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Hello, 

I am a third year university student going into fourth year, I had a question, my GPA in the first year of university was extremely low, and was not the best in 3 out of 10 courses in second years first semester either but besides that one bad year I got my act together now and I’ve been getting very good grades for 2 years and have been on the Dean’s honour list I am also in an extremely hard program and institute, I’m sure I can continue these grades in my last year of undergrad as well. I have been getting coaching for LSAT’s since a year and I’m very involved with the community and clubs, if I am able to get an 88th - 90th percentile score on LSAT, is there any chance of me getting into any law school in Canada? Maybe even through holistic application ? Thank you very much. 

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9 hours ago, Amber123 said:

Hello, 

I am a third year university student going into fourth year, I had a question, my GPA in the first year of university was extremely low, and was not the best in 3 out of 10 courses in second years first semester either but besides that one bad year I got my act together now and I’ve been getting very good grades for 2 years and have been on the Dean’s honour list I am also in an extremely hard program and institute, I’m sure I can continue these grades in my last year of undergrad as well. I have been getting coaching for LSAT’s since a year and I’m very involved with the community and clubs, if I am able to get an 88th - 90th percentile score on LSAT, is there any chance of me getting into any law school in Canada? Maybe even through holistic application ? Thank you very much. 

Hey! Don't worry too much about your performance in first year because some schools may not even consider it. For example, I know U of T takes your best 3 years... so if you did not do well in first year but then did very well in years 2, 3 and 4, then you would be fine. 

To answer your question directly: yes, 88th-90th is good for virtually every school in Canada. Also, if your GPA is 3.7 or higher, you should get into plenty of schools!  

For now, however, focus on doing the best you can in the courses you have left and then on the LSAT. You will be fine! 

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A 163 (87th) or 164 (90th) are solid scores. Obviously. But do keep in mind that 87% of people and 90% of people respectively will not score that high. Are you the 13% or 10%? Let's hope. 

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Fix your GPA then worry about the LSAT. You only have one whack at your undergraduate GPA and can redo the LSAT until you are happy with the result. 

Upward trends in a GPA are helpful. Most schools will give you the chance to explain upward trends in an addendum when you apply, so don't sweat bad grades early on if you're crushing it now. 

Sorry to bring this up, but I get irked when people mention how hard their program/school is. The difficulty of your degree/institution is probably negligible in the eyes of an admissions officer. At the end of the day your stats are the foundation of application, so work hard and hope for the best. 

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3 minutes ago, Daddy said:

Fix your GPA then worry about the LSAT. You only have one whack at your undergraduate GPA and can redo the LSAT until you are happy with the result. 

Solid advice 

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On 4/16/2018 at 10:54 AM, Daddy said:

Fix your GPA then worry about the LSAT. You only have one whack at your undergraduate GPA and can redo the LSAT until you are happy with the result. 

Upward trends in a GPA are helpful. Most schools will give you the chance to explain upward trends in an addendum when you apply, so don't sweat bad grades early on if you're crushing it now. 

Sorry to bring this up, but I get irked when people mention how hard their program/school is. The difficulty of your degree/institution is probably negligible in the eyes of an admissions officer. At the end of the day your stats are the foundation of application, so work hard and hope for the best. 

Hey, I just had a question, so would it matter if you are currently in an Ivy League school or is that not taken into account usually ? 

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On 2018-04-16 at 10:54 AM, Daddy said:

Sorry to bring this up, but I get irked when people mention how hard their program/school is. The difficulty of your degree/institution is probably negligible in the eyes of an admissions officer. At the end of the day your stats are the foundation of application, so work hard and hope for the best. 

 

17 minutes ago, Amber123 said:

Hey, I just had a question, so would it matter if you are currently in an Ivy League school or is that not taken into account usually ? 

I believe only Toronto has explicitly said they care about what your undergrad program was and where it came from. That being said, I have little doubt that both of them either play subconsciously in AdComm staff (ceteris paribus decisions) or as a part of the holistic process.

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1 hour ago, Amber123 said:

Hey, I just had a question, so would it matter if you are currently in an Ivy League school or is that not taken into account usually ? 

Coming from an Ivy League wouldn't offset a low GPA or LSAT. As far as west coast schools go, I don't think they take it into account anyways. There are holistic schools (such as TRU and U of C) but there's no way of knowing whether they factor this in their evaluations.

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4 hours ago, Amber123 said:

Hey, I just had a question, so would it matter if you are currently in an Ivy League school or is that not taken into account usually ? 

Such aspects of an application are intangible. I'm sure it would help in a tie-break situation, but as I mentioned I think your best bet is to focus on your stats. 

There are so many variables that could affect the quality of your application: essay, addenda, ethnicity, extracurricular activities, work experience, undergrad institution, major etc. It is hard to determine the relative importance of these variables (or softs). This is why there is such an emphasis on GPA and LSAT - applications live and die by your stats.

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