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  1. I can't speak to Osgoode, but here is a list of the UBC clinics and course descriptions so you can get an idea of what the school offers: http://www.allard.ubc.ca/student-resources/jd-academic-services/upper-year-opportunities/clinical-and-externship-programs http://www.allard.ubc.ca/sites/www.allard.ubc.ca/files/uploads/JD/course_description_report_2018w.pdf I have a lot of friends who did Rise, the Innocence Project, the Indigenous Clinic, and the Criminal Clinic and they all got good work and spoke highly of their placements.
  2. Going to the same institutions for multiple degrees only matters if you’re planning to go into academia, it doesn’t matter for law, business, etc.
  3. Did you graduate already? Most schools won’t count courses taken after you’ve graduated as your L2 or include them in your CGPA - so definitely look on the websites or ask the schools you’re applying to about that before you register for classes.
  4. You should apply Discretionary since you have documented extenuating circumstances. You could call the Admissions people about whether they would consider the percentage grades - they're quite nice. Being bilingual won't make a difference.
  5. So they need a week to decide if they will deign to keep you on as an articling slave? It's crazy they didn't tell you the position was unpaid until after you applied... I hope you find something OP, I am sorry you feel like you even need to consider anyone this shady.
  6. Yes, there are investigations going on in the States due to the alleged discrimination against Asian applicants: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/26/us/politics/yale-asian-americans-discrimination-investigation.html To answer the OP, I don't really think it helps unless you are Indigenous. I am pretty sure UBC and UVic ask people to identify their ethnic backgrounds during applications but both schools are stats-based and don't even pretend to be holistic. So I don't think asking your background necessarily means it is being used for admissions, it could be stats collection.
  7. It says on that page that you can, you just have to pay: $10 (incl. GST) for students and alumni from the Allard School of Law (or free in PDF format via ACE) $50 (incl. GST) plus shipping and handling for individuals not affiliated with the Allard School of Law
  8. Same, we have none at UBC for 1Ls. They're all for upper years.
  9. I would be really surprised if you weren't able to get a deferral for this, especially since you have publications in your field. Even if you are not granted a deferral and do need to reapply, they won't hold it against you. The MA program sounds like it might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Law school will still be there once you finish and starting a year later won't make a big difference. Do the MA program.
  10. I am a 2L at UBC, feel free to PM me any questions. I would choose UBC based on the field you want to go into. U of T's tuition and fees add up to $38k a year, UBC's tuition and student fees add up to $13k. I know you are supposed to go to school in the province you want to practice in, but I would never want to graduate with over $100k in tuition debt if I planned to go into social justice. Rent in Vancouver and Toronto seem comparably high. Both schools have a good reputation. Although I am sure U of T has a better reputation on Bay Street, the majority of UBC people who did Toronto OCIs were able to find positions. If you wanted to do Bay Street, I would definitely advocate for U of T. But since you want to go into a field that is not well-paying, UBC makes more sense in my opinion.
  11. I'm a 2L at UBC. For 1L, your December midterms are failsafe and are worth 25% if you do better than your April exams but they are worth nothing if your December grade is worse than your April exams. Most people do better in April so the April exams are essentially 100% finals. You can PM me if you have more specific questions about UBC.
  12. I do regret not trying to live in another country for a year since it is something I always wanted to do and being in law means I might not ever get a chance to do that. But I would never say I regret it, I love law school and it's definitely made me a stronger person. I agree with others saying that the financial aspect is often what leads people to have regrets. I took a decent amount of time off between undergrad and law school to save money to cover the cost of living and tuition. As someone whose family always had to worry about money, I am very scared of debt. I do think I might have regretted law school if I had not taken the time to work and build up sufficient savings for myself. Most of my peers who regret law school were the ones who saw it as graduate school, not as professional school and are frustrated that law school is not as esoteric and theoretical as a Masters program would be. The other ones who regret it are the ones who thought jobs would be guaranteed or did not realize exactly how much lawyers work. My advice to anyone who is still in undergrad and is not 100% sure about law school is to take a couple years off to work and travel. It will give you the basis for comparison you need in order to decide if you really want to go to law school or not. Also, try to see if you can take a lawyer or even a law student for coffee to hear about their experiences to see if law school is something you would enjoy.
  13. I don’t really think social justice programs run rampant at UBC. There’s a small group of people involved in most of the social justice programs. If you’re referring to LSLAP and PBSC, then I don’t really think those count and people mostly join so they can say they have some “legal experience” when applying to OCIs.
  14. You have impressive work history. Apply as a Mature student - check the criteria at different schools, usually they want you to be out of school for 5 years or 26+. Also mention that you were the victim of a serious crime in your personal statement. Most schools will be willing to overlook or disregard some poor grades that came as a result of serious extenuating circumstances such as your experience.
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