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  1. Feel free to PM if you have any questions. I love talking about Calgary!
  2. Kensington is a great gentrified hippie-ish area that is very accessible by c-train to the school. Lots of students life there and they have great little bars and shops. I lived in Mission for a few years and it is where a lot of the young artists in Calgary live. It has great access to 17th Ave, where a lot Calgary night life is, but is not as accessible as Kensington would be to the school since it is not on the c-train line (but it is about a 15 minute walk to the c-train so it is not bad). It's definitely hipster-central, which is a positive for me generally. Downtown is also right on the c train line so easy to get to school from, and many of the firm events happen around there. That said, I would argue that nightlife in downtown is not as strong as in the Beltline (the neighbourhood between downtown and 17th ave -- probably between around 10th Ave and 17th ave). Many of the coffee shops close down downtown right at 5:00, so it can be a bit of deaadzone at night. The Beltline, though, is very lively. I highly recommend Kensington, Mission or the Beltline if you are of the hipster/yuppie persuasion. I also live in Marda Loop currently. It is quite quiet there, and it is one easy bus to the University and still technically inner city and cute and artsy. It's about a 30 minute walk to 17th Ave (or a 15 minute bike ride), so not too far from night life. It also seems to be cheaper than the aforementioned areas (at least that's why I ended up there). The nice thing about living downtown is when you have a law firm event downtown after class, you don't have to wear a suit all day and can go home first. Trust me -- I think that little piece of joy can be a big win in terms of living situation. That said, Kensington or the Beltline would be similar.
  3. I have gotten some advice to have my first child during school instead of after while I'm working/articling -- do you have any opinion on this? Thank you for starting this topic. It's hard subject to broach with people.
  4. I would also very much interested in an answer for this
  5. I think the breakfast is on Wednesday. The course outline doesn't start until the 7th, because tomorrow is orientation -- not the actual course. If I'm wrong, someone correct me!
  6. Hey, I am going into 1L but I did my undergrad at uofc so I can answer a few questions. You can definitely get to MFH through the +15 system. I think the least amount of outside time would be through biological sciences -> science theatres -> admin building -> MFH, though it is a bit of a trek. You shouldn't be outside for more than 5 minutes if you go that way though. Mac Hall is the main cafeteria, though I recommend the education building cafeteria very close to the law building. They have less fast food and it's less busy.
  7. In terms of networking events, I know hat the first three weeks it is pretty much every weekday, and the rest of the time it is 2 or 3 times a week. Are there ever events on weekends? Or anything else on the weekends? Or are you able to use the weekends to study? I am trying to figure out when to fit in fitness classes and such Also, would you say there are a lot of group projects your first year? Thanks!
  8. Thanks for letting us know Malina!
  9. You as well! We'll just have to cross our fingers, I guess.
  10. I don't know anyone who has heard anything, but I guess at this point we should stop holding our breath, eh?
  11. Thanks for this info. I've been on the edge of my seat!
  12. Hey, It's good that you did the diagnostic, because now you know exactly what to improve on. I found that after my diagnostic, and a few more practices, I needed to put away the practice tests and work on individual sections to improve my score (doing a practice test after practice test is just going to depress you if you don't start working on the specific problem areas). In my experience, and from what I have heard from others' experiences, Logic Games is the easiest section to learn and improve on. I found logic games were all about learning shortcuts and patterns, and practicing over and over again to get faster at them. The Logic Games Bible helped me a lot, and I found afterwards that it actually helped me improve my other sections (Logic Games isn't that different than other sections, just distilled into the most basic form). Best of luck! Edited after the fact for my bad grammar
  13. Congrats! Are you going with UofA or UofC?
  14. I am also an old fashioned notes by hand gal, so you won't be the only one
  15. Thank you so much! I am so looking forward to the fall, and I really appreciate how welcoming and helpful all of the current students have been!
  16. Thank you so much for doing this! I have so many questions, but I'll start with one for now. If one is interested in working for a smaller or mid-size firm after school, as opposed to a large national firm, are there opportunities to network, and how is the process different? I understand the 2L summer process may be different...
  17. Hey! I don't think it will be until July or August!
  18. Hey! As a past Vancouverite, these are my favourite things about Calgary: Despite what many may think, we have a super exciting arts and culture scene in Calgary. We have some incredible world-class theatre, and most nights of the week you can see live music in some little pub somewhere (the weekly Ship and Anchor Saturday open jam is the best part of my week). Our arts scene is kind of our best kept secret, even to actual Calgarians sometimes, but it is absolutely incredible. Calgary is actually the birth place of improvisational theatre, as the world knows it (Loose Moose was a huge innovator in the scene). I know that it's probably super hard to leave gorgeous BC, but we have some really beautiful parts too. I think we have one of the most beautiful river walks in the country downtown, and we have so many beautiful parks (Prince's Island, St Patrick's Island, Glenmore Park, Nosehill Park). In terms of night life, Calgarians tend to like their gastro pubs more than cocktail bars and clubs, in my opinion. But we are starting to get a bit more of a cocktail scene (Milk Tiger was voted one of the best cocktail bars in the world recently). Lots of fantastic pubs of course. I know that when I moved from Vancouver to Calgary 8 years ago it took me a long time to really discover it by myself. If you ever need a tour guide, feel free to PM me!
  19. Do you mean something like this? It provides a chart of average stats, and then breaks down requirements for each school below that. http://www.oxfordseminars.ca/LSAT/lsat_profiles.php
  20. I agree with Barrybones -- Calgary was my preference in terms of the city itself. Beyond that, I really like UofC's new curriculum and their SLA clinics seem top notch. I also like everything I've heard about how collegial and friendly UofC's law student body is -- it seems pretty special in that respect. Obviously it's tough though, because UofA is also a great school, so these are just my 2 cents.
  21. Congrats! I think if you went on a tour with an ambassador with questions prepared, you would get all the information you need. It was fantastic hearing about the new curriculum from the associate dean, but you can also get that information on the website. I found the student ambassadors really warm and helpful.
  22. Congrats! Sounds like you have a super interesting background! See you in September!
  23. Thank you -- this is really helpful. It's helpful to know what is common.
  24. Thanks for that. I guess there just isn't an easy answer -- it will be disruptive no matter what if I want to have a career at the same time. I suppose I wait five years into my career (eight years down the road), until I make enough money that my SO can be a stay at home dad. Thanks for the advice. Just trying to figure out what is most conducive to a career. I'm reading "Lean In" right now and it all seems way too good to be true. Womanhood, am I right?
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