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    When you copy your statements into the OLSAS online application (under school submissions), it will show how many characters you have. If you go over the limit, it will say so, in red.
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    You are welcome! I just checked McGill and UNB. The former asks for 500 words. The latter says there is no minimum or maximum, but that most statements are 1 to 2 pages in length.
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    First, thank you for that response it was very helpful for me. I’m mainly concerned about being able to work in Calgary upon graduating as I love the city. You mentioned that having a connection to Calgary would somewhat nullify the minor downsides of attending uofa law if i was to only get accepted there. That is where I’m a little uncertain. I was born in Calgary and lived there till I was 3 (lived in BC since) and still have plenty of family and friends in Calgary who I visit often. Would that connection be enough to help convince firms that I’d stay long term? Obviously I know you’re a 1l and probably know just as much as I do for that question, but if you or anyone else does happen to know more about it I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks once again, hope your first year goes great!
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    The limits for Ontario schools are indicated on OLSAS. Maximum 6000 characters for Queens, maximum 8000 characters for Ottawa.
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    https://law.uwo.ca/future_students/jd_admissions/first_year_applications/applicant_categories.html To be considered for financial disadvantage and since many students work part-time, the extent of the work should be at least 30 hours of work per week during the academic year and must be documented by a letter from the employer(s).
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    I’m a UofA 1L, so do take what I say here with a grain of salt. Honestly, if your goal is to live and work in Calgary, and you get accepted to UofC, you should go to UofC. That’s honestly all there is to it. But to elaborate: You will be surrounded by plenty of people your age no matter which school you go to. Besides, those of us who aren’t in our early twenties like to go out and have fun too. I personally don’t have a preference as far as class size goes, but it can be easier to get to know the profs and you classmates if you’re in a smaller class. The better you know your prof, the better reference letter they can write for you when it comes time to look for jobs. When it comes to employment chances, location is more important than school establishment. The number one thing a firm (maybe not so much a big firm, but definitely a mid-size or small firm) wants to know is if you’re going to stay with them if they hire you. If you don’t already have a connection to Calgary, then you have to make a good argument as to why you want to practice there. Going to school there is the easiest way to do it. If you’re already from Calgary, and you go to UofA, then it really doesn’t matter. UofC and UofA have different admissions criteria, so I think firms from either city understand if someone says that they went to UofA because that’s where they got accepted, but they’re from the Calgary area and they want to come back and work there after they graduate. Plenty of Calgary firms come up to Edmonton for networking events, and vice versa. I can’t speak to the differences between the student legal services. They’re both volunteer-run, and the students that run them do their best to help people, and I think that’s what matters. I can’t say anything at all about moots since I haven’t participated myself; that being said, I’ll totally admit my bias and slide this link over to you: https://www.ualberta.ca/law/about/news/main-news/2019/may/2019-commonwealth-moot In the end, though, I truly believe that the programs are comparable, and you should focus on where you want to practice more so than the perceived difference in quality between schools.
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    I think someone in another post mentioned that he/she has an index of 92.xx and will be admitted in December. So this is my speculation: they use the same formula to rank people and select a pool for auto-admission. For the wait-list people, the PS would play a role, but I dont know how it is weighted quantitatively.
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    By 'before I submitted', do you mean before you even began your application? Or just before you finished it? I have no insight on the former, but if the latter, there wouldn't be any problem. I am in the same boat; my transcripts have all been received, but I haven't actually submitted the application yet because I am still fine-tuning my personal statements. You can click on the 'document racing's tab, and it will show you what transcripts have been received. (Note that this depends on whether you've accurately entered your academic background in the separate tab for that). -GM
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    They've made a few changes to the admissions process this year. I suspect it has something to do with the fact that one of the main members of the Admissions Committee is no longer on the committee. For example, the introduction of the "special" category, and the change to the personal statement word limit. From what I've heard, the admissions process is probably going to be a bit more holistic than it has been in previous years. Maybe they'll finally change their interview questions after 15 years, as well.
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    Honestly, you might have a decent shot at Ottawa. Goodluck!
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    No one cares about your age. It is professional school after all and you are expected to be an adult. I was in my very low 20s when I went to law school, and a lawyer now in my mid 20s. Makes little difference. All that matters is your maturity and capacity to build bridges and relationships with other people.
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    Following your invitation to the online interview, you have 2 weeks to complete the interview until they give you a warning reminder email. I have not done it yet, but it is a series of 7 scenario type questions you have to answer, I will post more details when I have done it
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    There's a million threads on this topic. Some people are probably more fine than others with not doing the readings. You won't really know what works for you until you have at least one set of your exams under your belt, so it is best to keep pushing through as many readings as possible. As for "Besides doing house chores and going to the gym, my days are dedicated to going to class and well, doing the readings/case briefs", this is the norm for law school. Lots of people even find difficulty squeezing in much gym, chores, socializing, especially near exams. Hell, this is kind of like what my life sounds like now, substituting "doing the readings/case briefs" with "writing and meetings" and substituting "the gym" with chauffeuring a child to activities.
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    Should you do the readings? Yes, probably. Do you need to do the readings to do well in the course? Not necessarily.
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    I think it is the LPP faculty
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    Sign up for CBA/local bar association events; cold call any and all firms/lawyers who do work you are interested in and ask them if they'd be willing to connect over a coffee or call; tell anyone and everyone you know that you're looking for an articling job (even though it sucks to do). Simply applying to jobs and asking people if they're hiring isn't good enough. Basically, get your name out there. You've got this!
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    Soft spoken newbie litigator here. Take advantage of the mic. It helps a lot. When you speak, keep in mind that you're not just saying things for sake of the judge or justice of the peace. You want to make sure that the court reporter captures everything you are saying. With this in mind and who knows when someone will order the transcript for what reason, it'll pressure you into speaking clearly. Emphasize certain words when you speak or pause when you are raising an important issue. It makes things more interesting, as opposed to just being robotic. i.e. "Person A doesn't recycle, Person A doesn't yield when required to do so, and most importantly...Person A regularly cuts in line at burger king. CLEARLY, Person A is a jerk." Be friendly to clerks and court reporters. Be friendly to fellow counsels in court. Before you know it, you'll feel comfortable just being there. It helps you loosen up. In terms of submissions, I felt most confident when I knew my facts and law. I'd also prepare a written submissions upfront. The fact that I already have the submissions in mind via writing made the oral submissions easier.
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