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  1. Accepted to Calgary 2018

    (Post for my wife) Offer today (kind of surprised since it's so close to the X'mas.) cGPA: 89/100 (International UG), L2~91/100 LSAT: 167(October) Application done in Oct, Reference letters done and green circled last week. Good EC and PS, Master Degrees. Best luck to all who still waiting!
  2. UBC vs. U of C

    Interesting, my wife is in this cycle too and we have to make this exactly decision at some point, between UBC and UofC. As an articling student graduated from UofC, just my 2 cents: 1) Type of law: don't have to worry about it now, you will have "rotation" in most of the big firms. Outside that, look into areas of law that you have personal training background or experience. 2) Job market: I heard all the times during law school that BC market is "tight" or "very bad" compared to Calgary, however from the number of placement rates, UBC did fairly well in 2016 (over 90%) and all the people in my year who want go to BC (all from BC) secured articling position. And at least two graduates I known from 2016 U of C class who struggled to find articling in AB end up secured articling position in BC. (one from BC, one from east). Since you are from AB, you will have no trouble to convince the employer why Calgary, which they always going to ask. From What I understand, if you are in top 1/3 of your class in either school, you are almost guarantee to get OCI jobs. The rest of the class's job prospect depend less on grades but more on how eager/early/involved you looking for jobs. 3) Salary/Cost of Living: from what I heard, the salary for articling student in BC is generally lower than AB, but after called to bar, there are about the same. Calgary is much cheaper on cost of living, however Vancouver has better restaurants and more fun. Weather I would say depends, if you like a bit of chill weather and love sunny days, stay in Calgary. Winter in Vancouver could be hell for people who hate rains. 4) Future of the legal market: no one really knows, I would say legal market in Calgary is still pretty Oil and Gas dominated, Vancouver is much more diversified compared to Calgary if you doing the solicitor work. For litigation, there aren't much differences between AB and BC from I understand.
  3. I don't believe there is a separate "under review" status change. Either your LSAT/Transcript hasn't been received OR you just have to wait for next batch of acceptance offers.
  4. Before answering your question, I have two questions for you: 1) Are you sure you want to go to law school? -Law school is a lot of hard work, and considering the current job market, secured a articling job can also be tough. -it's 3 years and you lost probably at least 150K for choose law school over your job, you have to make sure "law school idea" is not some sort of "back up plan", but an adventure you genuinely intend to take. My suggestion is to talk to as many law students/lawyers you can to get a better picture of the occupation before you apply, to be a lawyer take huge amount of money and time and the pay is not even that great if you thinking you going to make $$$$ by being a lawyer. 2) Why BC? -stay away from your comfort zone could be a good thing, but where you want to practice after law school? If you have connection to BC and want to stay there, then go to BC for law school. Golden Rule is always go to the law school where you want to practice. If you want go back to Toronto, why not apply to Ontario Schools? (which you might have a better chance to get in except UT). As for your questions, many of them could be easily answered by checking this forum...anyway again just my two cents: 1) UVic Law is a great school, as good as UBC, TRU law is new, not as reputable as UBC or UVIc. 2) Check the UBC index formula and do your own maths, average admitted applicants have around 166 for LSAT+ 83/100 (~3.7/4) 3) UBC is a pure number school, they rarely look your PS or EC. 4) Again. it's your own life, there are some people doing MBA-JD, whether it's useful or not really depends, if you have money and want to do it, why not? 5) Check and ask the Admission Office 6) You should really talk to more people applying or went to law school, or at least check this forum more carefully, there are lot's of good stuff here.
  5. Melbourne JD

    It looked nice, but from what I known, unlike in US (or at least in NY), LLM degree holders are not qualified to call to the bar in Australia. Unless you want that degree just for experience or for academic purpose, I don't see how many people really want to do that despite it sounds great.
  6. I just graduated from U of C law and I have friends from U of A Law, from what I heard, there is literally NO advantages of U of A students over U of C students if you looking to practice in Calgary. In Edmonton, U of A dominates. For Big laws you can check where all the summer/articling students from : U of C dominates or at least performs as good as U of A in most of the firms and some firms tend to favour the U of C students over UA (Blake, BJs). For small firms, where you went to law school (provided you are not NCA) in Canada is almost irrelevant, whether you get a job or not almost exclusively depends on your skill sets/connection/EC-background outside of law school. BTW , articling placement rate for class 2017 is well over 90% for U of C in case you are interested. I don't know the exact number for U of A, but according to their dean, the number is below 70% in Spring this year.
  7. Accepted to Calgary 2018

