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  1. all I can say is that I found out in June last year.
  2. So the course load goes like this. There's a two-and-a-half week-long block course at the start of each semester. After which you will start you regular courses of which there's six in the first semester and five the following. Despite one less course, I did not feel any less busy though. Now, experiences vary by course and by professor so its hard to tell you what it will be like. Feel free to DM me if you want to know what my experience was. As far as extra-curriculurs go, you can definitely be very involved and doing so helps to set you apart when the recruit comes around. That being said, it can be quite the time commitment. As for studying tips. I would recomend that you keep up with your readings and, when able, review your notes and try to compile them into something workable to bring into your midterms and finals (nearly all of them are open-book).
  3. I don't know exactly what that schedule looks like but at UCalgary, 1Ls also have 6 exams in two weeks time (right before the week of Christmas; ugh). They happen Mon, Wed, Fri each week so they're at least evenly spaced out. I wonder then if other law schools have the same or different.
  4. (friendly warning - just a 1L's opinion) In no particular order: professors, courses available, curriculum, research, clinical options, legal extra-curriculars, summer opportunities, their career and professional development office, the practitioners that teach courses, the involvement of firms, the funding available to students, credit-moots, etc. can all have an effect on the quality of education and the schools' grads. But those are just some of the things that came to my mind. Then you also have to consider that a top notch, renowned professor could be a terrible teacher while a less renowned professor happens to teach in a way that makes even the rule against perpetuity seem easy to you. I saw that you're considering either UofT or UBC. Both are supposedly excellent law schools in the country - I don't think any difference in quality would be significant. More significant will be personal factors - many of which you won't be able to foresee. For example, having an established support network nearby can be a significant positive, especially if you find yourself needing it. At the same time, some students really succeed when they're away from their friends and family because it provides less obligations and distractions to take away from their studies. In the end, you'll get a great education and it will, as others have said, depend on what you take away from it.
  5. I am going to quote myself here: "Do lawyers use their expertise from their BA in their career ever? I doubt it" and "I have no doubt that a BA will be given less weight and be less prevalent in life than one's JD." I don't want to derail this thread anymore and will leave my portion of the argument here but I think I made it clear that, regarding your career as a lawyer, your BA is not going to be worthwhile much and that, overall, your BA will be in the shadow of your JD. But don't discredit having a BA outside of your career as a talking point and its value informally. Furthermore, as far as careers go, there are many lawyers that pivot from their legal career and work in other fields where they may very well combine their knowledge and expertise from their BA with that of their JD. There are also examples of lawyers who work in a field where, because of their BA, they have an advantage. Do you think a lawyer who works with Indigenous clients or parties doesn't benefit from a background in Indigenous studies? I would say so and I would bet that lawyer had an easier time getting her or his position because of their BA. So there are circumstantial reasons why a BA has value. both in terms of expertise and the credentials to back it up and whether in your career or informally.
  6. I don't know where you're coming from but people don't disregard my BA and major as quickly as you suggest. Maybe it depends on what your major was but my experience is that people will still take you seriously about what you studied in undergrad. After all, it was 4 years of your life. For example, in the recruit I participated in, being asked about my BA was not uncommon. Now I have no doubt that a BA will be given less weight and be less prevalent in life than one's JD. But I posit that your BA isn't just wasted and that you shouldn't discount it. That being said, maybe this is just a matter of opinion.
  7. Two more reasons to finish your BA would be: (a) You're likely to benefit from getting more life-experience through holding off (assuming you went straight into undergrad from high school or shortly after). Nothing wrong with being a young law student but law school is, I found, a qualitatively different experience than my undergrad. Now I am only one person with one person's experience but I wouldn't trade anything for the experiences I had during my BA; especially just the chance to have started law school earlier. Also, you would likely be the only law student with no BA. (b) Having a BA gives you some credentials to put alongside your JD and will also give you some expertise in a subject matter. Not just that, its expertise you can claim with some authority. Sure, it's not a MA but you can still say you're qualified to some degree to speak on the subject matter. Do lawyers use their expertise from their BA in their career ever? I doubt it (not a lawyer - warning) but I wouldn't discount the credentials and expertise anyways. So finish your BA - just my two additional cents.
