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  1. I'm a 2L UBC student as well. I'd say go to UBC. If you live at home, you'll save a lot more than going to UVic or UoA. If you don't live a home, that might be a different story, but you're not save a ton more if you go to UVic instead. If you want to work in BC, go to school in BC. None of these law schools will give you an edge in Crim law. You best bet is to learn the law in the jurisdiction you want to work in. A few of my friends are going down the crim track and I think it's partly a matter of carving out your own path. The two main crim clinics are crim clinic and Innocence Project. LSLAP also gives you great experience with crim files and court experience. We also have solid crim profs (several of which have taught SCC judges evidence law). While many people at UBC are big-law, corporate oriented, they are but a subset of the student population. UBC is mindful of this reputation, which is likely why they removed Business Organizations as a required course. We definitely have a nice building than UofA (which makes a difference if you find yourself spending a lot of time at school). I can't speak much to vibes at other schools. I have good friends here and generally get along with people. I get to leave the building and explore the rest of campus. There's socials if you like those, various clubs and lots of hang-out spots. In conclusion, come to UBC
  2. The notoriously difficult ones at UBC have been admin and tax and, depending on the prof, trusts. Conflicts is also thought to be on the more difficult side. Admin and evidence seem to be easier in the summer when the courses are condensed. Edit: Admin is mandatory for us.
  3. UVic is ahead of the game on Indigenous law with their JID program. UBC has the International Human Rights clinic, but aside from this clinic, I don't know of any other connection to "public international law." UBC slants heavily towards business law but students who really want to work in other areas eventually find their way there. My advice is to consider: 1) Where do you ultimately want to live and work? 2) Which of these areas of law do you feel most strongly about (keeping in mind that your plans may change during law school)? 3) Tuition (which you've already considered anyways). 4) Cost of living.
  4. It depends on what you mean by "harder." Canadian law schools are, generally, more predictable than American schools. Your GPA and LSAT make you a strong candidate (if not a shoe-in) for most Canadian schools. Issue, as pointed out above, might be how your GPA converts. But even after conversion, with a 170, I think your chances are very strong. Try giving a call to your schools of interest and asking how your GPA might be converted to their system.
  5. You have an excellent shot at UofA if that’s your only LSAT score and your L2 is comparable or better than your cGPA.
  6. Not sure how much this will help, but UofT has a similar admission standard. It might help to check out their thread for insight. You guys are the first cycle under this system so one can only speculate what constitutes a strong PS and how much that can swing a candidate with on-the-fence stats.
  7. Depending on what OP's credit drops are, they may or may not make it into UBC and UVic. Their current cGPA puts them out of the running for both schools.
  8. If your stats are accurate, you're safe applying to your top 3 and saving money by not applying to the rest.
  9. Agreed with the last part. Better safe than sorry, especially when you don’t know which firms want them and which firms don’t. I mean, if thank you notes are a pain to respond to, they can choose not to respond.
  10. This doesn't happen at UBC either, or any other Canadian law school to my knowledge.
  11. I'm a 2L at Allard and did Psychology in my undergrad. Public and Constitutional law seemed daunting at first, but over time you'll find that it's more important to think through the legal issues, which you will be doing in all your classes anyways. It helps to have some background in how the government works (and by that, I mean at a grade 12 level) but your profs should be laying this foundation for you anyways. Public law is kind of a misc. government course that seems to change every year and few people like so if you're not feeling it, it's not just you. Federalism (and later Charter and Aboriginal) will come to you. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions [Also, I don't think many schools have "Public law" as a mandatory first year course. That plus the fact that you have 7 sort of indicated you might be at Allard.]
  12. Based on the events I went to, I didn't perceive much difference. They send their most personable people, there's alcohol and appies, people will crowd around the recruiter, and there will be loud music. You might hear rumors that some firms are "party" firms and others are not, but that is not necessarily reflected in the events.
  13. People have different opinions about this. My perspective, as a 2L going through OCIs, is to go if firm events are your thing and you can enjoy yourself. Over the year, recruiters will meet lots of people and may or may not remember you during the recruitment season. The exception are student executives who help organize these events and frequently go to them (but even that is not a guarantee). I suppose if you go to enough events by the same firm, you will be remembered but I'm not entirely sure. The firms will all seem the same. You might talk to different lawyers about their work, but it will still all seem the same nonetheless. It is worth going if you're curious about this type of work and want to know what its like and what the people are like. As for whether it will swing your application in your favor, your presence at firm events won't necessarily get you more OCIs.
  14. Your diagnostic doesn't necessarily predict how much better you'll do on the real thing. At this point, don't stress too much about the 152. Just prep as well as you can and see how you do on exam day. Good luck!
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