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  2. I noticed the years have an effect on your gpa calculation in Ryn's calculator as well. My understanding was UBC just takes all your % grades and averages them, (with drops). So here's how I did it: average all my % grades (taking out 4 worst half semester courses). But then if you use Ryn's gpa calculation, it seems like its getting average of the year's averages = meaning if you take 12 courses in 4th year, those 12 will have the same weight as 8 courses taken in 2nd year... Anyone else seeing the same thing?
  3. That's what I keep telling myself haha! Hopefully then we just have a few more days to wait Fingers crossed! Will update when I get news
  4. The clinic is facing a lot of uncertainty now with losing its lease and massive cuts by legal aid ontario.
  5. Yes. There is a 'tryout' process, or at least there was (new) last year, but it is very easy. We had to read a journal article, answer some questions about it, and perform some citations work pursuant to the McGill Guide (legal citation guide) within a couple of days. It actually takes longer than you might think, but not long. Around 45 people made it on to law review, they wouldn't tell us how many 'tried out'.
  6. So you’re saying you didn’t work your ass off to get into university, maintain a high GPA, pass the LSAT, get into law school, maintain good grades in law school, kill articling interviews, work yourself to the grindstone during articling, pass the bar, and now you’re where you are? this whole “white privilege” discussion is total bullshit and nonsense. I don’t understand the guilt people have for being successful. And you shouldn’t be guilty for your parents having worked that hard to provide a good life for you as I’m sure you will for your kids.
  7. Maybe in some positions, but definitely not in others, including mine. Unless I have court, I schedule whatever I want and do whatever I please. As long as the hours are there, no one cares.
  8. Work. I love having a schedule that I cannot miss for any reason and getting paid to adhere to it and work on practical, real-life matters. I love having that sense of direction too, as well as just knowing that no matter how small the task I'm working on is, it is still meaningful. I learn a lot more too and retain it far better. I want to wake up in the morning and get started on my day, whereas when I'm in school I constantly yearn for the weekend. I feel a lot more anxiety in school... I get a bit of anxiety at work too, but I think the stability and meaningfulness make it a lot easier to deal with. Getting paid and not having to worry about how I am going to pay the bills is also an added bonus, but I would probably prefer school if it was structurally more similar to a work environment and things were taught in a more hands-on, practical matter.
  9. We did actually get an email from the Parkdale intensive back in March, i.e. after the clinic recruit, informing students that they still had unfilled spots so I actually got the sense that it wasn't a very popular clinic, for whatever reason.
  10. Today
  11. It's a realistic statement. It may seem harsh to those waiting but it would be disingenuous, and dishonest, to instead tell someone the opposite. Most people who are waitlisted, at any school, do not end up receiving an acceptance. It's also a statement that was likely referencing those who have made provisional acceptances at another school and who shouldn't dismiss those in hopes of getting in off a waitlist.
  12. Oh good, it's not just me that thought that :). I thought at first that the stress of the process was making me more irritable than usual...
  13. Assuming this link is correct. https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/en/students/student-centre/important-dates Sept 3 -4
  14. What an insensitive statement to make to applicants who have been waiting for a response since November. "Don't get your hopes up"... actual BS
  15. April 11 for me. Would've been nice to get in before they extended the application due date...
  16. Bruce Pardy prohibited them when I was in school, principally because he didn't think students should be taking many notes in his class (about which he was correct, given his teaching method).
