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  1. I'm planning to write in August and apply in November. I started studying last summer for like two months maybe? I wasn't very disciplined at that time though. And then I took an 8 month break during the school year lol. But when I first starting I was scoring around 147-149. Since I've started studying more seriously (since May 1st), I'm up to about a 157 and my goal is around 163+. Like I said though, these strategies have worked for me so they may not give you the same results. Another thing I would suggest which 100% helped me was taking a logic course in school. If you dont have the time/course space to take it its not a huge deal ofc, but I know a few people who took it and saw pretty significant improvements. Even just watching youtube videos on logic might be helpful for you. Just a thought!
  2. I'm using a very similar strategy to yours! I would also suggest buying practice tests (lsac has a reasonably priced package you can purchase). Other than that, I'd say this is a good start. Of course, you will need to see how it works for you and adjust as you see fit. Good luck!
  3. I havent officially signed up yet. I wanted to check what the location meant before I did! But ya I feel like this is just their way of telling us it'll be flex ...which is quite disappointing lol.
  4. When I registered for the LSAT last July, I remember the locations actually showing an address. But when I look to register now, it just says "Toronto test location", for example. Do you know if the addresses will be updated?
  5. I also do not think that this is a real thing haha. But law schools do tend to prefer if students can demonstrate their ability to do well in upper year courses. An A+ in all second year courses is obviously less impressive than all A+'s in 3rd and fourth year classes. I'd suggest you complete your degree requirements as they have been set out for you by your school, and if you have the chance to take electives, try and take more upper year courses if possible (so long as you know you can do well in them).
  6. Actually, what @ChiasticWalrus mentioned is something I should have addressed in my answer as well. I also come from a school which uses a 4.3 scale, so I was a little shocked to see how much my gpa changed after converted to OLSAS. I would recommend using the gpa calculator on the general page (though I think some people, as well as myself, have found that the calculations can be a bit off- especially with the L2 and L3 calculations. Don't let these calculations worry you too much of course, but just bear in mind that your 3.86 will likely drop. It just depends on how many A-, A, vs A+ marks you got. Don't let all this worry you too much though- you can't do anything to change your marks now. Its just something to be prepared for:)
  7. I may be able to provide a bit of insight here! I was not a part time student, but I had 4 courses each semester this past year, so I was wondering if this would cause me a problem as well. I think the first thing you need to do is to contact each of the schools you are interested in because each will have a different response. The only school on your list that I can speak to is dal. They consider a full course load 5 classes per semester. When I spoke to the admissions staff, they told me that they would take my final two years (even though it is less than 20 courses) and compare that to a calculation which actually includes full courses. For this, they would take an extra semester of my undergrad to make up for my lack of classes in the final two years. This resulted in me having more than 20 classes in the L2 calculation, but they said that was quite common. Then they compare those two, and take whichever is higher into consideration. THEN, they compare that to your cGPA. Whichever of the two is higher will be considered when calculating your gpa. Hopefully that makes sense. Calgary takes your last 20 credits as well. If your do not have this amount in your last two years, they will literally go backwards on your transcript to collect the remaining grades. In all cases, you should obviously explain why you had to take a lighter courses load in your PS. As long as you have a valid reason, schools should not draw adverse inferences. I have some info about others schools not on your list as well, so if you want to PM about those please do! With all this said, I am not 100% sure whether your part-time status will impact these calculations. So again, I would reach out to each school individually to confirm. Hope this was helpful!
  8. If by 1000 level you mean a first year course, I would say that it matters a bit. Law schools prefer to see applicants do well in upper year courses (3rd and 4th year). However, if all your other courses are upper year I do not think it will matter that much. Just make sure you ace it!
  9. Your past 17 courses (and the 2 summer classes) would only be really be considered if you are applying to cGPA schools. Schools like Queens, Calgary, and Dal will take your last two (so the upcoming year and your fourth year). That said, if you are applying in November 2021, schools may initially look at your past two years to make an admissions decision. Since none of your fourth year marks would be in yet, their decision would be based on your second and third years. Depending on your marks, they may wait for your first semester 4th year marks to make the "last two year" calculation. This calculation would include first semester fourth year, all of third year, and second semester second year. Some schools may even wait until your second semester marks from fourth year are submitted to offer/deny you a spot. It is also important to note that a full course load varies across schools. Queens considers four courses a full load, but western considers 5 courses a full load. Not having five courses may reflect poorly on your applications to some schools, so I would suggest doing your research on that. Hope that helps!
  10. I'm literally in the same boat. Second year marks were my worst (and I also go to queens haha). If you apply this fall, I believe most schools will look at your second and third year marks (last 60 credits). However, Calgary (and maybe others) will take your marks from first semester of fourth year, all of third year, and second semester of second year. I have decided to take a 5th year to avoid my second year marks making it into L2 calculations, and to boost my cgpa. If you are really concerned about your marks, maybe you should consider doing this too! Schools may also wait until your fourth year marks are finalized in April 2021 to make a decision for you. Also, you mentioned that year 1 and year 3 marks would be strongest for you. Queen's takes your best two years, so not necessarily your last two. Just an fyi
  11. I also agree with the person above! I am in a similar boat to you- weak first and second year grades, but I've improved in my last two years and I'm doing a 5th year to improve even more. Focus on applying to B2/L2 schools tho for sure!
  12. Do you know of any schools that have said this? I will email to inquire myself as well, but I'm just curious
  13. Yeah I've done that as well. Thanks!
  14. I did the same thing with one of my courses! I think it would definitely be smart to make it Pass
  15. Hi everyone, I am planning to apply to schools that focus on your last two years since I did poorly in second year. I am also planning on taking a 5th year to boost my gpa just a bit more. Since I knew I was going to take an extra year, I only took 4 courses each semester this past year, not realizing that it might negatively impact my law school applications. I believe queens considers 4 courses a full load, but other schools consider a full course load to be 5. Can anyone explain how my gpa would be calculated for these schools? Thank you!
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