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  1. If Latinos, Black people, or Aboriginal people were being graded down on the basis of their personal characteristics such as courage, kindness, or "positive personality," I'd be inclined to believe people would be outraged at the cultural bias involved in arriving at such conclusions.
  2. I don't think the OP was looking for a historical analysis of the average disadvantages experienced by people based on their skin color and ethnic origin. I instead interpreted his/her question as all things else being equal among the primary factors considered in law school admission (GPA/LSAT/Occasionally ECs) does being an ethnic minority give you an advantage in receiving an admission offer. I don't consider this to be a particularly awful question given that a lot of the information Canadian's receive about law school comes from sources from the United States where people have created predictors for your chances based on your GPA/LSAT combination where clicking the "URM" box can more than double your chances of getting accepted to a particular school given a particular GPA/LSAT combination (see for example https://7sage.com/predictor/ ). To try to answer what I perceive to be OP's actual question: it doesn't appear that Canada has a similar system for minorities in general. However, many (all?) schools have a special Aboriginal category which may weight your admission factors differently. I don't have much information about the Aboriginal admission categories and I'm not sure how much of a difference they make.
  3. Last year it was July 23-25 depending on cohort.
  4. The main point of confusion for most people who go to % schools is that the University of Alberta doesn't convert each course individually. They calculate your overall % average for the last 2 years and then do a single conversion. If a person does not know this fact and they attempt to convert their GPA to the UofA scale they're almost always going to be wrong. And I agree that the index is unreliable on the basis of three factors: (1) We don't know with 100% confidence if the UofA uses that formula (2) Even if they do, we have to rely on self-calculated GPAs which are often wrong. (3) It's probably less reliable for borderline applicants
  5. It looks like the admissions office is no longer verifying GPAs like they did the previous 10-15 years. Every GPA calculation you see is self-calculated and therefore potentially wrong. The person in question is from UBC which is a percentage school. To the best of my knowledge it's impossible to arrive at a 3.25 from a percentage school because they simply do a single GPA conversion. The 3.25 is almost certainly a miscalculation. The person in another thread said their cumulative average is 79% Here's some data from another thread titled "GPA calc for UBC applicants" by Another Hutz about how the University of Alberta converts percentage GPAs 81.5-82.4 = 82 range = 3.7 80.5-81.4 = 81 range = 3.6 79.5-80.4 = 80 range = 3.5 78.5-79.4 = 79 range = 3.4 These numbers match what I've personally collected from emailing Heather in the years leading up to me applying. If the person in question has the same L2 as their cumulative, they'd have a 3.4. Their GPA could also be higher or lower depending on what their L2 % is. As of this date the poster has not revealed the % average for their L2.
  6. It sounds like you could do most of your serious studying before you deplete yourself in the gym and just use your period after the gym for casual review. Law school isn't that much harder than the average undergraduate degree. The main difficulty is that you're curved against other A-students. Distinguishing yourself and getting a grade near the top of the class is a combination of work ethic and natural aptitude. It's not necessarily something you can brute force with crazy hours.
  7. People generally have a lot of free time during law school. The main exceptions are the weeks leading up to exams and the week or so before major LRW assignments are due. Even in these circumstances you'll have quite a bit of free time unless you procrastinated. There are a many students who are obviously (based on their physiques) seriously committed to the gym. They seem to have no issues maintaining their GAINZ. I began working out after a fairly long break a few months ago and I'm having no problem at all.
  8. To the best of my knowledge, the only time they send out offers conditional on receiving 2nd term grades is in the case of 2nd year admits When the school year gets closer they will begin to send out monthly newsletters for incoming students. One of them will request you send in your updated transcript. This was not required (I asked). It was only so they could have your updated grades on file in case you request they send it out to potential employers.
  9. I'm pretty sure this is the last year Dean Patton is going to be here. Previous Dean's Welcomes as well as orientations and town halls are also available on YouTube. You probably won't get much additional information from attending the Dean's Welcome that you can't already easily access online. The main thing you'd get from attending is the general feel of the school and the opportunity to meet some of your potential classmates.
  10. Dalhousie because it is a better school for your preferred market. 1. Many of your classmates will be from Ontario and will be returning to Ontario upon graduation. This means your classmates will be a part of your professional network in your desired city. 2. Dalhousie is far better than UAlberta when it comes to Toronto. I attend UAlberta and 99% of the focus is between Calgary/Edmonton/Vancouver (because almost everyone who attends here wants to work in those places). I wouldn't even know where to begin if I wanted to apply to Bay At Dalhousie many of your classmates will want to work on Bay Street this is largely because (1) many of your classmates will be from Ontario; and (2) the Atlantic Canadian legal market is weak so talent from Atlantic Canada can be attracted to Bay because of the career opportunities and much higher salaries. Because of these factors Bay Street firms make an effort to recruit on campus similar to the way they would from an Ontario law school. If you attend Dalhousie you will be the beneficiary of Bay Street firms actively recruiting on campus. Although it's almost always an advantage to be connected to the place you want to work, Toronto doesn't necessarily have the same complex that a smaller Canadian city would have.
  11. I don't necessarily think UofT Law has a reputation for being particularly pompous. However, I'm sure if a person has a predisposition towards being a douche, then attending the highest ranked law school in the country is not going to help matters. I'd say the main reputation students there have is being disproportionately from highly advantaged backgrounds and being slightly out of touch with the average pleb.
  12. I received mine right away. My Scotia rep called the admissions office and verified my enrollment himself. It was around April if I recall correctly.
  13. I can`t speak specifically about that school, but from the information provided by the career office at the University of Alberta, by February of 3L only 70-75% of students have articles secured. By September after graduation that number rises to 90-98%. I`m sure a lot of people are in her situation. It just so happens that the people who have articles already lined up are much louder about it than those who are still looking. I see no reason for her to be particularly discouraged at this point.
  14. Does it specify on your transcripts that those language classes aren't part of your degree? Or do they just appear like any other class? Chances are if your transcript doesn't specifically state that they are extra to your degree they will be counted.
  15. Second semester of 1L at UofA I have no regrets so far. - I genuinely enjoy the majority of the material that I'm studying. I suspect this part will get even better in 2L when I have some power as to the class selection. On days where I have to spend a significant portion of the my time studying I do not dread it like I did in undergraduate where the majority of my classes were either useless or uninteresting. - I'm enjoying the extra curricular activities that come with law school so far. There are some I'm looking forward to in 2L and 3L too. - I had a strong performance overall on my 1L midterms which has reduced my anxiety significantly when it comes to my prospects of getting a job. - I'm not Big Law or bust which reduces my stress. There are numerous small and medium firms that I would consider equally (or more) appealing than Big Law. My main issue is that there are so many areas of law that I find appealing that I am likely not sufficiently directing my focus towards any particular area.
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