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  1. To add to this, all these students will also be graduating with a JD from UBC. This is your competition if you're trying to be hired at an IP firm in Vancouver (Oyen Wiggs, etc). You are better off going to school in Canada, where we have 2 - 3 events every week with a different firm in town who are generous enough to donate their time to us and give us tips and pointers on how to land a job at their firm (at least in Vancouver). Also I had a lower GPA then you, it is worth a shot, before you decide to jump the pond.
  2. Your MSc is not as unique as you may think. In the Class of 2021 at UBC (these are rough numbers) they told us during our welcome ceremony the class demographics. ~35 students with advanced degrees (MD, PhD, Masters). ~120 students with a BA ~35 students with STEM degrees (includes advanced degrees) ~35 students with other degrees (BBA, BCOM, etc) This is out of 190 students entering the UBC class of 2021 with average age being 24-25. Most students if not all, either have advanced degrees or professional experience of value with the exception of like 20 (or less) students who came straight from undergrad.
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    In Need of Some Perspective

    If it's any consolation I'm a current 1L and am constantly hearing of the doom and gloom situation that is the articling opportunity shortage. At the very least you will have articled and will eventually be called to the bar (after passing exams), that puts you miles ahead of many. Also remember your failures do not define who you are, use them as a modifier of future behaviour and keep putting one foot in front of the other. If you stumble, take a breather then get back up and keep moving. I used to work a very high stress job prior to law school and I found sticking to a routine is best (if you suffer from chronic anxiety reaching out to medical professionals should be your first step, especially if it's affecting your day to day life).
  4. Based on what it costs to live in Vancouver what you're telling me is that I'll be on a ramen and Mr. Noodle diet until I'm a 2 year call... awesome.
  5. I think he meant regarding the LSAT... lol.
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    Can't get out of 148 range.

    I applied when I was older than 25 and to my limited knowledge I believe the school I am attending has an average age of 25-26. Your age should not really be a set back as after looking at class demographics a considerable amount of students are mature/have a masters/took a year off, etc. How are you currently studying? I used kaplan + powerscore and found they helped quite a bit. For logic games I found the following method the best for me: 1.) Identify type of game. 2.) Draw the game/model. 3.) Identify question type. 4.) Understand how to answer the question. 5.) Solve. Ensure you know how to do each part of this five step method rapidly and ACCURATELY. If you don't know why you got the question right, you might as well have got it wrong. For Logical Reasoning I used a similar method. Read the passage (after reading you should already have a general idea of what the question will prompt you to do, complete the argument, find the flaw, match the principle, etc.). After reading the question you MUST understand the question type and what the specific method for solving each question is. Given enough time you should be able to score near perfect on every single practice test with no mistakes. I found after taking the LSAT the first time and performing poorly that I was focused too much on time and finishing rather than solving as many questions correctly and potentially not finishing. Once I could run through an untimed test with relative ease and was familiar with all the question types and method for answering I started focusing on time. I still struggle with reading speed and finishing all the questions on time, but was able to still score well enough to be happy with myself.
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    University of Seattle vs TRU

    Do not listen to this advice. If your goal is to practice in Canada, getting a law degree from a Canadian university will save you potentially years and the stress of NCA exams. Even if you do not get into TRU off the waitlist, but still want to practice in Canada I would suggest waiting an additional cycle and exhausting all options to better your application for potential admission into a Canadian program before considering going the foreign route.
  8. Having two doctors in my family I can confirm that they do not earn "gobs" of money, specialists tend to make the big bucks but even so they are usually complaining that it is not "enough." In terms of respect or "prestige," in my community Doctors are looked at as demi-gods, but so are Lawyers. For the people in my community it's less about the money and more about being able to go to church on Sunday and having the ability to tell everyone your daughter/son is a doctor/lawyer or married to a doctor/lawyer or in med school/law school; everything else (whether you make tons of money or not) is considered sub-par unless you're an exec at a blue chip company, etc.
  9. I believe @saraeliz meant to ask of those accepted to Ottawa, what ratio of students choose to accept their offer of admission. Please correct me if I am wrong, but that is how I read the question. From published information you can't really surmise exactly how many applicants received offers of admission.
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    Disappointed Cycle?

    I assumed given @PavetheWay got an offer on August 31st, at 123 last year off the waitlist that it could be considered relatively deep into the waitlist. I guess it depends on your definition of deep.
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    Disappointed Cycle?

    While this is anecdotal, I had a friend last cycle who was waitlisted and ended up receiving an offer first week of September. Surely by that point they're digging in quite far into the waitlist, so there is still hope...
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    Drafting a Master Service Agreement

    I'm confused are you (gomez) the articling student or the business owner? If you are the articling student you can not perform legal work independent of a supervising attorney. If you are the business owner, hire an attorney and pay him/her.
  13. I agree, but to be fair I wish I had also known about the Khan Academy LSAT course when I was studying. It seems to be free and I was browsing through it today and seems to have a lot of useful tools.
  14. OLSAS CGPA was 3.13 percentage (average is roughly 80%). Not sure about L2. I have 5ish years of middle management experience at a consulting firm. During university lead a campaign that received nationwide news coverage including photo ops with premiers/MLA's/MP's. While I felt my soft factors played a major part in developing myself as a person fit to become a lawyer, they ultimately are not what got me accepted. I had the exact same softs with a 154 LSAT got denied at every school, then re-wrote and reapplied with a 164 and got accepted.
  15. UBC, UVIC, and I believe I would have been accepted at a few more, but once I found out about UVIC I withdrew my application at all schools except UBC. I ultimately accepted my offer at UBC.
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