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  1. Start your assignments/papers early. I've always thought I worked well under pressure. All throughout high school and university I always did my papers last minute and got good grades. Turns out, it doesn't work that well in law school. Start early, do some research (if allowed), make an outline, create a draft, leave it for a day or two, read it again, and revise. We had two assignments in first term, and this made the difference between a B- and an A- for me.
  2. Unless you significantly improve your LSAT (in the high 160's at least), you most likely would not get into UBC. Are you Indigenous? If you are, you should talk to an Allard advisor about applying in the Indigenous category. You'd still need to improve that LSAT though. Also agree with the above poster that if you plan to go back to the States, it makes sense to go to law school there instead of Canada.
  3. I ask myself this question every other day.
  4. I did powerscore a long time ago and switched to 7sage. I found 7Sage much better. It's structured as online classes and you go at your own pace. Great for flexibility but you also need to keep yourself accountable. If you can afford it, I would recommend 7Sage combined with private tutoring. I did just 7Sage and tons of practice tests. It paid off in the end but if I had had a private tutor, it might have been a little less painful.
  5. I know many native speakers who also didn't finish their readings. It was a lot... I also have yet to find the right direction for law school, so you are in good company! I hope second term gets better for us
  6. Rooting for you, @capitalttruth! Your stats look great for Queen's.
  7. Didn't @Luckycharm graduate law school already?
  8. 1L at UBC here. I was also deciding between UVic and UBC earlier this year. I ended up choosing UBC because I wanted to work in Vancouver and the cost factor (I was able to live at home and save $$$). I was also worried about the competitiveness at UBC but so far it hasn't been an issue. People are super friendly and collaborative, much more so than in undergrad. It was really easy to make friends and form study groups despite the fact that I'm not that outgoing. There is competitiveness in the sense that everyone is trying their best and striving to be above average but I doubt that that's uniquely a UBC thing. The small group you're placed in also makes a difference. I've heard some posters say their small group is very corporate focused but I found mine to be the opposite - full of social justice and public interest folks. The school is also large enough that you will probably find people with similar interests as you. If you are interested in criminal law, the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic and the Innocence Project are also great experiential learning opportunities. I'm not sure how competitive these are but an upper year told me that if you're really interested in clinic placements, you should be able to get into one but it may not be your top choice. You could also volunteer at LSLAP within the first month of law school. I didn't do this, but I know people who were going to court in their third month of law school.
  9. Funny story...I'm in my late twenties and was hesitant to disclose my age to my group of law school friends. At a party a few weeks later the topic came up and we realized we were all roughly the same age with 1-2 years apart. Definitely a lot in the late twenties crowd.
  10. I think UBC has the edge if you're interested in Asian legal studies. There are a few professors who specialize in that area and UBC has exchange/dual degree options with Asian law schools. From what I've heard, there's also an alumni base that's practicing in Asia. That being said, it's probably not worth $50 k extra. If you can live with family and save that money, then do it. If you're planning to stay in Canada doing some kind of work that's related to Asia, either school will get you there. If you want to work as a lawyer in Asia, then maybe go to an Asian law school?
  11. The advice here has been great. If you are having a mental breakdown, get some help. You're more than your GPA, LSAT or the law school you go to.
  12. How do you define "top" Canadian schools?
  13. UBC changed their admission policy this year to 1/3 LSAT, 1/3 GPA, 1/3 PS. It will be interesting to see if this has an effect on the entrance stats.
  14. Confidence drills for me are doing easy questions fast. So, for example, doing the first 15 questions in 15 minutes so you bank time to do the harder ones. The idea is that you don't need 100% certainty for easier questions. If an answer looks right, then just choose it. The idea is to build your intuition and "confidence" so you don't waste time needlessly ensuring that an easy answer is right. It sounds kind of stupid, but that's how I managed to get more time for harder questions that I skipped or were later in the section. Again, experiment with skipping strategies and timing. What worked for me may not work for you. It took me a several tests to figure this out.
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