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    Low cGPA.... Is it even worth taking the LSAT?

    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.
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    Applying Access - Anxiety

    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.
  3. 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.
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    Reference letters from other students

    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?
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    Law review? [how helpful in practise versus academia]

    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.
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    University of Alberta upper-year Scholarships

    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.
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    University of Alberta upper-year Scholarships

    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.
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    Housing for family of 3

    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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    Dean's welcome attire?

    I didn't attend one of these in Vancouver, so I can't speak specifically, but because it is at a firm (AKA potential future employer), it would be my advice to do at least smart casual or business casual, i.e. slacks and a button-down. I wouldn't feel comfortable showing up in jeans. Do not wear a full suit.
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    Bursary Inquiry

    I didn't find out that I had received a bursary until after Dec exams. This may not be true for everyone though, some people had notice of their bursaries in time for the awards dinner at the end of September/early October.
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    Suits required?

    There will be no (or almost no) school related function at which a suit is required, but if you end up interviewing for summer jobs or doing Student Legal Services, you will need a suit. And right now (or during the summer, more accurately) is a time when they are on sale. Women's suits, depending on your needs, can be found at Banana Republic, RW&Co, or the Bay (possibly). Try to get something in a neutral colour that you would feel comfortable wearing in front of a partner at a law firm and in front of a judge. You will likely only need one suit for first year. The mall (West Ed) might be a good place to start, or South Edmonton Common. I don't know of any tailors off the top of my head. Finally, there is a comprehensive thread about this topic elsewhere in this forum:
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    1L Foundations Class

    If I remember correctly, this happened about the second week of August (August 11 or so). Timetables will be uploaded to beartracks and you can see who your profs will be.
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    Will I Get In? (3.0, 150)

    "Last 2 years" is commonly used to refer to "last 60 credits" - for me, my last 60 credits were spread out over 3 years, including summer semesters. Again, UAlberta (or U of C or USask - I was admitted to also) didn't seemed to care about this (or my low cGPA). They just strictly calculated my L2GPA by taking my grades from my last 60 credits.
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    Will I Get In? (3.0, 150)

    OP, There are a lot of schools in Western Canada that accept B2/L2. (U of C, USask, UAlberta). UAlberta takes L2, and to the best of my knowledge doesn't even calculate your cGPA. My cGPA was 3.2, my L2 was 3.9 - I was admitted with an academic scholarship (also based off high LSAT score). I agree with a previous poster - study like crazy for the LSAT, re write, aim for 160+. Spend your last year of university (hopefully 10 classes) working like crazy to increase your L2GPA. Its possible for your L2 to be competitive if you achieve this. Finally, it is of course possible to go the UK or the states with lower stats. However, this is an extremely difficult route, and should really only be taken if there truly is no other option for you, your life-long dream is to be a lawyer, and an (even higher) debt load doesn't scare you. From what information you've provided us, that doesn't seem to be your case. If you have this year, spend the time upping your stats and try to stay in Canada. Also, Western Canada tuition is significantly lower than ON/QC!
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    UVic vs. UofA

    The best advice about choosing where to go to school: go to school where you want to practice. If you don't want to practice in Alberta or Edmonton, don't stay in Edmonton. If your long term plan is to move to BC, you should go there. The networking opportunities available to you at each school will be primarily focused on the local market. Your exposure to the BC market is not as much as it would be if you were in BC.
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