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  1. lookingaround

    LSAC sending LSAT scores

    Bear in mind that LSAC is a full application process for US schools, but only provides LSAT data for Canadian schools. It's very unlikely that you need an LSDAS/CAS account. If you do, this should be pretty clear from the schools you're applying to.
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    Here is My Situation... (3.01, 3.5, 149)

    You asked people to assess your chances. Since you're claiming to be a very unusual situation, you have to realize (again, with over 300 posts showing some level of engagement with the forum) that outside 'your numbers are not competitive', anything beyond that would require at least some level of information. Access categories are a crapshoot at the best of times, particularly if you don't want to say why you think it's appropriate for you. Is it possible that someone at some time got into some Canadian law school with a 146? Maybe. But it's so far out of the realm of ordinary admissions that nobody can make any predictions off it. The vast majority of 146-scorers have just about no chance of admission anywhere. As regards overseas, yes international universities will often take lower stat'd applicants - they're a good source of income. It's up to you to assess in that case, given your academic track record so far, how likely you might be to succeed, and if you want to go through the rigmarole of returning in the event it's a success.
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    Here is My Situation... (3.01, 3.5, 149)

    I haven't gone back and looked at them all, but the number below your name suggests you have 330 posts on this forum. I struggle to think of what 'chances' information you think you're going to get other than '149 is not a competitive LSAT score' - you have to realize that by this point. As I'm sure you're aware, a 3.01 is basically disqualifying to cGPA schools, and although a 3.5 is by no means bad, it would normally be paired with a decent LSAT to have a good chance at L2 schools. (Obviously there are other ways of calculating GPA, so how it looks will depend on the school specifically). 3.01/149 will likely get in nowhere, 3.5/149 is extremely unlikely to get in anywhere. If your highest LSAT is a 149, is that a dramatic improvement from where you began? You took it six times, were your practice results in that region? You say you don't want to take it again, but if you want to go to law school in Canada you don't have much option on that. That said, if you tried repeatedly and couldn't exceed a 149, it does raise the question about your ability to succeed at law school in any country. If you do decide to go abroad and return, there are many stories in the foreign-schools sub about the NCA exams, articling, and other challenges on return. I'm sorry to say it, but your statistics don't look like someone who should be encouraged to spend years of their life and large amounts of money trying to get in and then trying to succeed at law school. There may be better ways to spend your time and energies, unless there are specific reasons (subsequently addressed) why you have below-average results in both of the two main things used to assess admissions.
  4. lookingaround

    What does L2 mean?

    The GPA from your Last 2 years of undergraduate study. It's an admissions metric used by some universities. Alternatives include L3 (last 3 years), B3 (Best 3 years), cGPA (cumulative) etc.
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    JD in Canada vs USA

    I know nothing about IP practice or medical law, so can't comment on the rest of your post. I don't think there are 'malicious hidden conditions', but US schools are famously good at getting people in with scholarships that the students can't maintain (hence that report figure with up to 53% having them reduced or eliminated). 2.9 isn't necessarily an easy grade to get in law school - depending on what they curve/average to, a good chunk of the student body can probably expect grades below that. Aside from just the general difficulty adapting to law school, one of the most common ways US schools manage scholarships (I have no idea if Santa Clara do this, it's just a technique I have read is common) is to place all, or most, of the scholarship students in a section together, so they're being graded against each other, which makes it very statistically difficult for all of them to beat the curve. What I do know they do (because it's on their website) is that in substantive courses, an 8-12% of the class must get a C- grade or below (https://law.scu.edu/bulletin/academic-policies/#Grades). Being one of those people in any course could be pretty devastating to your GPA. Below you list three other schools - CU is the best ranked of everything you've mentioned, and is one of the best schools in the mountain west (if you include them, the two Arizona schools are the only ones ranked higher). But it is a regional school, and you'd be facing a lot of work to get work in California from Colorado (on top of the 'can you work in the US' issues to begin with). If you were American and wanted to work in Denver, Boulder, CO Springs, even SLC, CU could be a very good choice, but it's probably not a great option to try to get to either CA.
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    JD in Canada vs USA

    You might want to 'move to and live in California', but have you investigated what your options would be for doing so? If you plan to study in a country where you don't have status, you could potentially wind up with an expensive and useless degree (with a road of varying difficulty to return to Canada). In addition, have you read Santa Clara's disclosure report? http://1x937u16qcra1vnejt2hj4jl-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/Std509InfoReport-23.pdf As many as 53% of students have their scholarships reduced or eliminated for failing to maintain grade requirements (and only 7% of students have an offer as generous as yours, suggesting it would have some strings/requirements attached), they estimate living expenses at $24k/year (which is $32k Canadian), and the last reported year, nobody transferred in, but 21 people (10% of the class) did leave for non-transfer reasons. All in all, I'd say you'd have to be quite brave to think that's a good offer if you're sitting on opportunities from Canadian schools.
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    What is the latest date to be accepted?

