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  1. You would also need to bring your LSAT to around 164/165 for UBC and 163/164 for UVic to be safe.
  2. I understand where you're coming from. I'll be starting at a school where my gpa is on the lower end and it is a valid concern. I think I can mitigate it as I made some mistakes in undergrad that I hopefully wouldn't repeat as a wiser adult. I'm not yet in law school though, so I can't really speak to this. I'll let others who have gone through the experience chime in.
  3. If you aren't sure or indifferent as to which city you'd like to practice in, I would pick school A. It sounds like school A has more going for it and is in a city that you prefer to live in (over the next 3 years at least). I noted that you put down where you stand academically compared to their incoming class. Is this a concern about how you'd perform compared to your peers?
  4. I would echo @Tagger's estimate of $1,500-$1,600. Price would obviously depend on location, age of building and proximity to transit. Generally, farther east you go, the less expensive it'll be.
  5. BC's new empty homes tax and real estate slump has also opened up a lot of rental units. From personal and anecdotal experience, it's much easier now than it was 2 years ago to find and negotiate rent. That being said, you're still looking at $1,700-$2,000/month for a 1-bedroom in the city and roughly $800-$1,000 for a room in a shared space.
  6. Anyone encounter issues with PCs, especially with exam software? I specifically have a Surface Pro.
  7. As a 0L this discussion is interesting. I remember attending a law school panel for undergrad students where one of the speakers was a Bond graduate. Someone asked her if there were disadvantages to going abroad and she said that employers were actually more interested in her foreign degree because it was more exotic and different than the regular Canadian law school applicants'. Mind you this was about 10 years ago. I found her comment strange then but no one asked further questions. It made me wonder though, a la Carrie Bradshaw style, if the perception of foreign law grads has changed over the past 10+ years. Are foreign grads more stigmatized now than they were 10 years ago when the main option was Bond? Or conversely, are they less stigmatized as more and more UK and Australian grads are practicing in Canada?
  8. Omg CONGRATULATIONS!!! You've been waiting for so long and absolutely DESERVE THIS. Go celebrate!
  9. I think Schulich's BBA is still the best option. Look, you're still in high school. You have no idea if you would change your mind in 4+ years. Maybe you absolutely love Finance, HR, Marketing, whatever and decide to pursue that instead. If you don't end up in law school, Schulich's BBA holds a great reputation and would open a lot of doors. It's also a direct-entry vs Queen's and Western's options where it's still a "maybe". Don't pick a program because you think it would be easy to get A's. If you do go to law school, you'll be competing with people who got A's and A-'s from some of the toughest programs. Treat your undergrad as a training ground to improve yourself and expand your mind.
  10. Lol that's reassuring. Oh well, guess I'll find out in a little over a year.
  11. That sounds about right. I did a break-even analysis taking into account opportunity cost and assuming everything goes super smoothly, it would take 8.5 years after law school to break even. THEN I'll start making money. For my parents' sake though, it's 3 years.
  12. When I told my family I got into law school, the first thing my parents said was "so you won't be making any money for three years?".
  13. one of my hardest couses and lowest grade was a third-year sociology of sexuality class i took for "fun". Enlightening though.
  14. When I applied to law school, I thought I wanted to stay in BC due to personal reasons but things have changed and I'm actually considering both Vancouver and Toronto markets now. I would specifically be interested in getting information about summer positions at a Bay St firm coming from UBC. I know everyone here says to go to school where you want to practice but when I applied, I didn't think I would even consider Toronto so I only applied to BC schools and now all the deadlines for applications have passed. I also don't have the budget for the really high tuition at the Toronto schools. So my question is: how competitive are UBC students for Bay St jobs? From information I've gathered, it appears most UBC students opt out of the Toronto recruit but for those who participate, a good chunk (like 40%) landed Toronto jobs. Can anyone speak to this or share their experience? I heard that a B+ average would be needed for Vancouver jobs. Does this apply for Toronto as well?
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