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[cgpa: 3.5/4.3 L2 gpa: 3.7/4.3, 157] My Chances at a Canadian law school?

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UBC student

 

cgpa: 3.5/4.3

L2 gpa: 3.7/4.3

top 90: 3.75/4.3

LSAT: 157

 

Hey guys. So I got my LSAT score today, which is well below what I was scoring on practice tests (160-163) a week before the official LSAT. I was wondering however if with these current stats I would be able to get into a single Canadian law school. Is there a list of, lets say 5 law schools that if I was to apply to all of them that I would get into at least one. Could I afford to not write the LSAT again? Would it be a big risk to go into applications with this LSAT score? I ask this because my time is very limited for several reasons and therefore I would prefer to not write the LSAT again. One of the schools highest on my list is TRU which I would love to go to, but I'm fine with going to any school really.

 

Thank you.

 

 

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Im in a similar position, marginally higher grades out of a 4.3 but a 156. 

From what I understand we'd have a decent shot at Windsor and Ottawa. I'm planning on rewriting, because I want to get above a 160 to guarantee acceptance somewhere - but if you don't have the time to re-write you may as well apply and see what happens. I have a friend at Ottawa who has classmates who got in with low 150s. 

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Im in a similar position, marginally higher grades out of a 4.3 but a 156. 

 

From what I understand we'd have a decent shot at Windsor and Ottawa. I'm planning on rewriting, because I want to get above a 160 to guarantee acceptance somewhere - but if you don't have the time to re-write you may as well apply and see what happens. I have a friend at Ottawa who has classmates who got in with low 150s. 

 

Ah, nice to see you again.  last i remember, you were talking shit to me for going to a school like dal. 

 

156 eh?

 

good luck.

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UBC student

 

cgpa: 3.5/4.3

L2 gpa: 3.7/4.3

top 90: 3.75/4.3

LSAT: 157

Hey guys. So I got my LSAT score today, which is well below what I was scoring on practice tests (160-163) a week before the official LSAT. I was wondering however if with these current stats I would be able to get into a single Canadian law school. Is there a list of, lets say 5 law schools that if I was to apply to all of them that I would get into at least one. Could I afford to not write the LSAT again? Would it be a big risk to go into applications with this LSAT score? I ask this because my time is very limited for several reasons and therefore I would prefer to not write the LSAT again. One of the schools highest on my list is TRU which I would love to go to, but I'm fine with going to any school really.

Thank you.

Standard advice is to apply broadly and see what happens, as people with lower stats get accepted all the time.

 

A more detailed opinion is that your grades are just kind of OK law school wise, and they will go down a bit when converted to a 4.0 scale. With your LSAT I would say your chances are marginal right now, but that it is still worth applying. I think places like TRU or Windsor would be your best bets, but you never know someone else could like your stats and let you in.

 

Should you rewrite? Most definitely yes, a score over 160 would make you more competitive. Do you have to apply this cycle or could you wait until next year to apply? That would give you the time you need to boost that LSAT and improve your chances.

 

Something else you could consider is applying to the schools you think you have a better chance at, and if you don't get in focus on rewriting for next cycle.

 

Good luck!

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Standard advice is to apply broadly and see what happens, as people with lower stats get accepted all the time.

 

A more detailed opinion is that your grades are just kind of OK law school wise, and they will go down a bit when converted to a 4.0 scale. With your LSAT I would say your chances are marginal right now, but that it is still worth applying. I think places like TRU or Windsor would be your best bets, but you never know someone else could like your stats and let you in.

 

Should you rewrite? Most definitely yes, a score over 160 would make you more competitive. Do you have to apply this cycle or could you wait until next year to apply? That would give you the time you need to boost that LSAT and improve your chances.

 

Something else you could consider is applying to the schools you think you have a better chance at, and if you don't get in focus on rewriting for next cycle.

 

Good luck!

 

 

Ah, nice to see you again.  last i remember, you were talking shit to me for going to a school like dal. 

 

156 eh?

 

good luck.

 

Guys thanks for the replies. My last 5 practice LSATs before the real LSAT were 162-158-163-163-161, and I ended up getting a 157. I think this drop was because at my LSAT centre (at UBC) where I wrote the final LSAT, the heating broke down and everyone was essentially shivering for the 3 hours that we wrote the LSAT. It was so freakin cold that I felt like I wrote the LSAT while being tortured as I was shivering uncontrollably for 3 DAMN HOURS :/! I think this has really demotivated me because I prepared so much and went from a 152 diagnostic to a 163 high in 2.5 months only to have it taken away from me because of this freak accident of the heater breaking down. I will most likely write it again and make sure to bring a jacket with me incase I need to write an LSAT in freezing temperatures again. 

