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  1. Sometimes transcripts are expected to be sent directly from the university to a 3rd party (eg a graduate school that you're applying to) so it's not obvious to send them to the student that requested them
  2. I'm not sure those extra 3 inches will sufficiently address the problem. I find students are either fine with their 12-13" laptops or they want an external monitor to use at home. I sometimes found my 13" MBP to be too small when trying to refer to multiple sources at once. I'm currently writing a summary on my laptop with notes screened on my TV for easier reference because split screen on my laptop isn't large enough for me. If money were no issue, I'd definitely supplement my 13" MBP with an external monitor at home. It looks like waiting until you start school before buying isn't ideal, so why not try split screening a doc/PDF/PPT on one half and take notes in a doc on the other and see how it feels. (Though, I found myself often needing/wanting 3 screens open at once. Despite this, I'll likely buy a 13" again when I need a new laptop.)
  3. Thanks @LeoandCharlie. I do almost all of these except for budget. Need to make one ASAP.
  4. Hi guys. I'm not financially savvy. I'm relying on OSAP & a line of credit for law school (1L). No prospect of paid work this summer. Still paying rent. Need to make a ~$3000 purchase this summer. I'm just wondering if anyone could offer some general financial advice without getting into the details of my personal finances. Are there alternatives to CERB for us, since a lot of us won't qualify for it? Should we take CERB and pay it back on our taxes next year? I believe interest rates on PSLOCs have dipped. How high can we expect them to jump up and when? Any insight into whether and how covid will otherwise affect our PSLOCs or OSAP in the nearish future? Are there alternatives means to financial assistance that are now better than a PSLOC? I really have no idea. I'm sure many of these are stupid questions. I'm just trying to navigate all of this. I've gone through the past 6 weeks not thinking about finances much differently than usual and I think it's time I get a better understanding of what's happening financially, what to expect, and how to strategize for best outcomes.
  5. Current or past students at UO who got OCIs: what were your 1L grades?
  6. Thanks @LegalQueen96. I'm familiar with the course descriptions. I'm looking for more information on assigned readings. I'm enrolled on CLH and high on the waitlist for PIL.
  7. I'm having a tough time deciding between the two. Does anyone have the syllabus for either from a previous year?
  8. It's up to you to convince the admissions committee that your PhD is valuable to your potential as a law student in your PS. Highlight the skills you developed, achievements you attained, perspectives you gained, etc. and tell them why all of that makes you valuable to the faculty of law. And I imagine you'll be expected to explain the career change.
  9. Honestly, I think my MA had a really good impact on my application. For reference, my undergrad stats were 3.4 cGPA, 3.7 L2 (IIRC), 157/160 LSAT, applied Access -- so I'm not far off from you @tortured. Briefly, it was an opportunity for me to prove that my weak academic performance from years 1 and 2 is behind me and to add a third year of strong academic performance (in addition to years 3 and 4 from undergrad) to my transcript. It helped me advocate to the admissions committees that my L2 is more indicative of my abilities than my cGPA. There are a few other ways I think my MA helped that I'd be willing to discuss through DM. I'm really hesitant to encourage anyone to pursue an MA for the mere sake of improving their chances of being admitted to law school, though. If the MA isn't something you WANT to do, I suspect high chances of a mediocre performance, which might actually hurt your application. But maybe that's the case for returning to undergrad for extra course work to bump one's cGPA too? I also think a poorly written PS can have a significant negative effect on admissions and some should consider seeking (lots of) advice on their PS before jumping into another year of school to boost grades. But I'm an 0L, so what do I know.
  10. Yes, you only enrol in a small group for the fall, thematic for the winter. The rest will be done for you. The email:
  11. When did OP say they were placed on academic suspension? edit: I interpreted when OP says they were forced to withdraw, they meant their mental health forced them to withdraw, not the university.
  12. A big deal. I also withdrew from university due to mental health my first try at university. Not only was I expected to report it when applying to law school, I was expected to submit a transcript from that university (despite not even completing any courses ... I withdrew one month into the program). Edit: I actually made dropping out a highlight in my PS. I said something along the lines of (totally cutting stuff out here and sloppily paraphrasing): "I didn't recognize the supports that were available to me. When I returned to university, I took advantage of available supports (I listed some). Not only did I complete my degree successfully, I worked my way up to taking a course overload in my last year, resulting in my highest grades." I also mentioned how I used my experience dropping out to help other students (there was a direct relation to my work experience). So there are definitely ways you can spin it positively, but the first step is to acknowledge it and own up to it. Succinctly discuss what caused you to drop out, how you addressed it, and show proof with examples from your resume & transcript that you're capable of handling the demands of law school.
  13. @Kawhestay, to add to what @LegalQueen96 said, if you look at the 16 blocs (ie timetables) that were originally available, blocs 5 through 8 (the 4 blocs with Criminal law as the small section) appear to be full and no longer available. But criminal law is offered in each of the 16 blocs. Like LQ96 said, it just means you'll take it in a large class. My original post said there appears to be 8 seats open in Prof. St Lewis' public/constitutional small group, which is bloc 2. If you open bloc 2's timetable, you'll see criminal law is one of your classes. You can figure out what the other 4 available timetables are by opening up the timetables for blocs 9 through 16 (all the torts ones) and looking for the 4 that have the torts profs I listed above. Those four timetables, in addition to bloc 2, appear to have seats available. But as LQ96 responded to my post that listed the small group sections with open seats, those numbers aren't exactly reliable and you should expect there to be fewer seats open than what's listed.
  14. Yeah, I agree and @Kawhestay seemed to recognize in their request that the numbers wouldn't be entirely reliable. Just offering what was asked.
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