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  1. It sounds like your cGPA took a big hit from that first year. But I believe (emphasis on “believe”) that a holistic review will focus on how you reacted to your weak first year: did you grow from the experience or is it part of a continued pattern? Here’s one of my posts from another thread that digs deeper into my “holistic theory”. Good luck!
  2. It’s assigned. You should gain access to it on BearTracks sometime in July.
  3. As a fellow *ahem* “aged” student hoping to leverage a career change through law, I think your plan appears viable - pending visa applications of course. The only way my age was in any remote way a factor in the admission process was in assessing my “soft” factors - and that was to my benefit. Feel free to PM me if you want to discuss details. Don’t forget that some schools base your GPA calculation off of your graduate/post-graduate grades (UofA, Dal, and I think Robson Hall come to mind). Other schools favour a holistic approach and consider your GPA, LSAT and experience in various combinations. Take a look at each school’s application site and peruse this forum’s “chances” threads. Once you update your LSAT you should have a better idea which schools are most likely to recognize your strengths. From one (don’t you dare call me “wizened”) student to another, good luck!
  4. I agree with lots already mentioned: The Docket and Of Counsel in particular. But I have to disagree with Paw and Order. I don’t know why, I just hate it. Maybe it’s the host’s (singular) irritating superiority complex. I’m a big fan of Lawfare. Although it’s US-based, it’s good for critical analyses into current affairs. I really like their Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation and misinformation leading up to the 2020 US elections. They also offer great legal analyses on particular issues like the Soleimani strike and tech platform liability re: content moderation. Right now they’re pretty focused on domestic issues, but it’s a smart show that considers effects on the international community. The National Security Law Podcast is another good one. It’s also American and the host is a Lawfare co-founder, but where Lawfare talks often examines issues through a political/journalism lens, Bobby Chesney and Steve Vladec focus on legal analyses in particular. I can’t wait for these damned exams to be over so I can try some of these new recommendations!
  5. Honestly, and I really mean it, don’t worry about prepping. The class is all about introducing you to basic law words (and I do mean basic), general intro to the field of law (e.g. what is a tort), what the Law Society does and how it applies to you as a student/lawyer, and the various support programs around the university. Lots of guest speakers. So many guest speakers... The final is MC, P/F and anonymous so no need to try to “beat the curve” or impress anyone! I used this time to test drive some note-taking strategies (I had been out of school for *** years), find my way around campus, and get my rhythm going. Oh, and to meet fellow students - I actually made some of my best friends during this class. These couple of weeks are a bit unusual because you will be in class all day so your brain feels pretty fried when it comes to readings. But I got a lot out of doing the assigned case readings because they introduced me to what to look for and how they fit together. The assigned book (if they assign one this year) was useful if you don’t know anything about the Canadian political system and how it interacts with law. But not necessary. Many people didn’t crack the spine and made it through just fine! All that said, I understand that you will have a different prof than last year, so they may change their approach somewhat. But, if you are an absolute stress case and just need to channel that energy into school, sure. Go ahead and read “Foundations of Law” by Prof Moin Yahya. It should be available at the UofA bookstore. But seriously, your time will be better spent playing with your dog, testing out new cooking recipes for meal planning, or starting/continuing a fitness regime to carry you through the year.
  6. I recommend that you peruse the admissions criteria and forum discussions for each school you’re interested in. You will get a better idea of which schools will/not factor in part-time/summer classes and how it may affect your overall application file. For example, UofA calculates your last 60 credits starting from the bottom of your transcript and working their way up, regardless of how you got them. USask takes your B2 full-time years of study. I don’t think you’d need to address the concussion for these schools. On the other hand, schools with holistic processes could raise an eyebrow on the part-time and summer classes, so you might consider addressing it in those applications. But more importantly, go nail that LSAT! Your amazing GPA paired with a solid LSAT will open many doors. Good luck
  7. Firstly, can you please confirm a few points: (1) did you only do one semester of part-time studies, or are you competing your “fourth year“ classes having completed the entire program part-time? It sounds like the former, but just want to be sure. (2) If the former, when did you make up the two classes? (3) Was your B during the semester in which you were recovering from your concussion? (4) Do you expect you will need accommodations during law school? It sounds like you are asking about two separate points: your concussion; and likely Aspergers diagnosis. Concussion: I think it can be worth noting that your concussion caused you to reduce your workload to one semester of part-time studies and that it led to your B grade. You should take a look at each school’s admissions criteria to see if it’ll even be an issue (some schools only look at grades, some reward f/t studies, etc.). But I think there’s a good story in there for your PS: you can explore why you chose to continue part-time studies despite your recovery - what was the fire in your belly, and will it still be there during law school/practice? Aspergers: If you will need accommodations during law school based on your expected diagnosis, I would bring it up. You can say that the official diagnosis is pending testing if you’re worried about it being official. That said, I think the label “ADD” vs “Aspergers” is secondary to the attributes you offer and accommodations you may need. So you might consider bringing it up in the Accessibility category if you need accommodations, but your PS can also highlight the benefits you bring to the table.
