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  1. Those who apply in the discretionary category have a slim chance of getting in because there are only 20 spots and 200 people apply. Under the discretionary category there is really no way of knowing your chances because it is not just based on your stats, but the challenges you have faced that brought your grades down. The discretionary category also admits mature students so you are also competing against them. Your GPA and LSAT score are above average in terms of statistics but, discretionary is not simply based on that so unfortunately there is really no way to know your chances. Just make sure you explain all the hardships you have gone through and write an amazing personal statement about why you would be an asset to UBC.
  2. With an 80% GPA you are going to have to have a stellar LSAT score and an exceptional Personal Statement. I would say you have a decent chance with a 168+ and a good chance with a 170+. I know there is not a big difference between a 80 and 83 average but, the difference does significantly impacts your chances and so you will have to really aim high for that LSAT.
  3. You have a very good chance. With a 163 Im guessing you'd receive admissions in March but, if you could get a 166 would get admissions in January or earlier. I would be surprised if you didn't get in, many people get in with lower stats.
  4. No this does not count under discretionary. Discretionary as I mentioned before this post is for students who faced significant hardship during their undergrad over a period of time, not just a matter of 1-2 weeks -- perhaps it was extensive mental health problems, physical illness such as cancer, blindness, deafness, death of close relatives, etc. When applying under discretionary they also expect you to provide documentation of your extenuating circumstances and how you have overcame them. A week in bed due to surgery does not suffice. Although it is unfortunate, is not nothing that should warrant a significant drop over time in your grades.
  5. Discretionary is not a category to just explain your bad marks away -- you can do that in an addendum with your application. Discretionary is for students who have gone through extenuating circumstances during their undergrad that negatively influenced their grades such as a death in the family, severe depression, a physical illness, etc. There are very limited seats in this category, I believe about 200 people apply and only 20 get a space under discretionary because it is reserved for people who went through significant hardship which they have now been able to overcome.
  6. For regular students who are applying with a full 4 year degree.. you typically need a 92 to be confident that you will receive admissions. For students who are applying without finishing their degrees, the LSAT score and GPA needed are higher I believe -- at least that is what I was told by admissions when I was thinking of doing this. I would aim for a 167+. Also, online it says that 30 of your 90 overall credits must be completed at the senior level (300-400 level courses) so make sure you meet that requirement. For reference, I finished my 4 year Bachelors degree, had an 84.7% average with drops and a 166 LSAT -- I received my acceptance in January.
  7. Never said this was universal advice -- just my experience and what I would advise based off of it.The vast majority of people need 3-4 months at least and cannot simply achieve a competitive score intuitively. For me, I studied my butt off to get into the school I wanted because I was not happy with an average score/school. The study time needed is going to vary based on what score you want, what score you start off with, your rate of improvement, etc. This was simply my experience.
  8. I think the most important thing is to give yourself enough time to take the LSAT at least twice -- most people take it more than once. I myself took it twice and did significantly better the second time around giving myself 4 months between the first and second test. I studied 6 months for the first test than another 4 months for the second one. I think its important to take it at least twice unless you achieve the score you needed the first time around because, the first time is more like a trial because you have so much anxiety and built up nerves it will impact your score. The second time around you have a better idea of what to expect and because you are more familiar with the situation, I can almost guarantee you will be more relaxed and thus, will test better the second time around (I scored a 159 on the first test, and a 166 on the second) I would also suggest studying for as long as you can! A year is a really healthy time frame. Some people say they can do it in 3-4 months but, I personally think it is better to do 2-3 hours 5 days a week for 6-12 months than cram in 6-8 hours a day for 3-4 months. Also, the thing I tell all people who are about to take the test is that you will see the most improvement in your score when you study with quality over quantity. What I mean by that is, don't speed through as many sections as possible just to get them done. Do one section and really examine where you went wrong, why you went wrong, and how you could improve. Do one section a few times in multiple colours before you officially mark it to see if you would change any of your answers. Analysis of trap answers, the answer you chose, and why the wrong answers are wrong is going to help you improve. The best test takers are able to predict the right answer before looking at the answer options.
  9. people do get in with high 150's, but that it because they have higher than standard GPA to compensate.
  10. I personally did not. I signed up for online lsat prep through 7sage and it helped prepare my greatly.
  11. You can only use your depression and anxiety to apply under the discretionary category if those factors are the reason for your failed grades. 91.64 index score is below the general threshold to get in but, with that I believe you would still get admitted, based on previous students who have been admitted with similar or even lower index scores in the general category-- it would just be later (March-May). I think with a 172 LSAT and 78% GPA you have a decent shot under the regular category. I believe the waitlist cut off is 91.20 so, you are above that. - There was someone accepted this round with a 172 and 80% average in January -Another person who was given admission in March with a 76% average and a 170. So, you definitely have a chance. They also heavily consider your personal statement. - Another applicant was given admissions in May with 79.8% average and a 166 The best thing to do would be to call someone in admissions and talk to them. But, I wouldn't feel discouraged, you still have a decent chance with your very strong LSAT score. Just make sure you have an excellent Personal Statement.
  12. Im not sure because I did not complete my MA but, based on their answer it looks like your CPA will be 77% without drops. They will also consider your MA meaning that they will see your improvement but, it will not be considered in calculating your CGPA. So, unfortunately, while your 89% average during your MA will be acknowledged, it will not count towards your GPA.
  13. They will look at your entire transcript from your undergraduate degree and will drop your lowest 4 grades when calculating your GPA for admissions.
  14. Does anyone have any idea what orientation is going to look like for 1L's in September given the COVID-19 situation? I was really looking forward to it so, I hope that something is still done for all the first years!
  15. depends which school.. most of them only look at the highest but some average them so, I would check with each school! UBC for example only looks for the highest while U of C averages the two.
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