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  1. I was accepted with stats almost identical to yours (3.7 cGPA [3.72 with final winter term marks] and 158 LSAT). Though I was not waitlisted, I recieved my offer of admission later in the cycle during the last large wave of acceptances. Take care when preparing your personal statement and sketch, as well as when selecting those who will write your reference letters and you will have a legitimate shot at an offer from Osgoode- especially if you are able to improve your LSAT a few percentile points.
  2. For transparencies sake I also worked during my undergraduate, as well as helped take care for my father who has a severe autoimmune disease. I did not work full time, though would frequently approach the hour threshold for full time work; my point being, I understand how external environmental and social life factors can effect academic performance. Nevertheless, if you are entering the process of preparing your personal statements to "known" holistic schools hoping to simply explain away your sub-par stats, you will be sorely disappointed with the end result. You may be able to effectively articulate "what went wrong" per se, but will you be able to extend said conversation into one which appeals to your resilience and demonstrates how you grew in response? Other applicants will have answer to the latter and be able to appeal to improvements in their GPA or a high LSAT score as evidence of their resilience and potential for growth- will you?
  3. Even at holistic schools your GPA will severely undermine your chances, and given your LSAT is well below the majority of Canadian law schools medians for last year's admits it is in your best interest to at attempt to raise your LSAT by at least 5, ideally 7+ points. You could also drastically improve your admissions chances by taking a selection of undergraduate courses to raise your GPA, because as of now your GPA is a significant mitigating factor that will work against you.
  4. Not at all, don't worry about it! I try to keep in mind lurkers read these threads as well as the OP and contributors, so I typically write my comments in threads like this in a way that they are not only helpful for the OP, but others less informed on the law school admissions process as well.
  5. Please be realistic with yourself that actually attaining an official 170+ LSAT score is a very different from scoring a 170+ on a diagnostic test. If your claim is true that your first diagnostic was 173, you could have an aptitude for the test and may not need to study for as long nor as hard as the average applicant. Nonetheless, until you take the LSAT you will not know how test day pressures effect you, nor how you will respond to unexpectedly challenging questions and/or rare question types in the real moment. Most people's (not all) first official LSAT score is 1-3 percentile points lower than their most recent diagnostic. Continuing on, I will echo what @CleanHands said above; UofT is likely entirely out of the picture for you. If you can score atleast 170 I think you have a decent shot at every other Ontario school. However, even if you score in the mid 160s I'd say apply as your stats would not overlap with most schools "auto-reject" thresholds and you may be able to make a compelling case for yourself through reference letters and your personal statement(s) / sketch.
  6. With all due respect, you recently opening a lease on a relatively expensive new (presumably) vehicle may have factored into why you were denied a renewal. The lease + renewal are two large credit hits in close succession which I can see potentially setting off some red flags.
  7. I left a comment on another chances thread which contains the reasoning underlying my claim that the 2021 admissions cycle will be more competitive, I hope this helps!
  8. I recieved my estimate about 2 weeks ago. The application status bar reads "application processed" for me (though one income document is still being reviewed); the link to the estimate is next to an arrow at the bottom of the "amount of money" section of the relevant application status page for me. Have you not received any notification whatsoever about an estimate even?
  9. I am merely someone entering my first year of law school, so read this advice with that in mind; however, remember that you would not even be in the position you are now- in the process of preparing for the bar exam- if you had not at the very least experienced some form of previous success during your undergraduate, when taking the LSAT, and completing all 3 years of law school. The latter are all accomplishments in and of themselves you approached from a similar position of unfamiliarity and unsurity in your own ability to succeed; you have made it to this point nonetheless. When thinking of your anxiety, remember that it is just a feeling; as a future lawyer you could even practice proving to yourself why those feelings of anxiety are not justified to help distract you, ground your emotions, and keep your mind on the right track.
  10. Some law schools explicitly require a letter of reference from a former instructor (ideally a professor you had and were able to form a close relationship with during your undergrad), otherwise what other posters in this thread have said is correct.
  11. It looks like UOttawa has a system in place where you can request an official enrollment verification document be sent to you through an online form hosted on uoZone. I am not a UOttawa student myself, though York University offers a similar document to Osgoode Hall students and I suspected UOttawa did as well. My financial rep. at Scotia assured me a document like this would be perfectly sufficient for proof of enrollment purposes when a similar question came to my mind while signing for my PLOC. Information on the enrollment verification document offered by UOttawa I am referring to within this post can be found below: https://www.uottawa.ca/academic-documents/
  12. The exact figure of my funding estimate is $18,200; a large portion of which is grants due to my financial and general social circumstances. I think you are right in speculating my estimate reflects the max or near max funding amount possible to be allocated for Osgoode students this academic year- I wasn't aware of that myself actually but it's good to know.
  13. I will also be attending Osgoode this fall. I received my OSAP estimate recently and it was over $18,000. Of course the financial and general social circumstances within which we live likely differ, which could partially explain the discrepancy between what funding you and I are both estimated to receive; nonetheless, your estimate seems exceptionally low. I would echo what others have said in this thread and contact Osgoodes financial services office to inquire into what other variables may have factored into your significantly low funding estimate.
  14. My primary concern hiring an agent to edit my personal statement on my behalf would be that they would unintentionally de-personalize it during the editing process. Taking account of the earlier discussed possibility of OP's challenges with English having taken away from the clarity and persuasiveness of their personal statement in the eyes of the admissions committees of a diverse array of schools as well, I don't think it would be unreasonable to speculate that their agent may have overrelied on "best practice" pre-law preparatory industry norms of structuring and articulating experiences/goals within personal statement during the editing process to compensate for a possible lack of clarity and persuasiveness in OP's original draft(s). With raw stats as competitive as OP's, the obvious inference that at the very least some one other part of OP's application reduced the viability of the whole to a significant degree. What part exactly, I cannot say for certain. However, OP was waitlisted at both holistic and stat heavy schools, and has frequently mentioned they trust their agent to handle the editing without describing the agents credentials or providing reasons as to why it makes sense to use their services beyond "its common". Common or not, the agents editing services may have disadvantaged OP and I think its time for them to reassess their approach to personal statement writing.
  15. I personally think your raw statistics are perfectly competitive as they stand, and that the time you would spend studying to improve your score a likely marginal amount could be better utilized for the purposes of drafting and editing your personal statement(s). Osgoode receives more applications than any other school in Ontario as far as I am aware, and regardless of if your LSAT score is a 163, 165, or even a 167, there will be others competing for the limited amount of seats in the class with similar scores (+2/-2 points). Your personal statement and sketch are the aspects of your application to a competitive and holistic school like Osgoode that may ultimately individuate you from similar others and sell your case to the admissions committee. I was admitted to Osgoode during the most recent admissions cycle with a lower GPA (3.7) and LSAT score (158), and I believe my personal statement and sketch played a significant role in the decision made on my application.
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