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  1. Agreed. I was going to buy myself some higher-level language books as a reward for hitting one of my goals, but as soon as 2L started my desire to do any more studying died completely.
  2. I also plateaud a bit using Khan Academy, for the same reasons. I used the PowerScore LR book and it helped out a LOT because it showed me in much more depth than Khan Academy how to work formal logic. 100% worth checking out other options.
  3. I moved out of my parents' house to go to college when I was 19. I've lived on my own ever since. When you don't have any other choice, you make do where you can. Roommates. Car sharing. Public transit. Living frugally. Thrifting what you can. Food banks if necessary. I'll also add that if you're living by yourself and are struggling to pay off student loans, you can ask for Repayment Assistance. I was making less than $2000 a month working full time between university and law school, and I didn't have to make any payments on my loans because of that.
  4. I'm a 2L at the UofA. Most of my classes are online, with the exception of one that has an optional in-person component. Sometimes I go, just for a small feeling of normalcy. Most of my classes are synchronous. One is half synchronous and half asynchronous. I'm keeping up with the subject matter really well. I'm more or less on schedule with readings and I've attended and/or watched all lectures. That being said, this also isn't my first time doing online classes so I've had some practice.
  5. I used Khan Academy as well, and I followed their schedule of taking a practice LSAT once a week. It helped out a lot. I found that Khan Academy only uses so many questions, which sucks because if you're struggling with one section in particular you'll eventually run out of new questions to answer. At one point I had the answers memorized because I was struggling so much, haha. The practice exams were the only way to get fresh questions. I recommend the PowerScore books as well. I ended up buying one to help me work on the section I struggled with and it definitely helped. Fresh questions! And a more comprehensive method of approaching them!
  6. I just wanted to mention, as well - OP, you're absolutely right that the Covid situation has made it so that there are more applicants than positions. I know some of my peers in 1L had their summer employment cancelled outright because the firms they secured jobs with could no longer afford to have them. And for 2L, there are even fewer firms that are participating in the recruit, partially because the 1L recruit is our big one, and partially because of Covid. In short - you really need to prove that you want to have a career in Alberta right now if you're an out-of-province applicant and you want to beat out the Alberta-based students applying for the same jobs.
  7. I just moved to Edmonton for school last year. I agree with Malicious Prosecutor; if we weren't in a pandemic living close to an LRT station would be your best bet, no matter the neighbourhood. There's a station right on campus and it's right near the Law Centre and it is so, so convenient. Honestly, given we still have 0 information about how winter semester is going to go, I'd still recommend aiming for near an LRT station. Also agreed with artsydork that the winters here are Suffering if you've never lived in Alberta before. If you've lived in southern Alberta, then also be prepared for the dreaded Pothole Season. Edmonton doesn't get the chinooks in winter like southern Alberta does so the roads take a beating every year.
  8. IIRC it's usually around mid-June, sometimes late June that applications open up. Keep checking their website!
  9. I'll direct you to these threads, where people have already discussed iPads in law school: My personal opinion is that the iPad is okay, and if you're going to use it alongside a laptop then go ahead (seems like a waste of money to me though, why not just use some paper and a pen?). I wouldn't recommend that an iPad completely replace a laptop in law school because some of the lectures move so fast you won't be able to write down what's said in time.
  10. If Covid hadn't bungled my plans I was going to work in food service for the summer (it's what I did before law school). I've been told by multiple people that customer service skills are essential for law, so food service, cashier jobs etc are perfect if you don't want/can't get something law-related. Until/unless I find other employment for this summer I'm just keeping busy at home with a bunch of random projects.
  11. I can provide some info about the UofA. Simply - they just take your last 60 credits. That's it that's all! The UofA doesn't read personal statements, either, unless your application goes to the holistic stage. If your GPA and LSAT are high enough, it won't. In my first three years of undergrad I only did four classes per semester, then did five for my final year, for the same reasons you mentioned, OP. Still got in!
  12. I spent I think $50 on an LSAT prep book because I just wasn't grasping LR, $300 on the test, then $250 on application fees to two schools, so $600 total. I tried to do as much prep as I could for free.
  13. Hello! I just finished 1L at the UofA. Just relax! Foundations is a thorough introduction to law school and the material, and it's all you do aside from Legal Research and Writing for the first two weeks. You get lunch served daily, lots of pizza and BBQ, even sometimes some fancier sandwiches, and by the end of it you'll feel much better prepared than you did going in. The difference in difficulty honestly depends on what your major was. I came into law school from a humanities background. The volume of work took some time to adjust to, and judge decisions can be really hard to understand the first time you read them. You'll get better at understanding cases as time goes on. I wouldn't recommend trying to read any cases now, though. You'll just be flailing around trying to understand, and you may get the wrong point from the case. It's much more helpful when a prof is there to explain the cases in lectures. Again, just relax, and enjoy the summer! Be happy and proud that you made it in and make the most of the non-law time you have. You'll be glad you did!
  14. Wtf I want multiple choice But yeah I'm in the same boat, I'm making battle CANs and that's about all I can bring myself to do. I still have days where my mental health is so low all I can do is sit and cry so as long as I have something to rely on come exam day that's all that matters.
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