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  1. 3 points
    The class gets full by May usually. That’s when they also start the waitlists. The Waitlist then goes from either accepted or rejected depending on how many drop their acceptance offers, reject their Waitlist offers, etc...By the time the Waitlist is over and classes begin, and you still have not received an offer, then your Waitlist will change to “Refused” automatically. At least that’s what happened last year. Before last year they wouldn’t notify you that you got rejected. You just didn’t get in and it is up to you to reapply or not. I mean it’s not that bad but ok. This mentality should come in if you got rejected or if you are still a far number on the Waitlist by the end of August (generally a 100+).
  2. 2 points
    Hey OP, I'm going to be attending Ottawa this fall and a big reason is because of their specialization in Health Law & Policy. They have a centre for health law, policy & ethics which I believe was started around 5 years ago? Also, I was told that this upcoming year (fall 2019), is the first year they will be offering an official specialization in health law. I just attended the open house at Ottawa as well, and they do have a health law clinic I inquired about where I was told that there are lots of opportunities for students to work as research assistants. The representative at the open house told me they have around 15 professors working at the Centre and are hoping to expand further. They also informed me that they have some internships at hospitals in Ottawa available to law students. There are a decent amount of courses offered in health law - mental health law, medical-legal problems and immigrant health law to name a few. Hope this helps for now - I'll definitely have a better idea next year.
  3. 2 points
    I will literally bet you my car and every dollar in my savings account youll get into a school within the next 2 months lol
  4. 2 points
    The global health person at Ottawa, Steven Hoffman, is now at York/Osgoode. He used to teach the clinic. It might not still be offered, even if it is still on the books. Don't pick Ottawa just for this clinic.
  5. 2 points
    I got in with a better cgpa but same other stats. To me there isn't a huge difference between a 159 and a 162 if the 159 gets you into your dream schools. That being said, rewriting is always safer.
  6. 1 point
    Hey everyone, Trying to figure out a plan to start studying for LSAT again but thought I’d see if anyone could provide insight into my chances for this year. I’ve been waitlisted at U of A on my GPA & 154 lsat for the last 2 admission cycles. L2 3.65, cgpa 3.5, LSAT 154 & 156 Business degree (BLaw minor - did really well), lots of different ECs, decent amount of awards & scholarships throughout undergrad, strong references (highly esteemed faculty members who know me well), statement of intent tailored towards Calgary, worked throughout undergrad (had 2 jobs for a good chunk of it).
  7. 1 point
    I was doing that in 1L and it was draining. I was squatting and deadlifting heavy every time I worked out. I reduced my frequency to 3 days a week at first. Then I switched to a high frequency lower intensity routine so I could go 6 days a week. I also started going to the gym at the end of the day around 9pm so I could just go to bed when I got home. But school schedules are inconsistent so I sometimes go before class.
  8. 1 point
    People generally have a lot of free time during law school. The main exceptions are the weeks leading up to exams and the week or so before major LRW assignments are due. Even in these circumstances you'll have quite a bit of free time unless you procrastinated. There are a many students who are obviously (based on their physiques) seriously committed to the gym. They seem to have no issues maintaining their GAINZ. I began working out after a fairly long break a few months ago and I'm having no problem at all.
  9. 1 point
    There is an insane amount of time for the gym during school, it's articling and practice where you'll need to force a set time and keep the routine. It's doable though, I found the morning was the easiest to go consistently cause you're never really sure when your day will end. Others would break up a workday with an early evening gym trip followed by more work if needed on busy days.
  10. 1 point
    U of a diddnt use february lsats. December was latest
  11. 1 point
    I'm not a "bodybuilder" but I go to the gym for an hour 6 days a week. I also play 2 intramural sports. I see a lot of my classmates at the gym working out consistently as well. Physical health aids your ability to study and retain what you're reading. Set a reasonable gym schedule and make sure to factor in travel time. Meal prep if you can, so you don't have to cook from scratch every day. Also be flexible and skip the gym here and there when you have pressing deadlines/exams. I know lots of people, myself included, who managed good grades while working out consistently.
  12. 1 point
    There is no official "admitted students day" aside from orientation week (the first week of school in September). Orientation week includes tours of campus and tours of downtown Kamloops. Other than that you can book a tour for yourself by contacting the school. In late July there is an event held in most major Canadian cities where you can meet with current TRU students, TRU alumni, and other 1Ls from your area.
  13. 1 point
    I'll toss in my savings account to that bet too. Not that there is much left in there this time of year haha. I'll even toss in my POS rusty beater of a car in too, should be worth a couple hundred bucks in scrap metal
  14. 1 point
    Hi, I'm not sure at all, and I don't have much insight as to admissions. But I encourage you in applying to law school and am confident you can do it! I would love if there were more engineers and mature students in law school to encourage new perspectives. Best of luck!
