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  1. I gave 6 weeks last summer. It's a judgement call/contextual for sure. My employers were supportive and seemed to appreciate the notice period.
  2. I will chime in here, and say I don't agree re: the travel. I put it in my OLSAS sketch. Two acceptances (one Ontario school), three waitlist (including 2 Ontario schools) - with a horrendous GPA that should have all but disqualified me from any Canadian school. It (travel) also featured prominently in my PS - so I must deduce it resonated with some admissions committees. I don't agree that it necessarily signals privilege or indicates someone is independently wealthy. That sure wasn't my experience! In short, not all travel is equal, and not all motivation to travel is equal. I think it could be worth including - but maybe not. It really depends on the context and how you frame it. PM if you want to discuss details.
  3. Yes, life experience is primarily what distinguishes you from the vast majority of applicants (who don't have much). Definitely add it to the mix - what you want to focus on, depends on your motivation(s) for applying. I'm more than happy to chat further. I was a mature applicant in the last cycle, currently in 1L. Send me a PM.
  4. Thought I'd follow-up on this thread. I didn't get into the JD-MGA program in the end (and honestly, I'm kind of glad I didn't). I just wanted to thank everyone who shared their thoughts last fall. I took much of this discussion to heart, even if it was a little hard to hear at first (mainly because I'd already based part of my submitted personal statements on an admittedly naive and under-informed notion of international law). Anyway, largely because of the discussion here, I amended parts of my PS for later-cycle school applications - one of which turned into an offer of acceptance. I've come to realize that my initial motivations were not the problem per say, but the path I envisioned was probably unrealistic. I know there is so much work to be done to help protect human rights and civil liberties here in Canada (criminal defense, immigration, refugee law, to name a few) and I hope to pursue something along those lines. That being said, I'm really looking forward to learning more about the above areas of law (along with other areas of practice) and feel open to going in other directions. Time will tell. Thanks again... Cheers.
  5. I was thinking the exact same thing. Brutal! However, I actually would question her judgement not because she's fortunate enough to live rent-free in an amazing city, etc., but because she allowed this piece to be published.
  6. Unless someone - a SO - is taking her out to dinner and lunch regularly.
  7. As a former Vancouver resident who worked two jobs, and 65 hour weeks to fork over 75% of my income to rent... I must second @pzabbythesecond's *puke*
  8. Yes, strange indeed! I was told $45K a year over the phone - don't have it in writing yet.
  9. FWIW: I was recently approved for Scotia's PSLOC and my rep specifically told me the $135K would be released in equal amounts over 3 years (i.e. $45K a year) - which confirms what @ScotiabankLawAdvisor has posted on the forum.
  10. It was $45.96 (taxes in) - the bookstore is open the public.
  11. I just picked this up the other day at the UofT bookstore. You may want to try your luck there if you can't find a used copy.
  12. Thanks, @CatticusFinch and big congrats to you too have you decided on UBC?
  13. Thanks @lazslo93 - all the best in Ottawa!
  14. I'll add my application cycle stats for future reference. I applied very broadly, with two LSAT scores (Dec '17/Feb '18), in various categories (mature, special consideration, discretionary, regular). Finished my undergrad in 2004. CGPA 3.01, B2 3.7, B3 3.55, CGPA w/ drops ~80-85%. Zero volunteerism/community outreach/committees/societies etc. EC's consisting of a decade of professional experience in the arts, numerous self-directed projects in my field, and extensive international solo travel. From west coast to east coast: UVic (regular, LSAT 162) - Ding UBC (discretionary, 162) - Ding Calgary (regular, 155) - Ding Alberta (regular, 155) - Ding Sask (regular, no regional connection, 162) - Waitlisted Manitoba (individual consideration, 155) - Ding Windsor (regular, 155) - Ding Western (mature, 162) - Ding Toronto (mature, 162) - Ding Osgoode Hall (regular, 162) - Waitlisted Queen's (access, 162) - Waitlisted Ottawa (mature, 162) - Waitlisted New Brunswick (discretionary , no regional connection, 155) - Accepted Dalhousie (special consideration, 162) - Ding Now that it's all said and done (with the exception of potential waitlist decisions pending) I'm really glad I applied broadly. I felt going into this that my applications would be unpredictable, and they definitely were. I was waitlisted at so-called CGPA focused schools (with quite a terrible CGPA), accepted/waitlisted at so-called regional schools (with no connection to those provinces), and rejected *super early* at at least one school known to be one of the most "holistic." The take away for me, is that this category is incredibly difficult to predict. I'm feeling very lucky to be headed to law school in the fall, and looking forward to this exciting new challenge!
  15. I think the personal statement is a chance to show the adcom how you think, conceptualize, and express yourself. It isn't about listing your accomplishments or extraordinary feats. Pick something meaningful to you and write about it. Frankly, no one knows how much the PS matters to the adcoms (and that likely varies dramatically from school to school, year to year) so you should submit the best possible statement possible because it can only help you.
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