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  1. UAlberta- you would probably need something like 162 to have a good shot with 3.5 L2, meaning you need to score 170 in your next write. Your best shot is at USask. If you can manage to bring up your LSAT to 160+ you have a good chance a USask. Also TRU.
  2. I also think the OP should apply to all T6 and see what offers he gets. Even if he may want to come back to Canada in the future, I just don't see how UofT at sticker is a better option than HYS with $ or possibly CCN full ride. I find it really hard to imagine all the major firms in Toronto rejecting a Harvard undergrad and JD graduate with Wallstreet IB experience.
  3. If portability and battery life are the most important then get an Air or maybe an ultrabook. If you plan on doing any sort of gaming or watching videos, then you should buy a home PC with a large monitor and grab a cheap and light laptop for school use only. I have nothing against Apple laptops other than their prices. For $1500 you can buy a very nice $1000 PC and $500 laptop that's more than sufficient for any school uses. Regarding storage, 256GB SSD is waaaay more than enough for any non-gaming uses. I replaced my 1TB harddrive on my laptop with a 128GB SSD 3 years ago and it's not even half full now. For any video and music storage just grab an external hard drive they're very cheap ($50-$100 depending on size). In fact I would recommend that you get only SSD in your laptop as they're quiet, and greatly increases battery life.
  4. Hi I'm also an Edmontonian who will be attending non-Alberta school this fall but planning to return to Edmonton after graduation. Fact that summer jobs that lead to offers for articles are only given to 1Ls is a big surprise.. Does that mean firms generally do not hire 2L summers? What do firms look at when hiring 1L summers? Undergrad GPA? 1L first term grades?
  5. The work-load and curriculum may be similar between universities, but the difference in difficulties is still there. I've taken courses at three different undergrad institutions also. The largest one with the most 'reputation' was also the hardest to get good grades. Most classes were huge and curved, and lots and lots of students were extremely competitive and cut-throat (in science, at least). In contrast the smaller university I found to be much less competitive, and generally higher quality of education due to smaller class sizes and closer relationships with professors. I know a few people who went to smaller universities for 'safer route' into medicine. I think the differences between undergrads in terms of difficulties is quite small though, at least in Canada. A 2.0 student from UT won't suddenly start receiving As at a not-well-known regional university. At least in Canada, just like law schools, locality and personal grades are much more important than the reputation of the institution. But if you step outside of the country, the reputation is all that matters in some cases. Just talk to some of the international students from East Asian countries, countries with extreme university tier levels. They'll tell you that sometimes the ONLY thing employers in their home countries look at is the name of the university, and only 2-3 Canadian universities are well known to them. Hell, even in the US, if you are a Canadian business grad wanting to break into Wall Street ibanking, you better have a degree from 'reputable' university to even have slightest chance. But for most of us in Canada it's meaningless. GPA and proximity of the university to the place you want to work are far more important than any reputation or rankings. The quality of education may be similar or better at lesser known schools. But to claim that there are no differences in difficulties? That's a little far too fetched.
  6. If you really want to go into Law, switch into a different major you are interested in and do 2 more years before you graduate with that biochem degree. Trust me I know several people with core science degrees who are wondering what the heck to do after graduation after they couldn't make it into medicine. Masters degree at a reputation institution is a must if you want to have any decent career in that field. I was also a biochem major in my first and second years of undergrad, trying to get into medicine. Even though I was pretty good at chemistry and physics, I was absolutely horrible with biology related courses. I switched to business school and graduated with decent grades. Also accepted at a law school this cycle.
  7. Just the email. Just checked t he status page and nothing is changed except the date received is changed to yesterday's date.
  8. Got acceptance letter this afternoon. B2 81% LSAT 159, decent SK connection.
  9. Sask only looks at your best 2 years. Alberta also only looks at your L2. Calgary is more holistic, but I believe they heavily emphasize your L2. You won't need a crazy high LSAT score. With 3.7 L2, you would have a good chance at both Sask and Alberta with a 160 LSAT. With Calgary I'd say it depends on your ECs, work experience, and how well you write your PS. This is of course assuming you have taken full course load for your last 2 years (per each school's definition of full course load)
  10. Could you let us know what you found out? I'm very interested in this as well.
  11. I think you offended a lot of people here with that comment on valid/invalid majors. Like many said, majoring in what you enjoy would be the best solution. However, lots of high school grads don't know what they would enjoy as major, and choose majors based on employability of that degree. And that's a perfectly reasonable choice. If you are looking for future job prospects, do engineering or business. I guess engineering is out since you don't like math. Business math is mostly basic and nothing that can't be handled by any university student. If you are dead set on law school, I guess taking a general studies for 1st year and choosing major in the subject you are best at would be one option.
  12. I believe they are referring to the mean/median scores with those numbers. 3.7/80% and 157 is very close to the actual median for 2015 3.37 B2 and 159 LSAT. For people hovering around these numbers, I think it comes down to 1. how they convert GPA for ranking purpose, and 2. how much emphasis they put on Sask connection. I think someone with strong SK connection and those median scores would be almost guaranteed to get in, as half of the admitted in 2015 had lower scores than that 3.37/159 combo.
  13. That one's right on the website. Look under Programs -> JD
  14. I got the same info from an email reply from Sask law admissions. It's probably a general info they use to reply to grades/LSAT inquiries. They stated they looked for 3.7 (80%) or higher B2, combined with 157 or higher LSAT.
  15. USask Law could very well do it the other way- convert GPA to % grades to rank the applicants. A friend of mine in Sask medicine told me that she 'thinks' they convert GPA to % grades to rank applicants, and this gives tremendous advantages to USask and URegina students/grads. When converting from GPA to %, they use the lower end of the percentage range. Basically an out-of-province applicant with perfect 4.0 GPA would be viewed as a 90% applicant, and ranked below a 91% USask student. Maybe they do it deliberately to favor Sask students, on top of the quota reserved for Sask residents. I'd be very happy if Sask Law does it this way also, but the people from non-Sask universities would be hurt by it.
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