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  1. You will have a hard time finding stats but expect to need a top percentile (think upper half of 90) score on the LSAT and over 4.0 GPA (on a 4.3 scale)
  2. As a UofC law student, I second Quincy. TRU is the better option for returning to Vancouver. Expecially if you are solely interested in criminal law. There is a growing but small criminal law network at UCalgary and I don't think it has any connection with criminal law practices in Vancouver. It is simply very difficult for anyone here to find a criminal law articling position in Vancouver due to the distance barrier. TRU would probably still provide some of these same barriers but be more mitigated by the fact that you are closer to Vancouver and has a more dedicated network in Vancouver. That all said, Calgary is pretty slick despite being in Alberta.
  3. It's hard to tell without knowing how they will assess your ECs and references. According to this conversion scale, I would guess your GPA is around 3.0 & 3.3 L2 and that is on the lower end. That said, your LSAT score is above average for UofC and that may make up enough for your lower GPA so it may all balance out. I would apply and give it a shot. You may not be in the top 50% but I think your application, assuming good ECs and references, will be close to the average applicant. If you don't get in and are set on UofC, try to rock it this last year of UG and boost your GPA.
  4. From what I know, U of C assesses a rewrite as being the indicator of where you are at the time of applying. They don't generally average out LSAT scores but will take the more recent score for application purpose. If the rewrite is only a point or two lower than your first wrire, they may aggregate the two but as long as the rewrite is better it is seen positively.
  5. Thanks for the info, I think that confirms my suspicions that those grades, scores, etc. Puts you on the cusp of getting admitted. All the best.
  6. I think a better LSAT helps. There are very rare exceptions that get in with that kind of LSAT and maybe you are close to being there but a 160 LSAT would make a BIG difference. Best of luck. (Just curious, AJD19, did you get waitlisted?)
  7. ...good thing this isn't UOttawa... IMO you may get admitted with your current stats and ECs but it would be a long shot. I.e. you would likely be waitlisted first. Retake the LSAT and if you get above a 160 you will fare much better.
  8. I am a 1L that will be going into 2L at UofC and, hate to tell you, I have never heard of "space law" until I came upon this thread. From the upper year courses that I got to choose from, there was also nothing that spoke to "space" in regards to law. But don't worry too much, first year precludes you from chosing classes anyways since you need to learn the fundamentals. So, inevitably, you will learn about other practice areas and gain an interest in them. More-over, your perspective on the practice of law will change.
  9. all I can say is that I found out in June last year.
  10. 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).
  11. 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.
  12. (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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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