  17. PROS: 1. The weather in Kamloops is great and the view of the mountains is unreal 2. The campus itself is very beautiful 3. Collegial Environment - the amount of support we receive from one another is amazing. The upper years are willing to pass down their CANS and help with anything you need. Everyone ends up knowing one another and by the end of first semester, you're practically homies with the majority of students in the Faculty of Law. Its always nice to be in a positive environment where students are so uplifting - you never feel alone. 4. Variety of student clubs/sports on campus 5. Amazing professors. Professors at TRU are extremely educated (some have degrees from Harvard, JD's and PhD's from UBC, Dalhousie, U of T etc ..) and are always available to help you during office hours. Profs at TRU genuinely want to see you succeed and will make time for you even when they don't have office hours on the day that you're available. 6. There is a Starbucks in the law building - when we have a 3 hour class and get a 15 minute break, it's always nice to refuel and grab some coffee in the same building and make it just in time for class to start again. 7. Great small town vibe - Coming from a big city, I never thought I would have loved kamloops as much as i did. Although there is practically one of everything (one Walmart, one Superstore + the Independent etc ..), I found myself enjoying the vibe, and the community is just so wonderful - not just the TRU community, the Kamloops community in general is amazing. 8. Hiking/Nature: If you like hiking, or nature in general, Kamloops is great for that. One of the many places I have hiked at during my time in Kamloops is Battle Bluffs, dewdrop trail, and myra canon. 9. Downtown parking is inexpensive in comparison to other cities. 10. Cafes - If you're someone who likes to study at cafes, Kamloops has great ones, such as The Art We Are. 11. Everything is close in proximity. Superstore, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Movie Theatre, Walmart, TRU, Staples, Aberdeen Mall, gyms/fitness facilities are so close to one another that I only needed to fill my gas tank once every month There are many pros to studying in Kamloops at TRU. Moving from a large city to Kamloops (in my personal experience) wasn't a hard transition. You meet many students on orientation day, and throughout the semester, and we have fun together, and struggle together. We have "help not hurt" midterms where they will be worth 0% if you get higher on your final exam than your midterm. Overall, there are many pros of attending TRU and i'm glad I made the decision. Although the 3rd floor printers can get jammed up from time to time and you occasionally hear students screaming while playing foosball and pingpong in the students lounge ... It's one of the things that makes TRU so great! CONS: 1. Tuition is around $20k (costly in comparison to other law schools) 2. It's hard to find a nice place to live close to school that won't break the bank 3. PARKING IS A NIGHTMARE (unless you have a premium pass that costs $275 ish per semester, but in high demand) 4. Not many restaurants (and the nightlife scene isn't great compared to Vancouver, Calgary etc ..) 5. The malls in Kamloops have limited options for those who like to shop and go to rather popular stores you would find in places like Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax, Saskatchewan etc ... 6. It's hard to find cabs (and cabs are also expensive to take if your destination is 15 minutes away etc ..) 7. Your luck at the airport is a hit or miss. Flights leaving Kamloops, at least in my experience, get delayed or cancelled frequently due to there being a problem with the aircraft and not having another airplane to use while the other is getting fixed. This happened to me and my partner at least 3 times. 8. Did i mention parking is a nightmare? Might as well mention it again
  18. Work. It’s not even close. They pay me. If you ignore money, then yeah I obviously I prefer doing whatever I want at any given moment.
  19. W I went last year as well and there was only one male student in a suit. Everyone else (including myself) were business casual which seemed more appropriate.
  20. I worked in very entry level jobs for a few years before starting law school, and loved being in school, where you could set your own schedule and were constantly learning things. My last few jobs were a lot more like the latter than the former, and I think I prefer that to being in school. But the commute is definitely better now that I`m working...
  21. I can't remember what the reason was, but Parkdale received fewer applications last year than in previous years. Normally, it is one of the most competitive clinics to get into with far more applicants than spots available. Quite a few of the clerks/medalists and top of the class students in my year did Parkdale.
  22. This is a tough question to answer. I didn't enjoy law school, but miss the freedom and relatively low anxiety as well. I enjoy my work and feel like I'm doing something productive and meaningful, but I don't enjoy having to stick to a routine that I cannot miss. I could afford to miss classes and do readings at my own leisure in school, but you have a set schedule to stick to in work. It also sucks if you're commuting a long distance to work, as opposed to living on or near campus at school.
  23. This is just sort of a curiosity post. I'm in the middle of articling, and I was having a conversation with some colleagues about school vs. work. It seemed like the group was split 50/50 between people who were happier working and people who missed school (I know that school is "work", but I mean having a job). Personally, I vastly prefer being at work. I love getting up every morning and having a sense of direction, knowing that I have a meeting with so-and-so or a chambers application and feeling like it matters if I show up. I always struggled with a sense of futility in school, knowing that the essay or exam that I poured my blood and sweat into was going in the recycling bin come May. I suppose technically the same thing happens with my notice of civil claim eventually, but it just feels different 😂 The people I was talking to who preferred school mostly seemed to miss the freedom and (relatively) low anxiety. Thoughts? Which do you prefer?
  24. Most people with partners bring them to a few orientation events. I would recommend bringing them to dances like the gala and whatever happens the weekend prior to that. You can go to the weekday events alone. Some events will be exclusively geared towards law students. Last year, they also had a picnic or bbq specifically for people with children. As I said before, you should reach out directly to the 1L reps with your questions. They’ll be able to answer them much better than anyone on this board.
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