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  1. You should be aware that Vancouver firms rarely, if ever, hire 1L summer students.
  2. Most firms post their articling students and for sure their first year associates on their websites. This might be a good way for you to determine roughly what hiring out of TRU looks like.
  3. I made the trip from Vancouver when I was a 0L. I wouldn't say it is necessary for you to attend but it can be a good opportunity to meet with some of your potential classmates and professors before September.
  4. This is still very early in the cycle. I can't speak to the specifics of this year, but historically UofC sends out a number of offers with a hard acceptance deadline sometime in late March. Subsequent offers will tend to go out after they have gotten responses on those initial offers.
  5. I've lived in Kensington previously and now Beltline (West Downtown). Kensington is great because it has a train stop and some trendy bars. Additionally, there is a Safeway within walking distance if you don't have a car. Calgary transit recently added a bus route that goes right through West Downtown that gets to campus in about 15-20 minutes and drops off right at Murray Fraser Hall (the law building). Also has a Safeway within walking distance. Short walk to the train and downtown as well as 17th Ave. Also something to consider if you do not have a car is that both Eau Claire and Victoria Park do not have grocery stores outside of a Sunterra (overpriced) where as Kensington and Beltline both have a Safeway within walking distance. If you have any other questions feel free to message me!
  6. This is a great point. Certain tests may highlight your strengths, such as the PT where you scored a 163. Whereas the November LSAT may have had a higher proportion of questions that are not your strength, thus the lower score.
  7. Writing a PT is very different than writing an actual test due to a number of variables coming into play. Actual test settings are very different than writing practice tests; regardless of efforts to create "test like situations." Also consider factors such as additional stress and nerves. I think stating that Khan Academy or any other prep program has "overestimated your skill" is a bit of stretch. It is in fact very normal for people to score lower than their PT's on the actual test.
  8. If you get called in June 2018, you will effectively be a first year call on the lock step from June 2018-January 2019. January 2019-January 2020, you will be a 2nd year on the lock step and so forth.
  9. The nature of the decision for myself was to remove the long commute after a long days work. From a completely personal perspective, I know that once I start articling that time will be incredibly valuable. If I can commute 5-10 minutes opposed to longer it gives me more time for other things like socializing, exercising or sleeping. All things that are important for my mental health, which for me I know I need to make a priority in light of the demands of articling. As @providence mentioned, it's not about physical separation in terms of distance but more of a mental separation. In my opinion, that comes regardless of how far away from the office one lives.
  10. Interviewed and was offered a 2L summer position with the AB Crown Prosecution Service for the summer of 2018 (I accepted elsewhere). Interview was very casual, questions focused on my resume in addition to the "why criminal law" question. Very similar experience to @Snarky. I did not receive any substantive questions regarding criminal law. I only received one interview and they were silent until call day. Happy to chat via PM further if you want.
  11. Without disclosing too much personal information, I am an SFU grad who finished with a cGPA of 3.34. I personally (take this with an anecdotal grain of salt) was able to gain admission to UBC and UVIC. Yes the curve at SFU is difficult but it won't necessarily derail your chances of going to law school, or UBC for that matter. That being said - I see and understand the concerns that have been outlined, and much like those before me would agree that going to a school without such a difficult curve (or no curve at all) would be advantageous for increasing your chances as UBC and UVIC are index schools.
  12. I also did not receive an email but under "view/accept/decline awards" on My UofC it showed that I received a bursary. I reiterate what faimagc said and check your student account!
  13. Anywhere along the red line will be good. A lot of students live in Kensington. Brentwood also offers a lot of good options as well. Just keep in mind waiting for the train in the winter can be less than fun.
  14. U of C does provide opportunity to help facilitate students in getting jobs at Vancouver firms (like the previously mentioned firm hop). I agree with MinesAndMinerals in that I don't think there is any real difference between the two schools. I found the biggest hurdle of getting a job in Vancouver was the lack of opportunities to network year round. Although, this is something that can easily be overcome with a little effort. If you do have any further questions feel free to PM me, I'd be happy to help.
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