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    Can non-UBC students/alumni get access to the Legal Career and Public Interest Legal Career Guides that Allard publishes? http://www.allard.ubc.ca/alumni/services/career-services/ubc-law-career-guides
  17. 1 point
    Clinics have a dual purpose. They do give you practical experience in a particular area of law, which itself has two functions: 1) it lets you the student decide if this is an area of law you want to work in - ie. people who think they want to do criminal law get to work with a client base of poor and marginalized people similar to the client base they will likely have when starting out, and they can see if the reality meets their expectations and 2) it allows you to demonstrate on your CV that you have an interest in a particular field and that you can handle the reality, and it gives you talking points in interviews, references, etc. The other thing clinics increasingly seem to be is marketing tools for law schools who are competing to have the best or the most clinics or the only school with clinics in a particular area, and so on. So while they are an important part of your education to a point, you need to be careful you don't buy too much into the schools' hype. In terms of global health, you are unlikely to get a legal job in global health coming out of law school. I struggle to think what that would even look like - legal counsel for an NGO that works in the field, maybe? Those types of job would be few and far between and highly competitive if they even exist. Often they are unpaid internships, which some of the Ivy League schools and I believe a very few limited spots from one or two Canadian schools will pay students to do, but everyone else gets $0. You may need a masters' in law, fluency in one or more foreign languages, etc. I would think your masters' in science would more likely lead you into a non-legal global health job, so if global health is really your passion, law school may not be the best choice and I don't think that any clinic is likely to give you global health experience.
  18. 1 point
    All law schools offer clinical opportunities. Although there may be cases where I'd suggest that someone might choose A over B for a particular clinic, I'm really having trouble imagining what you expect you'll be doing in a legal capacity that relates to global health. And because I can't even imagine what that legal work looks like in practice, I certainly can't recommend any school that has any clinical opportunities related to it. So based on that alone, I don't recommend this should factor into your decision-making.
  19. 1 point
    Your L2 looks good, and I got in to my preferred school with a 155 LSAT, so there’s certainly hope for you. I would definitely apply especially considering your really good ECs, along with some good references, you should be golden. Best of luck!
  20. 1 point
    I agree with Bill's comment, but if you are confident you can raise your LSAT score, it'll save you on anxiety since you'll very likely receive an offer earlier and a secondary concern is scholarships.
  21. 1 point
    No, its not. I tried asking to confirm the L2, but the office said we're busy, call back at the end of March. I think my L2 should be 3.1, unless they counted some summer term courses which I don't think they did ( with them, it goes to 3.38).
  22. 1 point
    Struggling to find one for TRU, anyone up to the task?
  23. 1 point
    For special applicants I believe references are actually a requirement. But yes, otherwise you're correct, uSask does not use references for regular applicants. As for your chances @orz, it is truly hard to say. You have a strong LSAT score which is great but your GPA is quite low, and schools do not consider the class/major/college those grades are coming from, so despite UofT Engineering being quite difficult I imagine they won't even see that. All they'll see is a UofT student with a 2.87. That also being said, as others have already expressed, those who typically get in after two years have quite exceptional grades. Your LSAT score is far above average but your grades may not compensate for it, especially as a second year student. Best of luck!
  24. 1 point
    Snobs are in very school, but it's easy enough to avoid them.
  25. 1 point
    I know this is an old post but I'll answer for future reference. I think I was under the auto-admit since my application was forwarded to the committee but still ended up getting an offer. So far, I also don't think anyone has been waitlisted since a UVic waitlist thread has yet to be created.
  26. 1 point
    If you told me when I started law school I was going to be a corporate lawyer, I would have laughed in your face. What could be more boring than working for a business? "Business law" is not one thing. Business organizations, corporate governance, contracts, securities, tax, drafting, administrative, IP, statutory interpretation, and more are all areas of law that could be relevant if you are acting for a business... and on top of that you can do solicitor or litigation work as well! Ottawa has great professors in all of the areas of law I mentioned.
  27. 1 point
    ^ and I can't think of a single moot (other than our 1L fun moot) or clinic available to 1Ls at my school.
  28. 1 point
    Someone was recently accepted with 3.65 and 159, so their index would be 241.125. Your index looks like it’s slightly higher so you should hopefully get in soon, also!
  29. 1 point
    I have actually not completed my degree yet. I am still fine to take 100 level courses for the U of A, correct? This rule only applies if I complete my degree and take more courses after? Thanks for your help!
