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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadian Picks
« on: October 25, 2006, 11:52:16 AM »
Won't make a change for York. They'll already treat your 165 as an equivalent 4.0ish year of study.
TITCR
go to lawstudents.ca and search for osgoode gpa lsat conversion.
Someone there has posted a complete breakdown of what lsat = what gpa.
No point in re-taking @ 165 the school average is 160-162 depending on the year, unless you have a brutal gpa and want to split.

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: My box is filled!
« on: October 20, 2006, 12:53:19 PM »
Very East Coast of Canada, Last name starts with W.
With any luck it's alphabetical and score releases will commence immediately following Z! (In reverse order of course!)

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put on your asbestos drawers

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: lsac.org not working for anyone else?
« on: October 19, 2006, 03:03:15 PM »
Working just fine here at the north-east end of the continent.

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Oh Canada! / Re: US GPA Inflation
« on: October 14, 2006, 07:46:35 AM »
There's a thread a few spaces down about conversion of GPA for Canadians.
In it I describe one situation where the GPA was going to be reduced from a 4.0 to a 3.46 due to the grades being reported numerically instead of as letter grades.
I ended up phoning LSAC on the issue and asking if there is any kind of appeal process before we apply.
The answer was...

Apply first and see what the conversion works out to.

If the conversion is unfair, then have the registrar from your UG school call LSAC with your LSAC account number, they are willing to revise your GPA somewhat based on the conversation with the registrar.

I asked if this were a common problem, and was told yes, they are aware of the problem, and they do this all the time for Canadians.

So to the OP, there's a solution you may wish to try.  I haven't got to the point of doing it yet, but plan to.

So it turns out you may be able to change LSAC.

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Oh Canada! / Re: "School Submissions" section on OUAC web site
« on: October 09, 2006, 08:49:32 AM »
 :'(

thanks anyway

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Oh Canada! / Re: "School Submissions" section on OUAC web site
« on: October 08, 2006, 02:31:02 PM »
Also, I bought a personal writing book from a Canadian author, and the PS's for Canadian law schools seemed more like autobiographical sketches than strict PSs.

Title and Author perhaps??

Thanks

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anyone got a link to a thread that shows the scales of all of the past years?

Doesn't include June, but does go back to Dec 96.

http://www.powerscore.com/lsat/help/correct_targeted.htm

Someone else with PT 49 could fill in all the breaks for June...


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Oh Canada! / Re: How accurately does LSAC convert Canadian averages?
« on: September 21, 2006, 05:43:26 AM »
Wow, a class average of 83-85...holy smokes. That would have been an Low A Average for the class here, not very likely.  If it were on a curve, they'd pick what the average mark they'd assign was, and then bell curve the marks on to it and re-assign final marks based on the curve.
Your 93 certainly doesn't look as good as it should against that average.
In my case, the class average would have to have been somewhere in the low 60s, the 85-90 was waaaay ahead of the average.  Fortunately Ido have letters from profs saying so, but that doesn't help with the pure numbers game that goes on down south for the early cuts.


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Oh Canada! / Re: How accurately does LSAC convert Canadian averages?
« on: September 20, 2006, 02:49:52 PM »
Just running into this as we are working towards an app for 2008.

24 ch of Community College, all A's according to college.
3 courses @ 85%
4 courses @ 90%
1 course @ 95%

Top student in University Transfer Program, won bursary for being so.  (No Curve Grading here, getting an 85+ requires a review of work before it's awarded)
GPA as reported by College, 4.0
According to the table provided by LSAC, this converts to a 3.46!!

Spoke with Head Adminsistrator at college and Chief Registrar today.  Told them if they had simply reported letter grades, no problem, would have converted properly to 4.0.  They said...happy to write letters of support, and explain, but not possible to change transcript to letter grades.

LSAC Guide says...

There may be some variation in GPAs
calculated by LSAC and those calculated by
colleges or students; however, the variation is
rarely substantial. Because the law schools
that use the LSDAS understand its procedures,
variation in GPAis not likely to be crucial to a
law school’s admission decision.

I don't know what they call substantial, but holy smokes...4.0 to 3.46...

Fortunately Year 2 at university was 4.1/4.3...reported as letter grades.  But it still only averages up to 3.8 for LSAC.  To average up to 4.0 on LSAC it will take straight A's plus 10 more A+'s...tough row to hoe, just to get back to where it all started.

Anyone ever try appealing this issue to LSAC?

It seems that getting an 85-90 must be very different down south.

Edit...
OLSAS would have shown the College Year as 3.91/4.0 and after 2 years, 3.92/4.0...that seems pretty reasonable.

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