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  1. U of C v. U of A

    I was in the position to choose between U of C and U of A this year. I had moved to Edmonton for grad school so although I was more familiar with Edmonton as a city, none of my family lived up here nor did most of my friends from undergrad. On the other hand, I was now familiar with the U of A, had a feel for the city and my relationship was getting pretty serious. If I moved to Calgary, it would be a completely fresh start at a new school which was pretty neat, many friends in the city and closer to my family. Like you, I was in a committed relationship and would have to turn it long-distance. I ultimately chose the U of A since Edmonton is where I want to practice law (I actually like Edmonton a lot) and that is where my partner is. If I had chosen the U of C, I would have had to put the extra effort into networking in Edmonton while being three hours away (and competing with the U of A students who would be able to have way more opportunities to do so). I personally think you'd be crazy to choose the U of A over the U of C in your case. You want to work in Calgary, you should go to the U of C. If you're going to be driving down to Calgary regularly, you should go to the U of C. If you want to practice in Edmonton, you should go to the U of A. I'm going to sound like an asshole/cynic here, but if you choose the U of A over the U of C, be ready for your relationship to struggle and/or end. Long distance is hard, it's even harder when the one person didn't have to move but chose to instead. And if you choose U of A over U of C, you've chosen the U of A/Edmonton over her. I'm not saying that you will for sure break-up or that you should make choices only considering your gf and not your own needs, but you need to be okay with the fact that there is a very large chance you will break up before your gf even has the chance to move up to Edmonton once she's graduated. I personally thought long and hard on this and I was very fortunate that my partner didn't try to influence my decision (even though I could tell what they were thinking without them saying it). I ultimately decided to take the "easier" choice and stay in Edmonton. We might not be "together forever", but they mean enough to me that I wasn't going to risk it by moving away when a great law school was right in my backyard.
  2. Class Schedule

    I know I just didn't want class at 8am because I don't like waking up any earlier than I need to.
  3. Law Schools receiving LSAT score

    Ah yes, I forgot about the references. Whether you wait or not is totally up to you, just do what you're comfortable with. I've heard that it's good to wait until you have your LSAT score back (in order to potentially save time and money) but if you've already written it once, you may have a better idea about your performance. Either option is completely justifiable.
  4. Law Schools receiving LSAT score

    When I applied, they asked if I had written the LSAT and when I would be writing. I'm not sure, but I'm assuming there's a way for them to see that you're signed up to write but I don't know what the trigger would be for them to look/be notified if they're not told in advance. If I was you, I'd just wait to apply until I got the results back and then there's no need to worry.
  5. Law Schools receiving LSAT score

    If I recall correctly, each school is able to pull your LSAT score from LSAC directly. As for writing in September, you can wait until you get your score so that you know which schools you're competitive for (assuming you receive your marks before the deadline) but each school has different rules about which LSAT score they'll use so I'm not sure if it matters on that end. I think all the schools can see all your scores, it's just a matter of which one/combination of them they use for their calculations for admission.
  6. Changes to Scotiabank's Offering

    Thanks! That's what I figured, I'll be sure to talk to my advisor about it.
  7. Changes to Scotiabank's Offering

    I'm also curious about this as because I had large student loans already (and didn't use a cosigner) my limit was reduced by the amount that my student loans "went over". I'm wondering if that means I'll be eligible to get a larger amount per year (still not the full amount of course).
  8. Class Schedule

    Thank god, me too! I'm pleasantly surprised by my schedule!
  9. What? That's such a strange dig. I don't know why you'd assume that's how I feel about NYC vs Toronto. I don't have any skin in the Toronto vs NYC slap fight. I don't even live in Ontario, let alone Toronto. But yeah, we could disagree with each other forever if we wanted to. Different strokes and all that.
  10. I dunno dude, life isn't Suits. It's not Harvard or bust. And HYS isn't a guaranteed golden ticket. It's the right choice for some but it's entirely inaccurate to suggest people are loons for not taking the same path as you or label them as being afraid if they prefer living in Canada to the USA. We're talking about two different countries with their own cultures. I think the USA is very backward in some ways that are so important to me, I personally would not choose to live there. For others, the fact that NYC will never be in Canada is enough of a reason to want to live in the US. Different strokes. That's why I said it was "offensive" (ie. insulting) to suggest that the best and brightest will go stateside and not stay in Canada and thus those who stay are less competent/qualified.
  11. You're saying that for someone who wishes to become a practicing lawyer in Toronto, it's better to go university in a different country and then jump through all the hoops to end up back in Toronto? No one's saying you made a bad decision or a wrong one, but I'm not understanding why attending HYS is always the better choice for those wishing to practice law in Canada. You're the one who made that argument, not me. Edit: What's the advantage to attend HYS over a Canadian school if they only wish to practice in Canada? I'm not being sarcastic, I realized I might be missing a huge part of this. Is it the name recognition? Wouldn't the average student who is competitive enough to get into HYS also likely to do well in Canada, school, OCI's, articling, etc?
  12. You've just implied that if one can get into HYS they should choose that over any Canadian school. Not only is that inaccurate, it's pretty offensive to many people on these forums who are excellent candidates for those schools but choose to stay in Canada since... you know, they want to practice in Canada.
  13. 10 reasons TO go to my law school

    Well, the good news is that I'm no longer worried that the U of A might have too much focus on sports/intramurals after reading this...
  14. Advice Needed!! (Master's vs. Law school waitlist)

    I think you should try to finish your thesis up ASAP, over the next few months before law school if possible. I think there's a good chance that if you don't finish it now, you'll never finish it. And while it may be overwhelming to do grad school and law school back to back, don't discount the looming feeling of an unfinished thesis. There's nothing relaxing about that. I'm actually finishing my MA right this moment (thesis is with my committee for another few weeks) and I also work full-time so my only break without thesis or work is actually the last week of August (but thank god I'm taking a vacation in July). Just get it done. Any feeling of "relaxation" won't be worth either not finishing or trying to finish next summer. Take my advice with a grain of salt since I'm only going into 1L in September, but if anyone knows anything about unfinished thesis's and guilt/stress, it's me. Seriously.
  15. Parking?

    The U-Pass is included in tuition (assuming the law program is like everywhere else on campus). You get a sticker to put on your Onecard (ID) each semester which gets you free transit. So it's definitely cheaper to use the transit and probably easier depending on where you choose to live (I find most people on campus purposely take bus routes and/or LRT in mind when finding a place to rent).While I'm only starting law school in September, I moved to Edmonton from a smaller city a few years ago so I know where you're coming from. Parking at my undergrad university was $350 for the entire year and was in a very close parking lot. And everyone drove everywhere, no one really walked. All my friends who go to the U of A take the bus or LRT and a lot of staff do too. I've always lived in walking distance or taken the LRT (with the exception of two months last summer where I lived in Oliver and didn't feel like taking the bus so I paid for parking).