    Congratulations! Mind to share your stats and your timeline for application?
  8. Hard to tell, last year it was 1st round Offer in Mid-Nov, very few offers until early Jan.
  9. BTW, did you apply to Calgary? they provide very generous entrance scholarships, I believe there are more than 10 scholarships values > $10K and BDP one worth $20K (and renewable for 2 more years) , you stats is for sure very competitive in UofC applicant pool. (~Average 3.63, LSAT 162)
  10. Based on the threads in previous year, Index of ~93.5 might qualified for small scholarship for ~ $1000~2000, index of 94 might got bigger ones (>$5000). But the cut-off is different from year to year, UBC is generally quite strict on merit-based scholarship, I have a friend who has index of 94.1 last year and got nothing. Bursary on the other hand is quite generous from what I heard.
  11. I haven't received any email yet, no worries, usually the email arrives few days later.
  12. Post for my wife, her status changed to "Offer" too this morning. LSAT: 167 (Oct), N/A(schedule to take Dec) GPA: ~89/100 after drop (UG out side of Canada, no idea what % will UBC converted to) Index: probably ~93, depend on how GPA calculated Application Done on Oct 12. Good luck to everyone!
  13. Melbourne JD

    I got accepted into MLS couples of years ago but instead I went to Calgary for law school and I never regret that decision. I have friends (>10 ) went to MLS or Sydney or Monash so I could draw some comparisons from limited sample I known. Before I start, the Ranking is IRRELEVANT unless you are such a genius that aimed to get 1st Honor in Mel, BCL in Oxon and end up teaching in law school or work in Top Barrister Chamber in London. U of Calgary probably ranked in the bottom or at least bottom half of the Canadian Common Law School, but even in a bad year we have ~90% articling placement rates and almost 50% of class got OCI job. First of all, the job prospect for Law Graduate in Australia is BAD, period, most of the JD students has to compete with the local LLB students (most with another Bachelor Degree), and generally speaking Employer prefer LLB to JD from what I heard. Even that, there are more than half of LLB students won't end up doing law because of the tight market or poor compensation (See below). Can you imagine a top law school graduate such as Sydney Law or MLS law graduate end up doing paralegal work? (In compare, U of Toronto), I know A LOT of JD graduates end up in Australia being paralegals. Yes, MLS has dual degree with Cambridge and NYU..all that sounds perfect but only the top student (1st Class honor) might get that, for majority of students, it required at least a Second IIA degree (~top 25-30%) to get some interviews. If you grade is below that, you better have some great local connections or just forget the whole idea to be a lawyer. And the PR status is a MUST in apply for summer/vacation student positions for most firms in Aus, unlike in Canada or US which basically no one cares or ask your immigration status (as myself, I did not get my Canadian PR until third year but I still got summer job interviews, job offers and my immigration status has not been asked ONCE in Canada), in Australia, most of the large firms REQUIRE you to have PR status before apply for a summer/internship. There comes the dilemma, in order to get a PR, you need apply for 189 Visa or 190 Visa which need you to have a degree and complete your PLT training and usually a job offer, but how can you get a job offer without a PR status? Difficult task..of course you can still get your PR without a job offer, but your job prospect after that is still poor, it's like the NCA student, even you pass all the hurdles that in front of you, you still missed all the GOOD firm jobs since firms already secured their students 1 or 2 years ago. Finally, the pay in Australia for Solicitor is pretty bad compared to Canada (similar in Dollars but considering the living cost in Aus), not to mentioned HK or US, that's why I know HUGE amounts of Aus Graduates (especially Asians who have knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese) ended up work in law firms in Hong Kong, the Aus Degree is relatively more valuable there. (Still.. you have to complete the additional requirement courses, apply for TC contract and Stupid PCLL course, which is a whole different story). My conclusion: if you really want go to MLS and still want a good lawyer job, study hard, get a great transcript, marry a local or do whatever to get your PR; or learn to speak Mandarin/Cantonese and head to Hong Kong.
  14. Placement rates, class of 2017

    As a 2017 UCalgary graduate, I am just sharing the number I got myself (NOT from Career Office) -Generally speaking our year is worse than 2016 class from I heard, not to mention the 2015 class. -The sources are: LinkedIn FB and Law Society Portal (where you can find all articling students by searching their names) -Out of 118 (or 124, depends, I know that 1 delay to graduate, 1 take 1 year off, 1 to 2018 class and 1 accepting a clerkship from starting 2018, at least 2 are not seeking) -104 out of 118 got articling position, which give us number of around 88% placement rate. -around 55 firm jobs are OCI jobs in either large or medium size firms, plus around 10 jobs for DOJ CLG and UC -90% in AB (almost exclusively in Calgary), around 5-10 in BC, very few in other provinces. That rate could look even better since there is good chance that few from the remaining 15 secured articling outside Alberta AND lazy enough to update their FB/Linkedln. And the stats is update as of last month. The way career office calculate placement rates is from 6 months after graduation I believe. --------- Career office told me around May there are ~15 people are still looking , I guess that number is not that inaccurate based on what I have. For 2016 class I been told around 10 still looking when graduating and I think they all secured articling now. (1 year post graduation).