  30. 1 point
    You seem very competitive, so hang tight
  31. 1 point
    I'm not totally sure what you're asking, but they won't go through your transcript to look at every individual grade and consider the grade and what kind of course it was in. They don't have time to do that for every applicant, and, even if they did, I'm pretty sure they'd be able to find a better use for that time. You'll probably want to recalculate your GPA though. It's very unlikely that an 81% average will translate to a 3.7-3.8, especially with at least two grades in the 60s in there.
  32. 1 point
    Agreed with @Rashabon I don't know about Ottawa specifically but I would be shocked if it would be that much different from other places in that you are still in 2L with a couple months to go and I imagine that there will be lots of articling positions available between now and the end of 3L. It sounds like you are fine at the screening stage but may need to work on sealing the deal. Also, I don't know whether it's a lack of ECs specifically, but you do need interesting things to talk about in interviews, and to feel confident that you have interesting things to talk about. I'm surprised that you can't find ECs to do in 2L and don't understand why that would be the case. You can't join a club/group or try out for a moot or help out PBSC or something? If you really can't do ECs in law school, can you join things in the broader university or community? Do anything interesting that appeals to you - learn a language, play a sport, take an art class. Are you reading for pleasure? Following the news? Following pop culture? Following local teams? These are the kinds of things interviewers use to build rapport with candidates. Are you selling enough that you worked in 1L and still got top 10% grades? That is not something everyone can do and speaks well to your work ethic.
  33. 1 point
    "Including toronto downtown firms" as opposed to us classless townies in the outskirts? I digress, as a practicing full time litigator, meaning a shit ton of affidavits, commisioning is absolutely mundane. Just because something is mundane doesn't mean there aren't rules. Breaking those rules have consequences. But yeah, despite your horrid experiences, doesn't mean that commissioning a document is anything special. Especially when a very confused QC student is asking for career advice about being an Ontario Notary. Fwiw, my assistants are also commisioner of oaths. They read a small document and filled out an application.
  34. 1 point
    I for some reason am leaning to UVic. Saving 40k is nice, but a 1-hour commute is a huge hassle. I would look into affordable rent options at UVic - no idea what prices are like, but what if you share and look for a very modest place? Or live in university housing? Are you sure housing will cost 40k? Are you factoring the 1-hour commute into your savings? It sounds like you see UVic as a better fit, and it is a chance to live somewhere a bit different without being too far away from your target employment market or your family and support system. I don’t think the distance from Victoria to Vancouver is a huge deal in terms of the job search and I don’t think it should even be on the con side for UVic. I get the temptation of living at home and saving money and I understand why people do that. BUT I am a big fan of young adults living independently. I am a big fan of law students in particular living independently. The lessons you will learn are worth 40k and then some. I also think that living with your parents an hour from school will negatively impact your law school experience a lot more than you realize. I don’t think you should make this decision based on the living at home issue. If that was not available to you, what would you decide? That’s where you should go.
  35. 1 point
    If you have the opportunity to attend UBC Law while living in Vancouver rent-free, take it. That's such an incredible position to be in.
  36. 1 point
    Is bilingualism likely to help you much working in Calgary? My thinking is that if won’t and will have very little application. If you want to maintain your French, they probably have the Alliance in Calgary? I also wouldn’t wait until law school to decide where I want to work. Re:Dal, my understanding is that there aren’t a ton of legal jobs in Halifax so many grads are applying to work elsewhere. So I wouldn’t go to Dal expecting to work out there, and if you end up coming back to Calgary anyway, is it worth living all the way out there? Re:McGill - is your bilingualism good enough to pass the Quebec barreau, rumoured to be very hard for anglophones but others may want to chime in? Otherwise you’d likely be looking at working in Toronto, Ottawa etc - does that interest you? I would confirm if you want to work in Calgary or not, and if you do, go to Calgary. There’s a thread right now about the great salaries and cost of living in Calgary that people from other provinces are drooling over!
  37. 1 point
    If you want to work in Calgary, you should go to law school in Calgary. In the Calgary market, there is no added prestige to attending McGill vs. Calgary. If you don't know where you want to work, then I suppose McGill allows you to keep more options open. However, you do need to decide where you want to work at some point, and that decision should be made before starting law school if at all possible. The Calgary 1L recruit starts pretty quickly once you begin law school, so you will need to decide whether to participate in that recruit and potentially whether to accept a job that will lead to articles in Calgary, all by February of 1L.
