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  1. Hi guys I am currently a 1L applying for transfer via OLSAS There is a "Other information" section in OLSAS states : You are required to answer the following questions: Have you ever attended a law school? If yes, give details, and be sure to add the institution to your Academic Background. Were you ever required to withdraw from a law school or another postsecondary program? If yes, give details. If you respond "yes" to either question, you can provide additional details (maximum 100 characters). Supporting documentation is not required when you apply but may be requested by the law schools. my questions are: 1. Does my current lawschool count? 2. Do I need to add my current lawschool to my academic background? (not sure how to fill in the "ending date" information for a current program) 3. How does this reconcile with the fact that lawschool won't send out transcript before the deadline (May 1) ? I assume the system will ask for transcript for every post secondary institution I put on there. Thanks for any input you guys can give!
  2. UoA 1L here I'm from other city as well, and I've never been to Edmonton before. I'm a visible minority and I am not even a native speaker. For the first week I barely speak to anyone. I also missed a bunch of seminars because I missread the calendar and I didn't have any one to ask around. Some of the people I met on the first day basically act like I am thin air when they pass by me or sit beside me later on. I didn't got an apartment until second weekend of school, and I got a really bad injury this summer so I could barely raise one of my arm. But I did make friends gradually, although only very few and they are not necessarily from my cohort, but we can speak openly with each other and discuss both academic and non academic topics. I think what helps is that I had my focus for the first two weeks. I just ignore those unpleasant things and focus on the class/readings and my injury recovery. And frankly speaking I found them quite interesting. I enjoy reading in late night in libraries. If I am too tired I just walk down to Earl and grab some food while let my mind running loose. I didn't sign up any Law school club yet because I feel I am reaching my capacity by just studying and Recovering from the injury. But I still try to keep my personal habit on going. As soon as I came to the campus I signed up to powerlifting club so I can do what I used to do back home once my condition gets better. When I finally get back to the gym last weekend, I feel my law-school life is getting better and better every day. btw, please sit at the front seat. By doing this you can at least force yourself to engage the lectures. I personally feel this is a very good way to fight with the tendency to zoom out in some classes.
  3. I do want to stay as an ON resident. It's just I wasn't sure if I can because of all the DL/Healthcare/tax issues I mentioned above. Thanks to Toad and Luckcharm I now have a much clear understanding. I think I should be able to just stay as an ON resident.
  4. Thanks a lot! I always assume one's drive license and car registration has to be in the same province. Saved my day.😂
  5. Hi I honestly don't know where to post but I am so confused at this point. Hopefully I can get some advice here. 1. Auto insurance/Driver license/Car registration I want to bring my car (ON license plate/insured) to AB with me for the next three years. However I read AB's official website and it says that Canadian full-time students are not considered as AB resident so they don't get AB DL. (Therefore I assume I cannot get AB license plate and AB insurance) I asked my insurance broker in Toronto and she told me ON insurance only allows six months out-of-province coverage so I have to switch to an AB insurance eventually. I also called AB's MTO, I told the lady on the phone that I will be a full time student in AB. She told me "if you apply for our Driver license we will give it to you". So my question is can I/shall I get an AB driver license/insurance, or is there any other way to work around this? I got a pretty bad shoulder injury last week so I definitely need a car for the winter. 2. Health coverage The AB government website also stated that full-time students from other province doesn't count as AB resident and cannot apply for AB health coverage. I understand that ON will allow me to keep my OHIP for my full-time study out of province, however my concern is, if I change my ON driver license to AB, would I lost ON resident status and therefore cannot be covered by OHIP anymore? Will this leads to me having no health coverage in either provinces? 3. My wife and kids are still living in Toronto. Would having an AB Driver license complicate our tax-filing ? Or can we just file tax as if we still live together in ON? Thanks!
  6. Hi, I missed the Timms parking permit. Should I buy a L permit ? It seems there is a L87 lot which is pretty close to Law centre.
  7. Thanks I remember I read somewhere they won't normally change the schedule for students. Anyway you are right, I will ask them about it.
