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  1. lol I had this same question, I'm going to be coming from work so nothing too fancy, just hoping people don't go hard for this.
  2. I had basically the exact same question so I went out for coffee with two Calgary based lawyers who did the IELP and are currently in a big law firm. Between them, both specialized in energy law at their firm and their comments were overwhelmingly positive. To my knowledge, all of the IELP graduates that they knew got jobs in big law, mostly in Calgary but also in Houston and other US markets. The Houston market - as you probably know since you want to work there - is huge and so while the market is more competitive, there are more jobs. The first person to go through the program did end up working in Houston but both of the lawyers that I spoke to said that he is an extremely exceptional person (had a really high opinion of him) and given that he is the only specific example I can think of you may want to do more research on that. Take everything here with a grain of salt but this is what I remember from the conversations I had. 1. A big thing seems to be employment, so if you don't get a 1L job, which is likely, UCalgary career services apparently has jobs that they prioritize for IELP candidates. You can get broad exposure in multiple types of work settings. 2. The program is really fun and exposes you to people in industry that you wouldn't have access to normally. There's a class where you travel to different major energy cities (Washington, New York, etc) and get to work on policy, regulatory bodies, etc in what I think were week long increments (?). 3. You have the option of working in either country, one of the lawyers mentioned that this was a reassuring thing to her since she could potentially move to the US if the market tanked here and still be relatively hireable by US law firms. 4. It doesn't hurt you if you are participating in the Calgary recruit. Employers understand the IELP better now than they did when it was first starting out and at least some are starting to look favourably at it. You just need to be up front that you are participating/applied to participate in the program when you are interviewing for 1L, 2L jobs. 5. IELP self selects to a certain extent, so students who go into it tend to be at least somewhat better than average (you already have to be in the upper 50% of the class but you know what I mean). I think that speaks to what habsfan said. 6. Initially moving to Houston (if you start in Calgary) can be tough because you don't know anybody, but that the atmosphere in Houston is really friendly and you can make friends quickly. Those were sort of my main takeaways but I'm sure there's more to it so I would recommend reaching out to people who have participated in the program, which you might be able to do by contacting the law faculty directly and asking them to put you in touch with graduates.
  3. I don’t really want to go into much more detail on the program or whatever (cuz internet and personal details blah blah) but the field is essentially studying law from a particular perspective - not as practitioner obviously. I think that i do want to make legal writing and the general topic of the MA part of my career, but as a supplement to, not a replacement of, being a lawyer.
  4. Thanks all for the feedback, I’m going to reach out to the admissions vice-dean early next week and explain my situation. Their willingness to allow me a deferral will likely be a big factor in the decision making process.
  5. Hey guys, I wanted to crowdsource some opinions on my choice rn. I have been accepted to law school (at my current institution), and also recently found out I got into my dream MA program. The MA is one year, allows me to continue doing the research/work that I have been doing in my undergrad (which is fairly substantial, I will graduate with one journal article and two chapters in a university press academic multi-author book) and is something that I am very passionate about. The fees are also quite low and because the entire program is only a year it would be quite affordable. At the same time, I do ultimately want to be a lawyer and this postpones that by a year, plus I would have to go through the application process again. In addition, if I reject the offer I have received and then apply again the following year I'm not sure how that's seen - perhaps negatively. The law school I was accepted to is also likely the one I want to go to and I really like the faculty I've met, as well as the legal community in that city. To be clear, the field of law that I want to practice in (write in, etc) is related closely to the MA program, which makes the decision a little trickier. Anyways, perspectives on this would be much appreciated - if you have any particular insight or anything at all I would really benefit. I have only two weeks to make a decision on it and I'm a bit stressed haha.
  6. I'd tend to think that even if you do have quite strong political beliefs that you're likely not going around telling everybody about them at law school (unless u don't care about your network)
  7. I have a research grant to write a journal article with a prof that's cross appointed with law and history, so I wanna do that and potentially get one last publication credential that's technically attached to my undergrad. I also am working for my brother's company but that's pretty laid back (60 hours a month). I'm thinking I also want to travel around a bit, though I don't want to do like month long stretches. Definitely don't want to do anything else that's law related! I feel like I can finally take a breath and not have to worry about law school/getting in to law school for the first time in a long time and I am going to savour that.
  8. Hey, I wrote my LSAT in the spring after 3rd year of my undergraduate. I can't really think why you wouldn't want to write then unless you needed to take a lot of classes to graduate on time. The main advantage is that it gives you sufficient time to do a September re-write or even January if you are unhappy with your score. At the same time, you should have sufficient time to study (2 months +/-) and will be able to focus more exclusively even if you work part time or have one class.
  9. Hey, Based on your LSAT I would say that you do not have a very good chance of getting into U of C. If you look at the waitlist thread in the U of C there are people who are waitlisted with mid 150s LSAT and 3.9 which suggests that even if you get placed on that list that the competition will be quite tight. If your extracurriculars are very strong or you have extensive work experience that might help you given that Calgary is holistic, but at the same time I tend to think that there are quite a few applicants who would have similar levels of extracurricular involvement. I found the Kaplan prep course to be very helpful as well as cost effective if you go with the online classes one. Best of luck!
  10. Hey! As I'm sure you have seen, the average GPA/LSAT last admissions cycle was 3.66/161. Based on what you've said about your extracurriculars, combined with your very high gpa I would say you would have a strong file. That being said, if you're anything like me, and you want to mitigate anxiety/risk + can easily afford it (both time and money), it might be a good idea to re-write the LSAT. You don't want to have a bad LSAT nagging at you when you're putting your application together and since you have so much time till the admissions cycle you have plenty of time to practice and get up to your target score. Best of luck!
  11. Hey y'all, For those who are accepted, do you think we should start a FB group? I noticed that the group for 2021 was made mid-February and it might be helpful for people who are looking to coordinate housing, etc.
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