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  1. All of your 1L classes except Foundations are full year courses. Your schedule will be essentially the same in the Winter except the classes become longer. The combination of longer classes and because professors start off the Fall slow means that around twice as much content is covered in the Winter compared to the Fall.
  2. Off the top of my head: - Dean's list/Honours/Medals - If you are participating in articling week or looking for an articling position outside the official recruits you will probably have to show your grades - If you don't get hired back from your articling position you will likely have to provide grades when applying to other firms - I've also heard that if you're applying to different positions early in your career you may still be asked for grades - If you decide to participate in certain ECs in your third year like law review having good 2L grades may help - Certain clerkship positions care about your grades beyond 1L (there are provinces other than Ontario) - A general sense of accomplishment. - The ability to use the grades as motivation to learn as much about the law as you can while you're still in law school
  3. You can potentially get them from upper year students. To the best of my knowledge, all of the 1L professors were teaching the same class last year. All you need to do is find someone who took the same class and who is willing to share them. If you buy your textbook second hand off the Facebook group page sometimes the student will throw in their CAN for the course as well. The LSA also hosts PASS sessions before the midterms and final exams where they have upper year students give exam advice. Sometimes CANs get shared in these sessions too. Finally, even if you can't find a CAN for your particular professor, there is a lot of overlap between classes in regards to what cases are covered. E.g. You can often look at a Criminal Law CAN from another professor and CTRL + F to see if the same case is covered. This can be helpful if you're struggling to understand a case and want to read a summary NOTE: Obviously this method has risks. Sometimes different professors may emphasize different parts of a case. Edit: You can also probably get one from asking in the Facebook group. Around September the group created for 1Ls will end up having around 400-500 students because a bunch of 2Ls and 3Ls join to sell their textbooks, promote student groups, be nosy, post memes, etc. If you make a post in September asking for a CAN for the professor you'll stand a good chance at getting one.
  4. You may want to specify which particular schools you are focused on. Each school has different criteria in which they judge applicants. Generally speaking if a course is applied to a degree either as a core course or as an elective schools won't care. They mainly don't want people taking a bunch of bird classes after they graduate to pad their GPA. Some schools don't care one way or another.
  5. I assume when you say Spring you mean from Jan-April? Or did you not take Winter classes? Either way it looks like they'd only look at those classes you listed. They wouldn't need to dip into a previous semester or year to get 20 courses. When you apply you don't even need to send in grades until after fall grades are released. I was taking classes the year I applied and I sent my transcripts in the beginning of Jan including the fall semester and received an acceptance a week later. You said you are taking five years to finish undergrad, are all the classes you're taking in the last 2 years applied to your degree?
  6. UAlberta looks at a minimum of 20 courses, but will take an entire year or semester if they have to dip into a previous semester to arrive at 20 courses. If you want us to verify what classes they will take into consideration you can post your course load for the last few years e.g.: Fall 2019 4 Courses Spring 2019 2 Courses Winter 2019 5 courses Fall 2018 5 Courses Spring 2018 2 Courses Winter 2018 .... The deadline for applications is in November, but they will take into consideration courses that you have completed up until the beginning of February during the year of the application cycle. In practice, this means they will look at your fall grades during the application cycle. The document deadline is the end of February
  7. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view If you look at the applicant profile page there are 4 people who got in with GPAs of 3.8 with LSAT scores in the 153-154 range and 6 people who got in with GPAs of 3.8 with LSAT scores in the 155-156 range. Since UAlberta is a pure numbers school and people are getting in with lower stats than you, you have a really good chance. The admission statistics have been very similar for the past few years and have no reason to change in a major way this coming admission cycle (there are no major economic events that would lead to a mass influx of law applicants). Assuming that your stats end up being 3.8/157 I'd estimate your chances of admission at 99%+. I've been following the UAlberta applicant profiles since I became interested in applying to law school around 2014/2015 and there has not been a single year during that period where a 3.8/157 wouldn't get in. That being said, it's still a good idea to apply to a couple backup schools just in case. Don't gamble with writing the LSAT again. If you bomb it and get in the low 150s your average LSAT would end up being 153-155 which would decrease your likelihood of getting in.
  8. https://report.lsac.org/ThreeYearComparison.aspx You can look at the LSAC three year comparison for total number of applicants/applications in Canada. Applicants are down 1.8% and applications down 4.9% relative to last year. I'm not sure why TRU would have a sudden influx of applicants. Was that information from an official source?
