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  1. Watch out for dissent-first judgments too 🤦‍♂️
  2. With the caveat that different Professors assign different textbooks (for instance, in our year, one Torts section had a different textbook than the other two), I only used the ConLaw book out of that list. I'm incoming 3L so two years ago.
  3. That was my concern with optional P/F. For reasons extensively discussed, those without jobs are more or less 'forced' to take grades down to B- to avoid the negative inference from employers. Whereas those that have already secured jobs don't have that disadvantage and can freely P things to inflate the GPA for other things such as Dean's List, medals or scholarships. Optional P/F magnified the inequities between those that already struck gold in the recruit and the rest.
  4. The society of law students usually makes one. I think usually it's in July, looks like class of 2023 is very keen 😁 Edit to add: I will poke a SLS rep the next time I see them.
  5. Offered! It's before the deadline to accept of end of march.
  6. There's usually a Dean's open house for admitted students in late March, which is geared to students still making decisions between acceptances but also has information about the first few weeks of class. The Law Ambassadors (current student volunteers) give tours and do a panel / small group Q&A as well. I believe the invite for that goes out by email. There's also a reception after to mingle with current students and faculty.
  7. We wrote a completely closed book exam, it was an interesting experience. I'd expect our answers were all lower quality than in our other courses, but given the curve we all end up with the same grades anyways. I can see in hindsight that it tests a slightly different skillset than a typical exam. It's more about focusing your thoughts. I did a framework anyways and didn't make a conscious effort to "memorize" that much, but I ended up slimming it down to a greater degree than I did in other courses. I had a lot fewer conditional branches in my algorithm, and more principle-based reasoning throughout so that I could adapt it to whatever the facts presented since I wouldn't necessarily have a case with the particular detail ready to argue a point. I also did a few hours of flashcard work with basic ratios for citing the basic law, but since you can bring in some material you probably won't find that useful.
  8. Even if that were true (I have no idea), I'd wouldn't put much stock in that given the recent hatchet job of a provincial budget. That said, 2L at UCalgary here and I think everyone I know who was looking for a Vancouver summer got one. So being the next province over isn't the end of the world if the scholarship comes into play as a big factor.
  9. Both answers here, I believe: https://law.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/2/gpa-faq.pdf Can't be cont ed or a diploma program, but if it's an undergraduate course seems you're fine. Re: a March course, they only look at courses completed up to Dec 31 of the year you apply.
  10. There's a firm here that calls you on call day to reject you, which is arguably 'mean'. Sure it's a few hours after call time but it's still a call from a firm on call day that turns into nothing. Send an email (or snail mail, lol!) IMO.
  11. For what it's worth, Calgary doesn't have OCIs. We do "in firms" over the course of around 6 weeks, so it's rather close to the suggestion. Firms have kind of sorted themselves into windows through the course of the six weeks; there's about 6 that hit candidates up super hard right on the very first permitted day, yes, but there's a second wave that pick up a week or two later for interview #1. The 2nd/3rd interviews for Wave 1 get scheduled after Wave 2 of interview #1s. It's kind of interesting that everyone's game theory'd it out, because (I assume) it's very resource intense for firms to go really hard for six whole weeks and not every firm is willing to do that (even national ones). We do have a set call day so I think that takes the pressure of some firms from going crazy hard right from day 1 when it's a 6 week long process. As a student, it might be grass is greener but I think I'd prefer OCIs + an in-firm week. The expectations of candidates seems way higher with our lengthy process. Going through my calendar out of morbid curiosity, I had 59 interviews/meals/coffees and I wasn't particularly prolific: I converted about 50% at each stage from 1st to 2nd to 3rd etc. I don't think I ate at home for two weeks in the middle. Getting a call from some firms requires a one-on-one or at most two-on-one with the entire committee, since the process is long enough to do that. Sure you have some flexibility to schedule your commitments, but the sheer number of them means I still ended up missing three weeks solid of class.
  12. Do you mean for undergrad (i.e. for admissions purposes)? Or once you're in law school? If it's the latter, for 1L you have 7 courses in fall and 6 in winter. 2L/3L you can do 5/5.
  13. Through the grapevine it sounds like McCarthy and Osler called today; they seemed like the last stragglers for Calgary direct-to-infirms. The one question mark I still have is DLA Piper, I haven't heard of anyone who's been called from there but they might be being very selective since they only hire 1-2 students.
  14. That's what happened to me, unfortunately. Was one half-course short and their FAQ says they count the entire semester that they have to go back to (I don't think Admissions confirms their GPA calculation for you; in any case I never had it confirmed). Source: https://law.ucalgary.ca/sites/default/files/teams/2/gpa-faq.pdf
  15. I believe it's the opposite of what you're describing - they use your highest score to group your application, but consider the # of times written for evaluation within that group. From the Admissions website @ https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/how-to-apply/assessment-of-applications, with my emphasis:
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