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Canadian Law Students / Re: GPA CONVERSION ..HELP!
« on: September 26, 2004, 05:51:14 PM »
Ah, I think Matt is just talking about the percentage scales used in individual courses... different profs will use different methods of collecting your grade during the course, and then they tell the class how they derive a letter grade (and thus, a GPA), from your marks in that course.

For example, I've had several profs who grade your exam, and you get a percent.  And then, depending on the difficulty of the course, they assign those raw percent grades to letter grades.  Because psych courses tend to be "easy", people need to score a 91+ average in order to get an A.  On the other hand, in certain physical chemistry courses I have taken, getting a mere 75-80 gives you an A-, and an 81+ gets you an A.  That's because in those particular courses, there were exams where over 60% of the class received 50% or below on the exam, whereas in a typical first-year psych course, the lowest grade might be a 75%.

That's how it has worked for most of my science courses.  Then, in English, the profs tend to simply assign letter grades to tests and assignments, and the average of those grades becomes your final grade.  The whole percentage thing isn't an official scale by any means, it's just a way for profs to account for variances in course difficulty, so that you don't get an entire class that all get A's, or C-'s.

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Canadian Law Students / Re: Mature students in Canadian Law schools
« on: September 26, 2004, 05:32:15 PM »
I think it would sort of depend on how much, and what type, of work experience that you have.  It seems to me that other factors (such as having a family, having volunteer experience, etc.) might also be considered by admission boards when one is applying as a mature student.


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Studying for the LSAT / Re: time in between each section
« on: September 26, 2004, 05:25:46 PM »
LOL, maybe I should spend some time this week in-between classes practicing my "LSAT timer techniques"

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: How long to prepare for LSAT?
« on: September 26, 2004, 05:21:24 PM »
Or, you could just take the stress off and wait a year... I'm not even planning on going to LS until fall 2006,  8)

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Studying for the LSAT / Game Plan until October 2nd
« on: September 26, 2004, 05:19:17 PM »
Well, here's mine:

I scored a 172 today, so now I have decided that I am not going to write any more full-length practice tests before Saturday.  I want to end my practicing on a high note, and I'm afraid if my last practice test is in the low 160's, it is totally going to psych me out.

So, every day I will write 1 or 2 timed sections, and focus particularly on games sections from recent tests, then take friday off completely (after I'm done my Anal. Chem. lab at 6pm Friday evening, that is).

What is everyone else's plan?

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: 1 week till test day, woohoo!
« on: September 25, 2004, 01:01:39 AM »
Stressed?  Who is stressed about next Saturday?

I am so relieved that I can turn my attention towards interpreting multinuclear NMR of organometallic complexes once this silly LSAT thing is over...

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Yeah, I'm Canadian and I'm not really clear on this...

From what I understand about the U of Calgary, law school is considered an undergraduate program.  Technically, this means that you can get into law school without an undergrad degree, though they do specify that you need at least 2 years of post-secondary education before you can apply.  In reality, very few (<<<1%) of successful applicants to the law school actually get in without having an undergraduate degree, so in this way, it definitely isn't a regular undergraduate faculty, either.

And I think that most schools in Canada operate the same way, though correct me if I am wrong, because I'm not really certain.

BTW, I'm gonna apply with 2 undergraduate degrees under my belt  8)

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: Writing Sample
« on: September 25, 2004, 12:43:00 AM »
Heh, I love the writing sample.  It is the only written exam I have ever had where I have the liberty to spend half the allotted time just "planning" what I am going to say, and half the time actually writing the thing.

I mean, it's only 28 lines long, and there is so much ground to cover...

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Law School Admissions / Re: The 9/11 Rememberance Thread
« on: September 10, 2004, 11:47:45 PM »
I have been thinking a lot about the recent terrorist attacks in Russia this past week.  My heart goes out to the families of all those people who died, especially the children.  An ever-present reminder that the terrorist threat worldwide is definintely not over.

Also, my condolences goes out to all those affected by the 9/11 attacks in America.  We Canadians were deeply affected by what happened.

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Law School Admissions / Re: how the heck are you guys getting fee waivers??
« on: September 10, 2004, 11:41:36 PM »
Hmmm... commerce students, I suspect  ::)

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