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What a crappy admissions cycle for york students to apply... with the strike looking like its going to last until the provincial election is over, who knows when final grades will come in. I really hope those who received deferred decisions don't get the end of the stick at Western just because cupe 3903 and yorku can't recognize the needs of students. 

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On 4/4/2018 at 3:08 PM, hopeful2018 said:

Hey guys! My status just changed to "Deferred Decision." It says they're waiting for final marks. 

Should I be hopeful or not? 

How does this work exactly. I just finished my 3rd year undergrad and starting my 4th in September. I will be applying to law school for fall 2019, so I have to apply by November 2018, meaning I won't even have grades for 1st semester of year 4.

Does this mean that my L2 consists of second and third year? And does the school only look at 4th year marks when they mark you as "deferred decision"? Or are 4th year marks always looked at?

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On 2018-04-06 at 2:21 PM, mblawyer said:

I called admissions yesterday, and from what it sounds like they really want to see you strongly in your final courses. its their way of giving you a fair chance, and allowing you to prove with your grades that you are a strong candidate. 

Its a bit frustrating, but I guess over all it is much better than a rejection so. 

Just checked my Western Student Centre and my status has changed from “Deferred Decision” to “Not Offered Admission.”

I’m not entirely surprised, because Western is a really strong school, but I am obviously disappointed and rather confused. I thought, like @mblawyer, that the deferral was a way of proving that you’re a strong candidate / showing an upward trend. But my last semester grades were some of the best I’ve ever gotten (my final year GPA was 3.9/4.0, on the OLSAS scale). So I’m confused as to why they’d defer a decision in the first place, if all A-range grades weren’t even enough to get waitlisted...

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Got moved from Deferred Decision to Waitlist. I assume the class might be full, really hoping to get in.

L2: 3.7ish

LSAT: 159

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On 5/28/2018 at 3:32 PM, OptimistPenguin said:

Just checked my Western Student Centre and my status has changed from “Deferred Decision” to “Not Offered Admission.”

I’m not entirely surprised, because Western is a really strong school, but I am obviously disappointed and rather confused. I thought, like @mblawyer, that the deferral was a way of proving that you’re a strong candidate / showing an upward trend. But my last semester grades were some of the best I’ve ever gotten (my final year GPA was 3.9/4.0, on the OLSAS scale). So I’m confused as to why they’d defer a decision in the first place, if all A-range grades weren’t even enough to get waitlisted...

I personally think that the "deferred decision" status is a bad idea leading to more applicant uncertainty and unpredictability, as if there isn't already enough of that. But then again, the few applicants that did get accepted due to it in the past might disagree with me. That being said, you have to keep in mind that very high GPA's is never the only deciding factor for acceptances. Proving that your a "strong candidate" could mean many things. I think there is a lot more than just getting a 3.9 or 4.0 in your final year that is taken into account when the Western acceptance committee decides to accept/reject/waitlist someone with a deferred status. For example, a final year GPA of 3.9 would have a larger impact on the overall GPA of someone with a overall GPA of 3.5 VS. someone with an overall GPA of 3.7 (former would jump to 3.6 while later would become 3.75). Even though the later would have the higher GPA, one could argue that the former had a stronger upward trend. If the former also has a more competitive LSAT, he/she may be in a better position than the person with a 3.75 GPA. I'm oversimplifying way to much, but my point is that there is a A LOT of unpredictability. Westerns focus on your L2 GPA makes things more complicated. How your L2 is calculated by Western depends on your course loads, taking less than a full course load in your 3rd or 4th year may result in Western using your 2nd year towards your L2 GPA as well. This could also influence the extent of improvement brought by your final grades. The number of people already waitlisted/accepted by the time they review your file again may also influence the decision. 

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