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  1. I'm only in 1L, so I can't comment on the validity of finishing in December. I do know that the Legal Aid Clinic course is available in third year. It comes pretty highly recommended as a great way to get hands-on experience with family/youth criminal law. The downside to what you've quoted is that it isn't paid or anything. So you miss out on a chance to work in 2L Summer.
  2. Nobody dresses up for class. I mean, I won't say that people come to class in sweatpants (that hasn't been my experience by and large). From time to time people will dress nicely in class if they've got an interview that day, or something. But everyone pretty much dresses and acts like they did in undergrad. The description everyone at Dal seems to give is that it's a very "collegial" atmosphere. People work together on things, and there's no sense of competition or animosity that I've experienced. For example, we're all in 1L moot mode at the moment. While we're "competing" for marks, essentially, people are still working together to make the best things they can. I would say people are really friendly. I definitely wouldn't classify it is "cliquey" at all. There are an abundance of opportunities to meet people (Pro Bono opportunities, Thursday night Domus, etc.).
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    Chances - mature or nah?

    Dal doesn't care about cumulative. L2 and LSAT are all that matters. I'd be shocked if you didn't get in with a 3.99 and a 160. If Dal is all you want, I don't think you need to rewrite. If you get a 165 there's almost no chance of rejection.
  4. The balance is really up to you, and how much work you want to put in. I will say that it is very possible to do well and have something of a life at the same time. I can't give you specific times because it really depends on the time of year and how quickly you're able to absorb the material. First semester you really don't have much to do outside of one weekend for your small class assignment, and exams. Obviously there are readings to keep up with, but a balance can be struck. Second semester, at least so far, has been a different story. The time commitment has been much larger and expectations are a bit higher. Late January and late February seem to be the busiest so far. tl;dr you can have time for yourself if you make time for yourself. And you should.
  5. Hello everyone! The 2018 thread has died out, and it's around the time where people will have to start making decisions about applying or selecting Dalhousie University as their law school. For reference, here are two of the main threads: https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/51987-ask-a-1l-at-dal-2018/ https://lawstudents.ca/forums/topic/44173-ask-a-1l-at-dal/ Some background information on me (hopefully without destroying my anonymity): I'm a 1L currently attending Dal. I'm from Ontario, and therefore might be able to provide some information for out-of-province students. I went through the interview process, and can speak to that as well. If you have any questions regarding the University, campus life, the school, classes, etc. feel free to ask away! If you've got any burning questions that you don't want to ask through the public forum, feel free to PM me as well.
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    Political View Biases at Universities

    I second this. There are many words I could use to describe Dal, none of which are conservative leaning. That being said, I've never felt (outside of the aboriginal law course which is a huge exception to what I'm about to say) that a conservative view would be looked down on or not treated fairly by a professor in discussion while at Dal. Some people have offered up more conservative ideas and they've never been treated unfairly. The professors by and large do have a left-leaning slant. There's no doubt about it. But I don't think I've missed out on information, or that they've omitted information in light of their political views. Granted, I'm only five months into 1L.
  7. You should be fine. Your grades and LSAT are all pretty good, and I'd be surprised if you didn't get an acceptance. Acceptances still roll out into June/July. You have plenty of time, and you should be fine.
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    30 Points in Less than 2 Months?

    So, I don't see a problem with you at least attempting to write the January LSAT. You really don't have anything to lose, except for maybe UofA, a loss I am sure you can overcome. The most unrealistic part is really just getting the 165 in general. The vast majority of LSAT-takers will never even come close to seeing a 165. Being in the top 8% of test takers is hard, and you should mentally prepare yourself for the possibility that you won't hit that score no matter how much work you put in. But, with that pessimism aside, are you sure you need a 165? Unless your GPA is in the gutter (like mine was), a 165 really isn't necessary to get into most schools. As for LSAT advice, timing is everything. Don't be afraid to skip the last RC/LG passage/game if it allows you to do better on other sections. With some math, if you got 20/27 (0/7 on last RC), and 18/23 on LG (0/6 on last LG), with a 19/19 (-6 on both LR), you'd have a raw score of 76, or a 163, which is a great score for most schools. That doesn't even include the chance of getting a few right by putting "D" for every question in the last passage. Build yourself up to where you're able to comfortably get through 3 passages/games with a very good score, and then consider whether you want to attack four per section. I would also suggest, if timing begins to hurt you in LR, that you skip the parallel reasoning questions. They eat up so much time. In the 3-4 minutes you spend on that one, you could have picked up easy points on Q24/25. Feel free to PM me if you want some more concentrated advice. I improved from I think a 147 to a 166 by the end, PTing in the low 170s before test day.
  9. OLSAS GPA is far more useful than just giving an 80% number. Average =/= cGPA in Ontario. The 150 will make your life extremely difficult. If you get that to a 160 you shouldn't see much difficulty getting into Queen's and Windsor. Can't comment on Oz or UofT.
  10. You're going to be paying upwards of several tens of thousands of dollars to go to law school. $500 (I can't remember how much it is) as a deposit is not the end of the world in the grand scheme of things. If March 30th comes around and you haven't heard from anyone else, I think you should put the deposit down and then decline it later on if you end up somewhere you want to go. That being said, don't string Dal along for too long.
  11. Nice! Good luck. If you have any questions about the program, let me know. About to begin 1L exams at Dal.
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    Chances?

    GPA is great, but I think you should consider re-writing the LSAT. It would certainly improve your chances here, or at different schools. I do think you have a chance, but that LSAT will make it pretty hard for you. Re-write. If you can get a 157-160 I'd say you'd have a great chance.
  13. The GPA is good, and the LSAT is probably at/just below where it should be to be ideal. I would say you have a pretty decent chance. As always, my advice with Dal and maritime schools is to apply early (Aka two weeks ago). If you intend on applying this cycle, you really should get that application in before January, if you haven't already.
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    Average Scores

    That sounds like the average of people admitted. Where did you find that stat?
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    Advice and Opinions Needed! [2.51, 3.4, ~162]

    I would consider early to have been a month ago. Their early admissions deadline was November 30th. Still, I would get your application in as soon as possible. They consider applications as they are received, so there's no reason to wait, in my opinion.
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