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  1. UVic definitely has a great support for LGBT2Q+ students. The trans archives is a research-focused organization, but they do put on events that students can attend. Other than that, the OUTLaws (queer law students) group is great and very active, the bathrooms in the fraser building are gender inclusive, and most of the teachers put directions in the course syllabi explaining how to support your gender-diverse classmates. However, Victoria is a pretty small city so the LGBT2Q+ community is small also.
  2. I choose to go to UVic because of the low tuition and to live with my extended family (free rent is a godsend in Victoria). My family is also comfortably middle class and I know they would be willing to pay for my education, but I still haven't asked them to help out. I hesitate to ask them for money because I had a very frugal childhood and I know they worked hard to get to the point where they are now comfortably retired. Luckily, we have a close relationship. I try to get over my guilt by talking to them openly about money. I had a conversation with them where I presented them with a budget I made that projected until I finished law school, and explained how long I thought my savings would last and everything I was doing to reduce costs. I don't know your situation, but for me my parents just want me to succeed and be happy, and offering to pay my fees is how they show they believe in me and support me. I don't have to be guilty because for them it isn't a waste of money, it's an investment in me. Being super clear with each other meant that we could openly respect the actions we were both taking (my parents respect how I try to reduce costs, I respect how generous they are). Again I don't know your circumstances but assuming your dad raised you, you can already never repay him for all he has done, and in my mind it's not "taking advantage" when it is a gift. However there could be other factors we don't know that may be influencing your decision. However if your relationship is already strained, money usually makes the situation worse. My partner's relationship with his parents is extremely strained, but they currently channel all their grievances into a fight over how much tuition money each parent provides to the kids. Money can turn bad relationships ugly, but obviously, this is an extreme example. If you do choose to go to UVic I find it is an amazing, supportive school and I wouldn't want to be studying anywhere else. Beyond location, I would look into what courses each school offers (I think UVic is limited compared to larger schools), clinics, academic supports for mental health and such. UVic has the amicus program, which offers group and individual tutoring for free, a dedicated counsellor just for the law students, and cultural supports. Have you lived away from home before? I moved to the Quebec for a year and realized the west coast really spoils you for good weather. I don't know a lot of winter sports, so I mostly watched instagram stories of my friends frolicking in cherry blossoms while my iphone froze to death every time I left the house. It was depressing. I've done long distance relationships and technology helps a lot, but they suck. Video calling is not the same as a hug. Whatever you choose, I think your dad would respect the fact that you are taking this decision seriously. From his point of view: Do you think he would want to know that you choose which school to go to based on not wanting to upset him?
  3. Don't go to UBC, but the email from the dean was shared with a UVic group: "UBC made an additional grading option available on Friday that would allow faculties to introduce a modified pass/fail option, called Credit/D/Fail, in which students could keep their original grade or elect to have their grade replaced by “Credit” (55-100%), a “D” (50%-54.9%), or an “F”. Based on extensive deliberations by the Academic Procedures Committee and input directly from students – and in light of developments at other Canadian law schools and other faculties at UBC – I have decided that we will adopt an opt-in Cr/D/F approach. Students will be able to opt into the Cr/D/F on a course by course basis after having seen their grades."
  4. Typing speed is probably the #1 thing I wish I had worked on because it will make a difference in all your areas of study, in taking notes in class, in getting the most out of limited exam time, and in your future career also. Typing Club and Ratatype are good free websites. If you have an old laptop: clean it up, delete old files, organize where you will put your school documents. You will need extra space on your computer for whatever exam software your school uses. I also would recommend figuring out a good study set-up/posture. Law school will fuck up your back and shoulders if you don't figure this out. I read Getting to Maybe before my exams and I felt like it really helped me because I had no idea how to format them. But, as other posters have mentioned, it is meant for someone already in law school so it might be a bit early for that. The summer before law school I read a couple law-related books, like Eggshell Skull (set in Australia, autobiography of a law student during her clerkship, deals with the issues of access to justice for sexual assault survivors). Also I would highly recommend the CBC series Burden of Truth. It's a cross between a small-town soap opera/How to Get Away With Murder-type mystery series. I think it does a pretty good job of showing issues in the legal field in Canada (in a super dramatic way). The second and third season deal with the over-representation of Indigenous peoples in jail and on remand, and the issues with our child welfare system.
  5. Totally agree! Sorry I should have been more clear that I choose to not apply to McGill for personal reasons, not because I worried I wouldn't pass the french test. One of those reasons just happened to be that I didn't want to stress myself out doubly by studying law in two languages. I more so made this post to encourage people to go beyond Duolingo if they want to learn a language, because online stuff wont prepare you enough for in-person interaction. I enjoy that when there are french passages in cases I can understand them. And I ended up referencing a Quebec case in an essay which I wouldn't have been able to do if I didn't know the language because there wasn't a translated version available. As well it is nice to have an extra thing to talk about with someone when networking. In BC I find a smaller proportion of the population speaks French so it makes a memorable connection when you meet another speaker.
  6. If you want to learn French to a level that would help you in your career, I highly recommend the Explore program. It's a 1 month summer immersion in a French region in Canada and the tuition and board is paid for by the government if you are a current university student. A slight warning for those who may think it is easy to learn another language: I went to high school in a small town and somehow graduated with zero french knowledge. Then I made some friends from Montreal in university and started thinking about law school at McGill. I did the Explore program twice. The first summer it was a shock to me how difficult it really is to learn a language. By the end of it I could function in daily life (shopping, transit, restaurants) with only minor embarrassment. I took a night class in French that year and returned and did another summer of Explore in a different location. By the end of the second summer I could argue politics, function without minor embarrassment, and *almost* talk about my feelings in French. Now, admittedly I'm not the most gifted with languages. But after two summers of full immersion I decided that going to law school would be hard enough in english, and gave up my dreams of McGill (also I lived a year in quebec and found out I hate winter). Conversational language levels and legal language levels are very different things. I have worked for a french organization (in the english department) where all my co-workers were french and we spoke only french in offices and lunch rooms. I lived with francophone roommates. I read french novels and watch french TV shows. Still I would not feel comfortable dealing with legal issues in French. It's just a completely different vocabulary that I have never been exposed to before.
  7. Accepted earlier today by voicemail and email! Applied end of October and forwarded to review in November. Self-calculated and converted GPA 3.84/3.92 with drops, LSAT 166 Will be accepting as Victoria is home
  8. Yeah, just want to chime in and say I submitted in late October and am over the auto-admit but haven't heard back yet. It seems like all the people who have been accepted so far were at the "forwarded for review" phase before I even sent in my application. I think we can chill. Contrarily, as I am not actually chill, do you happen to know when the director is on vacation until?
  9. My application got forwarded to review with all sections "satisfied" on November 6th. I submitted end of October.
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