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  1. Accepted today! It really is an honour. Will likely accept. -cGPA: 3.84 -L2: 4.0 -LSAT: 159 Masters degree (health science/clinical) 2000+ hrs volunteering with marginalized individuals and with Indigenous communities. Direct ties to mandate. Hang in there guys. I know how brutal this process is
  2. 4. I can speak to this one. As a current applicant, I can really identify with what you are describing. This process is pretty gruelling.. especially when you start to feel left out and begin questioning every aspect of your application in an attempt to find flaws. And then you find flaws and obsess on them compulsively. You begin saying to yourself, why did I word myself like that? Why did I not mention this? Is this even grammatically correct!?? But I digress ๐Ÿ˜› Supporting your own mental health & wellbeing during journey is crucial. I think this will look a bit different for everyone. I realized I had to make some changes when I found myself checking OLSAS (and this forum) first thing in the AM and before I went to bed lol. I noticed a change in my own wellbeing when I began focusing on things that I can control (rather than fixating on the unknowns and what ifs). I created a detailed plan outlining what I will do next year if I am not accepted this cycle. The more I outlined and fine tuned my plan, the more I realized- hey, if I am not accepted this cycle, my life will go on... and it will be just fine. Law school will come together when the timing is right. I'll get there, it's just a matter of when. So yeah, I suppose my biggest piece of advice is to focus on the things you CAN control. This has helped me
  3. If you lacked preparation and scored 142, imagine what you are capable of if you really put in dedicated study time? You can and will do it when the timing is right!
  4. I think JYโ€™s practice exams will give you a pretty good indication of what youโ€™re capable of scoring closer to test time. If you are close to your target score, write in Aug. if you are not, consider cancelling/rescheduling. I studied 8 hrs a day, 6 days a week for 60 days and scored 158 on my first attempt. I was practicing in the low 160s. I am pretty anxious test taker. Some people who have taken logical reasoning in undergrad may need far less study time. It totally depends. Do many, many practice exams under proper timed conditions and that will be your answer as to whether or not your ready best of luck!
  5. hahahah thank-you.... i'm a little less optimistic these days but i'm TRYING ๐Ÿ˜›
  6. I know, isn't it crazy how one C or B can impact cGPA..
  7. Ahh you think so?? I think the reality that Western Law received an unusually high number of applications this year is really making me question myself. Thank you for taking the time to reply ๐Ÿ™‚
  8. Yes! Each grade individually converted as per OLSAS. Western is the only school I am seriously considering.
  9. Hi! I wrote 30+ practice tests on 7Sage and was usually in the low 160s, so I do think that 158 was representative of where I was at when I wrote in November. Mind you, the tenant in the apartment above me was drilling and hammering throughout my test (LOL) so I lost focus at times. Maybe it impacted my score but who knows.. probably just an excuse to make me feel better ๐Ÿ˜›
  10. Would you rewrite if you were in my position? LSAT: 158 cGPA: 3.84 L2: 3.99 L3: 3.98 Masters degree Thank-you so much.
  11. Mine was visible this AM but just vanished. Hm! ๐Ÿค” Maybe the website is being glitchy
  12. I know what you mean. This definitely helps a lot. Thank-you so much!
  13. All great points. Thank-you for taking the time to reply!
  14. Thank-you for your advice! I think my concern is that resetting the launch link is turning out to be a lengthy process. I am realizing that this delay could result in my LSAT score being released later than most Nov LSAT writers. For example -- The link to rewrite might not appear until later next week. It could then take 2-3 weeks for me to have my new writing sample approved. This means that Western might not have access to my LSAT score and writing sample until early Dec (who knows, maybe even later!) These are all hypotheticals but I am trying to factor them into my decision making. Leave my below average writing sample as is and know that Western will view my scores/application at the same time as everyone else... OR rewrite and risk the delay? Hmf.. so unsure of what to do!
  15. Hi everyone! I am hoping to ask for some advice regarding the writing sample that I recently wrote through LSAC. For reference, I have applied to Western University only. Unfortunately I encountered some technical difficulties during my writing sample. My computer overheated and I had to turn my brightness all the way down to write. At one point I was writing with a black screen (lol).. and I could hardly scroll through the passage due to lagginess. It was delightful. Not. Anyway, LSAC has confirmed that I will be eligible to rewrite the sample. I am still not able to see the new launch link (I have spent 5+ hours on the phone trying to fix this over the last week / getting bounced to and from different representatives). I am starting to wonder if it is even worth it. I have 3 typos in the writing sample (eek...). I know Western reads these samples and I would had for this to tarnish my application. Not to make excuses... but I do feel that my writing sample would be devoid of such careless errors under normal circumstances. Should I be persistent and make sure I write for a second time? Or should I let it go and accept that my poor writing sample will be submitted? Are typos common? Thank-you in advance for any input!
  16. Hi all, Does anyone happen to know how WDNs are perceived on an academic transcript? I know OLSAS does not indicate that a student has WDNs when converting all grades online. I wonder if admissions committees often look at a student's official academic transcript, and if so, how they might perceive those visible WDNs. Thanks so much!
  17. Western's website also says this, so I am confused. "This means that if you did not take 5 courses per semester in your last 4 semesters of university, your โ€œLast 2โ€ may include academic terms that precede your third year of study (depending on your timeline and whether you were full- or part-time). If you apply to law school in your final year of university, we are likely to include your Fall term in the calculation of your โ€œLast 2โ€ years OR we may defer our final decision until your winter term grades arrive and include your entire fourth year in the โ€œLast 2โ€ calculation. This is a decision we make based on the strength of your academic record as a whole."
  18. Hey guys, I'm confused. On OLSAS under Western, the admissions criteria includes the following: "We require a minimum of 3 years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate university study, although the majority of admitted students have a 4-year degree. We define 1 year of full-time study as 10 semestered courses." But on Western's website they say: "Is part-time university study counted? Yes, but greater weight is given to full-time study with a full course load because it provides the best evidence of how you will handle the rigorous full course load of first-year law school (where seven courses are taken)." I always completed 4 credits per term and the remainder in the summer. Does this mean I will not be able to apply to Western? :/ Thank-you!
  19. It is certainly possible. When you say "because of the increase in applicants," do you mean that MORE people will write the LSAT if the test is held online? Or do you think there is a general increase in the number of applicants applying to law schools each year?
  20. Do you think LSAT will be optional for students applying in Sept/Oct of 2020?
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