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  1. Admitted to Saskatchewan 2018

    Made the decision to attend uSask in the Fall. See you all there!
  2. Accepted to TRU 2018

    Declined my offer today in favour of uSask. Hopefully one of you guys here gets my spot!
  3. windsor us/can jd VS mcgill ?

    If you want to practice in the States, you’re better off with McGill. Most Canadians don’t care about school prestige, but Americans do. Detroit Mercy is a low end American school. McGill is internationally recognized and would likely better your job prospects. Plus $120,000 is a lot of money saved.
  4. Chances- Highly Unlikely? (2.9, 3.48)

    As other people have said it will take a lot of work, but it’s doable. Study for the LSAT like crazy and focus on schools with L2/B2 or that have generous drops (Manitoba, etc.). From what I gather, going overseas for school costs more and hurts your job prospects after school (the firms know you went overseas because you couldn’t get into a Canadian law school). I would buckle down and study for the LSAT like crazy. Personally I would also push off doing it again until the December write to give yourself a few extra months and you would still be eligible for the next application cycle. Also don’t bother applying to U of A. They average your LSAT and are a purely numbers based school. You are better off focusing on holistic schools, ones with generous drops, and the other L2/B2 ones. Edit: To add to this, if you’re not scoring near perfect on logic games that is an area where you can greatly increase your score. I wasn’t sure if I was getting in anywhere this year so since January I’ve been working on mastering logic games and now I’m PTing in the mid 160s. It’s the section you can surely improve on the most and can greatly help your score.
  5. Scotiabank PSLOC

    Scotiabank’s offer is the same regardless of school. I was approved for $125k at Prime for TRU (and said it wouldn’t make a difference when I told them I was thinking about going to Sask). It’s the standard offer for law students. Edit: As @Timmies123 pointed out the standard is Prime plus 0.5, but all I had to do to get Prime was to ask for it.
  6. TRU vs Sask

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I will probably be choosing Sask!
  7. TRU vs Sask

    My father is in pretty poor health. Being able to come home to visit on weekends every once in awhile would be pretty nice. That being said my wife loves BC and really wants us to make it out there eventually (anyone who as dealt with -40 would!) I guess I just want to make sure that I wouldn’t be shooting myself in the foot by delaying the move by a few years and limiting my amount of debt. We also have 2 people in our close friend group who are moving to Saskatoon next year which would also be nice.
  8. TRU vs Sask

    Hey guys. I’m trying to decide between TRU and Sask. I’m from Sask, although My wife and I don’t want to live here after law school as we would prefer to move to BC. For that reason I was leaning towards TRU, but the tuition cost difference and proximity to home makes Sask pretty appealing. It would be only a 2.5 hour drive home rather than a plane ride. How well do Sask grads do out in BC? I understand it will be harder to network, but the monetary savings almost seem worth it.
  9. Admitted to Saskatchewan 2018

    Accepted this afternoon. GPA: 3.7/3.8 depending on how they calculated it. LSAT: 156 Very strong Sask connection. Born and raised, undergrad, coming from a family that includes several MLA's over the past few decades. Not sure if I will be accepting or not.... Going to be a tough choice with my fiancee.
  10. Accepted to TRU 2018

    If it helps, the Facebook group is currently at 84 students, but some may not have joined yet (plus the few that have been accepted the past week or so once the 1L rep confirms they are in the class). There’s usually around 110 students from what I gather so there is still a bit of hope!
  11. Low Odds, What Should I Do? (2.98)

    Sorry I should have been more clear. I was referencing OP’s comment that all BAs where he went to school were considered honours degrees. Where I went for undergrad, the honours program was basically there to groom potential Masters candidates. Minimum grades to apply (80 average), supervisor approval, original research, thesis paper, and then finally a thesis defence were all portions of the honours program I was in. It’s just strange to me to hear that “everyone” gets an honours degree at his undergrad institution. Getting accepted to law school tends to have more to it than just GPA. LSAT scores, ECs and LORs can play an important role in law admissions. The honours program at the university I attended depended entirely on GPA to be accepted (based on the first 2 years of the degree).
  12. Low Odds, What Should I Do? (2.98)

    I was going to say.... My honours degree required a 50 page thesis and 5 extra courses at the 4th year level (and all of my electives were changed to 2nd and 3rd year courses in my major). We are also required to maintain at minimum an 80 average to stay in the program. That’s strange that “honours” programs in Ontario are basically. Standard degree. Thanks for clearing up the confusion. I was very confused on how someone with such a low GPA was in an honours program.
  13. ECs

    I’ve always seen ECs as making you not stand out negatively from the rest of the applicants. Almost everyone applying to law school has solid ECs. I served as President for a student club for 3 years, served on the department head election committee, worked in the graduate admissions office, and served on the board of directors for a local museum (as well as a bunch of volunteer). I don’t feel like my ECs are what got me into law school, but if they weren’t there I wouldn’t have been chosen over someone with similar stats. Law schools want to see first and foremost that you can handle the workload which is why the emphasis on GPA. Personally I think I would have been a stronger applicant if I focused more on my grades and a bit less on ECs.
  14. Scotiabank LOC application process experience

    I had a similar experience with a rep that didn’t know how to handle law students. I live in a city that doesn’t have a law school and was given wrong/outdated information. I ended up calling one of the names on the list and got my line of credit that way. It was more of a pain than just going to a meeting with a rep at the local branch (also takes longer because of snailmail), but ultimately I got the PSLOC. As others have said, get into contact with someone on that list. It’s really the best option for law students.
  15. Do I have a shot?

    The thread right above this one in the General Discussion.