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  1. E-Textbooks

    That might not be a good idea. Copyright.
  2. Desk suggestions?

    Skarsta is a good option. Not just for sitting and standing but adjusting the height just a little. Separate storage is needed of course when in doubt take a trip to ikea! https://www.ikea.com/ca/en/catalog/products/S49084965/
  3. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Unfortunately no one is going to be able to give you much reliable information. A lot will depend on your place on the waitlist and how much movement there might be this year. I understand from other here that they are not providing waitlist candidates their ranking on the waitlist this year. Last year, I believe only one person posted here that they were accepted off the waitlist. That's not to say there were not others but they did not post here as I remember. So that's all the negatives. The positive is that there are people older than you who have been admitted in the past. I do not think age is a factor at all. Your last question is about anyone who has been admitted with similar stats. The applicant profile would suggest a few have last year. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view
  4. Laptop recommendations for law school?

    I feely admit I am biased in favour of Apple products. That said, I will say that most people do not need a Mac. I purchased one originally because it was a cheaper option than a PC with the need to purchase comparable software. Look at what you want to do with a computer. If it is simply word processing and web surfing then a MacBook may not be the right choice. If you want to do gaming in your spare time a MacBook may not be the right choice (others will have more experience here). I am sold on the Apple ecosystem. The way that my MacBook, iPad and iPhone work well together and similarly. It is a lot like buying a car. Once you get past the features and functionality you need it is a matter of balancing price and what you want.
  5. Laptop recommendations for law school?

    I will also chime in and say that I have had a really positive experience with a Mac. In fact, I would say that most people could probably get away with an iPad Pro and be very happy with it. The downside of the iPad is exam software that is used by a number of law school does not support iOS. For those who prefer to handwrite I am told the Apple Pencil is pretty good with an iPad. I now have my Mac boot camped because I need to be a bit more familiar with Windows specific software but I still return to Mac OS. With a little work you can even turn MS Word notes into audio files that will play on iTunes. Fairly easy to do and of course then is playable on an iPhone. Skip the morning music and listen to CAN's! I think the greatest benefits of a Mac will be for those who use the whole ecosystem. A MacBook Pro plus an iPhone is a pretty powerful combination. An iPhone with a bluetooth keyboard can do pretty much anything. Granted for most people the screen is too small to write an essay on it but I can attest it is possible. I freely admit that I am biased. The universal design aspects of a Mac allow me to do a heck of a lot. The only downsides are the newest version of MacBook Pro keyboard. Many people do not like them. They are louder and seem to have less travel. I believe there have been a few problems with them as well. If you are picky about a keyboard it may be worth going to an Apple store to try one. The other downside is that MacBook Pro does not fit into the 1500 price range. I don't have any experience with the MacBook Air. Make sure you also check out student discounts from Apple. Not sure if those are also available through Best Buy.
  6. Dealing with LSAT Anxiety

    I was going to leave this thread where it was at. Then I read your post. I hope this will improve your understanding. I have repeatedly said test anxiety in itself is not a disability. By suggesting something is not evidence does not mean that it does not exist. I qualified my statements by saying "based upon the information provided". I have also previous said that. Now let's look at your statement You are suggesting something without evidence. It could be true but it is not supported by evidence. The two are not the same. Consider yourself chided again.
  7. Dealing with LSAT Anxiety

    The LSAC only provides accommodation for disabilities. It requires a diagnosis and generally a history of similar accommodations. Generally, though not always, the diagnosis must be consistent over a period of time. One of the reasons they have placed hoops that people have to jump through is that people carelessly use the term disability to describe an issue they experience. I do not apologize for my point of view. I wish the OP well. I think relaxation techniques could provide a great deal of assistance and be a benefit beyond the LSAT as well. If there is a deeper issue that extends beyond test anxiety I would encourage them to seek assistance. However, don't allow others to medicalize anxiety. Many people are anxious before tests. It is natural. We all deal with it differently. Some people thrive on it and others do not. Sometimes need to learn new skills or ways of thinking to deal with it.
  8. Dealing with LSAT Anxiety

    I was very clear earlier. Based upon the information the OP provided it is not a disability. They may have a disability but they have not shared that. Test anxiety on it's own is not a disability. Seeking medical advice for anxiety or sleeplessness before a major test is not in itself evidence of a disability. Why would you try to diagnose someone? Alternatively, you believe test anxiety in and of itself is a disability which brings up further issues.
  9. Dealing with LSAT Anxiety

