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  1. No for sure, this has just been on my mind lately and I wanted to make sure that anyone else browsing the thread had as much info as possible. The UofA website says that textbooks will run somewhere around $1500. https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/juris-doctor/tuitions-and-fees
  2. Yikes, that's basically your tuition and maybe a couple months' rent! I'm hoping they offer more, too, for your sake.
  3. The max loan that one is eligible for per year for law school is $22,500 ( https://studentaid.alberta.ca/before-you-apply/loan-limits/annual-loan-limits/) so it won't necessarily cover everything. After tuition (roughly $13,500), you're left with around $9000 to spread out over eight months, and that's IF they approve you for the maximum amount. IMO it's definitely worth going for a government loan first but unless you live at home or otherwise don't have too much in the way of living expenses you're going to need both the LOC/a part time job and the government loan.
  4. Thank you so much! I had tried searching their site but nothing came up. I'll keep the advice in mind as well.
  5. I know that somewhere, at some point, someone posted a list of reps that Scotiabank can contact, or that students can contact, but I can't seem to locate it now. If someone has that link, could they link it here? Thanks so much in advance!
  6. Yeah, the K refers to kindergarten. It means someone who has never been out of school; someone who went from kindergarten to getting their JD with no breaks.
  7. When I told my coworkers, most of them were impressed, except for one, who said to me "so you're going to be a person who does nothing but lies for a living?" That's the only outright negative reaction I've gotten so far.
  8. Agreed. My mental health was in the toilet when I first went to university and I did very poorly. I left and worked for a few years before going back to university and honestly it was the best decision I could have made. I came back more mature, mentally healthy, and ready to work, and it showed in my grades.
  9. It really depends on the school - the UofA, UofC, and UBC don't reject summer courses, for example. I'd recommend you look up any schools you're interested in and read their admissions information to find out for sure. I wouldn't think that law schools would care if some of your undergrad is done online. If I'm understanding your question correctly, you're asking if you can do law courses online in law school, right? I don't believe that's an option at the majority of law schools here in Canada, if not all of them.
  10. I would recommend volunteering in something you're interested in! I was a coordinator for a singing event for a few years. It was great because I love to sing, and got to meet a lot of people who also loved to sing. The position was really hard and stressful but loving the event itself was what kept me going.
  11. For the UofA specifically? No. They only look at your L2 GPA and LSAT score. There is a holistic admissions process if your L2 and/or LSAT are borderline. In that case, they'll look at your personal statement. Volunteering might help you, but it would be better for you to focus on getting good grades in the next two years and a good LSAT score.
  12. It's just an assumption, so I could be wrong! I'm just basing it on the activity I've been seeing on here. It seems like most schools have already sent out their first few rounds of offers and the only threads being updated are the waitlist and rejection threads.
  13. I think it would be worth studying to re-take the LSAT and re-apply next year with a higher score. It might end up being a waste of time, but IMO if you haven't heard from anywhere yet I think the best you can hope for at this point is a waitlist. Better to have wasted that time and get in than not getting in anywhere and finding yourself with not enough time to study.
  14. Agreed, it would be better to retake the LSAT than worry about taking extra courses. If you can get your LSAT up to even a 164 it should compensate for a lower GPA. Also you're in luck as far as the UofA goes, since they're strictly a stats-based school and I doubt that they'll pay too much attention to a failed class beyond what effect it had on calculating your L2, unless they're looking at your application holistically. From what I've read it seems like they only go holistic as a last resort so it's not worth worrying about IMO. (For reference, I got in this year with a 160 and a 3.7. All is not lost!) EDIT - Also rather than looking at the GPA for your one semester, calculate it with the rest of your courses as a whole and see how far down one 3.6 semester brings your overall 3.9. If you can keep your grades at around 3.9 for the rest of your degree, then what GPA will you have? You might still be able to apply without retaking the LSAT if your GPA is still around 3.8. But again, I'd suggest retaking the LSAT.
  15. Do you think a black jacket with a white blouse and pants is appropriate? Or is it maybe too much of a contrast?
  16. I'm not sure about the UofA, but I know that the UofC will consider undergrad-level courses taken after your degree; they actually recommend doing so if you want to raise your GPA. You can check their GPA FAQ about halfway down the page here: https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/how-to-apply/assessment-of-applications EDIT - Okay, I found it on the UofA's site as well: "Will you count courses completed after a degree? Courses that are transferable to the U of A, completed as a "special student" or "unclassified student", will be used in the admission GPA, so long as they are not introductory level courses." From https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/juris-doctor/admissions/faq#PostDegreeCourses In other words, you'll be okay to take 100-level courses to boost your GPA for the UofC, but you'll have to take something at a higher level for the UofA.
  17. What all have you tried already? I got great use out of the Khan Academy's free LSAT prep, and I picked up the PowerScore Logical Reasoning Bible as a supplement since that was my biggest weakness. Khan Academy is great but they don't have a huge selection of questions so if you're really struggling on a certain section then the same questions start to pop up and it gets to the point where you've memorized the answers, and that's not helpful at all. I liked the PowerScore book because it not only explained how to work through a problem, but explained how the LSAT test makers structure questions and the best strategies to recognize a certain kind of question and quickly find the answer that they're looking for.
  18. Exactly! My mind got made up for me.
  19. I checked and didn't see one so I hope this wasn't posted already. L2: 3.77 LSAT: 160 Was probably my LORs that did me in; didn't have any from professors, only work and volunteer references. Not many ECs either, and I worded something pretty poorly in my PS, I think.
  20. I'm also aiming for end of July, just so that I have time to get settled rather than worrying about moving and unpacking in the few days before school starts in September. Some places will let you secure a lease a couple months before you intend to move in so I'm going to start looking at places soon!
  21. Hello! I'm in a similar position - at my work I am in a management position and I wear a lot of hats, so to speak, so replacing me is a difficult task. I had intended to give my boss two or three months' notice so that they have time to hire someone and train them before I leave. Another higher up person was leaving and I was offered their position but had to turn it down because of going back to school, so I had to tell them last month but so far it's been fine! I guess my point is that you should consider how long they'll need to train someone to replace you when you give your notice, as well as those factors you mentioned in your first post. I agree that two or three months is a good amount of notice to give.
  22. I'm just working my full-time job, having fun with my hobbies, and saving up to pay tuition deposits and move to attend school, honestly. If I'm lucky I'll have enough saved up so that I don't have to work the month before school starts but we will see. I feel that nagging "be productive" voice too, though, but I'm taking care of that by organizing my apartment and trying to start a side business (will it get off the ground? Unlikely, but it's fun to try).
  23. According to the UofA's student profile for last September https://www.ualberta.ca/law/programs/juris-doctor/admissions/applicant-profile, there were five people admitted with a 3.9 and a 150-152 LSAT, and one person admitted with a 4.0 and a 150-152 LSAT. So I would say your chances are slim but there's still hope!
  24. 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.
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