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  1. Hiring and transfer prospects aside, I can't help but feel that the OP is vastly overemphasizing the location/experience of living in Australia as an advantage that somehow outweighs the disadvantages of doing a law degree abroad. I could count at least 6 times they've brought it up in this thread, as if someone couldn't possibly go on vacation or live there without having to go to Bond or some other Australian school.
  2. Most if not all of the textbooks are only available as physical copies. The contracts textbook that UBC uses may or may not have a PDF version depending on who you know
  3. Treat the LOC as a last resort since the interest accrues daily. If you are going to UBC, student loans are likely to cover most if not all of your tuition. So far I've only had to dip slightly into my government loans after using my savings, and my LOC has been untouched. Scotia does give a nice Amex along with their LOC, but you would want to transfer your own savings there to pay it off rather than use the LOC to pay for it. If you live away from home and rent a place somewhere, bursaries can likely cover a substantial part of that. Keep in mind that they are only disbursed late in term 1 so you'll want to rely either on savings or loans first to cover for that period. Use your student loans/savings for living expenses. Don't touch the LOC until absolutely necessary as the interest adds up rather quickly.
  4. Hi everyone, In looking at summer courses before 2L I was wondering how useful Evidence would be if I mainly want to focus on solicitor work rather than litigation. I've looked at past results on this forum which seem to suggest that it's not entirely necessary for solicitor work, but I was wondering if it would be a useful course to take regardless (it's taught by Nikos Harris at UBC if that matters at all). Any insights/comments from upper years/practitioners would be appreciated!
  5. Based on what I heard from my upper year friends and some users on this forum, I went into 1L with the expectation that Allard would be quite collegial. However, whether it's because of covid, not being able to see your small group in person, or some other reason, this year doesn't feel collegial at all. People only talk to their friend group or, if they don't have one, get left out. Any collegiality outside of cliques seems surface-level and disingenuous, and the spreadsheet situation only made it worse.
  6. I mostly agree with this, and I would add that studying for and taking the LSAT in the summer after 1st year actually furthers these two goals. Doing it early in your undergrad can give you soft skills (i.e. better logical reasoning) that help with general schoolwork but especially essay writing, and having it done means you can focus completely on your grades rather than splitting your attention on both grades and the LSAT. More importantly than grades, having it done early was extremely helpful for my mental health. In the best case, I could get a score that I was happy with and not worry about it for the next two years. Unlike my friends who put it off until later, I didn't have a constant source of stress from an impending LSAT take that would decide their future. In the worse case, I could either readjust the GPA I needed to aim for to compensate for a lower score (I had to aim for 5% higher than I originally intended) or simply take it again anytime before I applied. It also helps to know that your acceptance, and whether you need to look for something to do for a year should you not get in, does not depend on that one take right before you apply.
  7. I applied and got in during my 3rd year of undergrad and took my LSAT right as I started my 2nd year in September. You could potentially start studying as soon as exams are done and get it over with in the same summer.
  8. Yes, I would even encourage it. I met a lot of my friends this way that I otherwise wouldn't have met if I went into school only being in the official group.
  9. I'm not in LSLAP but I've heard good things from my friends there. Some of them have already been to court multiple times, and it's flexible in that you can choose how much work you want to take on. PBSC, on the other hand, is just ... When you apply you can choose up to 10 positions/projects and rank them in order of preference. Almost all of them just weren't very interesting, and the one or two positions that actually appealed to me were extremely competitive. When I ultimately chose another clinic after my PBSC placement 4 of the other 6 members immediately dropped the next day, so that should tell you something about how much people want to do PBSC. Non-law extracurriculars--I have non-law hobbies, but not necessarily non-law ECs. With law ECs and schoolwork it's hard to juggle all three, but I'm sure if you are inclined you can find time. To manage time between school and ECs, you can approach each separately and find ways to make them both manageable. For ECs, choose the ones you want to do and check the time commitment first. For example LSLAP's weekly commitment is variable, PBSC is 2-3 hours a week, etc. If you choose more than one make sure not to overcommit. It's generally recommended not to do both LSLAP and PBSC, but one of LSLAP and PBSC plus one or two more ECs with a lower time commitment is doable. For school, try to do all or most of the readings but don't burn yourself out trying to finish readings for the sake of finishing them. Don't be pressured by people who talk about their study methods. Some people read cases twice, some take notes on the whole reading, some brief cases as they go, etc. Do what works for you and don't feel like you have to do a requisite amount of work to be caught up with others. I personally didn't brief a single case and skipped some readings I thought were unnecessary but I did fine last term. Feel free to PM me with any other questions or about UBC in general!
  10. No. I wouldn't worry about forgetting since the offer will be conditional, so either you'll remember first or Allard will let you know that they want to clear it.
  11. You don't have to do anything until term 2 is over. I applied as a 3rd year last cycle and Allard only needed me to email them after all my grades were out so that they could automatically get my transcript from SSC.
  12. I'm a 1L at UBC so I can only speak to these points: First year requirements: As others at UofT have mentioned above, some of these topics are embedded in bigger courses. Indigenous Settler Legal Relations, in its current form, was a great idea on paper and had the potential to be a good course. However, while it intends to teach you to be respectful of Indigenous traditions and to be cognizant of how our legal system has and continues to mistreat Indigenous people (which I think is very important to learn), it does so in a overbearing and condescending way where you are expected to self-flagellate to get a higher grade than your classmates. I like UBC but you wouldn't be missing out if you didn't take this course. Class size: Even though we do all our classes with the same 50 people, I've been able to meet a lot of people outside our small group. Someone in our year set up a slack channel during the summer, so a lot of people were zooming and chatting even before small groups formed. This meant that a lot of people who met up during the summer started school as friends already, while those that didn't were out of luck as people weren't as willing to make friends later on. In my experience get-togethers/drinking sessions have always been cross-small group rather than within my own 50-person group. This might have been different in other years, but there is no intimacy or camaraderie in my small group as a whole despite all our classes being together.
  13. In addition to this good advice, I'll also add that if the covid situation gets better and you are in Vancouver during the summer, try to get together with your classmates! I met my closest 1L friends during the summer/early September this way. I've noticed that some of the 1Ls who didn't even try to meet anyone in person or online before school don't exactly have a lot of friends (if any) right now, so you'd probably want to avoid doing this (especially during exams season now, you would want friends as your support network and to share CANs and study with). Whether you make an effort to meet in person or even online still counts!
  14. If your torts prof is who I think it is, I'm 99% sure he was never a practicing lawyer so I would just take that advice with a huge grain of salt. What Mal said is more or less my understanding too.
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