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  1. I would add that reversion to the mean is also a factor here. Only a small portion of physics/math students will take the LSAT, so the group that takes it will be more motivated, in a similar way to how Math majors do well on the MCAT while Biology majors perform at an average level. If you're in a field or major where Law is not seen as a default career and you write the LSAT anyway you're likely more competitive than the average "pre-law" or political science major. Having a program that builds thinking skills is definitely useful, but it does seem like something of an post hoc explanation. If, for whatever reason, Sociology, "pre-law" majors, and communications where at the top I'm sure we'd be hearing how these majors build the thinking skills the LSAT tests.
  2. This is why waitlists exist. Schools will simply find someone who is willing to attend from the waitlist. Schools are desperate for revenue at the moment, and as I understand it, law schools with higher tuition and less technical requirements than some other programs represent a way to do this. If anything more people may apply, as the economy is in the dumps. During the 2008 crash professional and graduate programs saw applications surge. Where better to weather an economic storm than in the protective cocoon of university?
  3. Something to note is that the actual % accepted will be higher (perhaps 2 times as high) at some schools because people get multiple offers, so it's not as simple as dividing the number of seats/number of applications.
  4. Hold in there guys! I know what it's like to be on a waitlist, and once my waitlist>acceptance for another program is finalized I'll drop my Law seat. Good luck, I'm not the only current UofA 0L who's waiting for other offers/waitlists.
  5. How much does the amount of work matter? I would be starting 1L with a great job that only requires 4 hours/every two weeks, and has a great unionized pay grid. Is it still a bad idea to hang onto the job if I enjoy it and it gives me some flexibility for summers?
  6. I wrote both. It's not as uncommon as you may think; I've heard/read from a number of medical students that they "backed up" with Law. Grades competitive for a Canadian medical school+combined with a half decent LSAT can easily beat the index at a number of schools. I imagine it would be even higher if more Science grads (The typical "premed" route) didn't see Law as a thing arts/business majors do and enjoyed reading more. If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone complaining about how testing reading on the MCAT is pointless I'd be much better off. My Science classmates also seemed a little surprised that I had considered and then been accepted into Law. I'll know in May if I'm going to be a physician or lawyer, but I have found it interesting how family members/family friends have reacted to being accepted into Law. Physicians, even not knowing my interest in Law, seem to adopt a "Grass is greener" approach and suggest going into Law, while a number of family members suggested the work-life balance is better. I think it's easier to go MCAT>LSAT than vice versa, the content knowledge required for a successful MCAT write is something you don't need to worry about with the LSAT. I'd also say that both reading comprehension/critical analysis & reasoning skills are very similar and quite easy to crossover between. Logic games and chemistry, not so much, although both do, to some extent, test general intelligence. I wrote both of them fairly close together and thinks it's doable to write them both in a summer (MCAT in May, LSAT in July), but then again, I was pulling full time or more hours when I wrote both. If anyone's interested in more hot takes/advice from someone who did both I'm open to PM/replies. As far as the two fields, I kinda wish we had MD/JD programs similar to major American universities. On the surface, the knee jerk similarity is only status and money, but what really appeals to me about both is the impact factor of both fields. Both also heavily test critical thinking, analysis, and can involve the same sort of patient/client style interactions. There are also a fair number of issues on the nexus of Law and Medicine. Based on talking to some lawyers and physicians, the average family law lawyer and family doctor are more similar than different, but I'd rather not be the one to start a "Medicine vs. Law" discussion which is really pointless when both fields are needed and can appeal to the same person.
  7. As an update to anyone curious in the future, I received an offer in mid March (with scholarship, which was nice). I had some limited relevant work experience, student politics, academic awards, a smattering of undergrad research and a near perfect last 60 GPA if anyone was wondering for comparison purposes. I just declined my Calgary Law acceptance so I won't be doing the combined program, but I haven't decided if I'm going to do UAlberta Law or Calgary's MPP since I've got another career interest that might pan out, we'll see where life takes me.
  8. Good luck everyone, I declined in favour of my hometown school. Hopefully with the deadline today you'll see some movement in the next couple weeks!
  9. I also applied to the MPP/JD program. At this point, I'm likely going to attend the UofA. We'll see if/when the MPP finishes their review.
  10. Accepted! I've been complete for a couple weeks. I'm also waiting for the MPP program, so we'll see. L2: Almost perfect LSAT: 163. ECs are good but I didn't bother filling out anything other than student government and clubs/one internship.
  11. Accepted with scholarship. Complete in January (Summer LSAT, still in school) L2: Almost 4.0 LSAT: 163 I'm excited, I'm not sure if I'll go to the welcome or not yet.
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