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UNB prefers Atlantic residents - but not those from Nova Scotia?


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#1 Pazerudael

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 08:07 PM

Taken directly from their FAQ (https://www.unb.ca/f...missionsfaq.pdf):

 

Recognizing our strong connection with, and commitment to, the Atlantic region, UNB Law has a regional preference policy, and admits at least 20 students in the first year class from the province of New Brunswick, and at least another 12 from the provinces of Prince Edward Island and from Newfoundland and Labrador. Residence may be determined on the basis of various factors, including where the applicant lived before, during or after attending university, and where the applicant's family lives.

 

I'm a bit confused - why is Nova Scotia not listed?  NS is an Atlantic province, so why doesn't it count?

 

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#2 Hegdis

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 08:21 PM

Doesn't NS have its own provincial law school?


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#3 Pazerudael

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 08:36 PM

Obviously, it does. But that was not my question. Is the motive behind the "regional preference" to offer opportunities for those from provinces without a provincial law school in the Atlantic region? It seems misleading to offer "regional preference" when they don't actually prefer applicants from the whole Atlantic region. 



#4 Erchnut

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 10:01 PM

Is the motive behind the "regional preference" to offer opportunities for those from provinces without a provincial law school in the Atlantic region? 

I think you're right. UNB offers a certain amount of seats to those residents whose provinces do not have a law school in the Atlantic region. I've chatted with med students at Memorial University of Newfoundland who said, "We take their med students, NB takes our law students."  



#5 chvrches

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 11:12 AM

The regional preference extends to students without a law school in their home province. I can't be sure, but I've heard from people who go to Dal that they give preference to students from Nova Scotia, so this is likely UNB's way of balancing that out. If/when MUN or UPEI ever get their own law school, UNB's policy would likely change.



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 01:08 PM

I know this question is a bit unrelated to the topic, but I figured I'd ask it anyways. Does anyone know how UNB deals with applicants who can demonstrate both an Atlantic and non-Atlantic connection? I, for example, went to university in NL, and have family there, but I was born and raised in BC. Would the admissions department label me an Atlantic resident, and thus consider my application solely in that regard? Or if my stats were too low to get me accepted in the Atlantic category would they switch over and consider me a non-Atlantic resident to see if my stats were good enough to get me admitted in that category? 



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Posted 27 December 2016 - 02:30 PM

I know this question is a bit unrelated to the topic, but I figured I'd ask it anyways. Does anyone know how UNB deals with applicants who can demonstrate both an Atlantic and non-Atlantic connection? I, for example, went to university in NL, and have family there, but I was born and raised in BC. Would the admissions department label me an Atlantic resident, and thus consider my application solely in that regard? Or if my stats were too low to get me accepted in the Atlantic category would they switch over and consider me a non-Atlantic resident to see if my stats were good enough to get me admitted in that category?


I believe they base it on where you went to highschool.

#8 howdydo

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Posted 27 December 2016 - 04:05 PM

I believe they base it on where you went to highschool.

 

 

But they don't know where I went to high school 


Edited by howdydo, 27 December 2016 - 04:06 PM.


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Posted 30 December 2016 - 10:14 AM

MUN transcripts (used to?) indicate on the first page the "basis for admission" - if you were a Newfoundland resident, it would indicate "Newfoundland Level IV" (grade 12) as basis for admission. If you come from out of province, it would indicate something else. 


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Posted 01 January 2017 - 07:01 PM

I think you're right. UNB offers a certain amount of seats to those residents whose provinces do not have a law school in the Atlantic region. I've chatted with med students at Memorial University of Newfoundland who said, "We take their med students, NB takes our law students."  

 

There are reciprocity agreements in place that reserve a certain number of seats each year for students from a particular province. It's meant to ensure that students from a province that lacks a school still have the opportunity to study in that field and sort of ensures a pipeline of qualified professionals enter the field in the province without the province having to pony up and open a school of its own.

 

MUN med reserves seats for NB students, UNB Law reserves seats for NL students. NL also has 2 seats at the University of Saskatchewan, or at least they used to.



#11 Blipple

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Posted 11 January 2017 - 07:32 AM

But they don't know where I went to high school


UNB, like most schools, determines your residency based solely on the home mailing address you provide in your application.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 07:09 PM

I'm from NS and I was accepted last year. LSAT 160, GPA 3.6/4.3 (with drops). 


Edited by pateyhfx, 01 February 2017 - 07:12 PM.


#13 howdydo

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 08:39 PM

I'm from NS and I was accepted last year. LSAT 160, GPA 3.6/4.3 (with drops). 

 

 

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