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  1. First off, Foundations is a 2 week full-time block course in September. This is one big group, all 1Ls together, all day. After foundations is over (mid-September), you move into regular classes. 1L timetables are assigned (no choice) and they usually have 3 cohorts, and you move with your cohort to each class. Usually, the timetables are designed to be as "fair" as possible (ie. if you're in the 8am crim class, you'll likely be done classes earlier in the day too). Classes are usually 1 hour each in the Fall semester (twice per week), and increase to 1.5 hours each in the Winter semester. This helps ease you into the material and keep the fall semester manageable. Fridays are unique. The only 1L classes on Fridays are the 8am criminal law section (this is usually taught by a practitioner, hence the time), and Legal Research and Writing (LRW). LRW is in 2 sections - an AM section and a PM section, so your cohorts go out the window here. This means that unless something is cancelled, you'll have class every weekday. I think it would be tough to go home and visit every month. The reality is that you'll generally have class every day. More importantly, law school is daunting and a lot of work. I just finished law school at the U of A and always spent a lot of my weekends on schoolwork. You worked so hard to get here, so my advice would be to keep your eye on the prize, and use your holidays (thanksgiving, christmas, reading week) to visit home.
  2. No need to do any prep. I can't speak for the U of C, but the U of A does a very comprehensive 2 week block "foundations to law" course for all 1Ls in September. The course is meant to get everyone to the same "starting point," and assumes you have zero background in anything remotely law-related. For example, you learn how to read a case, how the different levels of courts operate, and that kind of stuff. That way, when you start "real" classes in mid-September, you're all on the same page. I can't speak to transfers - I just don't know - but I do know that the U of A is very well connected to the Calgary legal community. Virtually all of the large and mid-sized Calgary firms participate in the U of A's on campus recruitment events and have at least a few U of A alumni working at them. I think that as far as schools go, no employer in Calgary will really care if you study in Edmonton or Calgary. What they will care about, however, is whether or not you have a connection to Calgary (ie. will you stay long-term). If you're from Calgary originally, have family there, and explain that it's where you'd like to establish yourself, that'll probably mean a lot more to a firm than where you went to school. Feel free to message me if you have any other questions!
  3. Agree with RGoodfellow. U of A Law has a great foundations program for new students in September. They take the approach that you come in with zero background in anything related to law, and spend 2 weeks getting everyone to the same "starting point" before classes actually begin. My advice - enjoy the summer, make some money if you can, and get ready for the crazy year ahead!
  4. +1 for live downtown near an LRT station. Newton Place is nothing special. There's also not much else nearby. Also, even though it's close to the law centre, you'll still end up walking for a few minutes outside. In the dead of winter (or a day like today), the LRT might be nicer, as the station is attached via pedways to the law centre.
  5. Personally, I'd say you can do both. Some schools, like the U of A, offer a joint MBA/JD program, which could be perfect for you. Also, you can always do one, and then the other... There are a lot of non-content related factors you should consider though. For example, MBA programs tend to have a higher average age of student vs Law School, and offer a lot more flexibility in terms of program structure and courses, whereas law school is pretty rigid (at least my school is). I know a few lawyers who did MBAs part time after law school, so that's definitely an option, but leaving a job to go to law school probably isn't very realistic.
  6. 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.
  7. +1. When the waitlists open up, there is a ton of movement.
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. Just to add to another post's comments, your timetable will likely appear on Beartracks around the end of July/early August.
  11. 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!
  12. 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,
  13. Agree with RG - it really doesn't matter what you do. Just do something you enjoy and want to do!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
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