  38. 1 point
    According to Ultra Vires, Dal places more grads on Bay Street than all of the other non-Ontario schools combined. There’s a solid presence of Dal grads at national firms from coast to coast, Vancouver to Halifax - which reflects the student body, which is typically a smorgasbord of people from coast to coast. Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto and Ottawa (IP) firms all travel to Halifax to recruit and do OCI’s there. You’ll then have to fly in if you get a second interview in-firm. So if your choices end up coming down to U of A or Dal, then U of A if you want Calgary, and Dal if you want anywhere in the country.
  39. 1 point
    Another option could be to make drop-down lists in the cells and make firm permissions for the variables allowed to occupy each cell. You can have the same columns, but just have predetermined answers in the cells that can only be inputted with a drop down, with all other values being "null"
  40. 1 point
    Right?! I've had a permanent smile since last Friday - best birthday ever!
  41. 1 point
    Accepted this morning and this is my first acceptance! OLSAS GPA: 3.67 (Currently in fourth year so no L2) LSAT: 145,147,154,160 General Applicant
  42. 1 point
    I don't necessarily think UofT Law has a reputation for being particularly pompous. However, I'm sure if a person has a predisposition towards being a douche, then attending the highest ranked law school in the country is not going to help matters. I'd say the main reputation students there have is being disproportionately from highly advantaged backgrounds and being slightly out of touch with the average pleb.
  43. 1 point
    You still can upgrade your cGPA and L2 after graduation.
  44. 1 point
    This will seem petty but I swear it isn’t: it’s “advice.”. Advice is a noun. You want advice. Give me advice. Inviting advice. It is pronounced exactly as it is spelled Advise is a verb. I advise you to wait. You advise action. Advise me. It is pronounced as if the “s” were a “z”. It is a very very common mistake but as a new lawyer you need to know the difference.
  45. 1 point
    My professors were some of the worst dressed people I’ve met in law. Academics aren’t typically snazzy dressers.
  46. 1 point
    1. Some people will not graduate with an articling position and will have to go to great lengths to find a position. 2. Some people will have awful experiences articling. I had a position that lasted one day, I left and never went back. I was yelled at and berated by a sole practitioner. Don't "stick it out" it's not worth your self-respect and dignity. Anyone that tells you to stick it out doesn't care about you. No-my "reputation" wasn't ruined. Yes- I found another position within two weeks. 3. Some people will job hunt for 8-12+ months. It can be depressing. Apply to non-law jobs in the meantime, it's not the end of the world. 4. Many lawyers are too proud to admit they struggled to find articling and/or an associate position but trust me you are not alone if you found this post by googling "i cant find an articling position" or "i cant find an associate lawyer position" or "im an unemployed lawyer". Keep your chin up and stop letting a title define your worth. 5. Yes this can happen if you have good grades, summered/articled at a "top firm" or went to a prestigious Canadian law school. 6. Yes it can leave you feeling worthless. But you're not. Stop the negative thinking it will get you nowhere. 7. Yes there's a whole wonderful world outside of our law "bubble". Get out of the damn bubble. 8. I went through all of this. I survived. I have a wonderful position now. 9. I am posting this to give someone the support they need to push through. 10. You are smart and talented. There are so many opportunities out there for you. The world will beat you enough, don't add to it by beating yourself up.
  47. 1 point
    Anything to do with the actual practice of law (classroom only courses).
  48. 1 point
    I spoke with someone whose been on the committee in previous years, so I'm 99.9% sure this is accurate. Basically they take GPA with drops and LSAT score, and make an index. If you're at a certain index score (they wouldn't disclose what it is, but I've heard rumblings of 90.5) then you're automatically admitted. If you are below that, then the real process begins. Each member looks at your stats, reads your personal statement, and considers your undergraduate degree difficulty, experience etc. They then each make a ranking of candidates, and get back together to discuss their top picks until all offers are sent out. As offers are declined and spots become available, they do the entire deliberation again. I found it pretty surprising because I thought UVic was a numbers school, but turns out, if you aren't auto-admit it's actually quite holistic.
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  50. 1 point
    Moore's suits aren't the best of quality, even by 'cheap' suit standards. The cuts are often blocky, the material is usually polyester (ie not as aesthetically pleasing, wears out quickly, fades, and doesn't breath well), and the fusing in the jacket will come apart and bubble up after several dry cleans. Two caveats. First, if you happen to find a suit at Moore's that fits well (especially after taking it to a tailor) then it's fine. Second, a Moore's suit is probably fine for 1L events and as a work horse (provided it's not too bad), but you should consider upscaling for interviews and more formal, business, events. Same goes for your dress shoes. My best advice is subscribe to Brooks Brothers, Harry Rosen, etc. mailing list and wait for a 60% off or buy one-get-one-free sale. Think of it as an investment.
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