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  1. Your current stats are not competitive for the regular category. 83% is an A- on UBC's scale. For those coming from a school that uses a GPA scale, UBC will convert it to the lowest percentage in that grade range. Someone with a A+ average, for example, will cap off at 90% (UBC's lowest A+). UBC recently changed it's admissions criteria to give greater weight to the personal statement but, unless otherwise stated, I don't think the stats have changed much. Even if you qualify for the Indigenous category, your stats are still too low.
  2. Yes. OCIs are virtual (by Skype) and in-firms require you to fly there on your own dime. Hard to say how competitive UBC students are compared to students from Ontario schools but some of my peers have done better in the Toronto recruit than the Vancouver one.
  3. Since UNB is not under OLSAS, I imagine you can pay your deposit and secure a seat while waiting for Dal. If you get Dal, you can let UNB know you want to withdraw. You'll likely lose your deposit but at least you can secure your seat while you wait. I didn't apply to Ontario schools so I can't speak to how that will work with Ottawa but others have said you can provisionally accept and still be okay. I personally wouldn't pay more than one deposit if I'm waiting for my preferred school though. I'm very sorry to hear about your friend.
  4. On cost alone, I'd choose UBC.
  5. How did you study the first time? Tutors are expensive compared to other options. A 146 means you don’t understand the fundamentals and can make serious gains with solid teaching materials. Try the Powerscore Bibles, 7Sage, or The LSAT Trainer. All pretty good teaching materials and cheaper than a course or a tutor.
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. You have an excellent shot at UofA if that’s your only LSAT score and your L2 is comparable or better than your cGPA.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. If your stats are accurate, you're safe applying to your top 3 and saving money by not applying to the rest.
  14. 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.
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