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  1. Thanks for the response. My record time of competing a semester-long university course has been 11 days. Was hoping that replicating a similar effort would make preparation for the LSAT feasible in 1.5 months. Though from observation it seems like the LSAT is less "learnable" than traditional studies, hence my question. I've done a few old exams as diagnostics and the logic games are the main killer of my score. I get much of the questions correct on the other sections.
  2. I figured the alternative would be to wait another whole year until admission. The cost of a LSAT write potentially gone bad, is worth the upside of potentially not having to wait another whole year. That is unless reasonable improvement (10+ score increase; what id need based on a diagnostic) is unrealistic in a 1.5 month period.
  3. I was working and ran a business until COVID-19 hit, and did not go back to school (or have intentions to) until then.
  4. I am applying for the 2021 Sep. intake for law. Looking at the LSAT, the earliest writes available are in November 2020, Jan. 2021. The write of Jan. 2021 would barely make the deadline for U of A's 2021 Sep. intake (Feb. 1, 2021). Not sure about other schools and am looking into that - but I'd imagine they would not be that far off. If I write any LSATs after Jan. 2021, I would only have the results in time for law intakes in 2022, not 2021. I have not written an actual LSAT before - only old/practice exams for practice. My score definitely needs a 10+ improvement to be competitive. If I register for the Nov. 2020 write, would the 1.5 months until then give me sufficient time to prepare ?
  5. I've been in a similar predictment, but don't have my CPA. Worked as a controller and financial consultant for O&G companies/clients previously. I've been debating on whether I should complete my CPA if I didn't get into law. The main motive for me to opt for law instead has been the abysmally low paying accounting/finance jobs nowadays. I was around the $100,000/yr mark and it felt everywhere I went there was someone complaining about me being expensive - though in O&G that was a fairly modest income. This without a CPA. Even getting the CPA would put me behind at where I was, unless spending many many more years after that gaining post-CPA experience. Going that path seemed like a crapshoot. I got a lot of "office jobs arent worth that" comments over the years (though obviously they were not in law firms). The motive seemed emotional after a while regardless of how much value you brought to your payer. There was also a more than ample supply of other financial/accounting background people willing to work for cheap, especially fresh students coming out with their accounting degrees or CPAs. For example, a firm local to me was looking for a "senior accountant" to join them for $80,000/year. With the amount of education and experience they wanted, unless you really liked the job or were stuck, it just didn't make sense. Someone with what they wanted would had put in 10+ years collecting it. Though subjective, law seemed more exciting to me.
  6. That's only for the case of current undergrad special or unclassified students. From U of A law's admissions page:
  7. Thanks - will take a look at those as well. My weak point on the LSAT is the logic puzzles. Aside from that, rest of it I do quite well with minimal error. U of A's application deadline for submission of grades, for 2021 Fall start: is February 1, 2021. If it were only May 2021, then I'd be able to display a 3.8+ GPA for L2, as the one bad semester I had at UBC would be beyond L2. I'd have Feb. - April. to have accumulated another semester of high GPA. It seems like U of A is more generous for 2 year applicants (applicants with only 2 years of undergrad), allowing them admission even without L2 GPA, providing they completely successfully their last semester consisting of the L2. As if the same treatment was extended to all applicants, then I could have accumulated a strong L2 by the last semester.
  8. I'm a current TRU student actually, but I own property and assets in alberta - so U of A or calgary are closer. They also look at last 2 years GPA. But I am open to TRU or elsewhere in Canada if U of A or calgary are not feasible.
  9. Current 4th year accounting student at TRU looking at applying at U of A law, or U of Calgary. I have one last year of studies left. Also open to others, but catch is other schools look at more years of grades. My first 3 years of studies were bad; my most recent year was much better: Institutional GPA: 3.95/4.33* (33 credits) (TRU; 4.00 = A) Cumulative GPA: 3.12/4.33 (120 credits; transfered 3 years from UBC) Last 60 credits GPA (2 yr.): 3.1 *Of the 3.95 TRU GPA, 2 courses were completed in 2011. I attended UBC 2011-2013, where I got lower grades than the 2011 TRU courses. In 2020, current TRU GPA is 3.8 based on last 27 credits. I also did 2 years of an electrician apprenticeship, where I got As for all my studies (NAIT). However, do not know if any law schools consider apprenticeship technical training grades. I am to write my LSAT shortly. Without studying, I scored 151 on the practice exams (timed). I'm hoping to do better on the actual after much more practice. What are my chances ? Are there other schools that will consider only most recent 2 years of studies ?
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