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  1. Yeah I was surprised how much I received in 1L. The primarily needs-based funding basically covered my tuition. I think I received 6-7k in October and another 3k in December. I was surprised and grateful. I initially thought I'd be lucky to receive even 2k per year I admittedly had a bit more debt than most students when entering 1L so it may not be as generous for everyone
  2. Needs based or merit based? You may receive another couple thousand in needs based funding in December if it is anything like last year.
  3. The documentation deadline is February 1st so in terms of having to do something, all you need to do is make sure they receive them by February 1st. I didn't bother to send my grades in until I received my fall grades and I was lucky enough to receive an acceptance about 1-2 weeks later. They do occasionally accept people during the fall semester before grades are released but they are usually people who have already completed their degrees and who aren't waiting on grades to be released.
  4. Unless something has changed since I applied two cycles ago, for percentage schools they get an average % from your last 2 years and then do a single conversion. For most schools they use: 80% = 3.5 81% = 3.6 82% = 3.7 83% = 3.8 84% = 3.9
  5. It's not uncommon to get accepted before they even receive your personal statement. It probably has essentially zero weight for those accepted based on stats alone. The last 10-20 spots are holistically reviewed so I suspect for those people the personal statement has some value.
  6. They're busy this time of year. Just keep contacting them every few weeks to see if you can get a response. Having a degree doesn't effect your application (unless maybe you're one of the 10-20 people accepted during holistic review). If your stats stay a 3.95/157 after your fall grades are released you should easily be accepted as long as you're not a 2nd year applicant.
  7. If it is a withdraw without academic prejudice it won't effect you. I had a few withdraws in my L2 and I was fine. If it's a "drop fail" then your GPA will drop substantially. A 3.87+ with a 159 is an easy acceptance.
  8. Some schools are numbers only e.g. University of Alberta, University of Manitoba, UBC, UVic. For those schools if your stats are sufficiently high you are essentially guaranteed an acceptance barring a mistake by the admissions committee. It is also important to note that when a school says something along the lines of "each year we receive 1,200 applications for 200 spots" it doesn't mean that only 16% of people who applied were accepted. Plenty of people apply to multiple schools and receive multiple offers and end up declining all other schools except for their highest choice. The LSAC three year comparison shows that there are around 6,750~ applicants to Canadian law schools each year. There are around 2,800~ spots at law schools in Canada which means approximately 40% of people who apply during a cycle will begin law school the next fall. *Note: This is for English/common law programs as French/civil schools do not require an LSAT if I remember correctly. That being said, this doesn't mean that Canadian law schools are easy to get in to. Plenty of people who would otherwise be interested in attending law school are likely weeded out before getting to the point of submitting an application. Whether it be from failing to obtain an undergraduate degree, having terrible grades, or bombing the LSAT.
  9. If your stats are correctly calculated, you will almost certainly be accepted. Whether or not you're applying to other schools has no effect on your application. That being said, given that it takes 10 seconds to send a quick email there is no reason not to.
  10. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view Based on last years applicant profile 10 people were accepted with L2 GPAs of 3.9 and LSATs in the 153-154 range. You have a decent shot of getting an acceptance. Probably later in the cycle. That being said, your stats aren't high enough to guarantee an acceptance. If you re-write and bomb you go from having a decent change at acceptance to no chance. If you re-write and and score in the 156-158 range you go from a decent chance of acceptance to a good chance If you re-write and score 159+ you are almost guaranteed an acceptance It's up to you what type of risk you're willing to take.
  11. If your stats are calculated correctly and if that's your only LSAT score then you're essentially guaranteed an acceptance at U of A. Last year at least 23 people got accepted with the same GPA and a lower LSAT than what you have. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view
  12. Here's what I do: I follow along with the outline given by the professor at the beginning of the year. When a case comes up I will take notes from a CAN. I will then read the case myself and quickly add anything that adds clarity to the CAN or that I think the CAN missed (e.g. I'll make a note that in coming to X decision the judges balanced policy positions on X and Y) I found that doing this is approximately twice as fast as trying to take notes on a case by myself from scratch and sacrifices essentially nothing in terms of comprehension. Using this method I did excellent on the 1L midterms and was comfortably above average in every single class by the end of the 1L school year despite some things coming up in my life that caused me to fall behind and have to cram the last 25% of the school year. As a disclaimer, everyone has to find out what works for themselves. We all learn differently.
  13. Also despite the occasional empty threat or the rare insane person who tries to carry something out, statistically speaking being a lawyer is not a particularly dangerous profession. Murders or serious violence are exceedingly rare and the rates of being threatened on the job are equal or lower to many healthcare professions. I think I'll try to get a mentor through the CBA who practices family law to discuss the field more thoroughly and to see if I'm crazy for considering practicing family law when I become a lawyer.
  14. Does the abundance of work with respect to family law remain true when it comes to population centres of 500,000+? I've read from numerous practicing lawyers on this website that family law files are generally the easiest to pick up, but I know many of those posters practice/practiced in smaller cities or towns.
  15. In if your GPA is calculated correctly and if that's your only LSAT. You would've gotten an acceptance every admission cycle since I began paying attention 4 years ago
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