 

The main purpose I wrote this post is to see if I applied to all of (I am applying to all) Lakehead, York, Ottawa, Queens, Western, Windsor, Manitoba, Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Alberta, Calgary, TRU, Saskatchewan, and UNB with a 157 LSAT, that I would get into at least one of these schools. I am applying to the tougher schools to get into (which a 157 wouldn't help me get in) for when I pull a 160+ LSAT which I am capable of doing as is seen from my latest practice LSATs. So by reading your posts I would assume that I would get into at least one of those schools even if I applied with a 157? 

 

Thank you very much for the advice.

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Guys thanks for the replies. My last 5 practice LSATs before the real LSAT were 162-158-163-163-161, and I ended up getting a 157. I think this drop was because at my LSAT centre (at UBC) where I wrote the final LSAT, the heating broke down and everyone was essentially shivering for the 3 hours that we wrote the LSAT. It was so freakin cold that I felt like I wrote the LSAT while being tortured as I was shivering uncontrollably for 3 DAMN HOURS :/! I think this has really demotivated me because I prepared so much and went from a 152 diagnostic to a 163 high in 2.5 months only to have it taken away from me because of this freak accident of the heater breaking down. I will most likely write it again and make sure to bring a jacket with me incase I need to write an LSAT in freezing temperatures again.

 

The main purpose I wrote this post is to see if I applied to all of (I am applying to all) Lakehead, York, Ottawa, Queens, Western, Windsor, Manitoba, Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Alberta, Calgary, TRU, Saskatchewan, and UNB with a 157 LSAT, that I would get into at least one of these schools. I am applying to the tougher schools to get into (which a 157 wouldn't help me get in) for when I pull a 160+ LSAT which I am capable of doing as is seen from my latest practice LSATs. So by reading your posts I would assume that I would get into at least one of those schools even if I applied with a 157?

 

Thank you very much for the advice.

I understand how you feel what with the uncertainty of the admissions process, I was once there too, it's tough. The issue with things like "if I apply to X school with Y stats I'll for sure get in" is that nobody is going to be able to tell you that for sure. All anyone can do is gauge your chances, and no one is going to be able to assume that you'll get in anywhere unless it's one of the index schools.

 

Apply broadly, put your best foot forward with your PS and application materials, work hard for your rewrite, and see what happens. That's all you can do.

 

This is a really stressful experience, and it's going to be a rough few months for everyone who is applying. I had by all accounts a really easy application process, I got in everywhere I applied to and got in early on, but I too was irrationally stressed about the whole thing. Try to take it all in stride, everything will work out ok.

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I have no idea, but if I had to guess: I think you will get into Lakehead, Windsor, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Maybe TRU (they do not release admissions statistics).

 

Others are possible as well (Ottawa, New Brunswick), but not over 50% likely in my opinion.

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Your chances aren't good for any Canadian school. OLSAS converts your cgpa to 3.3. I would suggest rewriting the LSAT. You'll have a much better chance if you can boost your LSAT score to 163.

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I have no idea, but if I had to guess: I think you will get into Lakehead, Windsor, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Maybe TRU (they do not release admissions statistics).

 

Others are possible as well (Ottawa, New Brunswick), but not over 50% likely in my opinion.

 

Manitoba formula they'd need about a 4.1 to get in with a 157.

 

((LSAT-120)/60)*50 + ((50/4.5)*GPA).

 

Even their max 3.7 is a total index of 72.4 which is nowhere near admission.

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I have no idea, but if I had to guess: I think you will get into Lakehead, Windsor, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Maybe TRU (they do not release admissions statistics).

 

Others are possible as well (Ottawa, New Brunswick), but not over 50% likely in my opinion.

I hope so... I applied to every Canadian law school (11 schools) except the more difficult ones to get into like UBC, U of T, Calgary, and Uvic. Just hope to get into one of those. I even applied to Windsor dual JD which seems to have a lower LSAT acceptance. I just hope to get into at least 1 school.

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I hope so... I applied to every Canadian law school (11 schools) except the more difficult ones to get into like UBC, U of T, Calgary, and Uvic. Just hope to get into one of those. I even applied to Windsor dual JD which seems to have a lower LSAT acceptance. I just hope to get into at least 1 school.

You should apply to Calgary too if you still can, it isn't particularly difficult to get into (no idea where you heard that) and their admissions are truly holistic which may really help out someone with your stats.

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