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  1. "Without too many details, (I still want to maintain some anonymity) my graduating class had a proportion of East Asian/Southeast Asian students of just under 15%. Exactly 1 got hired at one of the firms listed above and that was through a family connection. Almost all of that 15% was seeking jobs in Alberta where eventually a couple gave up and did the LPP route but that wasn't before exhausting the Alberta options." Can you confirm if any were hired out of Province, or at other law firms throughout Alberta? I'd hate to attack a perceived assumption of your argument (that East Asian/Southeast Asian articling candidates only applied to these firms and were not offered jobs, as opposed to another possibility where they were offered positions but chose to take a position elsewhere), by assuming you did not consider any alternatives (as you could have chose to omit that information). Either way, you can see where an assumption, or a lack of clarity, hurts your overall point here. This may be minor in a vacuum, but when you're advising people who could potentially be inclined to take your advice at face value, this is irresponsible.
  2. Hey all, thanks very much for your input, it's good to have perspectives based on first hand experience, as I have none. I don't think I'll stress too much about this as both schools seem great, in all I think I just need to find the best fit. It's nice to have the holiday break to consider this decision, although I think my mind is pretty well made up at this point. Enjoy your holidays. Cheers!
  3. I was going to start a thread about this topic but am happy to see that it already exists. Having been accepted into both schools, I am now in decision-making mode. In an effort to help myself first, I developed a Law School Comparison and Decision-Making Matrix (nerd alert I know) and used eight factors in the model: 1. Curriculum; 2. Exchanges; 3. Practical Learning Opportunities; 4. Articling Opportunities; 5. Housing Cost; 6. Cost of Living; 7. Proximity to Family; and 8. Overall Geographical Preference (Hali vs Freddy). I then weighted each factor based on my personal preference. The highest possible score is 100, and I initially came out with a 72-28 score in favour of Schulich. This seems a bit lopsided to me, so I'm looking for some more information to better inform my model. I am comfortable with my research in points 1, and 5 through 8. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with or more information on the following: 1. Exchanges - the Dal website is pretty clear on what it offers, UNB's does not. UNB mentions an exchange with Maine, and discusses exchanges with Australia, but the link there is broken. I am wondering if anyone has any more info, or has had some experience with UNB exchanges? Can anyone shed any light on the value of exchanges from either school? 2. Practical Learning Opportunities - I've reviewed the available academic calendars for each school and believe I have a good idea of what is available from Dal. Can anyone speak to clinical opportunities or clerking opportunities at UNB if any? 3. Articling opportunities - this is where my research is weakest. Are there more opportunities with one school over another (or one geographical location over the other)? Caveats: - I've seen the advice on tuition and debt after graduation. Without disclosing too much personal information, this is not a factor I am considering. - I appreciate any and all information that can inform this DM matrix, however, I think I am in need of information based off your personal experiences with the three points requiring clarification, more than anything else. Cheers, bigcountry
  4. Before, I'm not sure of any of my adjusted GPAs. Cheers!
  5. While I agree with the sentiment here, I'll offer one more perspective to consider. 1. While I do not know the app deadlines for every school in Canada, I would think there are at least a handful still accepting applications. If you do not have a major preference on where you attend law school, apply indiscriminately. (Caveat: only do this if you have some cash to spare, because you are unlikely to see a favourable return on your investment). Only admissions committees truly know how they will evaluate each candidate, you raise your chances of admission to a school if you actually apply. Also, you may be able to stay connected with the admissions departments of the schools you applied to, in order to gain an understanding of where to best invest your time, in terms of strengthening your application. 2. Certainly do not write the LSAT unless you are truly ready. You will need an outstanding score to have a shot right now. 3. The value of EC's may be debatable, but life experience is not. Getting some life experience before you apply, and demonstrating how your life experience provided you with skills that will enable you to excel in law school, will go a long way in strengthening your application, even if your grades are weak. 4. You will need to do some academic upgrading to make your file competitive. Do your best to crush the rest of this year, but come up with a plan to boost your GPA over the next 2-3 years. The average age of people entering 1L these days is about 25, so you won't really be behind any if you take some time to improve your grades. To conclude this long-winded (but hopefully helpful) reply, while you should apply, expect rejection. Take some time over the next 2-3 years to improve your file, and concurrently, consider if law school is really the right path for you. You never know, life experience may affirm your current thoughts on law school, or it might introduce you to a more compelling career path. Good luck!
  6. No problem at all. Regarding your LSAT, that is certainly unfortunate. You should feel confident going in next time as you still performed decently despite considerable aggravating circumstances. Good luck!
  7. You said you have some work experience and some time in between yr 3 and 4. While your stats do not scream "instant admission", if you can convince the admissions committee that your work experience has allowed you to mature and develop skills that will allow you to excel in law school and as a lawyer, you might have a shot. You said there was a big jump in your GPA, see if you can draw a correlation between that jump and your work experiences. In terms of your 160, while a 5 point jump is possible, you shouldn’t count on it, and you’re really not doing yourself any favours having people speculate on your chances of admission based on an LSAT score you do not have. I would suggest you focus on your work experience in order to set yourself apart from other candidates. If you have the time, trying to improve your LSAT will not hurt, but don’t count on it; there would be more value added in a really strong personal statement and recommendation letters (not required for UNB but they will consider them) Good luck!
  8. Accepted via email this morning. Among many other places, I lived in NB for three years not too long ago. 3.2/4.3 CGPA undergrad (not sure L2/B2) 3.97/4.0 CGPA master's 161 LSAT application complete (estimate) 27 Oct. Good luck to all those waiting to hear, and congrats to those who already have!
  9. I received an email confirming my acceptance about three weeks after my application was finalized (originally applied in Sept, needed to wait until late Oct for all supporting documentation to arrive). Received the official letter yesterday (less than one week after the email). Since they utilize a rolling admissions procedure, there is no set date as to when you'll hear if they have good news for you. Based off things I've seen, bad news does not come until June/July when they start figuring out who will be admitted off the waitlist, and who will not. Best of luck, hopefully the rest of the school year can be a positive distraction for you.
  10. If you haven't already done so, email Rose directly. I'm not sure what the typical turn around time is from the [email protected] account, but I received a reply from her in under 24hrs. At a minimum, I'm sure she'll be able to confirm if all of your supporting documentation has arrived. good luck!
  11. Hey congrats, I hope to see you there. My enrolment isn't guaranteed as I can only go if I get accepted into a subsidized program through work. Needless to say my fingers are crossed!
  12. Yeah I sent her an email yesterday afternoon just to ensure everything was in order with my application, and to try and get a rough idea as to when I might hear back and she got back to me right away the next morning.
  13. Thanks very much, best of luck!
  14. I'm a bit atypical as my file was more EC's and work experience than anything, but if it helps: 3.2/4.3 CGPA undergrad (not sure best two honestly) 3.97/4.0 CGPA master's - degrees about 5 years apart 161 LSAT Cheers!