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  1. Agree with previous posts - wait until you start classes to buy the books. Sometimes the prof will tell you the book is available online, the old edition is fine, it's just recommended, etc. I've had a couple of those profs and think they're fantastic. Best advice for all profs though - do your readings before class so you're not lost, especially in Property! I like to use class to "fill in the blanks," and find that works a lot better than trying to absorb all the information during class.
  2. +1. When the waitlists open up, there is a ton of movement.
  3. Two in one day sucks. It's tiring and hard to give it 100% when you have 6 or 7 hours of exams back to back!
  4. U of A is known for having a really collegial atmosphere, and upper years are generally quite happy to share CANs. Make sure you sign up for an upper year mentor with the LSA (Law Students Association) in the fall, and your mentor can hook you up! And for those of you who got 8am crim -- It's worth it. Great class!
  5. Just to add to another post's comments, your timetable will likely appear on Beartracks around the end of July/early August.
  6. The u of a parking services portal opens for commuting students in July usually, and there are lots of options. I think most students take the LRT, just because its so convenient!
  7. I don't think its realistic. LRW is on Friday, either 9-12 or 1-4. That means the earliest flight you could take to Toronto would be 1:30 or so, meaning you wouldn't arrive until around 8pm, so at best, you'd get 2 days. If you're in the PM group, you're looking at a 6pm flight, meaning a midnight arrival. Plus, remember that your weekends won't be free...you'll have a lot of readings to do, studying, group work (factum, moot), etc. I think your best bet would be to go home during long weekends, but otherwise,
  8. Agree with RG - it really doesn't matter what you do. Just do something you enjoy and want to do!
  9. Agree with above regarding getting INTO law school, but getting a JOB is a different story... When you're in Law School and going through 1L, 2L or Articling recruitment, everyone will be "qualified" with marks being the only objective measure firms can look to. As a result, a lot of the time, its volunteer experiences, jobs, hobbies, etc. that make you stand out. So basically, while the U of A is a "numbers school," law firms tend to look at a lot more than marks, and thats where volunteering can be important!
  10. Might be smart to check out places along the LRT (train) line, especially on the south side and downtown. The Law Centre is connected by pedway to an underground station, so in the winter, you can go from the train to class without going outside. From campus to downtown is 3-10 minutes by LRT, so definitely something to look at! Plus if you volunteer for Student Legal Services and have to go to court, the courthouse is also connected to an LRT station with a tunnel, and if you volunteer with the Criminal Law project specifically, you'll likely work out of the "Corona Office," which is a 5 minute walk from an LRT station.
  11. Agree 100%, especially with 2 and 3. Also want to add in though: Prepare yourself for the curve. Everyone comes into law school with great undergrad/grad marks - thats how you get in. But, Law School is curved, usually to a B-, B or B+, so we joke that in Law, "B is the new A." It is a tough adjustment when you're used to being a 3.7+ student to suddenly be a 3.0 student, but just remember that as long as you're keeping up in law, you're doing well. Be prepared for a lot of rejection. I know it sounds harsh, but there will be a lot of 1L and 2L summer, articling, RA, etc. positions that you'll apply for and likely not get, for no reason (especially 1L is very arbitrary). Just don't take it personally, and remember that its not that they didn't pick you, they just picked someone else, and there's a difference. Career services is great, and they're here to help you whenever you need, so take advantage, and everything will work out for you eventually. Become engaged, but don't overcommit. It is great to join clubs and volunteer and all, especially during the first week, but remember - you're here to study law. That should always come first, so give thought to your extracurriculars/jobs/volunteering commitments and make sure you're comfortable with what you're signing up for. Make friends with classmates. As you can tell from my previous suggestions, Law School is an emotional roller coaster. Having a good group of friends to remind you that you're not "the only one" in a situation is a godsend, and you'll find the U of A Law has a great sense of community - people are super friendly and helpful all around, so take avdantage. I think it would be a really tough experience if you felt like you were in it alone. Just my $.02.
  12. I've heard that some holistic can go out as early as end of March?
  13. Remember - the Admitted Applicant Profile DOES NOT include those admitted through the holistic review process. It only applies to regular applicants.
  14. Yes, that would be great. Main things to look for are whether it zips closed (don't want anything to slip out on the train) and can it fit a normal sized file folder. Neutral colours are best too (so maybe the red isn't the best pick, even though its super cute)!
  15. Its a little casual, but honestly, nobody looks, as long as you're not wearing a backpack.
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