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Hello all, 

I am looking at applying to UNB, as well as a few other schools, this fall to start in the fall 2020 term. My CGPA is 3.68 on a 4.3 scale and L2 is 3.825. I have strong references including 3 professors as well as a senior partner at a top tier law firm. What LSAT score would I need to be a competitive applicant? 

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Are you from the Maritimes? It also depends on what your GPA with drops is, probably high 150's would be fine but low 160's would be safe. 

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25 minutes ago, clevermoose said:

Are you from the Maritimes? It also depends on what your GPA with drops is, probably high 150's would be fine but low 160's would be safe. 

I am not from the maritimes. And my four lowest grades are B's so those would be the classes that are likely dropped.

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17 hours ago, Zack1997 said:

I am not from the maritimes. And my four lowest grades are B's so those would be the classes that are likely dropped.

I did not get in this year with a 3.8 with drops / 165 LSAT as a non-maritimer. So you would want better than that I guess, unless you have extra strong softs.

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1 hour ago, leveredge said:

Clevermoose - were you rejected, or have you just not heard back?

Have not heard back but it is mid-April now. Getting accepted off the wait list in July or August is basically useless. Especially as other schools have already accepted me that had decision deadlines. 

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10 hours ago, clevermoose said:

Have not heard back but it is mid-April now. Getting accepted off the wait list in July or August is basically useless. Especially as other schools have already accepted me that had decision deadlines. 

When did you apply though? Because as I understand they have rolling admissions so if I were to apply early would that not change my chances? 

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1 hour ago, Zack1997 said:

When did you apply though? Because as I understand they have rolling admissions so if I were to apply early would that not change my chances? 

Hi! Yes the earlier the better, I also have not been accepted this year yet (maritime resident) I have almost a 4.0 with drops. Most of my grades in university were 85% and higher. My LSAT is trash, I wrote 3 times and it’s way below average. Because of this I knew my chances of being accepted were low. If I do get chosen from the waitlist even in late August I will most probably accept.

I highly recommend trying to get the highest grade possible. There really isn’t a consistent acceptance for UNB for non-maritime residents. Mostly because we don’t fully know exactly what they look at. I have a long list of ECs (student athlete, pre law society, held positions in organizations, studied in the USA). Two strong references. A good GPA.  So I think it really is important to do all you can with the LSAT. Plan to take it at least twice! 

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44 minutes ago, lawhopefulCO2022 said:

Hi! Yes the earlier the better, I also have not been accepted this year yet (maritime resident) I have almost a 4.0 with drops. Most of my grades in university were 85% and higher. My LSAT is trash, I wrote 3 times and it’s way below average. Because of this I knew my chances of being accepted were low. If I do get chosen from the waitlist even in late August I will most probably accept.

I highly recommend trying to get the highest grade possible. There really isn’t a consistent acceptance for UNB for non-maritime residents. Mostly because we don’t fully know exactly what they look at. I have a long list of ECs (student athlete, pre law society, held positions in organizations, studied in the USA). Two strong references. A good GPA.  So I think it really is important to do all you can with the LSAT. Plan to take it at least twice! 

What was your final LSAT? 

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2 hours ago, Zack1997 said:

When did you apply though? Because as I understand they have rolling admissions so if I were to apply early would that not change my chances? 

I applied in October...

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On 4/12/2019 at 10:59 PM, clevermoose said:

I applied in October...

But wrote the LSAT in February so the application wasn’t complete until February/March, right?

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8 hours ago, providence said:

But wrote the LSAT in February so the application wasn’t complete until February/March, right?

Feb of 2018... Application would have been compete in October. They also would have had my fall grades in Jan, before any acceptances had been sent out. 

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8 hours ago, clevermoose said:

Feb of 2018... Application would have been compete in October. They also would have had my fall grades in Jan, before any acceptances had been sent out

3.8 before drops and a 165 just seems incredibly high to not even get waitlisted. 165 is higher than any Canadian law schools LSAT average other than UBC and U of T. And 3.8 is quite high also. 

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FWIW, I was accepted on the 28th with a 3.8 after drops and a 164 LSAT. Most likely will be declining in my seat in a few days so hopefully it goes to one of you.

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2 hours ago, Zack1997 said:

3.8 before drops and a 165 just seems incredibly high to not even get waitlisted. 165 is higher than any Canadian law schools LSAT average other than UBC and U of T. And 3.8 is quite high also. 

It is after drops, but it is still competitive/higher than many people with acceptances this cycle. Especially when taken with my LSAT score.

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14 hours ago, clevermoose said:

It is after drops, but it is still competitive/higher than many people with acceptances this cycle. Especially when taken with my LSAT score.

Could it have had anything to do with letters of reference or EC's? 

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1 hour ago, Zack1997 said:

Could it have had anything to do with letters of reference or EC's? 

I doubt either of the two profs that gave me a range of A grades would have said yes to writing a letter of reference and use it to maliciously scuttle my application. My ECs are nothing fancy but are in line with what I assume to be pretty normal for K-JD apps (School clubs/societies, gov jobs over the summer, a few university awards/scholarships, intermediate proficiency in a third language etc.) I do have some interesting things like international work experience though. Honestly I am just confused. 

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17 minutes ago, clevermoose said:

I doubt either of the two profs that gave me a range of A grades would have said yes to writing a letter of reference and use it to maliciously scuttle my application. My ECs are nothing fancy but are in line with what I assume to be pretty normal for K-JD apps (School clubs/societies, gov jobs over the summer, a few university awards/scholarships, intermediate proficiency in a third language etc.) I do have some interesting things like international work experience though. Honestly I am just confused. 

That is very strange. Have you called or emailed them to ask what the status of your application is? You could request a timeline on the decision saying UNB is your number one choice but you have an acceptance at another law school and need to make a decision. 

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9 minutes ago, Aschenbach said:

That is very strange. Have you called or emailed them to ask what the status of your application is? You could request a timeline on the decision saying UNB is your number one choice but you have an acceptance at another law school and need to make a decision. 

Yup, I asked if they could tell me what their calculation of my GPA with drops was, but they said it was an internal number they could not share 🤨 They also said they have both my reference letters, final grades and personal statement and would let me know if anything changed regarding my status.  No idea what is going on.

"To date we do have a number of acceptances outstanding, both to Special Categories as well as Regional Preferences." <- got that back in February, many people have been accepted since then but not me :(

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I called last Friday and was told that they still have seats remaining and that they hope to send all the offers out by end of May, begnning of June. I found this rather odd as it seems like a long time to wait to fill out your seats. The waitlist apparently will start in June. 

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