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  1. Hello! So even though you don't have any charges showing on your account right now, you do pay anyways. You can do this by clicking Make a Payment under the Finances section of the front page when you first log in. From there you can pay them through either Online Banking or Interac Online; you can only use Interac Online if you're paying through TD, RBC, or Scotiabank.

    They have detailed instructions on that page so I won't go through it here.

    You'll also need to print off, sign, scan, and email the form they sent you with your admission offer when you pay.


  2. I'm in the same position you are, with my application having gone green circle jn mid-December. I scoured their website for information and apparently they print off applications and mail them out to people, so they can't make a decision until all of those decisions come back.

    That being said, I'll bet that both of our applications have been put in some kind of "further consideration" pile. 


  3. 8 hours ago, LLawS said:

    Thanks for this! It definitely helps. Unfortunately my building is really high in demand and only offers yearly leases. I might just look at alternative buildings just to be safe. But this has been my favorite place so far, so I’m kind of annoyed about giving it up if I end up getting in in the city at a later date

    Aw jeez that really sucks :( I would definitely start looking for other buildings just in case, for sure. That sucks that you have to give them an answer now, though, and not closer to when your lease is up; if I'm understanding correctly, you have to tell them soon but your actual lease isn't up for a few months yet, right? Is there any way you could at least get them to defer that decision until closer to that date?

    Good luck with the job hunt, by the way!


  4. I was in a similar position as you last month. My lease is up soon and I only have an acceptance offer from a university outside of my city, which means that I can't wait very long on my local university before I have to make a decision. It's really stressful!

    My advice is to mitigate what you can. Explain the situation to your landlord and ask if there are month-to-month options. If you rent with a company that has properties in other areas, ask if they can transfer your lease should you have to move. You could even ask if a short term lease is an option. 

    Also, if your current job pays the bills or you can otherwise get by I would advise that you not apply to jobs at all. If you do need to apply, I wouldn't mention that you "might" be going to law school. Why should they hire someone who might leave in a few months? Then if you don't get in, you're out of a job AND law school. Only tell them if you have a firm acceptance. 

    For me, I know that I might not hear back until June, and that's not a lot of time to make plans and get settled before school starts. If I get waitlisted, that's as good as a rejection for me because of my living situation. I can't make plans based on maybes, and plans are what has kept the stress level down, personally.


  5. I was accepted for this cycle and I'll be turning 30 before the school year starts. You're not alone, OP! I'm sure that there will be plenty of people around the same age and a handful that are even older.


  6. 3 hours ago, easttowest said:

    I am in law school now and have done much better academically. This is because my undergrad was ten years ago and I have grown up considerably in that time. My old habits linger a bit, but on the whole I have the maturity to, you know, do what I'm supposed to be doing (most of the time). 

    I have a similar story - I went into my undergrad almost eleven years ago and my grades were abysmal; I wasn't interested in the material, I hardly studied, crammed for every exam, dropped courses I wasn't doing well in and was barely a part-time student by the time I dropped out entirely (for unrelated reasons). My GPA was somewhere around a 2.4.

    Four years later, I had also grown up considerably and went back to get my undergrad, this time in a totally different major that I was really passionate about and I maintained a 3.5 average until my last year when I achieved a 3.8. I did manage to change my habits, but it took four years away from school to figure myself out, as well as a major that I love.

    I'll echo what others have said in this thread and ask that you consider changing majors, OP - there's no shame in doing so. A lot of people I know ended up changing majors partway through their degrees. The prevailing advice I see on this forum is to not treat your undergrad as a means to get into law school, but as a means to get a career if law school doesn't work out. What happens if you can't get into law school, despite your best efforts? Will you be happy with what you've accomplished at the undergrad level?


  7. I actually put off applying to law school for a year to figure this out, because for me I didn't want to get into even more debt just to find that I hated the work (been there, done that), and I didn't really know much about what lawyers actually do outside of the courtroom. I also thought that maybe my personal statement would stand out more if I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

    I did some research and decided to pursue something related to health law and/or employment law. I feel a bit better having read the replies so far, though! Good to know that I wasn't the only one coming out of undergrad thinking "law school would be cool...but what do I do when I get there?", haha!

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  8. It is absolutely possible to get screwed over by not accepting the sure thing and hoping you'll get off the waitlist.

    You can accept at the sure thing, and if you get off the waitlist, you can inform the sure thing that you will not be attending, if that's what you want to do. The worst that could happen is that you're out the money you paid the sure thing to guarantee your spot, and now you have to pay the same amount (more or less) to the other school and have a lot less time to do so, especially if you don't get accepted off the waitlist until the end of August, which is entirely possible.

