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  1. It's now up, spread the word. https://www.facebook.com/groups/206923624023155/
  2. It's not much different than moving to any other city. I would suggest you start looking in late May/early June. Transit is not great, so if don't have a car look for a place close to the university. Try to avoid places East of campus, such as Cadboro Bay, because you'll have to walk across campus to get to the Fraser building and it'll be harder to get downtown for events and stuff. I don't have much advice for packing (obviously depends on whether you look for a furnished place or not), but one thing you might want to consider is moving in mid to late August. A lot of stuff happens during the first two orientation weeks, it's an extremely fun but also busy time and you want to be settled in at that point.
  3. Literally do anything as long as: 1. You enjoy it 2. It's not related to law
  4. It's not important. There's usually a meetup planned in the summer, I would recommend you go to that one since it's more informal, you can talk to current students, and at that point most people have committed to UVic anyway. It's a nice event and our Dean is amazing, but you won't lose anything at all by not going and you shouldn't skip work for it.
  5. Most serious friendships are formed during 1L. Even if you go on a co-op term during the fall or spring terms, you're still going to be in constant contact with your friends, it's not like anyone is going to completely forget about you. And they're still going to be there when you come back. Co-op potentially might increase your degree length. If you really want to avoid this, and many students do, then you can always drop out after one work term. It's incredibly easy to do, it just requires a quick email. Even if you want to complete the full program and get a co-op designation, you can still do this and graduate in a regular time frame if you don't take a summer off, which is the handbook example that was mentioned above. I've also heard from students that do take a longer time to do their degree that this isn't much of an obstacle to finding articles or jobs, especially if they end up articling at the co-op firm they worked at any Many co-op jobs are government or public interest, these jobs will still be harder to get if you're not in co-op and try to find them on your own in 1L.
  6. A lot of people underestimate how hard it is to find a law related job on their own, especially in 1L summer. Unless you're willing to move to a different province, it's almost impossible to get one at an established firm that actually involves you working with active files. This extends to 2L summer as well if you don't participate in OCIs or didn't get a job from OCIs. A fair amount of students can end up articling and starting their career with an employer who originally hired them via co-op. A bigger benefit would probably be flexibility. Co-op operates every semester, so you have options for picking and choosing when you want to work and when you want to study. There tends to be less competition and more jobs in the fall term. You can't really find this at other law schools, your only opportunity to work tends to be in the summer when competition is at its highest.
  7. At the moment no. However the Law Student's Society 1L reps will usually make one a little later in the year to coordinate summer meetups, the Law Buddies program, and orientation events. I'm sure a post will be made about it when it's organized.
  8. You're right, looks like a brand new requirement for this year I missed, my bad
  9. Yes this is normal. You're applying for school not a job. Personally speaking for UVic, include your relevant extra curricular's on Part B of the personal statement, emphasis on relevant. Some schools may not ask for ECs at all (I believe UBC only asks for GPA and LSAT score). Just give them what they ask for and don't worry about what they don't ask for.
  10. If not auto-admit you'll likely get in off the wait list. Your stats are better than mine and I got an offer from the wait list. Since UVic takes your best score there's no harm in taking the October LSAT, but if you choose not to you should still be fine.
  11. I'm in the same boat as you, Scotia PSLOC going into 1L. I've sent them my offer of admissions which was good enough to set up almost everything (the actual accounts, credit cards, etc.), however my rep said they require proof of actual enrollment in classes for the funds to be available. I'm not worrying about this right now since I believe we'll get our schedule on the first day of class and first term tuition isn't due until September 30. I was told that as soon as I provide proof of enrollment in classes the money would be released immediately.
  12. Assuming you apply in the regular category because you don't have a valid medical/personal reason to account for the low gpa, your chances are pretty slim. Your LSAT would need to be significantly higher to even make it to the waitlist.
  13. Waitlisted today for the English common law program, I'll probably take myself off the waitlist since I firmly accepted at another school a long time ago. cGPA: 3.57 L2: 3.61 LSAT: 162
  14. If you have the time and the means available, rewriting the LSAT and getting a 160+ should make you a lock for UBC as well. As it is you've got a good chance there.
  15. Another Scotiabank LOC user, I was approved last week and will be opening accounts this week, albeit for UVic and not for UBC. Your experience may vary depending on the rep, but I got a great package and the entire process consisted of a couple phone conversations, a 1-page application form, and a few emailed documents.
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