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Law School Admissions / Optional Essays
« on: July 08, 2005, 12:31:59 PM »

I was just wondering about optional essays, how do you know what schools ask for optional essays, I mean where do you find it on the application? Do schools have a specific topic, or do they just say "if there is anything else you'd like us to know?" at the end of the app? And if they just say "is there anything else you'd like us to know...." what are you supposed to say? Talk about how you'd make the law school diverse? Couldn't you just address most things in your PS?

Law School Admissions / Being in the middle of the 25th/75th
« on: July 01, 2005, 10:48:08 AM »
What's the deal with being in the middle of the 25th/75th precentile for the LSAT and GPA for schools that you see in USNews or on If you have decent EC and WE do you have a half decent shot at being admitted? I mean I see people here saying that people with like 3.6 and 171 have like no chance at Columbia or NYU but those numbers fall in the schools 25th/75th percentile.


Canadian Law Students / Letter of Recommendation help
« on: May 24, 2005, 12:13:15 PM »

I'm going to be applying to schools in the next cycle and I noticed that most Canadian schools need you to have your LOR's sent directly to them (i.e on the Dal and McGill websites it gives direction on how to send your LOR's). I'm just wondering if there is one central place I can have them sent to and them the schools can get them from there, like it is in the US with LSAC in the US. I plan on applying to US schools as well so does this mean I will have to get my recommenders to send off like 5 LORs to the schools I want to apply to in Canada and also one to LSAC in the US?

Thanks for the help,

Canadian Law Students / Percentage Grades going to the U.S
« on: January 15, 2005, 08:51:11 AM »

I'm looking at applying for law school next year and I saw the gpa conversion scale on the lsac website and just thought it was totally ridiculous. All my grades are in percentages, but when I convert them using a regular Canadian gpa conversion like they do at U of T or other Canadian schools my gpa is around 3.56, but if I were to do it using the lsac one it would be far lower. Does anyone know why this is the case? I mean I've gotten low 90s in classes before and known that I had the 3rd highest mark in the class, but using the lsac it would not convert to a 4.0 on the gpa scale. It makes no sense!!


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