175). I think we also have to keep in mind your workable years. If you take another 3 years to get your degree, and you need 3 years to get through law school, that's 6 extra years before you're even a lawyer. You're already 15+ years out of school. Would an investment of $100k be worth the time you would have left as a lawyer (I'm speaking only practically. I don't know your reasons. I know it's not all about the money, but I do think it's an important consideration).
  25. Looking at the last couple pages of this, does seem like some people got in with a worse LSAT and similar GPA. So maybe you'll hear back really late in the cycle? That said this is a bit of an exceptional year in terms of how many applicants there are. So if those people were hearing super late in the cycle they may have been more borderline, and the edge cases may get edged out this year. Maybe I'm talking out of my ass and we need more data, but even accounting for some of the additional applicants being duds there's still way more applications this year than usual. Good luck.
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