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  1. Ho baby, is it unfair, but the CGPA system/letter grades is the source of the problem (the amount of times I was so close to a 3.7, but got stuck with a 3.3 instead makes me cringe). While the antiquated system is to blame, the good news is that Allard uses a more holistic admissions process than it used to. I had a pretty brutal GPA, somewhere around a 3.5 over 156 credits, and then a converted 79.(something) after drops (also didn't help that UBC only drops a handful of credits, whereas UVic drops a semi-proportionate amount to how many credits you have). It's odd that your CGPA was 3.68 and then they came up with ~79%, they should be applying the conversion for each course you took, not just your total GPA (this can change the converted GPA quite a bit) - that is, unless they changed the process this year. The only thing Allard can do to make things more fair is make the drop system more proportional, but the holistic review process is very helpful for those in your circumstances. I got in, but I think it was the personal statement that saved me, and an ok lsat. I think before you petition Allard to change anything, we should petition our undergrad institutions to get rid of their ridiculous GPA systems, or at least include percentages on transcripts. I'm really sorry you're dealing with this, and hope you hear some good news from admissions soon
  2. @pbb15 i got in last year with a 4 yr degree that i completed in three years, but I also worked for a couple of years after I graduated and before starting at Allard. That also means I applied with my fully completed the degree, so the 3 yr thing didn't matter much. I think they mostly care about how many credits you have, and will treat you as if you're in your last year, but definitely confirm with admissions (maybe once they're not dying reviewing applications). Also, some unsolicited advice - don't feel pressured to jump into law school straight away. If you're pushing through a 4-yr degree in three years, I imagine you're a hard worker (great), but also susceptible to burnout (not so great). I took the extra time to gain work experience, mend family relationships, and create a support network before entering Allard - this favoured me in my personal life and job hunt, and I don't think I would've made it through this year without taking that extra time. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, I'm always happy to chat ☺️
  3. Pretty sure you would use this table: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/Vancouver/index.cfm?tree=3,42,96,0 You have to take the lowest number from the corresponding grade - so if you have an A+ it would be a 90, etc.
  4. If you have a diagnosis + documentation and it affected your performance, you should use that category - also, you'll still be considered under the general category (or I think people were in previous years? Maybe check this is still the case). If you have a high enough index you will likely be accepted under the general category. It doesn't hurt you at all to use discretionary, so if you can, you might as well. Not sure if the requirements are different between the applications, but make sure to double check!
  5. I'm active on watch collecting forums - this type of question comes up a lot. Here's my two cents: Don't spend money on a watch just to have a watch, and don't buy a watch brand just because everyone else has it (see the Rolex Submariner example noted in a previous post). Buy something you like, and if you don't know what you like, then don't buy at all. A good test is that if you can't come up with five reasons why you like a watch then don't buy it (this doesn't include reasons like "it'll make other people think I'm well-off/know what I'm doing" or "i think it's the norm"). When you put it on your wrist, it should bring a smile to your face. Don't buy from ebay, chrono24, or craigslist (with a few exceptions). There are a lot of frankenwatches of reputable brands (Omega, Rolex, IWC, Tudor, Tag, etc), and of course there are fakes for all of these too. Sometimes people don't know they have a fake/frankenwatch until they open the case and see the wrong movement in it. There are even fakes of watches that are only a few hundred bucks. If you buy online, there are good sites like watchfinder & co (out of the UK) and watchbox. It's more expensive, but you get what you pay for. If you see something you like on chrono24, try and buy from a reputable seller with a few hundred sales (and written reviews). Typically, for a workplace environment, sport watches are (usually) considered distracting and impractical. They're beautiful and are great casual watches, but their recent popularity in the workplace is usually from people feeling like they need "a nice watch" - so they buy something more "affordable" from a brand like Omega or Rolex. Some sport watches are very expensive, but the Submariner for example is on the lower end of Rolex's offerings (while still being thousands). When people who know watches see sport watches in business settings it's sometimes a sign of someone buying a name, and not thinking beyond what everyone else is doing or thinking of what's practical in a business setting. For most men, a case size between 36-38mm is ideal - 40mm as maximum. For women there's more choice (34 as a general maximum, but can go as low as 28mm). Try to keep the case width below 13mm. Unless you have big wrists, it'll draw a lot of attention and it won't easily slide under your cuffs. Look at Seiko, Hamilton, and Tissot - try to keep it simple (a date complication at most, you're becoming a lawyer, you don't need to land a plane or go scuba diving with your watch), and limit it to Black/White dials for a first buy. Avoid bezels with a lot of flash or ceramic - these start to verge back into sport watch territory and scuff very easily. Leather straps are considered business formal, metal straps are considered more casual or retro, but some single-tone metal straps are suitable for business settings. Finally, wait until you see something you want, otherwise save your money for a rainy day. Something that fits the above description at a reasonable price point is this https://www.tissotwatches.com/en-ca/shop/everytime-gr-a-steel-lea-black-black.html I currently wear my grandfather's Omega from the 60's - no numbers on the dial, plain bezel, a date complication, and leather strap. It gets compliments from watch collectors, it's presentable and understated, and beautiful. As much as I love watches, I won't buy anything until I can comfortably afford the ones I want. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions, I love to geek out over this stuff. Also big disclaimer, these are some general views from the watch world mixed with my own sentiments. I love sport watches, there's a time and place for them, please don't yell at me or say I'm bashing them. Wear what you like, what keeps time, and doesn't "try hard"
  6. I second this - the first time I sat for the LSAT, I scored slightly above my diagnostic (mid 160's), but significantly lower than what I was scoring in the weeks leading up the exam. This allowed me to identify my terrible test-day anxiety so I focused on that for my second write. Having that benchmark is useful for a variety of reasons!
