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  1. @Hegdis can you tell me more about the National Criminal Law Program you linked in the other thread? Could I go there as an articling student or do you have to be a called lawyer? I'm going to be articling in a small general practice firm starting in May 2020 where there are no criminal law specialists. I'm wondering if it would be possible for me to do some criminal work without a clear mentor.
  2. Well, judging by the Harvard admissions scandal, you'd still be gaining an advantage over asian applicants.
  3. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-u9luOkViBOYVM2bWFMcmJNcUpOZVBZY0lsTVpyOGRIaGFR/view As you can see, a good number of people with 157 LSATs were admitted if their GPA was 3.8 or above. You have a good shot. Just keep pumping that GPA.
  4. Depends on the schools that you want to apply to. Alberta, for example, has two schools at extreme ends of the spectrum: University of Alberta pretty much exclusively relies on a cutoff formula based on your LSAT and GPA. University of Calgary, on the other hand, is holistic and considers extracurriculars to be very important in addition to LSAT and GPA.
  5. Just to add to the above post: if you're still not deterred and want to minimize the amount of time you're in university undergrad, be aware that there are certain law schools (I personally know of U of Saskatchewan and U of Manitoba) that only require 2 years of undergraduate study, not a full degree. There's also a bunch more schools that accept 2 years of undergraduate study but will hold you to a higher standard of LSAT/GPA (e.g. U of Alberta). I'm also a bit older and took the route of only completing 2 years of undergrad. I recommend that you also take it into consideration.
  6. -Establish your Saskatchewan connection (if applicable). This is helpful because the admissions committee want people who will actually want to stick around after obtaining their degree. Do you have strong family roots in the province? Do you prefer small cities to big city life? Talk about it! -Explain why you're interested in law and why you think you'll succeed in law school. Give examples of how you handled heavy workload. Have you worked two jobs at a time? Had a job while in undergrad? -Did you participate in relevant extra-curricular activities (debate team) or job? French language skills? The Laskin Moot team this year were sending e-mails to us begging people to apply as the French mooter ...
  7. Don't do it, mobile homes are horrible investments. Not only do you have to buy a depreciating asset but you have to pay lot fees on top of that. I find it funny that the ad tells people, "Don't pay rent, own your own home!" When the $858 per month lot fee is worse than a lot of rents. I would suggest you apply to live in one of the campus residences, but are you looking for a home because you have furniture you need to take with you? You should rent a house close to campus instead. If you're thinking of moving to Saskatoon permanently, that will give you a base of operations so you can look into buying something later on. Especially since you never know what city you'll land a lawyer job in, so it's smarter not to pay a bunch of closing costs only to move again after you graduate.
  8. The Alberta schools average take all scores into account. Most/all of the others only care about the best score. You shouldn't retake, that 163 will get you in somewhere.
  9. I didn't think The Paper Chase was that good, but I most enjoyed the part where the students are talking about their outlines (a.k.a. CANs) for their final exams. "You want to know about MY outline? It's 800 pages long and it's fantastic."
  10. I live in Grad House and I like it. As others have mentioned, it's super quiet (when I first moved in, it felt like I was in an abandoned hotel like The Shining) and you can just walk everywhere. $1,031 rent for a single studio apartment, which is a bit on the pricey side, but if you get a 2 bedroom unit with a roommate it's only $819, plus you get a partial meal plan out of it; you'll still need to buy the vast majority of your own food (the rooms have a microwave, stove, and oven) but it was roughly enough for me to go to the Marquis Hall all-you-can-eat buffet once a week.
  11. The main thing you should be wary of with used books is if they have been marked up by the previous owner. I would find it incredibly distracting if there were already-circled answers in prep tests that caused me to have a biased preference for an answer. Even if you try to erase them, it's hard to get rid of the mark completely. I was lucky enough that I found a set of used books on Kijiji that the previous owner had not used at all.
  12. In short, yes. It's just a fact that more people want to live in Vancouver and Toronto than Saskatoon, hence, those schools will have more competitive admission stats.
  13. "As he studied the first-year law curriculum a second time, he was devastated to find out that the other students had something, some intellectual capacity, that he did not. He found the classes completely incomprehensible. 'It was a great disappointment to me,' he said." --Serial killer Ted Bundy on his experience in law school
  14. Like I said, I don't think that's true of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. I haven't seen any evidence when analyzing the numbers of accepted 2 year candidates that their numbers need to be higher. I would recommend that people give those two schools a serious look if they don't want to "waste" any more time and money in undergrad than they need to.
  15. Just check each school's requirements, many will consider applicants with only 3 years. University of Saskatchewan and University of Manitoba will let you in after only 2 years, and as far as I know, you don't have to have superior numbers to people with full 4 year degrees. University of Alberta is a different story though. I asked them if I could apply there with only 2 years under my belt and was rejected because the average of my two combined LSATs were below the minimum threshhold for 2 year candidates. The minimum for two year candidates is: 90th percentile LSAT (about 164) and a 3.70 GPA. And that's just the bare minimum, I don't know if you need to be even higher than that to be realistically accepted. University of Calgary also says that it's technically possible to get in without a full 4 year degree, but you shouldn't even bother trying because you would need insane stats and extracurriculars. They said that in their whole history they've only let in a handful of people without full 4 year degrees.
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