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  1. I just moved to Victoria from Toronto in August and I actually love it here so much, even though it's the middle of a pandemic, haha. Everyone I have met here has been so nice and the city is so beautiful. It is WAY smaller than Toronto, both geographically and socially. Way more of a small town, less anonymous feel compared to Toronto (not to say the Vic is a rural small town by any means, it doesn't feel like that, but I just can't believe how I keep running into people I know here, that never happens back home). I absolutely love how you can walk the whole downtown in like ten minutes, it's so accessible and convenient, I live downtown and never get on transit ever, but also I feel like living just outside of downtown would still be pretty convenient too, everything is so close together here, especially if you drive (I don't). I take the bus sometimes and it's not much different than the TTC, depending on the bus. I just love being able to walk everywhere I want to go so quickly, vs. my regular 45 minute walks home from the bar or to my friends' places in Toronto even though I lived directly downtown. Like others mentioned, there is a serious housing issue in Victoria and plenty of people here who are very insensitive about it but coming from Toronto I am entirely unfazed. The class divide is real for sure, cannot deny that. However, that's certainly present in Toronto too, if not more dramatically so. Obviously you miss out on the wide variety of options for literally everything that Toronto offers and it isn't even that much cheaper to live here (considering the significant drop in population), but I find the energy is so much more positive and relaxed and friendly here. This is coming from someone who grew up in Toronto and adores it too, I just needed a change. Plus, if you like nature stuff and you can drive, the island is SO beautiful. The selection of bars and restaurants is good but definitely pales in comparison to Toronto. Like post-pandemic, I feel like there are like maybe 5-10 good bars at best around, but I haven't had a proper chance to explore, obviously, given the circumstances. Socially, I knew no one but now I am happy here and feel like I have a good social life. I did start dating someone pretty soon after I moved here though and met people through him though so I did get kind of lucky in that respect. But I just met him on Tinder lol didn't have any prior connections at all. I can definitely see how people could find it cliquey among the people who have lived here their whole lives but I've felt very welcomed and I've made good friends already in people who are also not Vic natives, they will be more willing to include you because they know how it can be. Also, if you move here, PM me and I will be your friend, seriously! Sorry this is so long I just have a lot of positive feelings about this city already. Please feel free to PM me, I'm happy to answer any questions you have!
  2. I just got the call!! No mention of a scholarship so don't think I got one, if anyone is curious GPA: 3.86 on the 4.0 scale at UofT, 86% overall average, without drops, no idea what my GPA is on UVic's scale, probably 4/4.3? LSAT: 166 This is the only school I applied to so I was so excited to hear back see y'all there in September
  3. Thanks for letting me know! I have literally the exact same stats as you so I'm sitting here dying waiting for my call 😂
  4. Ah congratulations!!! Did your status change yet on the application portal? Mine says "App Forwarded: Adms Officer" and I'm wondering what that means haha. I have similar stats to you so fingers crossed for a call this week!!
  5. Thank you! This is much appreciated. I don't see any point in going to UofT for my own personal goals anymore (solely because of cost) but it is definitely an excellent school. I used to work at a suicide hotline and with kids with mental health issues and for a family lawyer where I sort of became the resident counsellor so I am very comfortable with this kind of work! You are right, for anyone reading this in the future, family law can be very traumatic. Even as a clerk I would answer the phone to people screaming at me on the other end, some of the opposing lawyers would even be borderline abusive towards me. It is a highly emotional area of law and you will get really wrapped up in what is often the darkest part of a person's life.
  6. Hi! I got a 166, so nothing special but also good enough. I used Mike Kim's LSAT Trainer book and I loved it, I imagine there is an updated edition now. I think the Powerscore bibles are similar but just another suggestion. Then I just did practice tests like crazy! You can pirate them all, except for the couple most recent ones (which I bought on Amazon). I bet you can find links on reddit. Save the more recent ones for closer to your test date. Time yourself properly, create distractions in the background to challenge yourself, and keep track of the type of question you get wrong in each section and spend extra time practicing those and figuring out what you did wrong. Unless you are really struggling, I don't think tutoring is necessarily worth it. The LSAT subreddit is very helpful for asking questions if you don't understand why you got something wrong (or right).
  7. Thanks, good to hear an opinion from UBC! The one thing I do know is that I won't end up doing corporate law so I think a smaller school is for me.
  8. Thank you! This is very helpful. I have had the same thoughts about the debt. I worked as a clerk in family law and found our clients and their cases really interesting, I suppose that is where my interest comes from. I may change my mind but I doubt I'd go into anything much more competitive. But I do know I am not a corporate law person. I am very people-centric and not driven by money whatsoever beyond the point of what I need to live comfortably (and it's not much) so I can't see myself going into that. Thanks again for your reply.
  9. Hi! I am applying to all three schools I listed in the title this September and, for the sake of this question, assuming I get into all three. I am asking this question before knowing because I am looking to make a move out of Toronto soon (maybe) and I am curious on opinions of UVic vs. the other three as UVic is the school I am heavily leaning towards based on wanting to move to Victoria. I am leaning away from UBC and UofT because I went to UofT for my undergrad and I want to try something new. I found UofT's size bothersome and I like the idea of going to a smaller school and UBC is relatively the same size (as far as I know, correct me if I'm wrong). I also like the idea of leaving Toronto because I have lived here all of my life and I want a slightly slower pace of life and I want to try something new. UVic is significantly cheaper so that is also obviously appealing. I do not want to go into corporate law or "big law". I am most likely interested in family. I am someone who is very interested in practicing law but would like good work/life balance and is happy to take a significant paycut to maintain that. I suppose my concern revolves around the "prestige" of these schools. I worked for an older lawyer who went to UofT and he told me the law school you attend really matters in the labour market. I wonder whether anyone else can give me some perspective on this idea. Essentially my question is: if I get into UVic, UBC, and UofT, would I be remiss to not go to UofT or UBC over UVic in terms of employment opportunities? Is the education somehow better at these bigger schools or does the prestige carry weight? Also definitely interested in opinions about the overall experience at each school if you have anything to share. Also please allow me to say I do not have anything against smaller schools or think they lack prestige - I am simply asking for younger perspectives on this idea I have heard a few times from older lawyers. Thanks in advance
  10. Yeah, I'm going to reach out to professors for sure and I'm working in my department at school right now, so as a third for Osgoode I think I'll ask my supervisor.
  11. Thanks! Yeah, I'm pretty confident in my grades and LSAT so this & my CV are the aspects of the application I felt were weaker. You're right though, not worth spending too much time worrying about it
  12. I know and that I appreciate! U of T doesn't need them, thankfully, because that's the application I don't feel relatively confident will get accepted and I would like to have every possible advantage haha good to know someone else's amazing reference won't outshine mine
  13. Oh whoops, sorry! So my actual OLSAS cGPA is 3.85, second year was 3.91 and third year was 3.9. @Timmies123
  14. Thank you! She's an academic mentor of sorts, so that is why she comes to mind initially, but I would also consider her a friend. I'll stick to academic references for sure, and in case it wasn't clear, I was never going to use grad student instructors I have definitely read that full-time professors should be academic references.
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