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  1. E-mailed TRU but haven't got an answer. Is it too late to apply for this upcoming cycle?
  2. This is what I've been doing, on 7Sage as well. I've only been studying for the LSAT (while being self-employed part-time, and in full-time studies for my Accounting degree) since October 2020, so that may be a reason for my struggles - especially when scored against people who've taken the LSAT multiple times and prepared for it for several months, or a year or more. I will take your advice for RC. It's my weakest section and I spent the least amount of time on it. At this stage I am waiting for law school responses. The sheer time required to prepare for the LSAT for very little improvement, is what concerns me. I have mortgage and other bills to pay, and can't afford to spend a lot of time for minimal gains. In a best case scenario I can be admitted this cycle and not have to re-take the LSAT... LSAT Aside, my L2 seems to be what's hurting me - which won't be a concern after this April.
  3. Basically on the LSAT, I was averaging on PTs -2 on the LG, and about -7 - -6 on the LR. RC was what was keeping my scores down. Historically I've been someone who is good at figuring things out and fixing problems, especially ones that are strictly mechanical. But I have a very poor memory and suffer from ADHD and nacrolepsy. So I am good at focusing on solving one puzzle or focusing on one thing, but not many things at once and trying to retain them. In lectures it's not uncommon for me to retain only 1/10 of things said, but if I were to be given a written report or summary of it, I'd understand 90% of the content without assistance or asking additional questions.
  4. Basically on the LSAT, I was averaging on PTs -2 on the LG, and about -7 - -6 on the LR. RC was what was keeping my scores down. My L2 is much worse than my B2, B3, and cGPA because my first degree was in math and economics, and I got a bunch of Cs and C+s in some core Math and Stats courses, such as Econometrics, Calculus III, Calculus IV, and some odd higher level probability courses. After this semester, none of those grades would be counted in my L2.
  5. Just got back my LSAT score, and scored considerably worse than my PTs: 155. I already erased my first score with the Score Preview feature. GPA: L2: 3.2 B2: 3.8 B3: 3.5 cGPA: 3.3 Based on the schools I applied to: U of Alberta, U of Calgary, and U of Sask., my stats don't seem competitive. Though I do have 7 years of work experience and running a business. I have one last semester left. After completing it, my L2 should rise to 3.8. So I can either: Book another LSAT immediately. Wait a few months to see if such schools I applied to actually decline admission, and then book another LSAT. This however, will decrease the amount of time I can study for the LSAT; I have to go back to work soon as my savings are running low. Do not waste any more time on the LSAT, and apply to law schools next cycle with the current score. What would be the best option here? Admissions aside, my concern about the LSAT is how much time I've spent on it to get such a low score. I'm doubtful on how much meaningful improvement can be made with the amount of time it takes. I don't care about going to the most prestigious school, but location matters. I happen to be close to the one school that takes the average LSAT score. I'm located in in Edmonton, Alberta and have a spouse, and own property here. Because of this, I've been geographically limited to Alberta, hence my school selection to be close. However, it seems unlikely I will be admitted to a school in Alberta given my L2 GPA; the average GPA for admission for previous years has been 3.8; LSAT score 160 for U of A; U of C is only slightly lower. Thus I may be forced to relocate.
  6. GPA: L2: 3.3 B2: 3.8 B3: 3.55 cGPA: 3.2 - 3.4, depending on whether summer courses counted/not. My first degree was in Math and Economics, where my GPA was much lower. Since then, I've applied half of that to an Accounting degree, where my GPA has been 3.8. LSAT: 155. Just got this back this morning. Schools applied to: U of Alberta, U of Calgary, U of Sask. Studies remaining: 1 last semester (Feb. - May 2021), where I anticipate a 4.0 GPA. I'm 27 years old and have been in the workforce, and ran a business, for 7 years. I'm located in in Edmonton, Alberta and have a spouse, and own property here. Because of this, I've been geographically limited to Alberta, hence my school selection. However, it seems unlikely I will be admitted to a school in Alberta given my L2 GPA; the average GPA for admission for previous years has been 3.8; LSAT score 160. Thus I may be forced to relocate. What other schools should I be looking at, that are still accepting applications for September 2021 admission? Alternatively, what other options do I have?
  7. Won't let me edit my original post - but my B3 GPA (my best 3 years) is 3.6.
  8. I've worked in the southwestern Saskatchewan area on onwell drilling projects, and have been through Saskatoon as well. Just applied to U of Sask just now. I'll be asking them for clarification, but: they ask for transcripts to be emailed. Didn't realize any schools even did this - is this an option? If so, is there an official transcript version specifically for it? Or is a non-official fine? They also request a "Preliminary Statement of Marks". Haven't heard of this before - is this essentially an unofficial transcript ?
  9. Thanks for the suggestions. I learned that some schools accept transfer applicants from other law programs. Could this be an option - to study L1 in one school - and transfer into L2 at another?
  10. GPA: GPA L2 (Jan. 31, 2021): 3.2 GPA L2 (Feb. 2021; after release of grades for most recent semester): 3.3 GPA B2: 3.8 cGPA: 3.4 My first degree was in Math and Economics, where my GPA was much lower. Since then, I've applied half of that to an Accounting degree, where my GPA has been 3.8. LSAT: not released yet, but anticipating 157-160. Score is released Feb. 3, 2021. I only studied it for about 2 months, so I am confident my scores can rise with re-write(s). Schools applied to: U of Alberta, U of Calgary. Studies remaining: 1 last semester (Feb. - May 2021), where I anticipate a 4.0 GPA. I'm 27 years old and have been in the workforce, and ran a business, for 7 years. I'm located in in Edmonton, Alberta and have a spouse, and own property here. Because of this, I've been geographically limited to Alberta, hence my school selection. However, it seems unlikely I will be admitted to a school in Alberta given my L2 GPA; the average GPA for admission for previous years has been 3.8; LSAT score 160. Thus I may be forced to relocate. What other schools should I be looking at, that are still accepting applications for September 2021 admission? Alternatively, what other options do I have?
