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  1. Lol that makes the two of us! I also have this fear but you know what? You got in because the admissions team obviously thought you were academically strong enough for that school. People's backgrounds are so varied that you don't really know for certain that because you have a lower GPA and lower LSAT that you would necessarily do worse than your peers. I also believe that you can grow and push yourself further in a room of people smarter than you. While getting good grades is nice, education should also be about pushing yourself, cultivating the mind and growing as an individual. My undergrad was a transformative experience and I expect law school to be the same. Are you up for the challenge?
  2. If they sell those at UVic (I don't even know what they're called), I'm sold.
  3. Totally agree with this. At 22, you should be independent even if you live at home.
  4. Is cost a factor? Renting your own place while you're not working (or working part-time) for three years could mean a lot of debt. If not, I would tend to agree with the others and go with Calgary. You already have a support system there, so it's not like you're entirely on your own. Also, maybe you could move a month or two earlier to work out a routine when living on your own.
  5. Hey, totally know how you feel. I am an over-worrier and had the exact same thoughts a few months ago. What really helped was writing all my fears in a journal, even worst-case scenarios. Having a plan in case I didn't get in anywhere was comforting. Should this happen, I was going to take x and y steps to boost my application for the following year. Exercising regularly also helps to calm down the nerves. Good luck! I think you have a great shot. It's still early in the cycle.
  6. Is this happening in Canada? I thought this was a States thing? I have not heard or explicitly seen race being a factor in Canadian law school admissions aside from the Aboriginal category. Economic background is probably a more accurate indicator than race. An A from an Asian person who has to work two jobs and commute 2+ hours a day to pay tuition and bills is different from an A from an Asian person whose parents paid for everything, doesn't have to work and has private tutors to help understand the material.
  7. Yeah I don't think Canada has URM admission categories like in the States. All else being equal, I have not heard of a visible minority getting in with substantially lower stats than their white counterparts.
  8. I would wait until June. A lot of people get in through the wait lists which should come out in the next month or so.
  9. I think so. I would also reach out to the rep at the school you got accepted to. It could be worthwhile to compare interest rates.
  10. Maybe check out Scotiabank. They offer up to $135 k, no co-signor, no asset, no law-related work experience required. You do need to provide proof of enrollment before you can access the funds. Here is a list of the representatives for each school. https://www.scotiabank.com/content/dam/scotiabank/canada/en/documents/Scotiabank_SPSP_representative_English.pdf I suggest you book an appointment with the one closest to you.
  11. Like others have stated, you shouldn't base your decision on getting into law school. Find what you're passionate about and something that intellectually stimulates and challenges you. Your bachelor's degree should be a transformative experience. You are exposed to so many different ideas and schools of thought; coming from high school, it was an intellectual orgasm. My most memorable class was the one I got a B- in. It was in Sociology and totally out of my comfort zone but every class blew my mind. Even in hindsight, I would do it again. To pick the path of least resistance would be to shortchange your university experience.
  12. It depends on where you are and how much you want to improve. My initial diagnostic was in the low 150's; I wanted to get to the high 160's since my GPA wasn't that great. I work a pretty demanding full-time job (50-60 hours/week) and I needed the whole year to get my goal score. If you only need a 5-8 point increase from your diagnostic and you don't have to work/go to school, then 3 months should be enough. I would target the June exam but if you find you need more time, you're still ahead of the game even if you write in September.
  13. I didn't go through all the previous pages so I apologize in advance if this was asked before. Can you describe the difference between Pro Bono Students Canada and the Law Students Legal Advice Program? Can we participate in 1L, and what kind of work would we be doing with our limited knowledge of the law?
  14. Definitely a lot to think about. I'll revisit my finances and see if I can make any modifications to my budget. I'll be going to both welcome day events and I think that will help me get a better feel for both schools.
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