    No one is disregarding someones experience. We are basing it on what the original poster has said. They have not reported being diagnosed with an issue from the DSM. For my part, I have been very clear that I am basing my opinion on what the original poster has shared. They have shared an experience of test anxiety. They have not shared that they have a DSM diagnosis. Please do not put words in their mouth or diagnose them. It is disrespectful. No one should be jumping to this conclusion. Again, it is disrespectful the original poster to assume information that they have not shared. Are you qualified to make this diagnosis? *Rant* There seems to be a tendency to jump to the use of disability accommodations at the drop of a hat. This happens beyond the LSAT and is happening win universities. There are people with genuine disabilities using the services. However, there are also many who lack the criteria that should be necessary. Unfortunately, the people who are most damaged by a system that allows a lax definition of disability are those who have a legitimate disability.
  10. Dealing with LSAT Anxiety

    Certainly anyone can attempt it but it may cause more stress given the process. Generally, they will require medical documentation, testing, formal diagnosis and a history of similar accommodations in secondary or post secondary. Accommodations are generally for disabilities. Test anxiety is not usually considered a disability in itself. However, if it is a more general anxiety disorder it could be a disability and that may change things. There is a fair bit of work involved in getting accommodation and the request can only be made after registering for a test date. I don't want to suggest there is no hope for the original poster. If test anxiety is the only issue holding them back at this point I think there are specific things that they can do to relieve the stress. Learning relaxation techniques are also something that can be helpful beyond the LSAT.
  11. Dealing with LSAT Anxiety

    I think LSAT accommodations in this situation would be an uphill battle based upon the information provided. That said, seeing someone and learning some relaxation techniques might be worthwhile.
  12. Waistlist - 2018

    I think last year one person who posted here was accepted off the waitlist. They gave rankings last year and I believe she was first on the wait list. She was accepted in late August or September I believe. That said, no one really knows what will happen this year. It depends how many people choose to decline offers.
  13. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Interesting. I have always thought calling was not helpful to an applicant. You have proven that wrong. Congrats!
  14. Lots of other people have stated it is possible. I would agree. I only have basic knowledge about ASD but I think I can give some advice. Having supports in place are important. Someone who is familiar with strategies that people with ASD can use and help you to reinforce these strategies. It does not have to be a psychiatrist, social worker or psychiatrist but it may be. Sometimes strategies are out there that you have never considered before. I will give an example from my own life. I will say that I do not have ASD nor am I suggesting the same strategy for you. As someone who cannot see others I tended not to look in their direction when they speak. In fact, I still have to remember to do it. People will often interpret lack of eye contact as lack of interest or distractedness. Even with a white cane user. I wear sunglasses a lot. Although I wear them for another reason I notice that it can also impact social interaction. People assume eye contact if I look in their general direction. They perceive me being more engaged. They actually are filling in the gaps in their own minds. I am not making eye contact but they interpret it that way. As I said, I am not suggesting you get yourself a pair of dark sunglasses. My point is that there may be other strategies you have not considered. However, those experienced with people with ASD may offer other strategies and give you feedback. For example, it may be more about providing verbal indicators to the people that you are speaking to rather than the non-verbal of eye contact. Often, these are difficult to figure out on our own. You may benefit from feedback from an experienced person in an environment where you feel safe in exploring what works for you. I understand that you plan to reach out for assistance at the end of summer. I would encourage you to begin that process as soon as possible. Reach out to ASD organizations. Ask about mentors. They can tell you about strategies they have used, the struggles they have faced and provide support.
  15. How many lawyers use Mac computers

    Agreed. Although if in Windows software JAWS has often become the corporate standard. It can at times do more than voiceover. It has. built in OCR and some contextual features that are cool. Also, some IT people are still hesitant to have mixed windows and OSX environments. It does create a few headaches at times including duplication of new software purchases. Of course my preference is that everyone goes OSX. Given the cost most places will not do this. However, it is nice to be able to sit with anyone's iOS or OSX device and be able to use it in seconds. I once had to do an exam in an exam centre where they had no idea how they would accomplish the accessibility. All I had to do is ask if they had a Mac. By pressing two keys I had a full featured screen reader. The rest of this post is irrelevant to the original question but might be interesting for some: It takes some fiddling with settings in OSX but anyone can also convert a pdf docx or many other documents into audio files read in iTunes. Convert notes to spoken audio. I know for most people this would not be something they want to list to on the bus or subway but it is a cool feature that started as an accessibility feature in OSX and is now used by many more people. Irrelevant fun fact: I was told one of the issues that technicians deal with in the apple store is people turning on accessibility features like voiceover without realizing it. Once voiceover is on the iOS gestures are different. If someone does not have volume turned up and accidentally turns on screen curtain it will seem like their device is dead.
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