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  1. Iheartcats

    Class 2021 stats

    a whole bunch of young and impressive minds! pretty cool!
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    2019 Cycle HYPE

    plus refreshing the application status page...
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    2019 Cycle HYPE

    Good luck!!!!
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    Class 2021 stats

    Did I hear Dean Paton correctly when he said the age range is 20-50, and the average age is 23?? I think that means most are 21-22! Such a young class this year!
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    Attire for 'coffee chat' style meetings

    yes please, for men and women. I would love some inspiration
  6. Yep, what these guys are saying! My loans are through AB student aid, but I ONLY got them to keep the interest accruing balance on my LOC as low as possible. Once I am finished school and my provincial and federal loans are due and interest begins accruing, I intend to THEN transfer as much back to them from my LOC as possible (hopefully I will have left room to pay them out completely). I am doing this because the interest rate on my LOC is much lower than the provincial and federal funding once the interest begins accruing. While I am in school though, the provincial and federal funding is interest free, whereas on the LOC interest accrues from day one on whatever the balance is. Essentially taking the loans allows you to reduce the total cost of financing.
  7. I had a fail that I couldn't get removed from my transcripts because I retook the course at a different institution and transferred it to get a class time that worked for me. I only applied to U of A and U of C, but was told by U of A that they considered the higher of the 2 grades because they were the same class and went farther back for the credit assessment. I made a point of briefly addressing the fail and the subsequent improvement in my personal statement, and my reason for failing was far less compelling than yours. I was sure to focus on how I learned from the fail and used that to improve all around - pointing to my grades after the fact and other verifiable successes as evidence. I think they are going to wonder if you have a fail and say nothing, but I also don't think you need to include a ton of detail on WHY you failed if you don't have documentation to back it up. I would discuss the stalking that occurred when the relationship dissolved, the suicide attempt and the decision to withdraw from the internship out of concern for the physical and mental safety of you and your family. If you saw a professional for support during this time, ask them for a letter to verify that you saw them during this time and were in good health when you finished seeing them. I wouldn't discuss how you tried to correct this with your current school and were denied, and I wouldn't discuss his parents divorce or anything personal about him or the relationship. You can show that this was an isolated incident, and that your performance otherwise is where it needs to be.
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    Low Gpa [2.0]

    I don't think there's anything wrong with telling someone what they will need to accomplish before they can get where they want to be. This applicant has essentially no chance with current stats, but if they do well in 4th year (A average), take an extra year (also A average), perform well on the LSAT (aiming for at least 160+) and apply to L2/B2 schools, they do have a shot. Laying out what needs to be done gives them the opportunity to decide if it's worth taking those steps or if they think they are capable of achieving the stats required. I don't see it as giving false hope where hope is lost. I'm going to make an assumption that this person has not thought much about law school until now to have 3 years of lackluster performance under their belt. This forum is often a first step for people who are toying with the idea of law so it's not unreasonable to think that people are asking for info like this with no prior knowledge of the process. Because of that, it makes sense to lay out the steps they would need to take, as opposed to just telling them it'll never happen based on their current standing.
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    1L Schedule up on Beartracks!

    FYI: Someone made cohort FB groups Cohort1: (8am crim and afternoon lrw) https://www.facebook.com/groups/465788930602108/ Cohort 2: (morning lrw and 3 classes Tues/Thurs) https://m.facebook.com/groups/1796151513796036 Cohort 3: (morning or afternoon lrw and 3 classes Mon/wed) https://www.facebook.com/groups/244637732840055/ The schedules for each can be found on the group page for class of 2021 https://www.facebook.com/groups/152331695420755/
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    Calling all Aboriginal Applicants/Students

    I think you have a good shot as well with a GPA that high. Personally I wouldn't retake unless it didn't get me in, but obviously a higher LSAT would improve your chances. Note too, that UofA averages LSAT scores.
  11. I did 2 years college and 2 years university. My intention was to transfer to a university from the start, and I ended up with a "Diploma in University Transfer Studies" from the college. Because I knew I planned to transfer, I made sure that each course I took in college was fully transferable into the degree program at EACH of the 3 separate universities that I may have attended. I applied to Law after most of my 3rd year classes were complete ( I had 24 credits of a 3rd year complete), and took enough classes in 1st semester of 4th year to cover the missing 3rd year classes. I applied to and received an offer from both U of A and U of C, which both look at the last 2 years worth of credits, so I believe they must have considered my college classes. Anecdotally, I have a friend who got a 2 year legal assistant or paralegal diploma locally thinking she could transfer and do a 3rd year before applying to law school, but after her transfer credit was assessed she only had 1 year worth of classes that were transferable to any degree program, so essentially she had to do 2nd year over again. Also she never went to law school in the end anyway lol. My advice is, if you plan to transfer from a local college to a university, first look into the degree requirements, and check the transfer guides for both schools you plan to attend. I am doubtful that you can get a diploma and then convert to a degree with only one extra year unless that degree is a 3 year degree and your diploma is fully transferable.
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    1L Schedule up on Beartracks!

    They emailed me to let me know, probably because I had contacted them about some scheduling needs earlier this summer.
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    1L Schedule up on Beartracks!

    LAW 401 —Foundations to Law M T W R 9:00AM - 11:50AM & 2:00PM - 4:50PM LAW 405A —Legal Research and Writing F 9:30AM - 11:50AM Fall LAW 420A —Criminal Law M W 11:00AM - 11:50AM LAW 435A —Constitutional Law M W 2:00PM - 2:50PM LAW 430A —Torts T R 9:00AM - 9:50 LAW 440A —Property Law T R 10:30AM - 11:20AM LAW 410A —Contracts T R 2:00PM - 2:50PM Winter LAW 410B —Contracts M W 10:30AM - 11:50AM LAW 420B —Criminal Law M W 2:00PM - 3:20PM LAW 430B —Torts T R 9:00AM - 10:20AM LAW 440B —Property Law T R10:30AM - 11:50AM LAW 435B —Constitutional Law T R 2:00PM - 3:20PM
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    1L Schedule up on Beartracks!

    I got the prof who called and complimented me on my application, so I hope they like me as much in real life!!
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    Stellar personal statement

    Anecdotally, I'm not sure I can agree with this. I had the adcom members that reviewed my application take the time to call me to congratulate me on my offer and commend my personal statement specifically. I think it can matter in cases where you have a unique story or perspective to share. Of course you still need the numbers, and if it comes down to it, good numbers and a boring personal statement are going to have a better shot than a work of written art and weak numbers. To OP: I kept a working copy of my personal statement for a couple of months that I would come back to and edit. If you are at the point where you are applying to law schools, you probably don't need a professional editor, but you should spend some time on this short written work and submit your best. My suggestion would be to focus on the 'why's and the 'how's, and less on the 'what's. Eg. Instead of "This situation happened and caused me to x" say "I am thankful this situation happened, because it showed me how to y"
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