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  9. I'm in the opposite boat as you are! I've been accepted to the UofA but live in Calgary and am still hoping for acceptance from the UofC.

    I don't have any meaningful advice, honestly, I just thought that was kind of funny.


  10. I was accepted Friday and have been looking over the paperwork that was sent with the acceptance and apparently yes, it is possible to be admitted without submitting a personal statement. It says in one of the documents that you must submit a "Personal Statement - If you have not already done so, email a PDF version [of your personal statement]"


  11. 9 hours ago, strugglingSFUgal said:

    I'm not applying this cycle I'm applying next cycle, so assuming I take 2 courses in summer and 4 courses in the fall I'd be counting back from then if that makes sense. Also, I thought I saw online somewhere that they don't split up semesters? 

    Oooh okay, that makes sense! I see that is says in the link that NeverGiveUp posted that they don't split up semesters. Interesting!

    The UofA, on their website, says that they take the last 20 half courses, and then in brackets (equivalent to 60 credits). I'm going to assume, and I think it's also safe to assume, that since the UofC doesn't have anything that similarly references credits, that your 4 credit courses will be considered the same as a 3 credit course.


  12. I think it's worth assuming that they'll look at the credit equivalent in your case - but I'll also say that unless there's a course in there that you didn't do very well at that you're worried about them taking into account, at the end of the day it doesn't matter all that much.

    I'm not sure what you mean by "from when I apply" - the UofC looks at all courses completed before December 31st of the year you applied. As well, they don't count by semester, so if they were to ignore the credits and just take the last 20 half courses, they'll just take one class from a semester to fulfill that, not the whole semester.


  13. 3 hours ago, NeverGiveUp said:

    Congratulations!

    Did you get an email?

    Also did you submit your fall term grades?

    Thank you! I did get an email, and I've actually been out of university for a year already.

    2 hours ago, PBateman411 said:

    Congrats! I have similar stats but haven’t received an email yet. Is your LSAT score from November? 

    Thank you! Yes, my score is from November.

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  14. I'm concerned about the fact that OP has switched to a psych major when it was biological sciences that were holding them back. It may have changed since I was in school but in the first two years of a psych major there's a heavy emphasis on brain anatomy as well as the associated organs (in other words - biological science). In second year psych you will have to deal with statistics classes. I don't know what, precisely, the issue was with the biological sciences classes, but I would implore OP to consider more about their new major than it seeming to be "the easiest one to get". Psych is far from the easiest degree to get.

    Also I wanted to note as well that regardless of how many classes you take in your last two years, OP, the UofA looks at the last 60 credits' worth of classes. While this is equivalent to two years of full-time study, if you take four classes per semester in your last two years, the UofA will look to your classes from the year before as well.

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  15. I'm not going to lie, I'm getting a bit antsy as well. I figure if no one has been posting in the acceptance thread then it's worth assuming that not much has gone out yet (or, somehow, all of the people getting offers aren't on here).

    It might take until the end of June for them to send out all the offers, so I recommend you sit tight! That's what I'm telling myself anyway, haha.


  16. Hello! I don't have a whole lot of information, as I'm still waiting on a decision on my application, but here's what I do have:

    https://law.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/2/1l-registration-package-2018-19.pdf

    Basically, for the first three weeks in September and January you will be required to take a block course, which runs from 8:30AM - 5PM.

    It also states that 1Ls are required to take all first-year courses (so all the 400-level courses listed here: https://law.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/2/courses-by-number-2018_0.pdf), and they cannot take 500 or 600-level courses, so you're looking at six courses besides the block courses.

    Aside from that all I can make are assumptions, and I'm not about to assume that the UofC's law courses will be scheduled the same way as their undergrad courses are. Hopefully a current student will come around soon!

    (Also, congrats on being accepted!)

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  17. What's your GPA like for your last 20 half-courses? That's what UCalgary uses, rather than your cumulative. It sounds like your L2 might yield a higher GPA than your cumulative, and that would definitely mean your chances of getting in are higher.

    EDIT - I just saw that your L2 is 3.3, I had assumed that was your cumulative, apologies! Your LSAT score is above the average so I do think it's still worth trying!

    EDIT2 - I reread your post and now I'm a bit confused - you've already obtained an undergrad degree but you've gone back and taken additional university courses, right? Is the L2 you posted just from your undergrad or does it include these most recent courses as well?


  18. 1 minute ago, pasqlaw20 said:

     

    That makes sense! I have 4 full year courses though (started in september and finished in May of my second year). They will need to take two of them to get 20 half years for my L2. Will they take the higher two? The lower two? 

    Ooooh I gotcha! That's a really good question, and it's hard to say. I would assume they'd take the higher two but in this case I'd recommend contacting the school(s) you're interested in and asking them for clarification.

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