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    Law school attire

    I'm at TRU so a solid 30% or so of my classmates are from Alberta and are Flames/Oilers fans. I don't associate with them.
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    Law school attire

    I went to UBC for undergrad so I'm offended whenever I see a classmate in an SFU sweater
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    LSAT - Better than expected?

    I was aiming for a 160 on the LSAT because I knew a score around there would get me into law school. I had a 159 on my diagnostic and my PT scores gradually improved over the ~3 months I studied for until I was in the 166-169 range. Then in the last couple of weeks before the real thing, I could barely get 160 and was often getting 156-158. I had to stop doing PTs for the last few days because I was psyching myself out. I ended up getting a 164 on the first try and it was such a relief.
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    Law school attire

    Unless it's mandated! TRU Law mandates business formal on the first day of 1L because all the 1Ls get headshots done. But yeah other than that never wear a suit to school without a good reason
  5. It would have been more accurate for me to say that nobody is expected to work a law-related job during their 1L summer in BC. It's more helpful to do it during your 2L summer but also not necessary.
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    JD in Canada vs USA

    Having gone through the formal recruiting in BC I can say that there are a LOT of students from the East that apply to - and are hired - by firms in BC. There's nothing prohibiting law students from one province from working in a different province. When applying to a BC firm from outside of BC, they will want you to explain why you want to work in BC and they want to hear that you plan on sticking around for a while. They don't really want to invest time in training a law student if there's a good chance that law student will move back home after a year or two.
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    JD in Canada vs USA

    That GPA might not be as low as you think - it's dependent on the curve that the school uses. You're not going to jump straight from law school to being a consultant. You're going to have to grind out a few years as an IP lawyer either at a IP boutique or at a large corporate firm's IP department. There are lots of IP law firms in Canada - and IP law in Canada is federal meaning you hypothetically should be able to practice anywhere in Canada (obviously you still have to go through provincial law society accreditation). Having an MSc makes getting into an IP firm much easier. The path of least resistance is, in my opinion, going to a Canadian school.
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    Those who are in Law School..did you ever regret it?

    I had concerns before law school about whether it was right for me, but now that I'm past the half-way point I can say that I've enjoyed all of it. However, I am also acutely aware that I am in a place of privilege in that my parents are able to pay my tuition/living expenses and that I'll graduate with 0 debt. It's a lot easier to enjoy school when you're not concerned about finances.
  9. 1L summers aren't a thing in BC, but when I applied for 2L summers not a single firm cared about my undergrad grades. Some firms asked to see my undergrad transcript (in which my 1st and 2nd years were absolutely abysmal) and I still got OCIs with the biggest firms in the city.
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    Chances cga 76% LSAT 150

    I was waitlisted at a few schools out east too. TRU was the first acceptance and the one I actually wanted to go to.
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    Nature of the undergrad degree

    I intentionally majored in a subject (Film Studies) that I thought would be relatively easy, and because I was interested in it. I figured it would be easier to get good grades that would help me get into law school. Half way through law school now and my GPA is significantly above average, I've received multiple As. How "hard" or "easy" your undergrad program is has absolutely 0 impact on how well you'll do in law school.
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    Chances cga 76% LSAT 150

    I had a similar cGPA and a 164 on my LSAT and was waitlisted (accepted off the waitlist pretty quickly). Based on my experience, and with no info on your ECs, I'd aim for a 158+ LSAT for a chance to get in.
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    0L's - post any questions in here

    TRU's grading requires the median grade to be a B, and profs can't give more than 15% of the class an A- or higher. Some profs don't give any As, or will make A- the highest possible grade. In general everyone gets in the B range.
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    too late to apply?

    Rolling admissions = your chances are better the earlier you apply. It's still worth applying but it's more likely you'll end up on the waitlist. If your grades/LSAT are stellar you'll probably get right in. If they're average you're more likely to get waitlisted than if you had applied before Christmas.
  15. Throwing in my two-cents. I knew I wanted to go to law school in high school. I knew law school had no pre-requisites, so I majored in Film Studies because I enjoyed it and knew that I could get good enough grades in that program to get into law school. I minored in business for the sake of practical knowledge. Got to law school, met a lot of criminology/political science/philosophy majors who, in some cases, chose those majors under the assumption that those degrees would provide an advantage in law school. Aside from the first couple weeks in which you learn about the history of law in Canada and the structure of the court system, those "law oriented" programs provided no discernible advantage. And those first couple of weeks of school weren't even going to be tested on the exam. I managed to "beat the curve" without ever feeling once like I was at a disadvantage for having studied film instead of something more law-oriented. I say study whatever interests you, because you'll be more likely to succeed academically which will help your chances of getting into law school.
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    Getting a bad grade in Fall 2018

    Yeah... she really needs to figure out how to deal with that anxiety.
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    Getting a bad grade in Fall 2018

    There are 4 pages of responses and I haven't read all of them. I just have this to add: if a B+ in undergrad causes this much stress, law school might break you. I personally don't find law school to be that stressful, but it's certainly more stressful than undergrad. Couple that with the fact that getting straight As is virtually impossible thanks to bell curves, you might have an anxiety attack. Law students tend to be overachievers that have had high marks their whole lives. In law school, most of them live in the B- to B+ range. If your grades are as high as implied, you'll get into law school. The bigger problem is keeping your anxiety under control.
  18. I had very very average grades in undergrad at UBC, somehow my law school grades are markedly higher 🤔
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    Things I Wish I Knew (Before Starting Law School)

    Currently in 2L and realizing I took on too many responsibilities. OCIs also took a huge chunk of my time. I'll be damned if I don't exercise 4-6 days a week though, it's the only thing keeping me sane as I pump out these papers.
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    Is there a way to track documents?

    Does TRU still have you email the documents? If so, wait for their confirmation. You could also call after a reasonable time has passed and inquire about it.
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    What was it like getting in? How did you celebrate?

    I drafted my resignation letter for my job and handed it in. Enjoyed the last 2 months of summer.
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    Chances and Question [3.39, 3.5, 156]

    I've seen people with that GPA/LSAT get accepted but you might get waitlisted based on the strength of your letters of reference and personal statement. A significant amount of students at TRU are from Calgary/Edmonton and go back to AB to work. It's harder to get a Big Law job in Alberta as a TRU student though. We do participate in Calgary OCIs.
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    3rd Year Applicant Chances

    Generally students who get accepted to any law school with only 3 years of undergrad are exceptional students with very high GPAs and LSATs. Your GPA is good but your LSAT is just decent, so together they don't really have a reason to take you over someone who completed their degree. I don't know anyone in my class who doesn't have an undergrad degree. There's 0 downside to finishing your degree first.
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    Waitlisted 2017

    I did! I received an acceptance a month after I got waitlisted. I had a great 1st year at TRU.
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    Low Undergrad Grades

    Law firms don't make their decisions on the basis of any undergrad grades. The fact that you're in law school renders your undergraduate grades irrelevant. I mentioned in my previous comment that I was only asked about my undergrad grades because they wanted to see how I responded, they could not have cared less about my actual undergrad grades.