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  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. GoC Public Service is looking for volunteers to help with case tracking and health system surge capacity. You can volunteer part-time or full-time, for as long as you can (a few weeks to 12 months). Although it looks like they prefer medically-trained volunteers, it appears there will be positions for people with various skills. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/national-covid-19-recruitment-campaign-we-need-you.html
  4. UofC published a Q&A on their website where they acknowledge undergrad CR/NCR due to COVID, indicate that it will not negatively impact future applicants, but are still figuring out how the process will work for the next cycle. https://law.ucalgary.ca/future-students/covid-19-info-students I expect most schools will follow similar principles. But please be patient: the plan will require administrators’ approval and they are pretty busy at the moment.
  5. For what it’s worth, I’m really enjoying my time at the UofA. I am also a mature student who got in on my PS. Feel free to PM me if you want to chat.
  6. Once you get your LSAT, you can start strategizing a bit more, but here is some food for thought: I mostly agree with M1995 that it looks like you have solid ECs, which should be competitive at holistic schools. I just want to add that each school’s holistic criteria is different and unpredictable, and I am convinced that success depends on your ability to effectively communicate the story they want to hear. Also consider schools that include grad studies in their GPA calculation: UofA, Robson Hall (you can request to eliminate a portion of your grades under particular circumstances), and Dal come to mind. At the end of the day, my best advice is to nail that LSAT, do your research, and put a lot of thought into writing your PS. Good luck!
  7. You should consider applying to schools that look at your L2 grades or are very generous with drops. Ones that come to mind: UofA: average LSAT and L60 UofC: highest LSAT and L60 to get in the door, but cGPA is considered in their holistic review USask: highest LSAT and B2 Queen’s: highest LSAT and B2 UNB: highest LSAT, cGPA (drop worst 25%) Western: highest LSAT and cGPA (with greater weight on L2) I pulled these from memory and a cursory Google search, so please do your homework to figure out what’s best for you. Also, I recommend getting your LSAT score before applying so you don’t waste your money on a school where your stats just wont get you in. Good luck!
  8. True fact - the school holds holistic criteria tight like a state secret. When I asked, Admissions wouldn’t even tell me which category I was accepted under. The Prospectus only shows stats for people accessed under the Regular category. That said, you could do your own sleuthing by analyzing last year’s applicant profile (same as Prospectus) to the self-reported stats on last year’s Accepted thread...
  9. I asked Admissions last year: Laura assuaged my fears and confirmed that all applicants not selected for Regular Admissions automatically go to holistic review - no action required from your end. That said, I have no idea how the holistic review unfolds and how much weight they place on grades. My personal theory is that the closer you are to the LSAT/GPA cutoff, the better your chances. Good luck!
  10. Good questions! And I’m not surprised that Admissions doesn’t know yet. Which means the rest of us can only speculate. Don’t forget, they’re currently focused on getting out acceptances for 2020 1L cohort. If the Admissions Committee isn’t delayed, I expect the last round and waitlist to come out in the next few days. Once that’s done, I’m assuming they’ll shift focus to transfer students. We’re still pretty early in the transfer process, even without COVID adding complexity. Nobody but Admissions can tell you how they will assess this year’s transfer students, just like they’ll have to figure out how to adjust admissions criteria for the 1L 2021 cohort. Remember that these decisions need to be approved by whatever bureaucratic body has the authority to make such changes, and I promise you, they have a very long list of issues to deal with right now. Please don’t think I’m telling you to f-off, I’m just asking that you give them patience. Edit: we’re on mandatory P/F
  11. I read a few books to inspire me and make me think about the kind of lawyer I want to be. It was a pretty eclectic bunch including a Barbara Jordan bio and Cicero by Anthony Everitt (bonus: must-read for Roman history buffs). Then I dove into one of Jorge Luis Borges’ collection of short stories, which really dusted off my reading skills and helped me engage with difficult passages (enjoyably!). I also went on a 10-day camping trip to disengage from the world. I brought a couple of Richard Wagamase books which weren’t exactly light reading but broadened my horizons. I think the key for me was to make the reading enjoyable. The learning aspect was completely secondary.
  12. *Relief* - LS.ca hasn’t been targeted by trollbots. Thanks for the civilized response! I have no desire to enter into a pedantic lawyer-esque argument about subjective vs objective supporting evidence, sufficient vs necessary conditions, and “most vs some” (*yawn*), so instead I’ll offer an excerpt from one of the articles previously cited somewhere in the annals of LS.ca [Edit: and evidently cited by Lawstudent20202020 above]: “A key overall lesson of all the above findings is the need for a broadly holistic review of all applications – because no one variable, alone, is powerful enough to justify admitting or denying a particular applicant.” Sure, you can distinguish this article because it focuses on entrance criteria vs getting an A. And you can argue that it doesn’t factor in the particular characteristics of each school (which Hegdis rightfully warned us about). But I think the message is never the less relevant: it’s damned tough to predict how to get an A.
  13. ^ Are you deliberately trying to start a shitstorm? Are you posting from a St Petersburg troll farm?
  14. Warning: much speculation ahead You raise some very valid questions, which I’m afraid nobody can answer! For my own sanity I’m mentally preparing myself for another 3 1/2 - 4 months of this. But my guess has absolutely no scientific basis and is purely a gut instinct based on Wuhan’s timeline, health expert’s “flattening the curve” theory, and the Canadian Armed Forces Chief of the Defence Staff’s planning guidance (assumption: professional emergency responders are in the best position to make an educated guess): "COVID might last two months or four months, but in a strategic planning guidance I would ask what happens if it lasts 12 months," [Chief of the Defence Staff] Vance said. As for your decision, only you can make that call. But here are some other factors that might help tip the balance: (1) another year of lost earning potential as a lawyer: is a year’s wage on the ski hill sufficiently high to justify one year delay to getting the lawyer’s income? (2) you can still take your summers to experience life before a legal career and, as a bonus, save yourself the madness of 1L and 2L recruit. It sounds like in-person, on-campus education is very important to you, and might be a deal-breaker. You can accept an offer to your preferred school and withdraw prior to classes starting (bonus: someone on the waitlist will be forever in your debt). But if you’re not willing to forfeit the deposit, you’ll have to assess for yourself whether the risk of online classes outweighs the benefit of starting your legal career in 2020. Good luck!
  15. Oof, that’d be a tough blow. Speaking for myself, it’s tough to adjust your mindset - again - so close to exams. I wonder what changed?
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