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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. You're right, looks like a brand new requirement for this year I missed, my bad
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Just my two cents on this, others might feel different. First of all, if you commit yourself over these next two months for the September LSAT there's absolutely no reason why you can't get a 160 or higher. The diagnostic is actually a terrible indicator of a potential future score (personally my actual score ended up being 14 points higher than my timed diagnostic after a month of study), however it is important to get a sense of the time limits and which areas you should focus on like you said. The understanding of time constraints is important, and also why I think taking another diagnostic, this time properly timed, would not be a waste of your time. Perhaps it won't be as effective since it won't be a true first experience, but I still think you'll benefit in the long run.
  13. @kaleisthenewspinach No jokes I have the exact same index score as you, 882.50, as calculated by the admissions office themselves. I also got in off the waitlist this year and accepted my offer. So unlike what you just read it was competitive this year, however things change on a year-to-year basis. If you're confident in your ECs and you think you can write a good personal statement, both of which matter if your index isn't in auto-admit territory, then you absolutely have a shot. If that's not the case I would tell you to look at a rewrite. UVic takes your best score anyway so there's no harm in trying.
  14. UBC, UVic, Dalhousie, and every school in Ontario except Lakehead. Both BC schools didn't require a reference letter from me. As for the other schools I was fortunate enough to have multiple people willing to write references. I only had one professor that had to write one twice, which was for Dal and OLSAS.
  15. Not right away, the transcripts that included my official convocation were still on the way and needed to be received. Regardless it might take a day or so to get the email.
  16. Can any upper year students tell me if orientation usually includes any events or activities on the weekend? I have an important family event on the Saturday night the first week of school that I will have to travel back home for, but I also really don't want to miss any crucial orientation activities. Thanks in advance!
  17. Yep, there's a confirmation email that includes all the information given to people who were admitted earlier, plus adds you to a mailing list.
  18. Update: I emailed Dailene for their official calculation, and it turns out I miscalculated 🤷‍♂️. Good thing I'm going into law, not math. My GPA is actually 3.66 with drops, with an index of 882.50
  19. Whoops, completely forgot in the excitement cGPA: 3.75/4.33 (self-calculated with drops) LSAT: 162
  20. In off the waitlist as well! I was #7, so some definite movement happening. They've given me till June 17th to decide and will most likely be accepting, pending an unlikely admittance from Osgoode where I'm currently on the waitlist.
  21. For anyone accepted recently, is there a deadline to accept? Just found out my waitlist position and I'm a little antsy right now
  22. Got the email today cGPA: 3.57 L2: 3.65 LSAT: 162 Decent softs. Have to decide between Queen's and Western, plus on the waitlist for a couple other schools I'm interested in. Deadline of May 30.
  23. Waitlisted yesterday after being in queue since early November. cGPA: 3.57, L2: 3.65, LSAT: 162 Filled out Part B
  24. Still in queue since November 8...
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