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  1. So far have heard from Clark Wilson and Whitelaw. UBC
  2. My experience was in a completely non-law related field, so take my advice with a grain of salt as others have suggested. However I still think your limited hours are better spent on studying, networking, having a social life, etc. For example I would have traded all the money I made working that 1 shift/week for a 1% increase in my GPA, no question. You're in a great position and obviously you will want to maintain the relationships you have built through that job. I know some people who worked in admin positions and were able to return for their 1L summer. I'd just be upfront with your bosses, and also ask some of the more recent calls at your firm for advice (could also be a good way to begin to develop a mentoring relationship).
  3. Unless it is absolutely, 100% financially necessary for you, you need to leave your job and commit 100% to law school. You simply will not have enough time to work for anything other than a few hours per week - and those few spare hours will be much better spent on relaxation. Plus, when you consider the significant amount of money you are investing in tuition, this will almost certainly be financially counterproductive. Let your employer know as soon as you get in somewhere, if they are anyone worth working for they will understand and you may be able to return for your 1L summer. Source: read all the advice on here, thought I was the exception, worked one ~6hr shift per week at my old job, suffered as a result.
  4. The application generally opens in August and the funding is disbursed around November. When you are accepted more information will be passed on to you
  5. You have a 100% chance of getting accepted unless something truly exceptional happens with the application cycle. I entered with slightly lower statistics than you so I can't speak to the scholarship piece, but if you are concerned about finances you should also check out the bursary program. I got several thousand dollars from it in my 1L year due to having earned very little income in the previous tax year (I finishing my undergrad and only worked for the summer and fall).
  6. I can see that this thread has evolved beyond the scope of my original post, but I would just like to thank everyone for their advice and (tough but fair) criticism.
  7. A solicitor. Obviously, working with a real lawyer and gaining mentorship/experience is a benefit of both opportunities. However, I am interested in litigation specifically, so I do feel that it's fair to list this as an argument in favor of mooting.
  8. Good advice, but the problem here (I should have written my OP more thoughtfully) is that they both interest me and I know I’m going to be passionate about whichever one I choose. On the one hand, I volunteered with the clinical program in 1L and I really did love helping deserving people. On the other hand, the moot topic is also related to public interest and administrative law which is more in line with my ultimate career goal. That’s where my dilemma comes from.
  9. I really did assume that it goes without saying that I’m not going to apply for a clinical program unless I care about the work that I would be doing in it (and have been doing, since I volunteered with the program all of last year). But I suppose you make a good point about how my listing of pros and cons might reflect my existing preference, so I thank you for the honest feedback.
  10. Hey all, I am in the fortunate position of having been offered a spot on both my school’s team for a national moot, and in our community access legal clinic in my 2L year. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience making this choice before. I am currently leaning towards the moot because I loved the 1L moot and am interested in getting into litigation in the public interest field, with the goal of clerking after my 3L year. Here’s the breakdown of my thought process: Moot: + Prestigious to be selected for + Will gain experience working with a real litigator + Personal interest in the topic area + Workload weighted toward spring term (important since 2L spring grades will matter for OCI’s now) - More work than the one course credit I get for it suggests Clinic: + Demonstrates interest in the field of public interest + Real world court experience + Will almost certainly gain a strong reference from the program’s supervising lawyer - Workload spread evenly across year - A more widely available opportunity that might make me stand out less than a moot Any insights are appreciated!
  11. You should sign up for the PSLOC, and wait and see with the credit cards. Here's what happened to me last year: In September I signed up for the LOC, was approved as usual for 140k + premium chequing account + two credit cards. Filled out all the paperwork, and was then told a few days later that the offer had changed, and they were now only waiving the fee on one credit card (I chose the Amex because I already had a decent points Visa from my other bank). Fast forward to a few months later, and Scotiabank is holding one of those "Lunch and Learn" events on campus. I go for the free pizza, and now the Rep is once again advertising the fee waiver on two credit cards. I send an email that afternoon, and sure enough the terms of the offer had changed yet again. I got my no-fee Visa in the mail the next week. Otherwise, as others have pointed out, the Scotia rewards program isn't as great as it may appear on paper (they aren't real Amex points). I use both the Amex and the Visa Infinite for all my purchases now but they aren't so much better than my old card that I would have switched without the fee waiver (depends on how much you spend). TL;DR Scotia likes to monkey around with the terms of the offer, get the LOC now if you need it, but consider holding off on the cards.
  12. I just read this week's newsletter and it says that moot and clinic offers will be made in "mid-June".
  13. As other posters have said, focus on your grades (as well as having fun) and return to the LSAT in your third summer. I would add that in your second or third year, you can take electives that may help to hone your LSAT skills. For example, courses in literature will help you develop written analytical skills, while the philosophy department will probably offer courses on critical thinking and formal logic that will help to prime you for the LR sections (and if you're any good at this stuff, can also be a nice GPA booster).
  14. Probably took about two minutes through the student services page. Make sure you get them sent to the right address!
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