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  1. Have you considered applying outside of Ontario? Your L2 and LSAT should be competitive for several non-Ontario schools.
  2. There are a lot of lunchtime events. In the few weeks of law school, it felt almost daily. For the most part, they offer pizza. It varies on occasion but I quickly became very sick of pizza. Not a bad way to get a free lunch though! Investing in an instant pot helped me save time and effort with meal prep. The down side is eating the same thing for a week, but you can probably vary that with different side dishes and whatnot.
  3. It depends on what market you're looking at and what kind of jobs you're considering. BC does not have a formal 1L OCI recruit but some of my colleagues have gotten 1L jobs through job postings and word of mouth. There were two large Vancouver firms that had 1L internship positions, I think. As for what you'd do at these jobs depends on the firm. If you're willing to apply to Calgary and Toronto, there may be more 1L jobs available. Generally speaking, 1L summer jobs (at big firms) are relatively rare. EDIT: Your career services office will likely highlight job-related stuff for you as the school year goes on. It's a good idea to be diligent but you don't need to worry about figuring this out on your own.
  4. Canadian schools typically give the most weight to GPA and LSAT. The holistic schools will factor in work and extracurricular experience but these experiences are unlikely to outweigh your stats. Unlike the US, neither work experience nor military experience are privileged in admissions considerations and mature applicants with professional experience do not necessarily have an edge. Bottom line is that stats are king and experience will not save you if you have weak stats.
  5. Seems to be a thing in the US but I haven’t heard of a service that does this in Canada. The application process in Canada is much more straightforward than in the US anyways so even if such a service exists, I don’t think it’s worth the cost.
  6. I don't think you need to talk about personal hardships in your statement. I imagine most people do not have experiences that are atypically challenging. It should be enough to talk about why you want to go to law school and be as genuine about that as you can. Trying to force a story about overcoming a "hardship" where one doesn't exist might actually work against you. Besides, if you're applying to a school that mainly cares about your GPA and LSAT, your personal statement wouldn't carry much weight anyways.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
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