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  1. I got into Queen's, Western, Ryerson, Osgoode, Alberta, Manitoba, and UVIC with a 3.30 cGPA, 3.84 B2/L2, 165 LSAT, and work exp / ECs. Your GPA will be fine but it's a question of your LSAT. If you're scoring a 158, I would wager you don't yet understand the test, which is a good thing (you have room to grow). Splurge on a full online course with a full curriculum, like 7Sage, and start from scratch. Only then should you be doing PTs. PTs reinforce the methods you are using and right now your methods aren't working. You need to relearn how to approach each type of question and change your strategies to align with what objectively works best for the test (not simply what is intuitive or you've figured out). Good luck OP
  2. Osgoode JD/MBA here. Although I recognize this is a UofT specific Q, I'll throw in some thoughts. Whether the MBA is "worth it" is a controversial subject on this forum but, after crunching the costs and doing much soul-searching, it was clearly worthwhile for me. I will mention that the MBA side adds a lot of value (beyond recruitment desirability) in terms of networking, EC opportunity, and business knowledge. That said, coming from a business background, the value of those pieces may be much less for you than me (STEM background here), and it's up to you to decide what it's worth relative to the actual cost you will be paying. When it comes to cost, I would advise you to reach out to any prospective MBA schools' recruiters for a phone call and candidly ask them about scholarship likelihood for your profile. I have significantly worse stats than you, both LSAT and GPA wise, but my MBA will cost just a couple thousand dollars more than a regular JD due to how generous scholarships for MBAs are. The average MBA candidate is not as academic as the average law student, and that difference can be very favorable. Looking at sticker price is very misleading. In addition, the fairly more relaxed environment of the MBA year lets me stay on with my company in an advisory, part-time role and balance classes (which are more discussion-focused than business undergrad), which has been nice. I'll also mention that opportunity cost is a flawed metric -- life is a marathon not a sprint -- and much of the value of the MBA materialized down the line (e.g. after you've been an Associate for 5 years and want to move to leading a company in-house or running your own shop or launching a product and need accounting/marketing/market/soft skills).
  3. I got an offer in April from UVIC with a 3.55 GPA after drops (3.26 before drops) and 165. That said, I was at a 898 on their index scale, well below the admit threshold that floats around 910 and above, implying my work experience, ECs, and written responses had an impact. You can find the UVIC index formula on this forum and do some predictions yourself. With an OLSAS cGPA of 3.30, LSAT of 165, and L2/B2 of 3.84, I got into UVIC, Alberta, Manitoba, Western, Queen's, Ryerson, and Osgoode if that's helpful. Rejected UofT and UBC.
  4. If your aim is to work in policy, you likely don't even need a JD, and that time would likely be better spent doing, like, policy work. I wouldn't worry about getting into law school but more about whether your plan makes sense and what your employment opportunities would look like. People sometimes make the mistake of assuming that combining two different backgrounds will necessarily make you a better candidate for some ideal job at the intersection of those two fields, but very often jobs don't exist in the intersection. It's typically one or the other and you will be shoved into the common mold of that role by employers. And if an entire, extra degree is just to give you personal context or to help you stand out in a job hunt, you have to ask yourself whether the time and cost is worth it, and whether you'd be better off getting relevant work experience instead.
  5. Are you willing to bet your life that nobody would accidentally walk into or make sound around your living room during the exam? Nobody would come knocking to deliver a parcel or trying to convert your religion or sell you a blender? Or that some alarm or phone or whatever won't go off? If no, then it's a moot point and you should make your bedroom your preferred room to avoid any issues or distractions
  6. As a counter point though, my low cGPA and average LSAT got me into UVIC but rejected at UBC. 875 (ish) index at UVIC versus 90.9 (ish) index at UBC. UVIC was more generous in weighing work and life experience as a Regular category candidate, despite UBC's new "personal statement is weighed the same as GPA and LSAT" model.
  7. https://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/Eng/fi-if/rg-ro/gdn-ort/gl-ld/Pages/default.aspx https://www.fintrac-canafe.gc.ca/guidance-directives/overview-apercu/1-eng
  8. My UofT admissions file noted my cGPA, B3, and "Weighted B3". I do have full confidence that when they say they consider your B3, they mean they are using everyone's B3 in their calculations/rankings and not cGPAs. That said, cGPA can of course have an indirect influence because they have your full transcript to manually review and consistency can be an asset (alternatively, upwards trends or bad grades being obvious outliers or bad grades being confined to one semester/year with clear explanation can be assets too).
  9. I got into Osgoode with a 3.30 cGA and 3.84 L2 / 165 LSAT.
  10. This is the LSAC's business model. You'll probably be happier not booking the next test in advance and instead mentally committing to re-write in November or January, if needed. In my experience people generally wish for more time to practice before re-writing anyways because you won't get your score for a while.
  11. Your LSAT and GPA are not ideal. Use every word in your personal statements to talk about why you are (otherwise) an ideal candidate, not why you would like to attend the school. That would be a wasted opportunity.
  12. A lot of the RBC branch people don't know what they're doing. The one I interacted with kept getting confused because RBC's internal guide referenced "JD" and "JD law" and she was really adamant a JD at Osgoode is not a law program because it doesn't specifically say "JD law" on the admissions letter... She got flustered frequently and it was obvious she had never done an app like this before. But I do remember RBC's quoted terms were 125k at prime. Same for TD. If you want to deal with RBC, just find a more experienced branch rep. Don't feel locked in to whichever rep called you.
  13. When you start writing you will feel the constraint of the character limits and adjust accordingly. And when you are done a draft, you need to reflect on the tone and voice. It's an iterative process; you will find what works with what you have to say. In my case, I underestimated how much I had to say. I started out with a colorful hook, which was subsequently deleted as I realized it made me sound more arrogant than humble. I had to ultimately choose between "good writing", such as featuring a captivating intro and conclusion, versus touching everything I wanted to cover. In Osgoode's case, as they give you like 3 mini essays (~2000-2500 characters each), it can be tough to keep each one self-contained. But just get it all out there and then starting cutting/adjusting/moving around.
  14. Hell, I was even solicited on this forum to join an advisor website to advise applicants on their applications for money. It's an admittedly booming industry these days, influenced by the services commonly provided to applicants to more competitive professional programs (medicine, dentistry) and the massive pay-to-play market down south. I have serious ethical qualms, beyond the fact your advisor may charge big bucks yet be a complete bozo (like I would be). But at the end of the day, if an applicant isn't competent enough to research schools on their own or write about themselves or get their documents in order, they really need to reflect whether they'd succeed in law school at all.
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