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  1. I would argue you just have to look farther. You can take a city bus to the top of "Mount Tolmie" (or walk easily from UVic), and it might not be a mountain but you will get a great view of the city. If anyone does go to UVic, there is a 1L class in the first 2 weeks where you hike up the other "mount" and see the view of the surrounding area. If you like actual mountains for climbing, then you do have to drive, but there are some nice hikes farther up the island.
  2. From my understanding of the process, scholarship offers are dependent on your index score. So yes, improving your LSAT (and therefore index) would improve the amount offered. I was offered a scholarship that was a minimum quoted amount. When the class was finalized around two weeks into 1L, I was given a higher amount. I guessed that everyone just went up the ladder as students with larger offers declined. BTW I had the exact same LSAT as you, and in hindsight I do wish I had re-taken it to see if I could get a better score with more dedicated studying, and therefore a larger scholarship. As far as I know, EC's do not impact entrance scholarships. However, that shouldn't discourage you from doing them. Law school involves a lot of networking at extra-curricular events (at least, in Victoria where the network is so small it seems like there is a massive emphasis on this). Balancing academics and extra-curriculars is a great skill to improve, because you will probably need it for law school. As other posters have mentioned, UVic focuses more on bursaries than entrance scholarships. Even if you don't get a scholarship, I have heard that the bursary offers are considered really great.
  3. I checked my emails, and last year I received confirmation of the amount of September 9th.
  4. Does anyone have any experience using speech-to-text software and can offer some advice? My accommodation's department decided I should go this route instead of getting more extended time. Unfortunately, with COVID and everything it seems the department is very short staffed and it had been several months since they've been able to help me. I would love some advice on what software to get that would work with the exam software (my school uses Exam4). If you use Dragon, does the home version work, or do you need the legal version? I can't tell if that is only for professionals, or not. As well, I'm a little concerned that when we go back to in-person I won't be able to take notes anymore. Am I supposed to whisper into a headset while the professor lectures lol? Any advice on how you managed mobility issues for law school is welcome. Thanks everyone.
  5. I have some experiences of this from my undergrad. Once I had to deal with a teacher making very transphobic comments in class (lots of stuff about how trans women needed to have their clothes ripped off to reveal their "true gender") that were completely unrelated to the class. I ended up dropping the class and the admin agreed to refund me due to the nature of the incident. He kept teaching and nothing changed. I don't think you want that outcome. Another incident I helped a friend file a complaint about a professor who kept saying racist stuff in our joint class. First we talked to the ombundsperson and she helped us contact the Equity and Human Rights department who address student complaints and retrain teachers as necessary. So I recommend contacting your ombundsperson because they will know your options and there are no risks to talking to them. (The teacher got a reminder to stop being racist, but according to friends who had to take his class he didn't change at all).
  6. Your law school would not have granted you the extensions if they considered them "cheating". Giving weight to incursive thoughts like this can be very damaging for mental health. I have had accommodations and extensions throughout undergrad and law school for various physical disabilities and the mental aspects of them. It's always hardest to self-justify when I accept accommodations for the mental stuff because I always feel like it is things I did to myself, like because it isn't visible it doesn't exist. But in the end, the accommodations are how I was able to learn the material and participate in the classes. You are finished your degree now, so how does questioning the past help you? I think it is even more harmful as it leads you to question your accomplishments.
  7. The administration probably wont finalize your class schedule until the first two weeks of Legal Process (one of your courses) is done. You don't get to choose you courses, but everyone has the same schedule, just split into different sections. The courses are all full year except for Legal Process which is 2 weeks at the start of the year and 1 week in January, and Law, Legislation, and Policy (LLP) which finishes in December.
  8. I have an 11" Mac. I find I can have two documents open at the same time, if I stack them on top of each other. If I want to have more documents easily available, I print them off. Currently I'm working with a printed-off fact pattern, my outline on the top of the screen, and my word doc on the bottom. Yes, its annoying. If you are a visual person it might not work for you. But I love that my laptop fits in a purse and I can take it anywhere. I live off campus and take the bus, so portability is important to me.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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."
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
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