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  1. You probably have a pretty good chance. Got in last cycle with similar stats and saw quite a few other people with similar stats get in this cycle in the accepted thread. Also the calculator up above and the index formula in the thread are pretty accurate in terms of determining your chances so check those out!
  2. 2018 1L Toronto Recruit

    PFO from Blakes and Davies, but received nothing from A&B and Dentons. Applied on a whim, but not expecting any ITCs based on grades. Do firms usually send out PFOs to everyone they don't offer an interview to?
  3. 1L Grades and Summer Jobs

    I am at Allard but looking at and open to options out in Calgary and Toronto. Thanks for the response! I figured as much but thought I would post just in case
  4. 1L Grades and Summer Jobs

    Forgot the comma = legal research and writing, criminal
  5. 1L Grades and Summer Jobs

    Hey everyone! I was wondering if anyone can provide some insight about the impact of 1L grades on your prospects of getting an interview for the firm jobs in Toronto and/or Calgary. I ended up getting 3 A- (Property, Legal Research and Writing, Criminal), 3 B (Torts as one of them) and 1 C. But the C was in Contracts, which I have understood to be one of the important courses for firm jobs and probably summer legal jobs in general. As a result of the C, my total average drops to 75%, which I assume is less important than doing better in specific courses like Property, Contracts and Torts. What would be the impact of this grade on my chances of getting an interview and/or job for 1L summer in Calgary or Toronto with big firms? Please let me know if there is more info that is required to give a better answer !
  6. Well SFU's grading scales depends on the major. I was a psych major and also took many crim course. Most of our psych classes were scaled: top 10-20% automatically get within the A range, next 10-20% get Bs, etc (the scale also depended on the size of the classes, the course and the prof). So in some classes, an 88% would end up being an A+. I know Crim was quite difficult though with the non-curved grading scale already mentioned (95% being A+). Most of the comments above are pretty accurate. At Allard, this year's first year class had like 50% social sciences/arts backgrounds if I remember correctly.. I could be wrong. But in general there doesn't seem to be a particular major that is best suited. From anecdotal experience, I think most people struggled with trying to get the hang of legal writing in the first month of class where some of the essay or legal writing assignments were due, regardless of whether they came from an Arts or Science background. I will say this though. I took quite a few crim courses at SFU (mostly the legal ones - 135, 230, 330, 332, 335, 338). They were all pretty tough to get into the A or A+ range, however, they have proved to be useful to me at the least. Particularly 230, 332 and 335. I had read quite a few of the cases that we went over and some of the concepts felt a bit like review in class. Having said that, the advantage is slight. I enjoyed the undergrad courses but the extent of detail required for law school often requires more depth.
  7. You should get in! I got accepted last cycle with near identical stats. I heard someone got in this cycle with similar stats as well in the other threads.
  8. I had my first year in general sciences. Finished my degree as a Psych major and took quite a bit of crim courses to get a legal studies minor + certificate. The crim courses that I took (330, 335, 338 in particular) were tougher to do well in than the psych courses, mostly as a result of ther stricter grading scale - no room for curving or scaling even if say you had the highest grade in the class.. Psych was scaled, so as long as you did better than your classmates, it didn't really matter what grade you got. In terms of commuting, I commuted to SFU 1-1.5 hour one way, though I didn't go to many of my classes, especially when they were the larger classes with no participation marks. I personally found it not too bad, but I am also someone able to finish readings on the bus/skytrain. i didn't do my undergrad at UBC because it would have been an even longer commute, so I don't know if I would recommend transferring schools just to get the higher converted GPA but I guess it does depend on your personal circumstances. I am currently commuting 3 hours total for law school and though it is time consuming and tiring, it hasn't been the worst thing and I do think I'll finish off the rest of the year at the least transiting.
  9. I'm a SFU student at UBC Law right now. I had a relatively high GPA so it wasn't too much of an issue for me, but I know of friends from SFU who had within the 3.7-3.9 range that got in as well. At the end of the day though, UBC Law looks at your gpa and lsat as a 50/50 split. I bombed one section on the lsat and got a score way below the UBC median but my gpa brought me up to get me in. On the other hand, my friends who had slightly lower GPAs did much better than me on the LSAT, getting within the upper 160s to low 170s. So as long as you study hard, stay within the upper end of 3.67 (which I know can be harder relative to what program you are in) you have control over your admission. Plus, the LSAT is such a learnable exam, so don't be too worried about all this. If worst comes to worst, just spend some more time on the LSAT and make sure you adjust to your gpa accordingly.
  10. UBC v. Oz/Van v. TO

