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  1. Yes it was the same here. Very student driven by a few 1Ls concerned about equity concerns and mental health. There were multiple emails sent to the administration who then caved in. That being said, around 2/3rd of the student body wanted P/F. In an ideal world, we would've realized that we're 3rd pickings from the BC schools and have to do at least as well to get the same offers. But we unfortunately lacked the foresight to compete. Publications sounds like a good idea. Thanks!
  2. Many, if not most of us, are beset with mandatory P/F. Over at TRU we made a decision to go mandatory P/F(really bad decision IMO). Those of you that are heading into 2L with, best case, a resume full of shiny Ps, what will you be doing this summer or otherwise, to make your application more compelling? Especially considering we're about to get slaughtered by what is in all accounts going to be a nasty recession.
  3. Just that it is possible to hit the curve without doing readings or lectures is optimistic in itself. Good to know you did respectably well using this strategy. It’s a good way to potentially open up some time.
  4. Throughout undergrad, I was always a self learner. Just learned way better from reading deeply and extensively and just writing exams. Now, Law School has so much class time that its damn near impossible to do every single reading properly and also attend class. Don't get much out of lecture so questioning if my time is better spent committing to the library. Want to know if there are success stories of 1Ls who managed to do very well while axing lecture.
  5. One for TRU: 1. Collegiality: People are genuinely friendly and social. Almost everyone is from elsewhere so the law school is a genuine community. 2. Location: ( worth a bunch of points): Kamloops is a fairly vibrant city for its size. You are a few hours drive from Vancouver, Kelowna and the Okanagan, and a couple more from Calgary. Kamloops is not the centre of the universe, BUT contrasted to schools of comparable admissions standards like Lakehead, Windsor, Sask or UNB, TRU is in the best city. 3. The lifestyle: BC lifestyle is a thing in Kamloops. Things are a little slower, more laid back. Lots of amazing outdoor activities, relaxed places to hang out, friendly locals. Lot of people go to UVIC for the good vibes- you can find that in Kamloops as well. 4. The legal community: Lawyers in the Kamloops region are very friendly, very outgoing, and invested in the local community. Lawyers want to meet you and can enrich your experience in Kamloops. 5. Well regarded in BC and increasingly Alberta: Major BC firms partners(as I've been told), see no distinction between a TRU, UBC or UVIC grad in the big-firm hiring process. The school has a big Alberta presence as well, and a prof at the school calls it "the third Alberta law school". If you are are interested in both Alberta and BC, it could be the place for you. 6. Strong faculty: TRU has done a good job at attracting pretty great faculty. Faculty has impressive resumes, are pretty much all great lecturers, brilliant and approachable. 7. Non-ideological: One gets the sense that the school has faculty from a variety of backgrounds and political views. More so, the faculty or student body doesn't have a particular "thrust", there is a modesty in that people are there, mostly, to learn and teach the law. This is refreshing. 8. The law building is architecturally and visually appealing. Its a clean, spacious building where people enjoy spending time. The university at large has a quaint community college feel, and doesn't feel like a concrete jungle like other schools. 9. Start-up school with a point to prove: Your time here is what you make of it. It doesn't have a particular mandate or channel you in a particular way. The culture is fresh and open to be explored and built up. On top of this, the faculty and school are personally invested in your success and impact. So chances are this is a place where you can build a niche and a legacy, and get supported to do that. 10. You're in law school. You probably didn't get into UBC or UVIC or UofC. You could be attending law school in an Australian backwater or a grey English factory town with 18 year olds. But instead, you're in a close-knit, upbeat Canadian Law school in a cozy BC mountain town, 30 minutes from a ski resort and a few hours from the coast. So enjoy.
  6. Hi 1L here, Just starting to think about summer. Pretty much all I know at this point is that I want to work up North, preferably in commercial/natural resources law. I am attracted to the freedom, interesting work and $$$ up there. I have a broader idea of the "North", Im basically open to anywhere north of Prince George - including Grande Prairie, the Mac, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, Iqauliut. Particularly interested in working on the pipeline/mining and other major resource projects. Does anyone have any relevant experience they can share? Any ideas on where to start and what to look for?
  7. For what it’s worth and it’s not much, I’ve taken my name off the UofA waitlist.
  8. No, I received positive feedback on my statement from exactly the right people. There is quite a bit of complexity in the admissions process: I know practicing lawyers who don't know that UofT and Osgoode are different schools, for example. I wouldn't have possibly known that Windsor Dual has easier entrance standards, unless I was previously advised. The other alternative is spend hours on this site, which I did anyway, but most people have lives. My recommendation? Shell out a few hundred bucks if you can afford it. Law School is a massive investment anyway, and it doesn't hurt to have a slight edge.
  9. I had a 3.2 and a 162. I received an offer from TRU, and a waitlist from UofA. The consultant I used helped me craft killer a statement that brought out my best characteristics. I also learned which schools I would have a shot at, how and when to follow up with admissions, and explaining certain discrepancies etc that admissions looks at. Was it worth roughly 300 dollars? Absolutely.
  10. I had a consultant review my applications and resume and give me application strategies. I dont think I would have gotten in without it.
  11. You will get automatic admit at UofA. You've got a great chance at other schools too.
  12. I think thats applications per seat. That's somewhat misleading because many applicants send out 7+ applications, then there are more offers than seats etc. Id be interested in knowing how many applicants applied to law school in Canada this year, compared to seats in Canadian law schools. That will give a rough idea as to how competitive the cycle was.
  13. Out of curiosity sake, what is the total applicants to seats ratio for Canadian law schools across the board? Something like 1 seat for every 3 applicants Im assuming?
  14. Please include Western schools. Us Westerners don't appreciate Ontario-centrism(in politics or law school stats)
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