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  1. Update: they released the official decision letter and mentioned that the decision to be waitlisted is partially based on the fact that they are already assured of my passive bilingualism because waitlisted students can't be guaranteed to be able to take first year courses in their preferred language. I didn't do an interview.
  2. My study abroad was only one semester, and no, I didn't take the LSAT abroad. I finished my undergrad, did my masters, worked for a few years, and then applied for law school.
  3. Go πŸ‘ study πŸ‘ abroad πŸ‘ If it's something you want to do, DO IT. You will learn so much, gain independence, become familiar with a new culture and possibly a new language, and connect with people you never could have otherwise. These are all great things. Your grades for the semesters might be a little bit lower than they would be if you stay home, but ultimately I think that a study-abroad program says more about the type of person you are and the kind of experiences you've had than your GPA alone. You can use all sorts of experiences from your time abroad in your personal statement. I think what you stand to gain is worth much more than what you stand to lose in the couple of hundredths that your overall GPA might drop. As long as you actually study, you should be fine. I say this as someone who did an exchange in her third year. I also had to submit my transcript from that school and my grades abroad were SIGNIFICANTLY lower than my grades in Canada (understandably so; I was taking courses and writing assignments in a different language). I still got in. My only other piece of advice, depending on which country you're going to, is to covet the official transcript they give you. Don't give it away. Definitely don't throw it away. Keep it safe and make some notarized copies to attach to applications.
  4. I don't see this topic addressed yet. I got notice that I have been waitlisted today. CGPA: 3.71 LSAT: 158
  5. Personally, I would complete your MA and not worry too much about attending law school this year. I did an MA and I am very grateful for the relationships with my professors and cohort that resulted. Having the extra experience of a graduate degree can only help you. Law school will always be there, and if you get accepted this time around, there's no reason to think you won't get accepted next time. If the MA excites you, don't leave room for any regrets; you likely won't have the time to do it after law school, so why not do it now? Those are my two cents. Good luck with your decision!
  6. The only issues I could see arising from this are the same issues that would come out of sharing your personal information with people that you don't know; do you really want to share your personal details with strangers from the internet? (Of course, you never specified if these were people you know personally or if they are people from this website). The other possibility is that your personal statement and CV could be plagiarized by some of these well-meaning enquirers, which would not be a nice feeling. I doubt you'd get into trouble for it, but it wouldn't necessarily be a good thing for you to allow your hard work to be copied.
  7. Maritime connection doesn't have to be about where you are born. I was born out West and I chose to live on the East coast for seven years. You can do it, too: all it takes is one year (out of school/working) to become a resident of a province. Setting a threshold in order to accept the "best students" presupposes that LSAT scores and GPAs are the best/only factors in determining a student's success at a particular university. Some schools use this method, others don't. UNB seems to veer more on the side of holistic.
  8. At this point I think the idea of "reserved seats" is hearsay considering that none of the schools have outright said that they hold x number of seats for students from provinces/territories A, B, C; they have at most stated that there is a preference. In Ontario there are five law schools that I can think of off the top of my head, so the schools that have a preference for students without law schools in their home province are hardly a threat to students from Ontario who not only have plenty of choice but also a multitude of exclusive scholarships and funding opportunities that students from away don't get to enjoy. It's all give and take. Regardless of all this, some advice: You might yet get in to UNB, so there's no point speculating about admissions statistics, dashed hopes, and wasted money. I would caution you against disparaging other people's successes just because their scores are lower than yours and you feel entitled to an offer you might not even accept. Once you're in law school, none of these numbers will matter. What will matter is how well you're able to get along with your cohort, and if you're in a class with only 92 peolple and think that many of them got in because of a Maritime connection and not because they merited their admission, that small class size might turn out to be more of a curse than a blessing. Whether you intended it or not, you're coming off as resentful and jealous, and that's not a great attitude to have if you plan to make connections. If you really want to go to UNB, be happy for all the people who have gotten in so far no matter where they're from or what their scores are, because you could be classmates come September.
  9. It's right there under the admissions categories: "The use of a regional preference in the selection process recognizes UNB Law’s ties to the Atlantic region. It is not intended to discourage national and international applicants. On the contrary, UNB consciously fosters diversity in its student body, including geographical and cultural diversity. A number of offers are reserved for residents of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island. " (https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/law/admissions/first-year/admissions-categories.html) So you can hardly be surprised that they actually put their regional preference to use. I would caution the use of the word "discriminatory" in this circumstance. There may be a heavier weight placed on regional ties than other schools, but UNB is by no means exclusive. People from outside of the Maritimes have gotten admitted in the past and will continue to get admitted into the future, and I think that crying "discrimination" is a slippery slope towards diminishing the effects that actual discrimination can have on a group or a community. EDIT: And I'd like to add, again, that there's no reason to believe the out-of-province applicants who have posted here won't be admitted. You just haven't been admitted yet. Take a step back for a few minutes and breathe.
  10. Like many things in life, not all these decisions are about numbers. You don't know what their ECs or references were like, so you can't say that they only got in over you because of the Maritime connection. I suppose you're entitled to your frustration and anxiety because waiting for decisions is the pits, but the waitlist for UNB doesn't come out until July so it's not over yet.
  11. Well, both of those provinces have their own schools. Students currently attending university or living in those provinces have the option to study law in their home provinces. Not to mention that students from Manitoba have the option of going next door to Ontario and students from Saskatchewan have the option of going to Alberta. I'm sure schools in the prairies have seats reserved for students from the Territories for the same reason. I do know that when you apply to the university of Saskatchewan, they ask you about any connections you have to Saskatchewan. An important consideration when deciding which law school to go to (and when a law school decides which students to accept) is whether or not the student is likely to work in the region in which they studied. Schools like UNB are likely looking for students that will remain in the Maritimes or in Newfoundland. Like I said, none of this is to say that you won't get in, but to me it seems like the schools are making sure they give a chance to those students who meet a certain residency criteria before they look elsewhere, especially since seats are limited, but I wouldn't say that that is an unfair criteria.
  12. To be fair, I think the reason that they have a "clear preference" for people from the East coast is that there are only two law schools (Dal and UNB) to serve four provinces (NB, NS, PEI and NL). For example, I know that both UNB and Dalhousie reserve a certain number of seats for applicants from Newfoundland since Newfoundland does not have a law school. That's not to say that they won't ever accept you, it just means that their admission criteria are a bit different.
  13. What about people who are from out of province and therefore don't qualify for OSAP? I will be applying to my province's student loan program, but I wonder where that puts me for funding from the university?
  14. I'm leaving my full-time job and taking the whole summer off starting mid-June (just in time for my birthday). Then, I'm visiting my parents who live abroad for a month, coming back home and doing some of the fun things I never got to do in my province when I was working, and then driving across half the country to get to where I'm going. Should be a hectic, stressful, exciting time.
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