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  1. Whether you decide to go high-end or entry-level with the road bike, investing in some locking quick release skewers is a good idea. Usually they come in sets of three, one for each wheel and one for your seat post. Each set comes with a unique key-tool that must be used to unlock the quick releases. Taking off your wheels and seat is then easy for you, but not for thieves. This picture is of a Pinhead set, which are a little more expensive than what I have. I went with EVO. Cost me about $15. A solid U-lock and a set of these will take your mind off the safety of your bike and instead let you worry about school. http://www.biketiresdirect.com/productimages/images450/pilss2-1.jpg
  2. Wait and see what the published admission stats look like for 2012. I'm not exactly sure when they will be released, but from what I've read on this forum it looks like the averages for hard stats have been going up relatively quickly over the last two years. Calgary's holistic assessment methodology ensures that no one outside of the admission committee can say with any degree of certainty whether you will be admitted – note that many applicants with better GPAs and LSATs have been rejected in the past – but the class profile stats for 2012 will at least tell you if you’re in the game. My guess is that stellar ECs and a well-written letter of intent will be important to your application. But then all anyone can do when it comes to UofC admissions is guess with limited degrees of insight. You're work experience sounds promising, but what does your volunteer experience look like, Johnston?
  3. Yes, and everyone going into law should be familiar enough with the profession to know this. I've no problem suing Greenpeace activists if that’s what’s asked of me, but allow me some melodrama as I lament the loss of myself on yet another level.
  4. This is disheartening to me, as electing not to drive or cab has been what I think of as my most important green contribution. I was surprised to read that sonandera and btulls were both immediately asked about their driving status in interviews, but it makes sense (certainly, a lot more sense than declaring that a license is a prerequisite for adulthood. But let’s leave that argument on the backseat). It is nice to know that a litigator in Toronto, like Uriel, doesn’t need to own a car, though the cab trip to get a rental car definitely sounds like an inconvenience. The message about needing a license, especially to avoid embarrassment in front of your peers, comes across pretty clearly from everyone. Thanks to those who replied. In response to Denny_Crane, I do in fact live in Calgary with a probationary license that goes entirely unused. The city is not all that friendly for non-drivers, but it is certainly better than some of the cities I’ve lived in that lack anything resembling public transit (Some cities in the Okanagan come to mind). You would be surprised to know how many Calgarians choose not to drive. It’s a bit of a polarized city. You’ve got a pretty dominant truck culture, but also a thriving counter-culture and cycling demographic.
  5. In order to practice as a lawyer, is it necessary to own a vehicle or at least possess a full driver's license? Would it depend on the area you specialize in? Am I naive in hoping that I can simply commute to work by public transit or bicycle without ever having to travel outside of downtown to meet a client? What role does transportation play in your career as a lawyer?
  6. Thanks Dino. And congrats on your acceptance!
  7. "Note: You will receive an e-mail from the Faculty of Law Admissions Office, instructing you how to register in your courses by using your Student Center on My U of C." Any idea when we can expect to receive this email and begin applying for classes? I haven't heard from UofC for months.
  8. Phoooeeeeeeeniiiiiix! Awesome news. We all knew you'd get in. It will be a pleasure to meet you if you choose to accept. Congrats to everyone else who posted today.
  9. Was working at a law firm a turn off? What are you planning to do instead? Wish you luck.
  10. Time to get on it, then. Thanks for the information, HoFChaos. And thanks also for offering a mini tour. I may take you up on that in the coming weeks. Enjoy reading week!
  11. Any idea when the scholarship and bursary info packs are sent out? I've paid my deposit, but haven't heard anything since being admitted. And it's good to know that we'll have some Canucks fans in the class. Strength in numbers.
  12. Congrats to BHC1, zebra9, KJD, Eisenlohr, sminhas23, blahblah, bynski, and tennis4life! What a wonderful thing to get that email, hey? I look forward to meeting you all. I moved to Calgary about a year ago. If you're from another city, can't make up your mind about which school to attend, and feel that your decision hinges solely on cycling-related issues, as it should, don't rule out Calgary. This is no Victoria, where you're uncool if you don't bike to class year round in a hemp sweater, and Calgary doesn't have curvy roads along the ocean front, but I've been pleasantly surprised with the beautiful commuter routes in the city and the panoramic longer rides on the outskirts. Cochrane makes for a lovely Sunday morning spin. I also have a garage complete with a work stand, tools, and a beer fridge. Tune-ups are easily exchanged for lecture notes. Lycra hugs will not be necessary. Seriously, congrats everyone!
  13. This is GREAT news. I wasn't aware that UofC was shifting towards typed exams. Just a follow up question: Are power sources widely available in most classrooms, or should I be buying a laptop with substantial battery life?
  14. Ya, thank you, Nucks. Really appreciate the time that went into your response. I hope to meet you in September.
  15. I had one of these spreadsheets going, too, but I found I lacked the intellectual apparatus to make sense of it. In the end, I decided to stay closest to my dog. Good luck on the other schools. And congrats to everyone who was recently accepted.
  16. I've decided on attending U of Calgary. Tough choice, for sure. Good luck to those of you still waiting.
  17. Congrats to H. Dent and TKNumber3! Rock solid stats. And an extra big congrats to honeypower! I'll be joining you! Found out this morning, and, after months of thinking about which school I most want to attend, I've decided to accept. Can't wait to meet you all! Work Exp.: Embarassing ECs: Improving, but not wonderful. GPA: 3.8 LSAT: 166 (only sitting) We're waiting on some good news for you now, Phoenix.
  18. Congrats ngm1! I'm surprised you didn't hear earlier. Nice to see this thread moving again.
  19. This waitlist, as depressing as it is, may serve a higher purpose. Think of what would happen if it were transformed into an invite list for a pub crawl through downtown Calgary. The sum of emotions could result in a new form of wild and crazy. Partying hasn't seen anything fresh, other than bath salts, since the 90s; this could be innovative, if a little dangerous.
  20. Don't pull out your beard. It sucks being in limbo, feeling forsaken, watching your case go cold. But we can hold one another as we stumble through the fog. And hey, this beats two alternatives. Let's show some respect for those who were waitlisted by not bitching too much in their thread.
  21. Funny post. But a bit of a reductive analogy, no? I agree that it’s tough to get anywhere with biased opinions, but I’ve found this thread useful in determining the kind of positives that can be expected from each school. And, sure, you can’t really go wrong with the long-term health implications of either chicken or fish, but there may be more danger of grounding your only chicken or drowning your only fish -- that is to say kicking your future squarely in the balls -- by choosing a school that doesn’t suit your course interests, career plans, or grad school aspirations. I guess the most relevant extrapolation I take from your post is that, no matter whether you choose chicken or fish, you can still end up choking on the bones in a puddle of your own urine. But I’m strictly a vegetarian anyways.
  22. My interest in Calgary is of the utmost legitimacy. It's the only legitimate thing in my life. But a decision can't be made until I have a clear picture of things. How about you Phoenix?
  23. Yuuuuup. I'm totally confused right now. My application and supplemental documents were submitted before November, and everything has been accounted for on the Oracle, yet I have heard nothing. No acceptance. No rejection. No waitlist. I wonder if you can get a PhD specializing in the admission mechanics at UofC Law. The process is like a living organism with it's own consciousness, prejudices, and perverse sense of humour. Good luck to all of you on the waitlist.
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