  8. I think that you have a worthwhile application at any L2 or B2 school (gpa is calculated based on either last or best two years). Especially if you can explain the effect your undiagnosed ADHD had on your grades prior. Your LSAT is very good and that leads me to say that even if you improved your score, its strength on your application would not do much more to mitigate your lower cGPA. But I would also take a look, for example, at the UBC index calculator and determine numerically how much an even better LSAT score would mitigate for you. Note: I am not an admissions expert and, if anyone thinks otherwise, I'm happy to defer. A better aid could be rounding out your application in other areas (e.g. extracurriculurs, references, etc) especially as you may have to rely on the latter if you're applying as access. More-so, holistic schools will weigh them and they can provide you an even better chance there. For example, if you apply to UCalgary, they calculate GPA based on your last two years and require two references. They're holistic so that means with good references, solid ECs, and your LSAT you're more likely to get accepted despite your cGPA. Its also not as highly competitive of a school as, lets say, UBC or UofT. Of course, they don't have access applications to help account for your ADHD. I would not worry about how a resit would look, however. I don't think it would look as bad as you think (again, not an admissions expert so take my advice with a grain of salt). I think if a resit came at little to no cost and no risk of a lower score, then maybe its worthwhile. Keep in mind though it is hard to improve a score and most only improve their score by a point or two. Hope some of this helps!
  9. (RE: UCalgary 10 Reasons Not To Go) Some rebuttal to your reasons... 1. "One dimensional cohort...": I would agree that it seems that way but I think it is over-exaggerated. There are plenty of interesting students with unique backgrounds here. Of course, I don't know what other Law Schools are like and so maybe a transfer student can give assessment... 4. "big firm focus...": There is a regional and small firm club that makes a great effort into advertising, reaching out to, and organizing events with non-big firms; but otherwise I agree with you. 5. "winters": I have to say. when I lived in lower mainland BC for a while, I really missed the sun Calgary gets and the amount of downpour in BC was depressing even if the temperatures were more mild. Unless you're one of those "I like the rain" people, I think you'll like the winter in Calgary despite the cold. Otherwise I wholly agree with your reasons! Some additional reasons: 8. Construction happening next door to our building right now (until probably 2021) which also closed off an indoor path to nearby buildings. 9. Depressing law library atmosphere (but with great staff) 10. The Timmies is not even a real Timmies. By midday it starts to smell like burnt sausage in the surrounding area. Its food is usually been out for too long. The line ups are ridiculously long that you'll probably be late to class while the benefit is only a sub-par coffee.
  10. I am sorry to hear that. Considering your ECs and letters, I feel like you were a worthwhile candidate. Its unfortunate that a lower GPA can hold people back so much as its hard to undo.
  11. I would also suggest checking out this thread about living in Calgary while at UofC Law.
  12. I think Brookvale is entirely right but I would qualify it with the following. (1) UofC is holistic in its admissions process. On top of your LSAT score and transcripts, UofC requires you to get two references and write a statement of interest as well. You also have the option to write a "special facts" section and they have an Indigenous admissions review process as well. A low score can be offset with these other factors. BUT (2) they may impose a minimum LSAT or GPA requirement any given year. So there is also a good chance that a 151 is below the threshold to even be considered. In summary, for the average person (and you're probably more average then you think) a 151 means its time to go back to the books and practice tests. Chances are good you can do better and just need to study more.
  13. Obviously @Linaelm hits the nail on the head here but that doesn't mean you can't get some value out of knowing how much time others have put in. I would add also that if you devoted yourself to the LSAT you can probably really push yourself to hit and push your upper limit (so to speak). But you should consider the cost/benefit analysis: is it worth it to you to spend X amount of time for a hypothetical Y increase in your score? Personally, I gradually increased the time and effort I put into LSAT studying so that a six months prior I occasionally did a few games, arguments, and reading analyses throughout the week. I downloaded an app on my phone that provided random practice questions and messed around with it during spare moments. A couple months prior I started sitting down for a few hours at a time to do some timed practice questions and study methodology. Then, those three weeks prior I probably spent about 20 hours/week aside of full time work to study and practice.
  14. I wish I had gotten into a work out or exercise habit before I started Law School. Otherwise, I can't understate just how happy I am that I spent some time learning how to touch-type.
  15. Generally speaking, of a 4-year degree, U of C considers only the last 2 years-worth of courses (last 60 of a total of 120 credits). Regardless of whether they transfer or not. If you went to a university outside of Canada, then you will want to contact admissions with your specifics.
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