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QUESTION: If you switched Universities and your marks from the 1st University were pretty shitty (high 60s) but are now getting high 80s - do law schools look at both?

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  1. Depends. Some law schools put greater emphasis towards the later years of study, particularly the last two years (so-called the "L2 schools") I believe Queen's, Western, and Alberta are some of these L2 schools, although only the last one takes the last two year's marks exclusively. U of T considers the best three full years. Note that L2 years don't typically include the winter term of the 4th year, (if you are going for early acceptance) since applications must be completed by December.

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  2. Yes, but if your final 2 years marks are good gpa, many schools look at that...

    ^ pretty much what the guy above me said

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  3. It depends when you are applying. They will all have access to your full transcripts (from both schools) Calgary and possibly Alberta focus on last 2 only. Western and Queen's look at all years, but there's an emphasis on last 2. Note that Queen's sorts files based on cGPA though. UofT takes Best 3 years (which if you're applying in 4th year, will be your entire cGPA). UNB drops 25% of your lowest grades, and Manitoba, UBC, and a couple other schools have drop policies. Other than that, they look at all your transcripts. An upward trend is good, but you will have to explain in your personal statement why you switched universities and emphasize your positive trend in grades.

    High 60's in first year are pretty bleak. I was similar to you but had mid 70's in first year at a different university and it hurt my applications. I was admitted to some schools, so you'll have to apply strategically. Your LSAT will also be a huge factor. Extra curricular activities, volunteer and work experience, and letters of reference won't mean much unless your cGPA and LSAT are solid.

    Convert your grades individually here: http://www.ouac.on.ca/docs/omsas/c_omsas_b.pdf

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