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  1. I grew up in Ontario but haven't lived there for a few years (out of Canada for work post-grad). I picked UBC over UofT because: (a) The tuition was significantly cheaper. So much so that combined with awards and bursaries--which UBC gives out very generously, in my experience--my 1L tuition will be less than two years of my undergrad tuition was at an Ontario university. Of course, YMMV based on your financial situation (+/-), but 11k base is an astronomical difference from the 36k sticker price I was looking at for UofT. I can't speak to the bursary/award situation there as I declined before I got that far but maybe someone else can elucidate further for you. I can afford to fly home on cheap flights more often or for recruits when I need to. I can afford to do anything I want to do post-grad now rather than being saddled with a requirement to enter BigLaw ASAP to pay off a PSLOC etc, which makes the experience of law school grade anxiety much more manageable, in my experience. (b) The difference in global reputation is marginal, and even moreso within Canada. UBC, UofT and McGill are the only universities anyone had heard of at the place I was working at in two different non-Canadian major cities (financial services). Everything I've heard from our CSO and from my older UBC law friends is that self-selection is entirely at play when these statistics come out RE: Bay Street, but I would caution you to take this with a grain of salt, of course. It's inherently subjective and anecdotal. They collect data on people who do apply to the Toronto recruit, but whether people are following through on it or simply accepting a Vancouver/Calgary option isn't as clear from the numbers I've seen. (c) On a more personal and totally arbitrary level, I had lived in Toronto for my undergrad and thought it might be a nice experience to go somewhere fresh and beautiful for my law school years. Vancouver is stunning when it wants to be, and the ease with which I can be 5km into a hike on a Sunday morning when I need a break from the serious intensity that is feeling like you're less clever than everyone else no matter how much you read and review is an incredible thing. 1L will be hard, but experiencing it in a place as beautiful as BC helps. I don't want to convince you to come to UBC, because perhaps UofT will be the easier route to Bay Street, all things considered. But I have to trust that if you work hard and aim high, you will end up there in the end if you want--just with significantly less debt and a few less pounds from all the green juice, yoga and hiking you've indulged in over the last three years. Good luck with your choice!
  2. Hi all, 1L here. Have my first essay due Wednesday and I am putting the finishing touches on it right now. I feel fairly confident in it but I would like to have a peer read it over, but my professor has instructed us that doing so is a very dangerous game for plagiarism concerns. So my question is: how do you go about having someone edit your law school essays for you? I could ask a non-law friend, but I'm mainly curious about the substance of my arguments and would rather have someone who could plausibly poke holes in it, of course. I was hoping to swap with someone for quick edits, but of course anyone in my small class I share it with will be able to lift any better arguments I've made, and obviously the reverse would be their concern I imagine! Is the best bet to share it with someone in another class who might have a different topic? Or should I just keep it to clarity edits from a non-law friend? Thanks in advance!
  3. What's the easiest way to get your hands on your professors' previous exams? Is it just to ask them directly or do student groups tend to share and circulate them? Thanks!
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