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  1. I am just guessing, but probably not. The difference between a 151 and a 161 (their average successful LSAT score) is huge. Its a jump from the 48th percentile of test takers to the 82nd percentile. I would assume that even with exceptional EC's (like you spent time as a UN delegate for a European country) and perfect grades, it might still be a long shot. If that is you, then spend time studying for the LSAT and add some point to that. See if you can push it even as high as 158.
  2. Let me get this straight... You want to become a lawyer but you're concerned that the newfound responsibilities that come from ensuring your wellbeing will be "overwhelming"? Jeez... If you are staying at home to limit the cost of going to school, that's understandable. But if you're staying at home because you're scared that it will be too much to feed yourself, pay your bills, and study, then I think the practice of law (and all the responsibilities that come with it) will definitely be too much to handle. You're an adult and you are obviously a capable student. You can rise to the challenge. You will be just fine, I promise. In fact, just a brief story to illustrate that: I moved out at 16 and spent my entire senior year of high school living in Calgary, over 300km away from my parents. I worked almost 40 hours a week while attending high school. Today, nine years later, I'm going to law school. Trust me when I say you can do it.
  3. I recently had a similar conversation with a director of the Law Society of Alberta. We were talking about the market in Calgary. She said that, while there is definitely a feeling of malaise in Calgary, not to worry as students are still finding jobs. Over 350 students found articles in the city last year.
  4. Calgary is worth a look as well. The tuition is competitive (~$12,500) and they offer a differential tuition bursary. And the cost of living is attractive as well, especially if you're comparing it on a value basis rather than a nominal one. Calgary, to me, offers far more to residents than Winnipeg and (I assume) Fredericton.
  5. Wow, just read the rest of the banter here... Wow, did it ever get out of hand quick. My apologies for opening the door to such a bitter conversation. The purpose of the thread, as I had intended it, was to gain some insight into the place I would be spending my next few years and tens of thousands of dollars. Not once did I mention that I would be "basing my decision" on the looks of the school. But even then, how many of the naysayers here have spent $60K on something sight unseen? My guess is few. I'm just trying to get excited for what the future holds. That said, there is clearly interest in the topic. Several people indicated that they too would be interested in seeing the inside of the building. For those of you that participated in good faith, thank you. And for those that didn't... get a grip, would you?
  6. That is critical feedback! Outlets are crucial! Haha
  7. I toured Queen's in January. The law building is quite nice. Best part, as far as I could tell, is that they opened a new study space/library that has key card access so that law students have a space to use that is entirely theirs. No SNAILs allowed.
  8. I wish I could. I'm in British Columbia and I (likely) won't have a break in my schedule that would accommodate a trip to Ontario.
  9. I am trying to make a decision on what school to attend. I am curious about the facilities at Western. What is the law building like? Would any current students be willing to share a snap or two (maybe in a pm)? Some schools (like Calgary, for example) have full video tours online, but best I can find of Western's law building are a few cropped photos of the exterior.
  10. Imagine a student received a considerable entrance scholarship, 20K or so. How important or valuable is that scholarship on their resume in their 1L , 2L, and articling job search? Would something like that really blow a recruiter's hair back? Or is it more like a "huh, that's neat--well done. Now moving on.." My (uninformed) guess is that in the 1L summer recruit it might be a game changer, but the value would fade quickly into the 2L year and beyond, once recruiters have some classes to go off?
  11. Isn't this why we take an LSAT? So admissions committees have a benchmark to compare students apples-to-apples? If adcom's started to guess at which degrees are harder and by how much it would introduce a tremendous amount of bias into the process.
  12. Hey folks, For those of you practising in Calgary, how is the legal market right now? Based on the news, it seems like the oil patch is taking a beating. Has that affected your work? Are firms hiring? Any feedback would be great. I am trying to determine where I would like to go to school next fall, and while I would love to go to Calgary, I have concerns about the market for young lawyers. Thank you!
  13. Just received the email today! LSAT: 161 GPA: 3.85
  14. Is anyone else seeing some progress with their application status? Mine has been "incomplete" since October 16. I emailed them and they told me not to worry, but two months later I am finding that advice less settling. Is anyone else having the same problem?
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