    If someone has a spot and doesn't show up to first day of orientation, schools will probably try to fill it. They may even do that if someone drops out after a few days. People will certainly still be getting in (somewhere, and in very low numbers) as late as August, possibly even September.
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    International Student Tuition

    This is the sort of thing you can easily find on the school's website, which would be quicker, and save you from wondering if a number you were given here was right. http://www.queensu.ca/registrar/sites/webpublish.queensu.ca.uregwww/files/files/Tuition_2018_2019_UG_Intl.pdf Yearly total for international students: $ 57,214.30
  9. lookingaround

    Turning 30 in 1L

    This will only be an issue if you make it one. It is very unlikely you will be the oldest in your class, and quite likely there will be others around your age. The largest contingent of the class will probably be a few years younger than you.
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    Chances of Acceptance? 156 3.6 GPA

    Alberta's admitted students grid for 2018-19 is at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view. It suggests that a 3.6/156 would be just below admission. So although future cycles might be slightly different, last year a person with a 3.6 would have needed at least a 157 to get in.
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    What are law school classes like?

    Not to disagree with most of that post, but a qualification on the 'mostly 100% exam's from a current student - your assessment methods will vary wildly depending on your professor and the school. I think all of my finals have been worth 40% or more, but in my experience (which again, depends on the class, the professor teaching it, the school), 100% finals are not that common, although they do exist. I'm half way through 2L and my first 100% final is this term (where I have two of them, yay :)). My other two courses this term are a 50% final exam and a 55% final paper. Last term my largest component exam was 75% of final grade. In classes that are not 100% finals, the remainder (anywhere from 25-60%) can be made up of shorter papers, class participation, midterm exams, etc (which could be failsafe, or could be guaranteed to contribute to your grade). Where you do have exams, these can vary completely in what you're allowed to bring in (again, this term my two 100% finals are polar opposites of each other - one is closed book nothing allowed, one is open laptop everything allowed). Where you're allowed to bring things in, you still need to understand the contents - you might find it useful to grab facts and quotes, but you'll need to be able to rapidly identify what's important in it, and flip to it. Your books and notes will probably be heavily tabbed for that purpose. In short: You will be assessed. The manner in which that happens could look very different between different law students, depending on where they go, and what classes they take.
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    seeking information on BC REAL program

    As has been noted, REAL places 2L students in the summer, so if you're currently a 1L you're unlikely to be benefiting from the program this year. You might try to contact firms in the identified high needs communities with an eye to applying next year (applications from firms due by February 20th in 2019 - https://www.cbabc.org/Our-Work/Initiatives/REAL-Information). That said, they also suggest they have a severe funding shortfall and matching will be required from the communities or the firms, so depending on everything else the program may not even be around that much longer. I've been doing some research and they seem to place around 10-15 students most years. The process seems to be that firms apply for funding (with or without a specific student in mind), jobs are advertised for the ones awarded funding, and students can then apply for any funded firm (so that may be pointless if a firm already had a specific name planned, or they may find a candidate they like even more applies). REAL note that your chances of being placed go up dramatically if you do the legwork to find a firm, and get them to apply for the funding. I've been glancing at some firms in some of the areas, but so far seem to be running into a problem that REAL is intended partially to address - the lack of lawyers. Some of the communities only have a couple of firms, practicing in areas I have little interest in. Which may be indicative of the local market, or may be that their interests and expertise covers local needs for those, and other things are unmet, driving a need for the REAL program etc.
  13. I'm sure they are. Hence "a lot of students would rather live in Toronto". (Edit to add: Not that Toronto's outrageous rental market has anything to boast about on that front ;))
  14. Indeed, I'd say you could easily reverse the main question; how do Toronto schools maintain their standard of applicant when they can get a fantastic education at 1/3-1/4 the cost? (The answer seemingly being that a lot of students would rather live in Toronto for 3 years than look at mountains during winters without snow in the city. Their choice, I guess)
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    engineering graduate low cgpa

    The ideal LSAT score for your gpa, like any other, is 180. The subject of your undergrad degree isn't relevant. It's impossible to randomly guess at admissions chances when you're missing a vital component. All you can say is that your cGPA and L2 are both very low for law school. Schools which drop the worst specific credits regardless of where they are in the degree may (or may not) result in yet another figure for their purposes. If you're interested in thinking of applying, you can expect a very tough road, with the need for a very high LSAT score. Admission is not yet impossible, but you have left yourself a narrow path (and at some schools it probably is pretty much impossible, because they have more applicants with great GPA & LSAT scores than seats). Write the practice LSAT on the LSAC website under timed test conditions and you'll see where you're starting from.