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  1. No. They are renewable for three years (provided you maintain a certain average), but if you didn't get one upon admission, you will never be able to apply for it once you start law school.
  2. No, it is not only for Maritime students - everyone is eligible. It is better than full scholarship - it is full tuition plus some money for living expenses. This year the tuition and fees were $12,000, so the scholarship was $18,000. However, they have already held interviews for it (the final stage of the process) last Friday, so if you were not there, you will not be getting it, unfortunately.
  3. Well, I used to live in Ontario, so it is certainly cheaper for me. Not sure where you are from, and what is the price difference between your home province and New Brunswick. Also, TD Insurance has a special discount for UNB students and alumni. Furthermore, if you do end up renting out in the town, you will probably need a tenant liability insurance, which can end up costing less than $150 per year, if you bundle it with your car insurance. If you have a car, it would make sense to get a local driver's license, and once you get a local driver's license, you can definitely change your insurance location to Fredericton, and get the local rates. Quite a few people with cars eventually did just that. Upscale condos... Not sure, honestly. I think there has been some new development on the North side of Fredericton - but that is not a convenient location relative to Ludlow. A few of Killam's buildings near the university - namely the Plaza and Forest Hill - look fairly new on the outside. Yet I do not know what their inside looks like.
  4. As a current UNB students I must respectfully disagree with the above assessment. The faculty is quite leftist, especially on socio-cultural issues like abortion. Events promoting left-wing causes (e.g. feminism) are promoted by a vocal minority of the student body. By and large, however, most people are here just to study law, and are apolitically indifferent. The nice thing is that UNB in general does not recognize explicitly political student groups (be they Campus Conservatives or Socialist Fightback). For this reason you will not encounter Marxist leaflets adorned with hammer and sickles anywhere on campus (as I did in certain other places). In short, UNB is definitely not conservative, but it may feel a bit more apolitical than average.
  5. If you have a car, I would argue you have no reason to live on campus. You can get much more apartment space for a lower cost renting in the city. Start you research here: https://killamreit.com/apartments?region=fredericton Car insurance and gas are cheap, and you can get to school within 15-20 minutes driving from pretty much any part of the city. And even if you walk, there are apartment buildings within walking distance. The sidewalks are messy in winter, but it's the Maritimes... The scholarships are indeed unrivalled. Also, the tuition is relatively low, and although it is set to increase in the coming year, every student is "grandfathered," paying the same tuition throughout the three years of study as he paid in the first year. So Ludlow is a rather economical law school. Few students get legal jobs in Fredericton after first year, the city being rather small. It is a bit better in 2L summer, but many firms hire just articling students, not summer students. Across the Maritimes, however, our career prospects are about the same as those of the Dalhousie crowd. People from Ludlow land jobs across the four provinces, and even in the other regions of the country if they are keen on it. I do not think the exchange program is particularly popular. First, it can be expensive. Secondly, it can disqualify you from certain awards and/or scholarships. A few people go every year I think, but just a few.
  6. I was accepted in all the schools I had applied to (although mind you, UBC was not one of them), and two large sections of my EC personal statement were, respectively, about "recruitment/proselytizing type" religious volunteering and helping right-wing political candidates get elected. So I would say you should not worry at all.
  7. As I am four month away from starting 1L, I may be not is the best position to offer advice, but I do think that your decision should also depend on a number of external circumstances, i.e. Will you be giving up a meaningful alternative (job, study, etc.) you have now or expect to receive next year to go to law school? Can you expect financial aid/bursaries/scholarships? Is your school on the other end of the country, or will the disruptions to your present life be minimal if you decide to attend? The point is, if you think law school will give you something meaningful and interesting, have no attractive alternative lined up for the next year, and can keep costs at a minimum, then there really is no reason not to go. Once in law school, you’ll figure out what your prospects in the legal field are. You may find out that they are actually decent. And if not, you will still have a prestigious degree which you could use somewhere else. Not an ideal situation, but not a bad one – so long as you are not hard-pressed by a mountain of debt. On the other hand, if going to law school would have been a major challenge even notwithstanding your condition, much greater caution is needed. Either way, there is still plenty of time to think it over. Whatever you do, I wish you all the best.