  8. For UofA, you wouldn’t make the Regular round with those stats (L60 x 22.5 + LSAT > 242; or L60 x 22 + LSAT > 240), and I doubt you’d make the holistic round. The UofA holistic criteria, while not published anywhere and held very tight, appears to favour overachievers with borderline stats. In my opinion stories that show potential to succeed are stronger than excuses for lower stats - I’m honestly not trying to discredit or throw shade on your experience, just being honest. Unless you can write an amazing PS, I’m afraid the UofA is not looking like a good option for you. And I don’t think your application would grow better with age unless you upgrade your classes (they calculate your L60 credits by starting from the bottom of your transcripts and working up to 60 credits) or you get some seriously amazing experience under your belt. Congrats on a solid LSAT though, I sincerely wish you luck.
  9. @PlatoandSocrates is correct. Foundations is a two-week intensive at the beginning of the semester. If this cursed pandemic is lifted by then, you will be in Mac Ross Hall with the entire class of 2023 and will eat more pizza than any normal person can handle. My advice is to use this time to find your stride and get to know the school and your fellow students. Try not stress too much. The remaining six courses start after Foundations (I cant quite remember, but maybe LRW starts on the last Friday of Foundations? They will tell you!). You will be divided into three cohorts of approximately 60 students and the courses run through the remainder of the year.
  10. To me, that reaffirms what I said above: once the waitlist comes out, we will know for sure that the last cycle of offers - including the holistic round - is done. The only offers to follow will be from the waitlist. Last year, the last round of offers (including holistic admits) went out on 4 Apr and the waitlist came out on 10 Apr. This year it appears that the last round of offers went out on 7 Apr. I expect people will be informed that they’re on the waitlist in the next few days.
  11. If they’re following the same format as last year, and it appears they are (an offer with an index of 233.5), my guess is yes - yesterday’s offers included the holistic round. We will know for sure when those on the waitlist are informed. That seems to indicate the end of the cycle.
  12. If it’s anything like last year, this was the last cycle and the waitlist should follow in the next couple of days. Congrats to those who got offers and, for those who do not intend to accept, please turn down your offer sooner rather than later (those on the waitlist will thank you!) For those accepting, don’t forget to join the Facebook group! For those who didn’t get an offer this cycle, please know that your worth is not measured by what some random Admissions committee thinks of your file.
  13. Please note: this is a blanket policy which applies to the entire university. The Faculty of Law, which has its own unique admissions process that factors in the LSAT (don’t forget the effects of cancelled spring/summer LSATs!), will have to figure out how to apply this blanket policy. Hang tight and try not to jump to conclusions. Believe it when it comes from the Faculty of Law!
  14. I’ve seen this advice multiple times, and having only scraped the surface of this big, broad field they call “law”, I’ve realized that the advice was right: Figure out what you mean by “human rights law”. Do you want to practice in a provincial Human Rights Commission? Do you want to promote human rights abroad as part of the UN or provide HR-related legal advice to a deployed mission (very difficult areas to get in to)? Or maybe it’s not really about human rights per se and more about defending people who are facing the weight of the Crown in a criminal trial? Or about labour law? Or maybe immigration law? Or maybe you just don’t know yet - and that’s ok! The beauty of first year is that you dabble in a breadth of subjects, meet a lot of interesting practitioners, and get a feel for what “human rights” really means in this field. Then you can tailor your upper year courses according to your interests. With that said, TO might not be the “human rights hub” you think it is. If I were in your shoes I’d choose UVic because (1) it’s less expensive, (2) the school offers a lot of interesting classes and opportunities that have to do with social justice more broadly, and (3) (I believe) they have a Human Rights Clinic where you can test-drive what it means to work in that area. I see that you also posted “Ryerson vs TRU”, which doesn’t change my advice: I’d pick UVic over TRU for the same reasons. Congrats on your acceptances, enjoy the ride!
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