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  1. Write the LSAT first. An actual score would give you a much better sense if your chances. Having said that, you might want to apply through the discretionary category at UBC. This category is normally more holistic than regular (although this may have changed since regular now places more weight on your PS). Discretionary is still highly competitive and is restricted to ~20 seats, but maybe it will make a difference for you. Again, you’d need a real score first.
  2. The recession will likely hurt everyone, so keep that in mind. What sort of summer jobs are available at TRU right now? Having a summer RA position helps - if professors are hiring for those. Legal aid experience, whether volunteer or paid doesn't hurt. Try to do something that aligns with your passion that you can talk about with genuine interest. Recruiters generally know when applicants tack something on to make their resume look good. If TRU offers summer classes, it'd be nice to take off some upper-year credits that way.
  3. Can't say I'm complaining about the fact that I can just roll out of bed and go to class But yeah, it's difficult to focus at home. I never studied at home before this.
  4. This is an interesting time to ask this question since many schools have switched to a temporary pass/fail grading system of some sort to accommodate COVID-19. Ordinarily, though, the median is a B for 1L classes. Doing well in undergrad does not necessarily mean you'll do well in law school. It is a different way of thinking and learning. The kind of undergrad studies you had is also somewhat relevant. Students in philosophy, math, and sciences seem to catch on quickly. At least that's what I heard from those around me. It is rare for someone to get "mostly As" in law school.
  5. Nobody gets their grade 48 hours after the exam. Even if the prof is spending every waking hour grading it as fast as possible. The 48-hour is probably time for the student to think about their performance and take a gamble. Kind of like the LSAT. As it currently stands, UBC is also opt-in Cr/D/F but you get to see your grade first.
  6. Ditto. I hope they settle this soon. Or at least set a deadline by which to do so.
  7. I understand that anything can happen in April. But the topic of this thread is alternative examination/grading methods. This is premised on the assumption that there will be some kind of examination at all. What I'm saying is, based on the premise that exams are going forward, take-home exams are reasonable. They are reasonable specifically at Allard because they already exist. I also get that, for 1Ls specifically, this is a particularly stressful time. 1Ls have not experienced non fail-safe, 3hr exams yet. Every day things are changing. No one knows what the outcome will be or how bad the spread will be in Canada. And I honestly don't have any useful advice on this. My 1L final exam experience was normal. We didn't have to deal with this last year. Perhaps try to take some time away from the news. Stay safe as best as you can. Take care of your mental health in whatever way that works best for you. It is a sucky time.
  8. Okay, but you'd still be writing the exam from home. I can see this being a problem for those who don't have internet access or if internet access is compromised in April but I don't see why a take-home exam would not be feasible in April.
  9. I don't know. But when I said a "norm," I don't mean it's the way majority of classes are graded. I meant it's regularly used by professors.
  10. Take-home exams are a norm at Allard. It doesn't seem to be a problem so far. I see this as the most reasonable course of action.
  11. I don't have any other info for you. I suggest you post in one of the Facebook groups and see who responds.
  12. I did. It was the only summer course I took but I found it to be manageable. Make sure to go to all his lectures.
  13. I didn't take it with him but I have friends who did. If his style is the same this summer, than he will have a mix of MC and written answers. There is a pool of questions that the exam draws from for MC so a good strategy would be to prepare answers for them in advance (perhaps in a study group setting). I know friends who did well and friends who didn't. The difference might be how you prepare for these MC questions. Anyways, I elected not to take it because I didn't want to write a closed-book law school exam.
  14. UBC is 1/3rd the cost of UofT. The weather in Vancouver is arguably nicer. We have a nice building that's close to the ocean. Honestly though, I wouldn't ignore the cost.
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