  8. I am more concerned about the Friday writing course. Mine is 2-4pm I was hoping to get the morning session so I can fly back early to Toronto to see my kids in weekends😓
  9. Waitlisted on June 27 cGPA 3.1 LSAT 168
  10. Thanks so much for your advice!
  11. Hi Thanks for the answers regarding the travelling. I have a few questions about the law-study. 1. Besides the CAN on the law student society website, is there any other source which can help with our future study? 2. Friends from other law-schools told me that I should try to get the summary of cases of the upper year students. How does this work in UoA? 3. Is there any video recording for the lawschool classes by the school? I know Osgoode let their students have access to some videos and I usually feel much more comfortable with being able to listen to part of the lecture a few more times in order to fully comprehend it. (I rely heavily on video during my master study in a science major and it helped me tremendously) 4. Any tips for people who sucks at writing in general? (I'm a non-native speaker so academic writing is always a weak part) 5. How to better prepare for exams from the first day of the law-school? Thanks very much
  12. Thanks! I just checked Hanson fitness's website. Is this the one you are talking about? They have 14 racks, impressive.
  13. Thanks guys! btw, any good gym near campus? I prefer those with Olympic weightlifting platforms. but it is hard to find in commercial chain-brand gyms such as Goodlife.
  14. Thanks. Besides assignments, what law students usually do at weekends? Any particular important event will usually happen on weekends?
  15. Yeah my mistake. I was looking at the international student category on the UoA website. Still haven't got used to the fact that I am a Canadian applicant now. lol
  16. Were you born in India? If you were then your waiting time for a green card is gonna be atrocious. Last time I checked for H1b holders it is about 5 years for Chinese-mainlander and 9 years for Indians. I could be wrong.
  17. Thanks! I hope I can find a standard one bedroom unit with relatively new appliances. As for location, I have no clue how the city vibe is. As long as it is a safe/convenient area I wouldn't complain.
  18. Thanks. By "Expensive" could you please give a number range? I heard it is usually around 1000 cad for a decent one bedroom unit?
  19. Thanks for the input Right now I'm inclined to U of A. I have no interest in practising in the U.S. so the Dual JD's U.S. course workload is just unnecessary. As for the tuition, I can afford it without debt but I certainly don't want to throw that money away. I could have spent the extra 20k per year on several vacations or do a few renovations on my house. P.S.: I am still waiting to hear back from other Ontario law schools but if none of them came in, I'd have to make the decision.
  20. Hi I just start looking at housing information near U of A. Which area should I start looking? Any particular local website I can look up? I have a car so I can drive to the campus.
  21. Hi my wife and kids will be staying in Toronto. I am trying to figure out how hard it is to fly back and forth if I go to UofA. Do you think it's realistic to leave every Friday early and come back Sunday midnight/Monday morning?
  22. Does wait pool mean waiting list? I just checked OASIS and saw the update
  23. Hi I'm still debating where should I go for law school, or should I go at all. My wife and my kids have to stay in Toronto for multiple reasons so it will be only me who is moving. Right now I am interested in the immigration business after law school. I've thought it for some time ever since I immigrated to North America. But I am still open to other fields such as real state if I feel I can do well. Windsor Dual: Pro: close to Toronto, 1-hour flight to downtown central island airport, which is about 10 min drive from my home. It is an Ontario law school, so would be easier for me because I plan to stay in the GTA area at least until our elder kid goes to college, which will be another 10 years. Con: Extra US course workload Not being able to go back to Toronto for the first summer The inconvenience of the board crossing (I am a Permanent Resident so I am not qualified for nexus yet) regular board crossing also may have an impact on my future citizenship application because immigration authorities have to make sure I stay long enough in Canada, with a weekly board crossing travel history it will be a huge headache and probably delays the process. almost 50k/year tuition U Alberta: Pro: more affordable tuition a decent reputation in west Canada,( not sure how it works out in Toronto though) No need to apply US F1 visa/No border crossing issue Con: 5-hour flight home and 3-hour jet lag Not an Ontario law school The last option for me is to give up law school for now. I have thought simply giving up law school and go for an Immigrant consultant diploma program, which usually only last a few months and can let me write an exam to be a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants. It's cheaper, faster, easier and I don't have to be long distance with my family. The downside is that I won't be allowed to advocate on clients' behalf in the court, in the event that it is required. But with processing paperwork for clients, I don't think there is much difference. Any thoughts?
  24. I haven't seen anything about visa information yet. Any one received any information regarding of the visa application? Thanks
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