    Current UBC Law student here. So far, my experience has been amazing here and would definitely recommend coming here! To answer some of your questions/concerns: In terms of Vancouver itself, I don't mind the weather at all. There is a lot of rain and you should probably keep an umbrella on you at all times, even when it might look like it'll be a sunnier day in the morning the snow is less common, but that seems to be changing in the last few years so we'll find out soon. The law school building itself is very nice to look at and be in. It's been updated/renovated relatively recently. The libraries are very nice and super quiet. So far from what I've seen, you will usually be able to get a seat in there (but I haven't gone too often and haven't been there in exam season). If you like hiking, there are plenty of nice trails around the area. If you drive up higher there is also more difficult but beautiful lakes up in the mountains that I would recommend anyone going to (and if you don't have a car, there is an Allard Outdoor club that was made this year that frequent some nice trails and organizes hikes). I don't think you'll have too much trouble fitting in and making friends. My experience so far has been quite pleasant with meeting people. Especially the faculty, staff and upper year students are extremely supportive and helpful. The Orientation week will present lots of opportunities to meet people and taking the same courses with 50 people for the whole year, I'm sure you'll find a good group of friends. I am not much of a drinker either and since I commute 1.5 hour away from home, I don't get to hang out with people as much. Despite this, I have managed to make some great friends. It's a bit more difficult to make friends with people from other groups because you don't ever take classes with them, but there are plenty of clubs and other events that will allow you to connect with other people as well. In terms of it being cliquey, I have experienced and witnessed some of it, but it's not like a clique in high school or anything. I think people just tend to become closer friends to others and end up being just comfortable talking to the same people. But by no means are these people rude to others or ignoring others etc. Finally, the group that comes in has a great variety of people with so many different backgrounds, and I'm sure you'll find people that you connect with. Also, there are several upper year student programs/initiatives such as the peer tutor, peer mentor and small group mentors, and they are very supportive and open to helping you out and talking to you. The faculty is great as well, and they are all very nice people that really want to help you succeed as my as possible. Some professors are better at conveying this than others but so far my experience with professors has been great (except for maybe one). All the profs have different teaching styles, so whether or not you like them will probably be subjective. But from what other students I have talked to said, I think every student has at least 2-3 professors that they really love. Some downsides to UBC that I have seen: I have heard that it's very difficult to find housing nearby and if you do, I heard it is pretty expensive (but I imagine it might be the same in the Toronto area). However I commute from home quite far away so can't really tell you much more. Im not sure if it's the same at other schools, but at UBC you are required to take 7 classes all year long, which can be quite challenging to keep up with. Also the grading at UBC is on the stricter end. One of my profs said that 85% was almost unheard of is in his class, which is not the best thing to hear. But at the same time, the vast majority of students will get in the B range and you are very unlikely to fail, as long as you do the work. That's all I can think of for now! Feel free to message me if you have any more questions
  11. I took the December exam and I got accepted March 31. Sorry for late reply. I don't check the forums too often!
  12. You should be fine. I got accepted last cycle with ~86 and a 162 LSAT.
  13. As far as I know (current 1L) no reference letters needed for ordinary applicants!
  14. Never mind! I realized that student loans considers everything including living expenses (which I would not have to worry too much about as I will be living at home with my parents during school) which would make the unmet need much higher. That would understandably increase bursary amount then.
  15. Hi beentheredonethat4! I was just wondering regarding the amount of bursaries you received.. I will be having surgery a couple months prior to starting at ubc in September and so my income four months prior to starting will be extremely low (also I've only had a part time job with pay only slightly above min wage). I got accepted for student loans but what confuses me is the unmet need. My unmet need shows as 19965(total cost) - 1471 (min expected contribution) - 13822 (student loan amount) = 4672 When you got 8-10k in bursaries did they calculate your unmet need as including your student loan like mine as well?