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  1. I listed it as a hobby - it didn’t matter for entrance to law school, but it came up often in job interviews. People like to talk about it.
  2. Last year it was posted late June, around the same time the letter was mailed I believe.
  3. It shows up on the statement of results first, and then a letter will be mailed in late June. The statement of results have already been released, so it would be there now.
  4. I had multiple Fs and Cs on my transcript, and I did my undergrad over 7 years (aka rarely a full course load). My cGPA was 3.2, with my L2 being around 3.8. I was accepted at the L2/B2 schools in western Canada. Each school will calculate L2 differently. I believe the U of A takes the last 60 credits and any courses that happened in the same semester as the 60th credit. You will be fine, and your LSAT is good.
  5. I had a cGPA of 3.2 with four F’s and multiple W’s over 7 years. My L2 GPA was around 3.8, and I got 168 on the LSAT (only write). I was accepted to the U of A with an academic scholarship. They do not care about cGPA at all. Strictly numbers based. You will be fine (notwithstanding the LSAT averages, I don’t know about that personally). I was also accepted to Calgary and Sask with these stats. A bad first half of undergrad is suuuuuper not a dealbreaker. UVic might be worth a look as well, as they drop lowest 9 or something, and have a really great Access category (if there was any particular reason for the rough patch). Good luck!
  6. Not personally, but several friends heard from ABCA, QB, and PC.
  7. A lot of people in the legal profession have family members who are lawyers. Its relevant information, because thats where you worked. You should definitely include it.
  8. I had almost these same stats, and I did well on the LSAT and was accepted with a scholarship at the U of A. Schools that say they don't look at your cGPA, don't look at your cGPA.
  9. Have you looked at L2 schools? Instead of taking your cGPA, they look at just your last 60 credits. If your anxiety was limiting your function in the first couple of years, perhaps the last couple of years are where your improvement shows up. L2 schools such as UAlberta, UCalgary, USask. UVic drops your lowest 3 classes I believe.
  10. What is your L2 GPA? This would be your last 60 credits, and any classes you took in the same semester as the 60th credit. If it's decent (3.7 or above), UAlberta would definitely be worth applying. They are strictly numbers based, and so any fails or transfers won't even be considered by them. I believe UCalgary is similar, as well as USask. I can't speak to the personal statement question, aside from a feeling that anything written in a personal statement in a regular category application at almost any school will not be enough to convince them to disregard the class. This may be worth the time at a holistic school (TRU), I'm not sure. If you do write about it, I would keep the story as general as possible without losing the essence. As far as I understand it, the coursework would be part of your cGPA for every school in Canada.
  11. I am finishing my applications for Continuing Scholarships next year at my school. Many of them require references, related to volunteer work and extracurricular community involvement. I am planning on asking two of my professors from 1L for references, but neither of them would be anything specific to my volunteering. I am planning on asking the student leaders of the two organizations I worked with to write me references specifically about my work with the organizations. Is this a terrible idea, to have other students write a reference letter?
  12. I am reviving this thread in hopes that people would like to share their experiences during the intervening years since this thread was created. I have been invited to apply for Law Review at my school (U of A) for 2L, and I am on the fence about it. I am feeling unsure about applying because I am not sure if it will actually benefit me in the long run - i.e. will it help me to secure a job or give me useful skills for practice. I am worried about the time commitment taking away from studying or other ECs, and if the only benefit is prestige, then I'm probably not interested. If anyone has any comments or experiences to share, that would be helpful.
  13. website is here: https://www.ualberta.ca/law/students if you click the link "Dean's List" it takes you to a Google Doc with the Dean's List on it. I'm hoping that this will be updated with the 2017/2018 list soon. There is no rank given on the list, it is organized alphabetically. So, in short, no. Every recipient got over $4000 though.
  14. I was concerned about this (and apparently have too much time on my hands), so I cross referenced the 2016/2017 Dean's List with the pamphlet of those who were receiving awards in Oct 2017. Everyone on the Dean's List was awarded at least $4000. But things change, and so making any firm financial decisions or commitments with the expectation of receiving this money seems risky.
  15. Hey Tony, The answer will depend on how much driving you are prepared to do, and what your parking situation will be. If you've got a family and are comfortable commuting 30+ mins each way to campus, Ellerslie is probably the best choice (nice suburban area). If you want to be close (or transit accessible) then McKernan, Belgravia are great choices. Probably Oliver is the next best choice, as it's got easy access to the university while still having some good schools within walking distance. Strathcona is probably a poor choice for a child - it's right around the big party area of Edmonton (Whyte Ave) and I'm not sure if they have a good elementary school around there. Some other choices with easy transit would be: Westmount, Inglewood, Woodcroft, Bonnie Doon, even Sherbrooke. Probably the best choice in my opinion would be Malmo or Lendrum. They are family oriented neighbourhoods, but close enough to the uni, and the LRT stop at Southgate mall is easily accessible. Plus, you could get a house in these areas rather than a condo. Check out the LRT routes and driving times to make your choice a bit clearer. I'm big on transit because driving around the university area is a nightmare and parking is EXPENSIVE and not always guaranteed. I know some people manage it though.
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