  9. https://report.lsac.org/ThreeYearComparison.aspx Looks like for this admission cycle there have been 24,471 applications from 6,745 applicants in Canada. So around 3.6 applications per applicant on average. Law schools in Canada are generally pretty transparent with their standards and typically mainly care about your GPA/LSAT so it's fairly typical for people to not apply to that many schools because they know based on their stats where they're likely to get in. You shouldn't worry about bothering your references though. Medical students often apply to every single school in Canada because they care about so many factors it's almost impossible to guarantee admission regardless of your stats. Similarly, medical students in the United States apply to on average 16 universities. Then there are some Masters/Ph.D programs where people apply extremely broadly due to limited spots and inability to predict chances on stats alone. I think it's fairly safe to say if your professors have been teaching for awhile they've had to send out reference letters to many schools for one student before. Probably frequently.
  10. Outside of the official designation I doubt UOttawa has an advantage over UAlberta when it comes to social justice options. You'll be able to take classes that cover all types of social justice issues in upper years if you choose to. There's also volunteer options and clinics that cover numerous social justice topics. Where do you want to practice when you graduate? That's a major component of which choice is better for you.
  11. Every provincial student loan program should have something called "residency requirements" https://studentaid.alberta.ca/before-you-apply/eligibility/ Residency for Independent Students Alberta is the province in which you have most recently lived for 12 consecutive months while not a full time post-secondary student, or You have never lived in any other Canadian province for 12 consecutive months and are attending a post-secondary school in Alberta Residency for Dependent Students At least one of your parents must live in Alberta Basically you determine whether you're a dependent student or independent student and then see if you meet the criteria. For independent students the criteria is usually the last province you lived in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time student. For dependent students it depends on where you parents live.
  12. Legal writing is very focused on using plain language, writing your point first, and removing excessive wordiness. The factum assignment is about appellate advocacy. You'll be given a decision from the fictitious University of Alberta Court of Appeal and have to write an appeal either for the appellant or respondent. There will be two clearly identified main issues and you and your partner will get to choose how to distribute the work. The link below (at the bottom of the page) contains an example of a University of Alberta Court of Appeal decision that was used as the basis for the factum assignment in the 2017-2018 school year. It also contains sample respondent and appellant factums from students who scored in the top 10% of the class. https://www.ualberta.ca/law/current-students/competitive-moot-program/brimacombe-selection-round Edit: When I have a bit more time I will probably write a post in this thread about what to expect for LRW where I briefly explain the assignments people will be expected to do. May be useful for people who stumble upon this thread in the future.
  13. University of Alberta - Pure L2/LSAT. Does not care at all about CGPA. However, the University of Alberta is the only school in Canada that averages the LSAT. If you bomb your first attempt at the LSAT, the U of A is basically off the table. -- I currently attend this school. My first two years were probably as bad as yours, but I still received an acceptance on the first day of invites. University of Calgary - Primarily L2, but considers CGPA. A terrible CGPA will be a disadvantage but I do occasionally see people with terrible CGPAs get accepted if everything else is good. Dalhousie - Claims to only look at last 2 years for GPA purposes, but they seem to be prejudiced against terrible CGPAs. It seems fairly common for people with otherwise great stats to get an invite for an interview if their CGPA is too low. However, some people with low CGPAs do seem to get accepted without an interview. University of Manitoba - Only cares about your index score created from your adjusted GPA (they do drops) and LSAT. Low CGPA won't effect you if your AGPA/LSAT combination is high enough. UNB - Uses drops for their GPA calculation. I've seen lots of people with low CGPAs get accepted at UNB if they have good LSAT scores. It's one of the best schools for splitters. However, they give priority to people form NB/NL/PEI Queens/Western - These are the main schools in Ontario that uses L2. If I remember correctly a terrible CGPA makes it very difficult to get accepted. I don't know the specifics for these schools though. University of Saskatchewan - Uses your best two years of full-time study for GPA purposes. Main issue is they seem to fairly heavily prioritize people with a connection to Saskatchewan. I've seen quite a few people with bad CGPAs get accepted
  14. Yeah. You'll randomly be assigned a partner from your learning group for the factum. You share a grade for the written portion but receive an individual grade for the oral arguments.
  15. It's also important to mention that there are hundreds of Canadians studying law abroad. For example, Bond has 150 Canadian students alone. I'm sure a large percentage of the hundreds of Canadians studying law abroad apply to transfer to a Canadian school after 1L. Unfortunately for them, each Canadian school only allows a small number of transfers per year. It wouldn't surprise me if 10% or less of foreign students applying for a transfer get accepted at a Canadian law school.
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