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  1. To be clear, I did my undergraduate degree at UBC. I did not go to Allard. All of Marine Drive has been on year-round contracts since Ponderosa finished construction a few years ago. You can sublet your apartment for the summer to another student if you do not intend to be in Vancouver for the summer. If you want housing from UBC for the school year only, apply for a room in the Gage Apartment building or Cedar House in Ponderosa. Both are quite nice and I think it's worth the premium to live comfortably and close to law school, especially during 1L. There are a lot of private residences in the area as well where you could find a similar arrangement. Wesbrook Village has a lot of 2/3BR apartments and there are listings in UBC Housing Facebook groups all the time. I have lived with law students during 1L and 2L and I have enjoyed that arrangement. I met my roommates through our Facebook class group.
  2. UVic is an exceptional law school. I would not bother rewriting. You are at no material disadvantage going to UVic if you are looking for a job in Vancouver.
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    UVic or Queen's

    You should contact UVic with your co-op specific questions. Common advice is to go to a school located where you want to practice. I agree the advice is sensible, but it really is not that big of a deal. I've met a few hundred summer students, articling students, and associates in Ontario and British Columbia over the past eighteen months that are not getting/did not get their JD in the province I met them in. Both schools are great, so you should go wherever you want to live. I would pick UVic. Love its class size, location, and this could be your chance to live somewhere new for a few years. If you think that you would like to be close to family and friends, Queen's is a great option.
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    Law School or Masters (MPP/MPA)

    Your LSAT score is valid for years, you have a perfect cGPA, and masters programs are soft factors with high averages. You are a slam dunk for every law school you listed. Go do the MPP/MPA at the best possible school and then go to law school after that if you want. I know a handful of people that did exactly that. Law school will always be there.
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    Windsor and Switiching Law Schools

    Interesting, that's the first I've heard of this. The only common law students the exemption would catch are those at McGill but I stand corrected nonetheless.
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    School Names in Personal Statements

    Use the law school's name.
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    Most schools don't look at applications in any way until mid/late November. You'll be fine.
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    Don't overthink it. If you communicated that you wanted to interview on Monday, have an early open slot but scheduling does not align, that is not your fault. Interview with them on Tuesday morning and determine whether they remain your first choice by the end. If yes, communicate that you really enjoyed the interview and would like to come back that afternoon to speak with more lawyers and that you are looking forward to dinner.
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    Windsor and Switiching Law Schools

    UVic is the only law school in Canada that I am aware of that does not factor in your LSAT score. Every school in Ontario includes it to some extent.
  10. You do not need to provide a high school transcript. Ensure that you are applying for the English common law degree (JD).
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    Should I apply to Windsor?

    Do not apply to law schools that you would not be happy receiving a degree from.
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    ART School Transcripts

    Err on the side of caution and include them.
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    2L Summer (2019) Recruit PFOs/ITCs

    Wow - do ITCs usually move that quickly?
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    What are my chances? [3.4 / 156]

    UofS and Ottawa are your best bets.