Emilulah

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  1. Yeah! Thanks to both of you for clarifying this! I now see the error in my calculation. I remembered seeing the same article mentioned by OP and had assumed that it had in fact been implemented and that the way the $16K was reached was through the program fee. I did my undergrad in the US ($$$), so I just assumed that 12,000/year worked out to be the standard undergrad tuition.
  2. Forgive me if this is wrong, but isn't there a program fee that is added to the U of A undergraduate tuition for the law school that bumps tuition from just under 13,000 to what works out to a total tuition of approx 16,000/17,000 per year? Would be good to have a current student confirm this though... From the JD program FAQ: https://www.ualberta.ca/law/admissions/juris-doctor/faq#Cost
  3. If you are sure that is what you want to practice in, then going to the T14 will open up a lot more opportunities for you. However, do consider the amount of debt you will have to take on to attend a T14, that the majority of US schools do not offer financial aid to international students nor are you eligible for US gov't student loans, so don't forget to factor in where the Canadian dollar stands right now (i.e. you could end up taking on a lot more debt than you anticipated). You will also have to prove you have the funds for a full year of study at the T14 before you are granted your student visa - loans and scholarships do count towards this figure, although be aware that it will be a much larger sum than tuition alone. The student visa practice for Canadians wanting to study in the US is a lot easier than for other countries and your school will help you with a lot of the minutiae of it. Also bear in mind the changes going on south of the border and what that could mean for you as you are trying to start your career. You will use up a portion of your optional practical training on your summer jobs, and you will likely be looking for a firm that will hire you on a visa right out of law school. This is not uncommon or unlikely that it could happen for you. Especially since you want to work for an international firm, who are gerneally more liberal about helping you get the right immigration visa. At this point no one knows what the world will look like in 2020 as you finish your law degree. Even if we assume the legal market stays the same, as a Canadian the prospect of being guaranteed a job/h1b visa/eventual green card is somewhat up in the air right now. With the required salary for an h1b going up to 130,000 USD/year, most people who are starting out in big law will still be okay, but it is not guaranteed that you will get that salary off the bat nor is it guaranteed that the restrictions won't change even more. We also do not know how companies will be looking at hiring practices by 2020, nor do we know how the NAFTA TN visas might change. It sounds as though you'd like to be able to practice in both countries. It's not easy to cross the border with your law degree in either direction, but from what I understand it's slightly easier to do it going from Canada into the US. If you have a scholarship to the T14, or dual citizenship (or both!) you will have less to worry about. There is also always the chance that everything goes right for you, and that all of this concern will be irrelevant.
  4. Accepted today via e-mail. I did not receive a phone call, despite having kept my phone on loud ever since acceptances started rolling. But that could be because of an international phone number. cGPA: 2.9 B3: Probably 3.7/3.8 LSAT: 167 I had one really bad academic year, followed by 3 essentially perfect years. With a PS and optional essay that explained the year I under-performed.
  5. Admissions posted a whole piece on this on their tumblr account! http://84queenspark.tumblr.com/post/155966563473/notifications-have-begun-for-2017-entry
  6. I don't know how the rules are different for Graduate students, but I did my undergrad in the US and used federal and Alberta student loans to pay for (most of) it. I was able to get the maximum amount per term (approx 15,000/year) and was electively for the federal low income grant as well since, as a Canadian, I was unable to work in the US during my studies. Again, I don't know the difference between undergraduate and graduate loans, but I can't imagine the disbursement rules based on need are too terribly different. They likely won't be enough to cover tuition at sticker price either, even at full value. For what it's worth: I am also applying for US law schools as my partner is a citizen and we likely want to settle down somewhere in the Midwest. I am planning to use federal and provincial funding for part of my education if I need to. (Fingers crossed for scholarships!) The major kicker is the exchange rate which will decrease the value of your loan as well. If you can use the US aid programs (all the schools also have their own aid packages that you need to be a citizen to be eligible for) I recommend going with that in spite of varying interest rates. (That said, the exchange rate works in your favor is when, after you're done law school and practicing in the States and eating USD - you'll pay off your loans faster)