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  1. No, Usask only requires 2 years of full-time. That being said, the majority of students seem to have already finished an undergrad degree or have at least 3 years. To OP, I think you have a pretty good chance. Definitely similar stats to people in my year. If your LSAT was a few points higher, I'd almost say guaranteed entrance.
  2. Maybe I overstated. It's the best option for SK. It's one of the better options for AB short of going to school in AB. But, there is definitely a decent network of Usask law grads in Calgary. No guarantees, but a good number of people in my class were successful in getting jobs in Calgary. I personally didn't apply to AB as I had a job lined up elsewhere, so this is all from classmates recounting their experiences to me.
  3. Current U of S 3L here. The job market is pretty good for U of S grads. I think in my year around 75% have jobs lined up (rough guestimate based on what I've heard). A solid chunk of people are able to find jobs in the Calgary hiring. A lot of my classmates also were successful in the Saskatchewan organized recruitment at the end of 2L. I assume you'd be starting this fall. I can't say for certain what the job market will be like once you get to that point. The Usask Law Career centre was just re-vamped significantly. From the sounds of it, it should have any kinks ironed out in the next year or two. If you're looking for jobs in Alberta (especially Calgary) or Sask, U of S is your best option. If you're looking to end up in another centre, you may want to consider other schools.
  4. An educated guesstimate of my year would be about 5-10 people, if that.
  5. In terms of testing when you come back to Canada, you'll want to look into the NCA. You won't be able to apply until you finish the UK law degree, but they should give you an idea of what's required. You're probably going to hear some people talk about how there's a stigma in Canada of Canadians who did their law degree abroad. I can't speak directly to this. You may want to reach out to any local lawyers you can find that did law degrees internationally and hear about their experience. An alternative (although probably not ideal) is to go to law school in Canada but do a year abroad in the UK in 2L or 3L. I've had a couple of classmates go to the University of Birmingham for an entire school year. As long as they were able to meet the required courses in their final year, the school was fine with it. It would still mean 2 school years away from your fiancee, but you'd have a Canadian law degree. You'd also want to ensure that the Canadian school offers study abroad at the proper UK school.
  6. I'll echo everything that McSweeney says and add that's a pretty rough mobile home park too. I had a friend that lived in the Boardwalk apartments nearby. The cops would show up to the mobile home park regularly and there were definitely a few meth heads living there. You could do a lot better.
  7. I did a DOJ interview for articling this year. It's basically still the same as how @providence described it. A lot of situational questions, one "describe a recent case you've read" question, and a writing component. They also asked if I knew the name of the current federal Minister of Justice and if I could describe the dual role of the Minister of Justice/Attorney General. The written component was a fairly straightforward question, unrelated to substantive law. I had 30 minutes to write it on a laptop. I definitely wouldn't overthink it or worry too much about that portion of the interview.
  8. I want to say that there were two students last year? Both 2Ls coming from other schools. I have no idea about averages. If you contacted Usask admissions, they may be able to give you a better idea!
  9. I haven't heard of it ever happening. Your best bet is to just contact the College and ask. Doreen, the admissions officer, would probably be able to help!
  10. I'll second what mightbeaburrito said. I never lived on campus, but went here for undergrad and law. I've had a lot of friends who have lived in Voyageur Place, College Quarter, and Grad House. Grad House is for sure the way to go! Since you're moving from out of province, I'm sure on campus residence would be more convenient; however, I'd honestly recommend checking out Kijiji for an off campus rental in the Varsity View neighbourhood. It'll be cheaper than residence and probably a lot nicer and more spacious. If you were willing to go that route, you may be able to find another law student to roommate with through the Law Student Association Facebook page, which will probably be posted later this summer.
  11. Can confirm. It's half in September and half in January! It works the same as the other colleges at U of S.
  12. I'm a 2L, but I have quite a few friends in 3L right now who are in the same boat. It's a rough go out in Western Canada too.
  13. A little late to the conversation, but I got braces in October of 1L and am currently a 2L and still have them. It has literally never been an issue. There are at least three other people in my college that I know of who also have braces. I can't comment on if it will affect OCIs or not, as they haven't happened yet for me, but at this point I don't see it being an issue. I also volunteer at a local poverty clinic and I've never had a client or opposing counsel say anything. My biggest advice is to keep a portable toothbrush and flossers in your backpack. Nothing sucks more than knowing you have food stuck in your teeth when you're stuck in class for the next few hours.
  14. It's tough to say as they don't really seem to tell applicants if their connection is sufficient or not. Just thinking of my classmates, there are definitely a few people I know who have similar connections and got in with no issue. I personally was not born or raised in SK, but did my undergrad here. If you think about it, the reason they ask for connection is because they have an interest in people staying in SK to practice. They're looking for applicants with a connection to the province that shows that they're willing to stay (although obvious you don't have to actually stay; a good percentage of students don't). A family connection to the province could be framed as a solid reason that you want to attend here and stay to practice. Maybe when you fill in the connection to SK box, mention that how close you are to the family that does live here.
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