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  1. I'm a current UBC student and most people I've spoken to are interested in staying local or work in BC generally. So it is likely a self-selecting group. The distance might make networking more difficult. I don't otherwise know (as someone who also wants to stay local) how Ottawa grads compare to UBC grads with regards to placement in Ontario. I'll take a crack at the list. 1) Mentorship/Peer Tutors - 1Ls are divided into four "small" groups, each with their own set of 1L instructors. They are given the opportunity to pair up with a 2L who was in the same small group the previous year and, by extension, had the same instructors (or at least largely the same instructors). This gives 1Ls the opportunity, not just to get CANs from an academically-strong upper year, but to talk to them about specific instructors and what they're looking for. I personally benefited from this program and very grateful it exists. 2) The Law Students' Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) - This is essentially a student-based legal assistance program for low-income individuals. You get practical experience working on files under the supervision of a lawyer. Areas of law include crim, employment, immigration, residential tenancy, civil claims and wills. You do everything from drafting documents to running trials. You get to help people. 3) The tuition. 4) The weather (if you don't mind rain). 5) The ocean. 6) We have a pretty nice building, I think. 7) Mooting/externships/clinics. Other schools have this as well, but I want to echo how nice it is to get practical experience for credit. 8 ) Opportunities to venture out of Allard. The rest of campus is beautiful and there are, arguably, nicer places to study if you so fancy. Campus itself has tons of clubs. It's also not a terribly long commute to the Kitsilano beach or downtown. 9) More lunchtime events than you have the time for, but they all provide free food. 10) Firm events (if that's your thing). During the year, there are a number of networking events with various Vancouver firms. Based on what I heard (please correct me if I'm wrong), other BC schools don't really have this. If you want to build your network early, it's a good opportunity.
  2. Skipping questions helped me immensely. I would go through a section, grab all the "low-hanging fruit" and go back to tackle the harder ones with my remaining time. The advice I received, which worked for me, was if you don't know the answer after about 1min and 30 secs, skip the question and move on. This guards against spinning your wheels and wasting time and going back might actually give you a fresh perspective. And if you just aren't sure and time is running out, just guess.
  3. I did a bit of research last year and if you want to live close to campus, it's roughly $1000/month for a 1-bedroom apartment. Garneau Towers is a short walk to campus and tends to fill up in August. If you grab a suite in July, you'll likely avoid the waitlist. Alternatively, I heard a place downtown, near an LRT stop, isn't a bad choice either. Key is to avoid being outdoors as much as possible in the winter.
  4. If it’s anything like last year and the years prior, about 20 seats (out of 200) are reserved for discretionary applicants. There are about 20ish people on the discretionary waitlist. If a waitlisted index applicant is accepted under disc (which happens), they will be removed from the index waitlist. Otherwise, the disc category is a separate system from index.
  5. Also, I don't think you can use another acceptance to bargain with another school in Canada the way you might be able to in the US. Best thing to do is to pay the deposit and secure a seat at a different school if you're still waiting.
  6. To a certain extent, they do. Close to the end of an admissions cycle, they’ll check to see if you’ve accepted (paid deposit) at more than one place and contact you to confirm you’re attending their school. This happened to me.
  7. Some of the non-admins may also be upper years who are in that page to post notices about events throughout the year.
  8. I went into 1L with a 5-year-old Mac Air and it is still going strong. There is some concern about the exam software crashing or failing to auto-save but I've only it seen it happen to one classmate using a relatively old PC.
  9. I'm not sure how Ontario schools work but if you apply under Discretionary at UBC with stats competitive for Regular, you will be considered under Regular (and potentially get in before Discretionary applications are evaluated). It might be worth calling those schools and asking.
  10. I agree with everything Rearden said. It's in your best interest to consider what it might take to leave on good terms with your current employer. You never know if you'll need them for a reference later on. I had a full-time job before law school as well. I told my employer as soon as I got my first acceptance (6+ months before school started), which gave them plenty of time to work out an exit plan (which they appreciated). I spent 4 months training my replacement and the transition was relatively smooth. I recently applied for a summer intern position and they were happy to be a reference. I'm not saying this is necessary for you to leave in good terms, but if you can show that you're considering their best interest as much as you can (without compromising your own), they will likely appreciate it.
  11. Some of my classmates dress business casual, but I think it’s in part because there is always an event or another either at school at one of the downtown firms. Most people dress in whatever they feel comfortable in. About half my profs (most of whom are not practioners, I think) dress in business attire and about half dress somewhat casually. It seems to be a matter of personal preference. One of my profs will only dress up when he’s lecturing (sports jacket, with button-up, no tie).
  12. My understanding is that you can, just make sure to contact Admissions. If you successfully switch, you will need to get two references in and write a longer, more-involved personal statement.
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