  8. Just remember to apply as early as possible next year - I think UNB opens their applications in September. Since they do rolling admissions, the earlier you apply, the better your chances are. They also seem to give a careful read to the personal statements, so make yours as nice as possible. Best of luck!
  9. Latin might be a very good fit for an elite EC. Knowing it can make you look like a proper gentleman of leisure who has the time and intellectual capacity to master a fancy foreign language, as well as signify an aptitude for the high culture of Caesar, Charlemagne, and Venerable St. Bede. However, as my clumsy attempts illustrate, Latin is haaaaaaard - so it would help to have an interest in the actual language and culture of Medieval Europe and Ancient Rome, and not only in rendering your resume more "elite". And of course, knowing Latin, you would be able to correct all those who do not know how to pronounce "ratio decidendi" properly
  10. As a practicing Christian and dues-paying member of the Tory party attending an undergraduate program reputed to be rather leftist even by Canadian standards, I appreciate the concerns of @harveyspecter993 In my program, indeed, those who have reservations about the notion of Trump being a Nazi version of Al Capone often receive more scrutiny than admirers of Castro and Lenin. Some outspoken right-wingers did seem to be graded tougher than the average (though, as previously mentioned, instructors guilty of bias do tend to be TAs as opposed to well-paid professors). That being said, from my observations the more, hmmm… overzealous of bolsheviks are not – and likely never will be – anywhere close to getting into law school. My friends at Osgoode do confirm that, generally, practitioners of different ideologies tend to work productively in their respective student clubs (CLF, OUTLaws, etc.) as opposed to wasting class time purchased so dearly by our tuitions on clumsy attempts at proselytizing. While it is true that some Canadian law schools are reputed to be more left-wing than others, I doubt any of them could out-bolshevik your typical undergrad political science department. So, while I have no right to speak with confidence due to not having attended law school yet, I suspect that a conservative with a BA (unless pursued at TWU) will find law school a change for the better. P.S. Could anyone from UNB please offer some insights on the topic?
  11. "The Tyrannicide Brief" is a biography of John Cook - the lead prosecutor in the trial of King Charles I, written by a prominent English lawyer Geoffrey Robertson. It is focused especially on Cook's role and arguements in his most famous trial, and on how he ended up at there in the first place. While I strongly dislike Robertson's politics - and his pro-Roundhead bias noticeable in some parts of the book - it is informative and well-written, in addition to being one of the few works which examines a historically and legally significant event from a perspective of a professional lawyer. If you are interested in history and/or the way ideological biases shape a lawyer's career and his preferred lines of reasoning, this would be a good book to read. There is also "Beowulf" - the first masterpiece of the English language and a consequent must-read, be you a lawyer or not.
  12. And thus it seems that on the issue in question Fredericton is not much different from Ontario suburbia, where a dedicatedly vegan environmentalist can occasionally be spotted in the crowd of chilled-out carnivores. Thank you for all the input. Cheers!
  13. Thanks! Just as I suspected - my friend can sometimes be a bit... imaginative. But it is always better to double-check. You got me on the bouji point But in my defence I can say that my coats and I originally hail from a land where climatic conditions render furs more of a practical winter necessity as opposed to a wanton luxury.
  14. I possess an acquaintance who used to reside in Fredericton, and claims that locals there are quite prejudiced against wearing of natural animal furs, advising me not to wear such clothing to interviews, parties, and other social occasions where a good impression needs to be made. As a passionate owner of several fur coats and hats and leather jackets, I found this news quite disheartening, yet – due to having no Maritime connection and having never ventured anywhere east of St. Lawrence River – was unable to verify this claim. So I now wanted to ask those with greater Fredericton experience, is wearing furs in public as much of a social suicide (comparing to doing this in Toronto) as my acquaintance claims, or is that person (as usual) uttering utter baloney?
  15. Yay, acceptance! 1. Overall GPA: 4.19/4.3 2. LSATs: 158, 160 3. Average ECs 4. Ontario resident with no Saskatchewan connection. As much as I would like to study Agricultural Law (I recall seeing such a class in the past on the Law Courses website) in the beautiful breadbasket of our Dominion, I fear the scourging sun of Prairie summers would be too much to bear. Hence, I will most likely decline this in favour of my UNB acceptance. Best of luck everyone!
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