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  1. General reply to both: I don't know of many people who were really gunning for Bay Street jobs. I was in the camp of having no interest from the day I applied. I know plenty of others in the same boat and some who ultimately decided through speaking with lawyers/the law school experience that they didn't want it either. Generally, though, if your grades are on the upper end of the curve (mix of A's, high B's at least), you shouldn't have issues landing those types of jobs anywhere in the country. That said, employers care about more than just your grades and your ability to interview is important. There's really no formula to determine this kind of thing, but what I can tell you is that you're always at a disadvantage if you aren't studying in the region you want to be working in. That by no measure means it's closing any doors, but it does mean you'll have to be on top of things. I'll also add that the Bay Street thing is heavily over-romanticized. It takes a very special type of person to tolerate that life. I know many lawyers who articled/punched a year or two and then got the hell out. Maybe you are that type of person, I don't know, but I wouldn't view law school as a Bay-Street-or-Bust endeavour. That said, feel free to shoot me a message if you've got broad questions about working at a large business law firm (be it corporate or litigation side). I'm working at one on the east coast for the summer (and for my articling year when that comes around). EDIT: Also, I'd add that I know of at least a few people with outstanding grades (pretty well straight A's) who didn't even apply to Western markets. A lot of us out here don't want to be any further West, so that probably fudges the numbers (a little) to the low side.
  2. Nobody dresses up for class and you'll look very out of place if you do. Some students opt for a somewhat business-casual wardrobe, which is totally fine, but I rock jeans and tees 90% of the time and I'm definitely in the majority. The only time you'll really see people dressed up (i.e. suits and whatnot) are when they need to be for things like interviews and moots. Schulich is known for its friendly atmosphere and I'd say that definitely holds up. I'm not that outgoing a person but I've had no trouble finding friends to hang out with. First year can be a little be cliquey at first, but that tends to fade.
  3. If you're from the area, you may not find it as 'useful' as out of province students who aren't familiar with Halifax/the east coast generally. In my experience, it's mostly just a fun little introductory thing to get you talking to some of your future classmates. Plus, the school foots the bill for you to have some free food and drinks (which we upper years facilitate). If the social aspect interests you and you have the time, go for it. Otherwise, you're not missing anything critical.
  4. Re-posting this from an old thread I made because a lot of 'X GPA/Y LSAT, what are my chances' threads are popping up: If you're wondering what your chances of getting accepted are, simply plug your own numbers into this formula: [GPA / 4.3 * 0.6 + (LSAT - 120) / 60 * 0.4]. If you're a Maritime resident, anything above 0.8 is considered competitive. If you're a non-Maritime resident, you want to be above 0.81.
  5. Dal law uses a 4.3 scale for GPAs when determining admissions. You need to convert all of your grades individually first. https://gradecalc.info/ca/ns/dalhousie/gpa_calc.pl
  6. Not sure if it's already too late, but in case anyone else reads this thread and has the same question: yes, you need to do the conversion. Going from 4.0 to 4.3 will knock your GPA down a peg or two.
  7. Hey, Just finished 1L at DAL and landed a job working as a court reporter for a private company in Halifax. I started today and got to attend a discovery at the federal DoJ office. I'm really enjoying it thus far and the pay is nothing to complain about. I'm just wondering if anyone else has done the same thing and what your experience was with leveraging it in interviews with firms down the road. I don't personally know anyone who worked as a court reporter over the summer while still in school. Cheers
  8. I know of one guy who did it this year and he grew to hate it pretty quickly. The overall consensus is that you should avoid it unless you really like living in dorms. It's kind of hard for me to assess the JD/MBA program because I'm just doing a regular JD. Generally speaking, though, DAL's law program has a great reputation and they've got reach throughout the country. The legal market in Halifax consists of a few corporate firms and then a bunch of small to mid-sized counterparts. If you want the really big money jobs then you should probably keep your sights set on Vancouver/Toronto/etc. Just keep in mind that corporate law is often terrible for work/life balance so it's worth assessing how much of a sacrifice you're willing to make to bolster your bank account. Schulich seems to give out a significant amount of scholarship/grant/bursary money primarily on the basis of need. Some require applications and work on your end but others you get considered for without having to do anything. I can't speak much to the experience of others, but I came into law school in a pretty good financial situation (no outstanding previous debt whatsoever, ~$10k saved) and they still decided to give me $2700 over the course of the school year.
  9. Hey - sorry for the late reply. I'm currently in the midst of exams so I don't have a whole lot of time for myself. DAL uses either your cumulative GPA or your last two years - whichever is better. If you did something in your undergrad like intersession or summer courses in your last two years then your best bet is to contact admissions ASAP. I took like 22 courses in my last two years (as opposed to 20) because of the way I structured my degree so I had to ask them when I applied. Honestly, I can't remember what the answer was (exams have me feeling a little braindead). Moreover, when it comes to questions related to admissions procedures, it's much better to ask DAL directly as they're the only people who can give you an answer that's worth relying on. Also, a little note on subletting related to Himalaya's earlier post: it's great, but it's not always easy to find a sub-letter because there are plenty of students who sign 1 year leases with no intention of staying over the summer. I'm not saying it's impossible but if you do plan to sublet then I advise you start looking for an interested person well before you're ready to leave for the summer.
  10. I personally started June 1. It took me quite some time but that's only because of a combination of me doing everything remotely, being picky, and getting screwed over by one landlord in particular. A ton of units open up in May with the option to sublet for the summer and then renew the lease in September. A lot of people will actually subsidize your summer rent because finding subletters is difficult. The vast majority of landlords insist on fixed one year leases from September to September.
  11. This is correct as far as I know. I would say it's no longer acceptable whenever you can no longer give acceptance (i.e. past the deadline). DAL can't force you to come here after you've paid your deposit; they just won't give it back.
  12. People in my class live in all parts of the city but they definitely concentrate in the South End out of convenience as Himalaya said. I know some of my classmates are planning to move in with one another next year just by virtue of becoming good friends. The only thing I'd really add to Himalaya's response is do not move into the school's residence. I know a few people who did that and they all hate it. Undergrads are generally pretty loud.
  13. From talking to classmates and other applicants it seems to me that the index score is definitely not absolute - it just makes you competitive. It's also worth noting that it's now a little late in the acceptance cycle so the remaining seats will likely be tougher to get. With that said it seems unlikely that you would not receive an offer (especially if the other components of your application are sound). I'd stay positive for the time being until you hear back for sure. I'm told that there's more women than men and it definitely feels that way walking around the building. In terms of race/ethnicity it's fairly homogeneously white relative to the overall diversity of DAL/Halifax as a whole.
  14. The poster of the original "Ask a 1L" (realpseudonym) thread has stopped responding. I found his comments and advice rather helpful when I was going through the application process so I figured I'd try to do the same for the incoming students. I'm a 1L student currently enrolled at DAL. My grades are a mix of A's and B's (get used to getting some B's - trust me). Note: If you're wondering what your chances of getting accepted are, simply plug your own numbers into this formula: [GPA / 4.3 * 0.6 + (LSAT - 120) / 60 * 0.4]. If you're a Maritime resident, anything above 0.8 is considered competitive. If you're a non-Maritime resident, you want to be above 0.81. Aside from that, ask away and I'll do my best to answer you.
  15. I would say that you have a shot but not a very strong one.
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