  11. I just received a response this morning, and they advised the same. My university itself however takes time to produce the final grades. My courses actually don't end until Jan. 31, 2021. I am hoping they will take this into consideration.
  12. I had an odd semester that ran from Oct. 2020 - Jan. 2021. The grades are released this week, but the transcript would not be received by U of A in time. By not being able to use my most recent semester grades, my L2 GPA decreases from 3.8 -> 3.3. Other schools I applied to, such as U of C, either have a later deadline, or they accept unofficial transcripts uploaded online. U of A only accepts official transcripts as per their website and correspondence, unless this has changed. My LSAT score is not released until first week of February 2021. Based on previous performance, it's likely to be 157-160. Aside from hoping for the best with my resulting subpar GPA, what other recourse do I have?
  13. Congrats. Unfortunately I really doubt I got mid 160s on this January write, unless the curve was very generous because many people did poorly. My practice test scores were 157-160, but I didn't do much practice tests after a large volume and change in studying right up to the actual LSAT. The jump from 160-164 on the LSAT is quite significant. Based on that, and how accurate I thought my answers were, I've been expecting an approximate 160 score. Won't know until Feb. 3. Anything with L3 is going to hurt me even more, putting me at 3.0 cGPA. I'll probably apply at TRU as well, especially if my LSAT score turns out to be no higher (or even less) than 160.
  14. Thanks for replying. That is good to hear. I was inspired to go into law due to experience litigating numerous tax and civil matters in Alberta's Court of Queens Bench and Alberta's Provincial court, as a self-represented litigant. I also assisted other co-workers over the years with similar matters, mostly involving Tax, Breach of Contract, or Wrongful Dismissal. It is nice to see that some law schools take experience into account. I attended undergrad at UBC from 2010-2013 (Math and Economics), where I took very odd courses like Calculus III, Calculus IV, Complex Variables, Econometrics, and some upper level courses in Probability. I got many, many C and C+ grades. My GPA was 2.9; 2.4 if you exclude my Year 1. I then applied 1/2 of that degree to an Accounting one, which I graduate this May 2021 - where my GPA is 3.9 so far over 13 courses (1 1/3 years). So I am being pulled down by the 2.4.
  15. I'm willing to move, just more of a question whether it is within my (financial) capacity to do so - this on top of paying for the Law tuition. I'd have to rent out my home partially here - returning to see my Misses regularly - and rent another residence at wherever I go. I'll look into USask, though being this late into the year I am not sure if they are still taking applications for a 2021 Sep. start.
  16. Yeah I wrote it once in Nov. 2020 and scored only 150 (which I cancelled). But I only started studying for it in Oct. 2020, as to go to law school was a last-minute, rushed decision after being laid off, and separation with my former business partner and the consequent litigation. I live 5 minutes away from U of A and own property here, and have a spouse and commitments. So U of A is most feasible for me. Unfortunately, they're the one odd school that averages LSAT scores instead of taking the best one. Looking at the admissions statistics at schools, it seems like the norm is to have a GPA of 3.8+ and a LSAT score of 160+, thus I am not very hopeful. I am considering a last-minute application to TRU now, but there is very little information on their admissions process.
  17. I have applied to L2 schools such as U of C (Calgary) and U of A (Alberta). I just wrote the LSAT on Jan. 19, 2021, so have yet to receive my score. I predict my score to be around 160 - higher if the curve is generous, as many people found the LSAT difficult. It was more difficult than most previous LSATs.
  18. What worked in your favor to get into TRU? I have a similar issue as you. CGPA is 3.3, because I did a Math and Economics degree back in 2010-2013, where my grades were much worse (especially from the core Math and science courses). My last 1.5 years GPA would be 3.8; the poor grades from 2013 pull it down from 3.8 -> 3.3. If I applied next cycle, I'd thus have a cGPA of 3.8+ based on a most recent 2-year GPA only.
  19. 7Sage has an option to stimulate the Lsat Flex with past LSATs.
  20. Yes, that's how I determine guessing is the primary cause of my error. As after Blind Review, I correctly identify that my guesses, were in fact incorrect - and without the time constraint, my judgment results in those questions being correct.
  21. I just wrote a few additional PTs, and landed all attempts in the 155-157 range. Consistently my performance in LG has been -3, -4, or in one odd case, -5. By coincidence, I guess 3-5 questions on each of them. So I have horrible luck at guessing and my error is from lack of speed. I did notice if I take longer time per question, it's typically at grouping questions, especially grouping w/ repeated items. I also run out of time at LR and RC, where I guess 3-5 questions in each. I usually get -12 - (-8) (average of -10) in each section, where very rarely my guesses are correct. I need a score in the 160s to be admitted to the law schools I applied to . This seems within reach if I just solve my lack of time issue, turning my scores in each section to -1, -7, -7, respectively.
  22. I lose my points mostly at Assumption and Weaken Questions. I find them not so much hard, but tricky and easy to mis-select an answer, where when I look back at it, I wonder why I made such an error.
  23. The problem is the university in my neighborhood (which is within my budget, as I would not have to relocate from the home I own), is the odd one that takes the average LSAT scores, not just the best one (U of A).
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