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  1. I'm a 2L, and having experienced 1L in person, I can say that the online platform takes almost all the joy out of law school. This is saying a lot since I'm now taking courses I'm actually interested in and doing activities that are far more interesting than in 1L. Not saying that what you are experiencing is not valid, but just note that whatever the experience is, it is likely much inferior to what it would have been in-person. Here's hoping that at least September next year we can all go back to filling physical bums in physical seats.
  2. Will be tough, with those stats you will probably be on the wait list for some time. The new personal statement component may work in your favour if you write a really strong and compelling one.
  3. I watched a few videos for entertainment. I don't think much would apply in a Canadian law school context. If you want to "get ahead" I would talk to an actual law student who you think has been successful.
  4. I'm not sure if this is your problem, but my advice may nonetheless help. From your description of briefing cases, I feel that maybe you are getting mired in the details. In the beginning of 1L, I was so obsessed with the facts that I missed the forest for the trees. Eventually I learned that the details didn't matter much and they actually prevented me from applying the ratio to situations that weren't exact replicas of the facts in the case. It sounds scary, but try to distill the facts into as broad of a summary as possible and how the ratio applies to these pertinent facts. Also speak to your professors on how they think the case would apply to other facts. Usually they are happy to elaborate on how this case would apply to other sets of facts (if you're afraid of taking up too much space or appearing like a gunner, do it during office hours). Also, I agree with everyone else that your colleagues are either delusional about their understanding or boasting (or both). I found there was a lot of bravado signaling in 1L where people alleged to do so little and understand so much. Ignore the noise, everyone has their own process of coping with a new learning environment.
  5. Assuming the 82.5 is a UBC GPA, I'm surprised you were rejected last year with a 165, but I guess you were right at the threshold with a 91.46 index. At 166 you're at 91.66, I think you'd be in later in the cycle if not through waitlist. Make a really strong personal statement, as I've heard that's considered now.
  6. I sense a lot of parental pressure to pursue a "prestigious" line of work. There is nothing wrong with just working after your undergrad for a few years while you figure things out. Make sure that whatever you do, you are doing it because you want to and not because you don't want to let down your family.
  7. definitely the best part of law school. Or if you're older, 3 years of reliving your youth. I hate covid so so much.
  8. I really echo this sentiment. I'm a 2L and find my motivation much lower this year than in 1L. Being cooped up in your apartment and doing law school remotely is not fun at all. OP, I would take the online platform into consideration, but I also get the sense that your concerns stem from a deeper issue with the study of law itself. I think quitting when you realize you don't want to do this is a really smart decision. However, I would maybe wait for a few more months, at least until you've finished your first term. I enjoyed second term much more than first as classes delved deeper into case law and you find your bearings on how to read cases/statutes and apply them to a set of facts (which I think has a logical element to it that's reminiscent of the LSAT).
  9. You have the same LSAT as Elle Woods. Iconic. I think you'll be in at all the schools you apply to.
  10. Anyone know if summer student hiring is being reduced, specifically in Vancouver/Toronto? I have a hunch articling positions are a bit harder to find than years past, but the firms I've been speaking to seem to indicate they are not reducing the number of summer students they plan to hire. I realize that I am most likely getting only a partial view of the situation given I'm a 2L and the firms I've talked to are the ones participating in firm tours/networking sessions.
  11. in past years, the auto admit index was 92 and depending on the year, cut off for regular category admission has been anywhere from 91.1-91.5 this year may be different as ubc changed their admission criteria to place a heavier emphasis on the personal statement, so it’s difficult to tell. From past year’s data though, a 91.39 index would be borderline.
  12. I'd say in at UVic (possibly a later acceptance), and borderline at UBC (you may have to be on a waitlist)
  13. If UBC did not ask for contact information, they wouldn't reach out to anyone. However, you should give a heads up to your verifiers for UVic; when I applied two years ago, they called all my verifiers. Note that I was borderline admit at UVic when they called.
  14. My experience at WorkSafe was similar to this, I just want to add that I had to do a test that was very similar to a fact pattern law school exam.
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