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  1. The abject uncertainty of this whole thing makes it feel worse to me.
  2. I'll concede this as an exception to my above statement. This and bankruptcy.
  3. Everyone, myself included, wants an answer to this question. Unfortunately, it's a question nobody can answer. If they suggest they can answer it, they're talking out of their ass. As much as it sucks, all we can do is wait and see. There's also the option of joining in on some of the threads that have a half dozen or so folks arguing based on overconfident speculation, but I wouldn't recommend it.
  4. I feel you. Not knowing really is the worst part. DAL students were left completely in the dark for a week until yesterday when we received an email that everything is moving to mandatory pass/fail/honours. We didn't even get a "we're working on it" update in the interim. That said, I think the administration made the best call they could. Pass/fail/honours minimizes a lot of the equity concerns and allows students who are /really/ concerned about being ahead of the curve to get some distinction since honours is just anything in the A range.
  5. As in, paper requirements/guidelines remain unchanged, but all grading is P/F?
  6. I'm an outgoing 3L at DAL. Anxiously awaiting an update from admin as to how they're proceeding. I've got my fingers crossed for optional or mandatory pass/fail because the next month of my life is a big question mark. On paper, my SO and I have to be out of our apartment here in Halifax by April 30th. Our lease on our new place starts May 1, but it's in Newfoundland (articling there) where travel restrictions are already increasing. At this point, I'm not sure as to whether I should try to find a way to get back to the island ASAP or wait it out until the end of April and hope for the best. I really don't want to get stranded and end up getting price gouged on some Airbnb unit. However, if we move early, we're in mandatory 14 day quarantine. I don't know if I'll have internet access if we do that. We can't even stay with my parents because my dad works at a long-term care facility and my mother is high-risk due to pre-existing respiratory problems, so moving early would mean an extra $1000 at least. I understand some folks have a pretty cavalier attitude towards their LOC spending, but I'm not in that camp. In either event, it's extremely disruptive and stressing me the hell out. I feel like some people are being dismissive when they're saying that this shouldn't affect letter grades and such because "all we have to do is stay inside." Your situation =/= the situation of everyone else. I'm also curious as to how pass/fail is going to apply to paper courses. There's no way in hell I'm interested in grinding out a full paper just for a pass/fail grade when everyone who went the exam route just gets to flick over their notes for a few hours the day before. Does anyone at schools that have confirmed pass/fail have any guidance on how your paper courses are being handled? Are you given the option of writing a shorter paper/some other assessment? No judgment towards you, but just going to add that this is seriously fucked up. Ignoring social distancing AND cheating all for the sake of the curve. This is why I see pass/fail as the lesser evil of a bunch of unattractive options.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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