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  1. How I studied

    This seems like a really effective process, thanks for sharing. I am so glad I will never have to take the LSAT again.
  2. Alberta doesn't have a bar exam anyway, they have CPLED which sounds like its essentially another year of school (part time while articling)
  3. Dean's welcome attire?

    FYI, most were dressed casual!
  4. Calling all Aboriginal Applicants/Students

    I think I would enjoy it, but am a single parent and we have a large mutt, so arranging suitable accommodations, childcare and getting the other parent to agree to miss some parenting time in order for me to attend school in another province for 8 weeks will be a costly and difficult endeavor if it is not a mandatory requirement for my admittance.
  5. Stark contrast between cGPA and L2

    I think if you keep up what you have been doing this time around, you are going to be fine. Stay focused, and start thinking about the LSAT. Maybe try a diagnostic this summer to see where you sit and how much prep time you will have to put into it to get a decent score.
  6. Stark contrast between cGPA and L2

    Am I reading this right? You've got a current L2 of 3.95 and still 2 years remaining. Did you change programs when you decided to go back to school? Have you calculated your cGPA if you can keep up your current grades for the remainder of your program? I'd say you've got a great shot at L2/B3 schools if you keep it up and write a decent LSAT. You still have a lot of time to pull it all back together. For your personal statement, I think even without a legitimate reason, you may want to explain the difference between your performance then and now, as in what personal growth happened to cause that change and why that growth/change is permanent.
  7. Accepted to Alberta 2018

  8. Calling all Aboriginal Applicants/Students

    Just got in to UAlberta, I am not sure if I was accepted under regular round admissions or if they are reviewing aboriginal applicants holistically yet. Email didn't specify.
  9. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Sorry! Base #'s: cgpa: don't know & didn't even bother to calculate - started my undergrad well over a decade ago and finishing it this year L20: depending on what they looked at either 3.65 or 3.89 (long story) LSAT: 161 EC's: 10 years of high level work experience in high growth industry, some volunteering, a couple charity events that I won awards for applied aboriginal, not sure if I was accepted under the regular round admissions or if they have started the aboriginal admissions Compelling personal statement & LORs, one from a prof, one from my boss
  10. Accepted to Alberta 2018

    Accepted!! Just now, my only acceptance so far. Holy endorphin rush.
  11. How Long Were You Green Circled?

    Especially since they don't waitlist with any kind of ranking either.
  12. Does any law school actually have a quiet law library?

    Pop-ins, work related or otherwise, are one of the biggest workplace distractions I have experienced (no law firms thus far), and definitely far worse than background noises. Other irritating & distracting workplace habits that are far worse than anything mentioned in the library complaints: - people who have every single phone conversation on speaker - people who have entire conversations with each other, while seated at their respective desks in separate offices - people who are "bored and have nothing on the go" and use that time to travel the workplace and discuss their "boredom" (read: shit work ethic) with everyone - people who breeze into your office with no knock or pause and start talking to you while you are typing mid sentence, or neck deep into some detailed issue Those are probably the worst and most distracting scenarios I have experienced in the workplace while trying to maintain focus. Its ludicrous to expect a distraction free environment in a public or shared space so learning to maintain focus or quickly regain focus once it is broken is going to be an important skill. For quiet study, you might consider headphones with white noise or classical music. Some libraries have quiet study rooms (with doors) that you can reserve, if your school doesn't check your public library. The benefit of headphones and/or closed doors is that it can also help to minimize "pop-ins" by classmates as it makes you slightly more difficult to start a conversation with and people don't like difficult. I have always been able to find a quiet place to study, even in high school and certainly at the 2 campuses I have attended (no law libraries so far, sorry). Understandably, you will have the best luck in places that are out of the way and not frequented by other students and these spaces are not always in the library. I do appreciate your complaints and desire for a sshhing librarian, and I agree that it is reasonable to expect the library to be a place where you can focus. That said, its on you to find a way to meet your study needs just like it will be on you in the future to get your work done regardless of workplace distractions. I wish you luck in finding a study solution!
  13. These are some good points, so I can agree that there are some ability barriers that effort can't overcome. I guess I personally never held any goals completely out of the realm of possibility, so the idea that someone might spend their life trying to be the best at lifting a bus over their head did not even occur to me (I use this example because it is equally as likely as me ever making money off of my singing voice or athletic prowess lol). I think that as far as academics and career progression goes, most people have the ability to do generally well with enough effort. But no, not everyone is going to have the intellect, the physical requirements and the drive it takes to become an astronaut. You got me there. There are ways to serve up realism, though, without discouraging people based on your own perception of their ability. OP is a great example of this. People told him his whole life what he was (or wasn't) capable of, and he decided to apply himself despite this and prove them wrong. What a difference it could have made for OP's confidence if people had said instead "Ok, so here is what you need to do to get where you want to be, these are the barriers you might face". Still very realistic, but allows for him to take a hard look at his current position in comparison to where he wants to be, and decide for himself whether he is capable or not. (Sorry if you are not actually a he, OP)
  14. I was told I was bright constantly while growing up. I think it turned out to be detrimental, because as much as I felt super special as a youngster, eventually most of my peers caught right up. It was a rude awakening for me when things leveled off and I discovered that I'm actually just normal, and have to work at intellectual and general life success just like everyone else. Basically, @providence has it right, there is a specific skill set that produces results in life, and natural intelligence (or lack thereof) has little to do with it. I don't believe we do our children any favors by focusing on superficial things like ugly/pretty, fat/thin, smart/dumb, etc. There are meatier skills to recognize in people for sure. That said, I DO believe that most people are capable of achieving anything they want in life, but that varying levels of effort may be required to do so, and not all people are equipped with the drive necessary to persevere.
  15. How Long Were You Green Circled?

    I got a waitlist notification approx 10 days after i went green circle. I thought waitlist would be better than no response, but its pretty much the same feeling.