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  1. Apropos of nothing, if you are mocking students who feel overwhelmed, lonely, and perhaps even depressed, you should take a moment to pause and consider who it is that belongs back in middle school. It is well known that lawyers and law students are disproportionately affected by mental illness. I am no psychiatrist but it doesn’t take one to recognize that mocking people who are suffering in this way will do nothing but exacerbate the issue. And on a more personal note, I will add to the chorus of people who have felt isolated, hopeless, and overwhelmed while in law school. It’s not easy. But it’s manageable. If you would ever like to meet up or speak privately (even anonymously) with an upper year at UofA, feel more than welcome to send me a message and we can figure something out.
  2. I'd recommend indochino - you can get a personally fitted custom made suit for $400-500. As for style, I'd recommend a navy or charcoal grey, maybe with a very subtle plaid option.
  3. I would be surprised if you don't get in as is, but as AJD says, they average, so you can either help or hurt your chances this fall.
  4. Assuming @Alterion isn't mistaken, which seems like an awfully safe assumption, there are at least 2 for LRW.
  5. Do you know if classes have multiple awards?
  6. I can't speak to whether all of them have but I can confirm that at least a few have been issued.
  7. This is strictly anecdotal but I know of at least 1 2L in the past year who was a BC transfer.
  8. Who are the profs in C2? I'd be happy to send mine your way if there's overlap! And for what it's worth, there is no single CAN for any of the profs (at least that I had) that provide you with all the information you'll need. I ended up looking at several different CANs, including those for profs I didn't have, and synthesizing the information into formats that worked for me. I would personally recommend doing something similar.
  9. Minor in philosophy, take as many logic classes as your GPA will allow. They will help you more on the LSAT, and in law school than any other course you can take. Law school is reading and writing. The LSAT is reading critical thinking. The department that best prepares you for that is philosophy. Other than that emphasis, everything Harvey said is spot on. UA only cares about numbers, and even then, only the last 2. Have fun in undergrad, you don't need to be on every student association and taking every volunteer opportunity. That may help you get a job at a firm, but it won't help you get into law.
  10. If it's at a law firm, for what it's worth, it would likely be wise to show up in *at least* business casual. I went to the one in Vancouver last June and it was nearly straight suits for the men, and something not far off for the women.
  11. Aside from the LSA website, I know of no generally accessible database of CANs, but literally any upper year you ask will give theirs to you. However, as you'll be cautioned, much of the value in preparing a CAN is in actually organizing it yourself, not simply having it. I'm not sure what you mean by summary of cases. In effect, a CAN should provide what I imagine your friend to mean by a summary of cases. Though, the above caution applies here as well. Learning to summarize cases yourself is as important to learn as the substantive material in 1L. You'll forget nearly everything substantive that you learn. What's important is gaining the skills. To my knowledge, no classes are recorded by audio or video. You may be able to arrange recordings with your particular profs, but given how conversational some lectures can be, the profs may wish to have the entire class agree to being recorded. I find that the best way to improve my writing is to a) read good writing and b) try to emulate it. Maybe pick a topic or two that you are really interested in and try to write a persuasive blog-post about it. For example, if you're just fascinated by cyberbullying, you could write a post about something like the failure to adapt legal institutions to respond to the evolving context in which harassment occurs. Again, learning what you're writing isn't that important, but the process of reading quality writers and formulating your thoughts in a systematic fashion will serve you well. It has certainly helped me. Quoting advice I've given elsewhere: While it's not that hard to understand cases, it's not that easy to understand how everything fits together. Doing well on exams, IMO, tests more the latter than the former. I got the highest mark in multiple of my 1L classes (not trying to brag, just a fact), and it was largely because I spent so much time focussing on understanding the big picture. If you can find a room with huge whiteboards, they can be useful for helping you see everything and forces you to literally fit the concepts into the "bigger picture". In essence, my advice is to spend more time focussing on the big picture than the minute details. Once you have the picture developed, fill it with as many details as you can, but the order of priority should be understanding how things fit together, THEN figuring out the particular elements of each case/section. I do this by building flowcharts/checklists for the various units throughout the semester. As I have time to read cases closely, I will fill in these charts/checklists with particular details so I can draw analogies on the exam.
  12. In my experience, you are able to get textbooks for *much* less than the estimated price by buying them used from upper years. I think I spent ~400-500 total for 1L.
  13. I was curious too, so I looked through my emails and found the one from Gloria. The requirements are quoted here: Dean’s List Awarded to the top 10% of students in each year based on GPA. Only grades received in Faculty of Law courses will be used in calculating GPA. Eligible students must have: a minimum GPA of 3.5; a minimum of 27 credits in Faculty of Law courses taken in the Fall/Winter terms and in the Spring/Summer terms immediately preceding the Fall/Winter terms; and a minimum of 18 credits in Faculty of Law courses graded on a letter grade scale. Award appears on student’s transcript. I take this to mean it requires 6 graded courses, at minimum. (6 * 3 = 18 assuming my math is not off)
  14. Do we know when the faculty posts the list on their website? It is presently still the 2018 list.
  15. Depends on the prof and time of year. Some profs are more helpful than others and some times of year they are busier than others. Some of them don't set rigid office hours but are easily available by appointment. During midterms/exams, office hours will invariably be busier than usual, but still easy to get in to. I find that the best way to have a productive conversation during office hours is to ensure I have compiled clear, narrow questions. It facilitates much more directed conversations and professors tend to be happier to help students who appear to be making efforts to learn rather than simply coming to them asking to be taught the entire course material. For example, I would not go to office hours simply asking for them to explain a topic. I would read about the topic, develop questions I had about it and go to them for clarification/discussion on specific issues I had.
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