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  1. I second this advice. Start studying and write the LSAT as soon as you can.
  2. Hello Forum, I have a problem. It is a good problem, but it is a problem nonetheless. I have been accepted to UofA and UofC and I do not know which school to choose! I know UofA and UofC have been compared on this forum in the past, but I would like some advice that is current and based on what is most important to me when considering between the two schools. I don't know exactly what I want to practice, but at this point I am interested in real-estate, family law, and small business/municipal law. Hopefully, I can refine my interests in law school. I do not have strong preferences towards going to school and working in Calgary or Edmonton. Here are my most important factors when choosing between UofA and UofC. 1. Articling Placement Rates/ Employment Opportunities/ Strength of Legal Markets. I know both markets are struggling ATM, but is one more resilient/stronger than the other. 2. The Quality of the Curriculum. I have heard that the structure of UofA's curriculum is much different than UofC's curriculum. I know all Canadian law schools offer a great legal education, but in your opinion, what are the pros and cons of each approach? How are the instructors at each school? 3. Amount of Financial Aid/ Scholarships/ Overall Cost. I know this might be difficult to gauge without getting into the specifics of my financial situation. 4. The Quality of the Experiential Learning Opportunities. 5. Housing and Transit options. I don't want to have a vehicle if I can avoid it during school. This is what is important to me. Did I fail to consider anything relevant?
  3. My application was complete in November and they have not even looked at it yet. Admissions said they will probably have my application assessed in 3 weeks.
  4. Offer 20 minutes ago L2: 4.0...whatever an 87% converts to LSAT: 160 (one write)
  5. Amen. Obviously timed tests will require large chunks of your day to do and review, but I wouldn't recommend studying the actual concepts and drilling for more than 1-2 hours per day. The LSAT is a big deal, but test prep companies make it out to be a bigger deal than it is so that they can sell you more study material. Just do a little bit most days and make sure to take some weekends off.
  6. I used to work for a bank. You are not allowed to do this.
  7. Does anyone know how much tuition will increase in the next few years given the funding cuts in Alberta?
  8. I would. The only reasoning I say this is because if it were me I would want a nice typed sample instead of my barely legible scrawl.
  9. Got the email today L2 87% (UBC) GPA:~86% LSAT: 160 (One Write) Very happy and will most likely accept. Still waiting to hear back from UofA and UBC.
  10. I don't think I have met a good lawyer who isn't nitpicky! I guess I should of said I want to go to law school and become a lawyer. In my post I wanted to make it clear that I am not making my decision based on some overly romanticized conception of what it means to be a lawyer. Most lawyers who I have spoken to have tried to dissuade me from this path, but I think a lot of them don't really understand a lot of the economic and social factors that people like myself have to consider. Exhibit A: I want to be a lawyer. I have thought about it and aspired towards the profession for over 5 years, but at the same time I have no idea what else I would do if not on this path (well actually that is a lie I would go mining again, or work in a sawmill again, or maybe go work in banking again, but I really don't want to). As far as being interested in a specific area of practice I could see myself working in natural resource law. However, from what I have been told from established lawyers and new calls is that when most people join a firm they are assigned an area of practice rather than choosing what interests them. Someone I know specialized her education in one area (I forget what it was exactly) and when she joined a firm the partners basically said oh it is great that you studied that, but now you do wills and personal injury. Maybe I will find some area of the law in law school that I love and get to ultimately practice it. I like reading, writing, public speaking and people. In my original post I was trying to keep it real.
  11. I want to go to law school for a lot of reasons. 1. I have worked a lot of jobs and in many industries. I have found that my enjoyment or personal satisfaction with a given job is highly linked to the positive impact I can have on people or my community. I enjoy working in the service sector. 2. I think law is an area in which I could excel relative to other career opportunities given my personal abilities. 3. Law is a profession not just a job. 4. Law will give me an opportunity to make a good income and support a family. Moreover, given the other opportunities available, I think law provides a good chance to move up the social ladder. 5. I don't mind long hours or work days. In fact, I feel happy and satisfied at the end of a long day of work. Sure law school and debt is daunting, but daunting compared to what? It seems like in the modern economy there is more and more risk and less reward for most people seeking long-term opportunities.
  12. Because of The Department of Fair Employment and Housing v. Law School Admission Council Inc., case number CV 12-1830-EMC the number of accommodated test takers has quadrupled with the most common accomodation being extended time; people who previously would have been denied accommodations are now receiving them. Moreover, some people are simply gaming the system. Because of the bad apples, I think law schools view accommodated tests as an unreliable indicator of an applicant's ability. https://www.lsac.org/data-research/research/accommodated-test-taker-trends-and-performance-june-2012-through-february
  13. Hi forum, What is appropriate to enter into the extracurriculars section of the application? I do some volunteer work (boring) and I run a campus club(boring), but honestly who hasn't done these things who is applying for law school. Should I add things I do for fun like martial arts, rec hockey, and mountaineering or should these activities not be included?
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