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  1. Social Although it's true that some people meet their "group" right away and hang out almost exclusively with said group for the entirety of law school, I can promise that there is a lot of movement that takes place socially throughout 1L as people gradually meet others during ECs or during events outside of class. I also suspect that you're focusing on a few cliques and not necessarily the majority of students that are more "background" socially when it comes to assessing the social climate. By the end of 1L, I'd say it's typical for most students in your cohort to have a couple friends, plenty of acquaintances, and be cool with just about everybody. Being uber committed to a clique to the exclusion of everybody else isn't the norm from my experience. It's also important to mention that you're in the first week of classes and almost everybody is a little bit uncomfortable right now and are probably clinging to the first people they met for comfort. As for group discussions if it's where people are assigned to a group by the professor to discuss a particular topic these tend to be dominated by the extroverted and louder students. You kind of just have to assert yourself if you want to be heard. The best way for introverts to meet people is generally extracurricular activities that involve smaller groups that meet regularly. Luckily law school has plenty of groups to get involved in. Many of them are also just getting started up for the year so it's a good time to pick out a few that interest you. Academics It's normal for people to not get things right away. I remember during my first couple of weeks when trying to summarize a 12 page case excerpt from criminal law I basically ended up re-writing the case in my own words because I had no idea what was important and what was not. The LRW assignments are actually super helpful when it comes to understanding what is going on. I noticed a big increase in my understanding of how the law works after each of the major LRW assignments. If any of your classmates have a good understanding of what's going on right now they are far from the norm. The overwhelming majority of your classmates are in the same spot as you are right now.
  2. That would translate to a 4.0 at the U of A (unless something has changed since I got accepted 1.5 years ago) A 4.0 with a 155 would mean you're essentially guaranteed an acceptance
  3. Isn't UBC a percentage school? What's your percentage average for your last 2 years?
  4. The University of Alberta generally does not care about personal statements unless you are a borderline candidate who is chosen on grounds of holistic review (last 10 or so spots if I remember correctly). People regularly get accepted at the University of Alberta before their personal statement is even received by the admissions office. From my perspective there is no need to mention that you are applying for a second time. It is not particularly relevant and you cannot really play up the overcoming adversity angle because the only reason you had to apply again was because you tried to apply as a second-year applicant. I suspect they will just look at the courses you have completed by the end of the upcoming Fall semester. You can probably verify this with the admissions office. They usually are pretty quick to respond this time of year.
  5. It is probably a rejection. They may be waiting until after orientation to send out the final rejections in case somebody doesn't show up. On a good note with your stats you're almost certainly going to get admitted if you apply again this year. Looks like the only reason you didn't get in is because you would count as a two year applicant during this past admission cycle instead of a regular applicant.
  6. Unless something has changed since I got accepted 1.5 years ago, they do a single conversion for percentage schools. They get your percentage average from your L2 courses and convert once. If I remember correctly an 80% converts to a 3.5 on their scale. So your stats are probably a 3.5 and 170 which means you're essentially guaranteed an acceptance
  7. Do you go to a percentage school or a letter grade school? If 170 is an official score you should be fine
  8. A comfortable majority of incoming 1Ls will be attending if it's anything like previous years.
  9. 1. I am studying at U of A and I'm originally from another province -- which means I still count as a resident of said province. I continue to use my drivers license from the other province. I purchased a car in Alberta this past winter and had no problem getting Alberta plates/registration. I was also able to get car insurance just fine. If you're bringing a car from out of province you'll have to get an out of province inspection before you can register it. You may want to budget some extra money in case you end up having to drop some money on passing the inspection. 2. I don't think your drivers license situation will effect which province you count as a resident of for healthcare purposes. I think most (or all) provinces go by the last province you lived for x time period without being a full-time student as their standard of residency. Your drivers license shouldn't effect this. 3. I'm not confident enough to provide tax information. There should be plenty of guides online to help you determine your tax situation. I suspect a call to the CRA can get that sorted pretty quickly.
  10. It looks like the University of Alberta makes more sense in your circumstances. Dalhousie is around $5,000-6,000 per year more in tuition if I remember correctly. The living cost difference between Edmonton and Halifax is negligible, particularly when sales tax is taken into consideration. Summer jobs in Alberta pay more than in Halifax (both law and non-law). Flights from Halifax to Vancouver are more than twice as expensive as flights from Edmonton to Vancouver. Finally, if you end up staying in Alberta to work you're likely to earn more than if you had to stay in Halifax. The financials favour the University of Alberta to the tune of $25,000-$40,000 over the course of law school. Another benefit of the University of Alberta is that there are quite a few students from BC. This translates to Vancouver firms recruiting during OCIs and a decent alumni base within Vancouver for networking opportunities. Besides that both schools are similar in that they are both well-respected within Canada and as larger schools have a good selection of courses and ECs.
  11. When we took our exams on Exam4 we were told that the software monitors the time at which we typed something and they would know if we continued typing after the allotted time. It seems strange that they would accuse you of working on the exam for hours after the exam period unless the submission showed that typing took place after the allotted time. At my school (U of A) we simply are told to stop typing at the end of the class and to press submit. We then return our exam paper and leave the classroom.
  12. Perhaps they have discretion where if multiple students at the top of the class have work that is essentially indistinguishable in quality that they can hand out multiple awards. It would make sense especially in the context of LRW where work is graded by different people based on learning groups which creates a bit of a luck element when comparing students who are apart by 1% or less in their grade for the course They could also just give a medal to the top three or one for morning and one for afternoon. *shrugs*
  13. It depends. Reasons I've seen that wouldn't necessarily be a red flag: (1) The class was added after the others. Meaning most people have already finalized their schedules before the class option was even added. (2) If the class is being offered by multiple professors during a semester, the class with the least convenient schedule will often have the least students registered (3) Sometimes certain classes will be fairly empty during the winter semester because it is more convenient to take the class during the fall for prerequisite purposes. E.g: Both of the family law classes are full during the fall semester. However, the same two classes are also offered in the winter and they only have 10 registered in each. (4) Sometimes for upper-year mandatory courses there is one professor who is known to be super great and/or easy. Often students will desperately try to get into this professors class. The other professors will often have less people register on the basis of everyone trying to take the class with the easiest or greatest professor. This is not to say the other professors aren't good or even great, but through reputation alone everyone prioritizes a different professor. The same can take place when multiple professors are offering the same class and one of them is a prominent/famous and the other is not. (5) Some classes just suffer from inconveniently overlapping with courses that the students find more important to register in. (6) Some classes are useless for most people and not very interesting. People will often only go into these classes if they have a very specific practice area in mind that they would like to practice.
  14. I don't think anything has changed. It is probably just them re-arranging and updating the website. Some of the academic resources links I had in my favourites stopped working a few months ago and I had to find a new link. You can probably send an email to admissions and ask if anything has changed. It is not a super busy time of year for the admissions office so they will probably get back to you reasonably quick
  15. Around August 10th~ is when the fall course listings are generally available I didn't have any of those professors so I can't provide any additional information
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