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  1. A $200,000 student LOC repaid over 15 years translates to around $1,400 per month. Unless a person is in a city with a high cost of living like Toronto or Vancouver, I'd say $200,000 in debt can be fairly manageable for a person with an income of $80,000. They would just have to live like a debtless person who had an income of $54,000. (Obviously not ideal for a person who went to law school, but they wouldn't be screwed) If a person was earning $200,000 a year, $200,000 in student LOC debt would be a joke. They'd have around $110,000 a year left after taxes and payments on their LOC. Being in a long-term relationship is pretty great when you're facing $100,000+ in debt. The $700 a month I save from splitting many of the bills will basically make my debt feel $90,000 lighter.
  2. That isn't a new policy. There was something similar on the website in 2016. I sent the admissions people a question about it back then. Here was the response: "Transferable to the UofA generally means University level courses or College courses that would transfer into a degree program. So, for example, a University transfer English course from a Community College would be recognized, however, an English as a Second Language or a Culinary course from the same College would not be recognized. As long as your courses apply to a degree they will be included." Transferable to the U of A essentially just means it can't be something like a trade course. It does not mean that the U of A has to have the exact same course. If you completed your undergrad at a Canadian university you're pretty much guaranteed that all of your courses will count.
  3. For most schools if you have above average stats it's a safe bet that you'll get accepted if you apply again next year. Even average stats are a fairly safe bet in most circumstances, it may just push you back a few months into the admission cycle if the pandemic makes the admission cycle slightly more competitive.
  4. It's hard to tell. The 2009 recession lead to a spike in LSAT takers. There are numerous stories you can find from around 2010-2011 from both Canada and the United States about schools receiving a 10-20% increase in applicants after the recession making it more difficult to get in. Below is a chart of the total LSAT's administered by year. When I was applying to U of A I read every "accepted" thread in the U of A forum. The cycles immediately after the recession were noticeably more competitive. Of course, there's no guarantee that the pandemic will cause a similar spike in applications. There are enough differences between the 2009 recession and the 2020 pandemic to make comparisons difficult.
  5. From the University of Alberta 3 minutes ago. The Faculty of Law is yet to make a specific announcement yet, but I assume one will follow in the next couple weeks now that the university has made an announcement FALL TERM 2020: MOSTLY ONLINE AND REMOTE INSTRUCTION, WITH SOME IN-PERSON LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES Every fall, we welcome thousands of students to the University of Alberta and September 2020 will be no different. What will be different is the mix of learning experiences that we offer to suit the various needs of our students. While some students may be close to campus, we also recognize that not all of our students may be able to return to campus in September. Our goal is to create robust, high-quality learning opportunities for all. In September 2020, the majority of our classes will be delivered remotely and online. However, where possible, we are committed to providing small group in-person learning and experiential learning such as labs and clinical instruction, especially in those programs where in-person instruction is essential. In cases where students cannot join activities in-person, we commit that alternate arrangements will be made so that progress in programs can continue. A quality learning environment is a safe learning environment. Yesterday, we spoke with the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health which has given us a much better perspective on conditions and restrictions that will likely remain in the fall. That meeting helped to inform our decision to continue with delivering the majority of instruction online, with a mix of other learning opportunities where possible. Throughout our planning, we will continue to work with the Ministry of Advanced Education and the CMO to ensure that we are meeting public health and safety guidelines. As the fall term progresses, we must be prepared to be flexible. This decision allows our community to deal with some of our current uncertainty. Students and instructors can now move forward with planning and decision making knowing the direction we’ve set.
  6. Have you heard anything about how this may effect clinical courses for 2Ls/3Ls? (courses where a portion of the course involves the student working with organizations like Legal Aid or other community organizations that provide legal assistance)?
  7. But lawstudents.ca isn't a cover letter or a job inquiry. 🤷‍♂️
  8. I don't know of the legal market overall. If Canada is even remotely like the United States, certain positions will almost certainly have a bias in favour of upper-middle and upper-class white people with the extracurricular history and polish that tends to come with that sort of background. In terms of law-related summer jobs outside of big law, I'd say being indigenous is an advantage. Sometimes I wonder if there are more law summer jobs for indigenous law students than there are indigenous law students.
  9. They don't care U of A is all numbers except for the last few spots that go to discretionary applicants.
  10. Possibly the most likes I've ever seen a post receive that wasn't a Diplock beatdown or sage wisdom from Uriel
  11. Have you also made budgets for low and medium scenarios? E.g. Low: Work full-time for minimum wage during the summers. Article for less than minimum wage or for free. After being called have to spend significant period of time hunting for an associate position or have to go sole. Medium: Make $12,000-$13,000~ per summer on average. Article for $35,000-$40,000. Make $60,000, $70,000, and $80,000 during your first three years an associate. The scenario you've posted above is pretty close to an ideal scenario.
  12. Under normal circumstances it would, but the professor made the change in response to the COVID-19 lock down. I highly doubt they would switch to multiple choice and then make it hellishly difficult if their goal (presumptively) was to make it easier for students who are impacted by the pandemic
  13. Just enough to create my Battlecan and then a brief 1-2 hour review the day before the exam. At U of A we have mandatory P/F and an additional hour of added "flex time" on all exams that we can use however we want. I've also had some professors cut out readings, switch to multiple choice, or provide us excessive hints as to what will be on the exam.
  14. It's even worse than it looks. A lot of students rely on EI if they do not get hired back. If a person receives a very low salary during articling (or nothing) then they can't rely on EI to make ends meet while they are searching for an associate position.
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