  7. Accepted today at around 5! Will be accepting Match my stats twin @lmnv3 above: 166 LSAT and 79.8 GPA (unconfirmed) Deadline to accept is June 4th
  8. A diagnostic isn't necessary, but it helps when you get farther down the line. Doing the exam without seeing any study materials will really highlight what types of questions you naturally find "easy" and what questions make no sense to you. This mostly applies to LR and RC (logic games improve substantially after you have a system down, so doing a raw diagnostic LG section won't tell you too much in terms of improvement). LR and RC is not as systematic as logic games - knowing how your brain works in default mode and what traps it falls into will allow you to focus on those areas (when test day arrives you don't want to fall back into bad habits). TLDR: it will help track how you handle LR and RC, less so LG, but isn't essential
  9. You'll do your classes from your massive LSC everyday - it's called a bed 😌 But with a bookcase behind you to communicate your intellect to peers during zoom meetings - goes without saying
  10. I was mostly joking re: them disrupting my studying. I'm still not settled on where I'm going, but I moved away for my undergrad and loved it, but also love my family very much. I have family members who are 80+ so I want to see them frequently while they are still lucid and able-bodied. I have a stash of earplugs for when they get too bappity boopy though, and I'm professionally trained in tuning things out, I swear.
  11. Also, online law classes seem much more reasonable than online chem/engineering/bio labs... the priority for physical space will likely go to other faculties first, even though I'd like to think law students are paramount. I should add that I don't want to study at home while my Greek/Italian family yells about some menial daily task I didn't do properly, but I'm trying to think of it as conditioning for my attention span and concentration abilities 😌
  12. Now I'm really looking forward to the meet and greet where everyone looks like minions. What's the rule for matching your mask/goggles/gloves to your suit? Should it match the tie clip and pocket square? Groundbreaking stuff All jokes aside - yes, there are risks in daily life, and people put each other at risk everyday in a variety of ways, but if the risk can be lowered with little negative impact, then why not? If even one person at the school gets COVID and brings it home because of a meet and greet, I think it's safe to say the marginal benefit of meeting your peers in a full hazmat suit vs online has instantly vanished. But we might have to agree to disagree on this one
  13. Sorry, I wasn't clear in my last post - we're kind of saying the same thing: if we had a vaccine this would be nothing compared to a bad flu season. My point is that since we don't have a vaccine, the situations aren't comparable, especially since environmental factors are different. Also, there (fortunately) isn't a control group with no social distancing, travel restrictions, etc. (even though the US nearly did this πŸ™„) The models are getting a lot better, and the outlook is hopeful (in relative terms). Regardless of the outlook, there's no reason to risk passing the virus along if it can be avoided, and social distancing is a part of that. (And avoiding a class of eager 1L's spitting bars to prove that they're the alpha of the cohort may even be more important). One big reason why people cared less about H1N1 was because it didn't harm those who survived the virus nearly as much as COVID affects its survivors. I should add that the higher initial delta and precautionary measures very likely put us in our current position. Even though it might have been "wrong" per se, the consequence of a high delta was ultimately beneficial. Also there were only 400-ish deaths (delta won't bring that up to above 5000 I don't think), and there was a vaccine in under a year made available to the public. The whole point is that this isn't about us (who I assume are both healthy-ish), it's about the people that are higher risk - I think where you're missing the point is that while the probability margin increase is small, the consequence is incredibly high. Isn't this an argument FOR distance studies instead of having in-person classes? Imagine the lives we could save if everyone stayed at home AND there was no virus! I'm kidding, but this is likely due to the whole population being extremely health conscious and not making stupid decisions. This silver lining shouldn't be attributed to COVID being "good", but to people being careless when they aren't confronted with their own mortality every day.
  14. Why? You don't want to hear people typing/breathing into their unmuted microphones while you're mid-argument??? Blasphemy
  15. Re: people not being able to WFH - for anyone else who has been WFH during COVID, or had to work with people WFH, it's truly miraculous how some people have little-to-no experience with basic tech stuff (i.e. muting yourself on calls, turning off cameras, converting a document to pdf, etc.) Re: what @BlockedQuebecois said - taking breaks from the media, practicing hobbies, or doing something you enjoy every day are all as important as the other COVID measures And no matter what happens, it'll be an interesting September - we're all riding this struggle bus together πŸ€ͺ
  16. I understand that with a vaccine this is just as bad as the flu, but the main point: there isn't a vaccine. Also, the fact that deaths will "only" be 50,000 more than the 2017-2018 flu season is after all the social distancing, travel restrictions, etc. I also don't think current models are nearly as accurate as people think due to low information symmetry (between recorded cases and actual cases). If everyone was being tested frequently, then the numbers would have a lot more weight in comparing the virus to others. And trust me, as someone with a father over the age of 80, I'm worried about him all the time - I just don't need one more thing to worry about. I want to meet everyone in person and have classes somewhere outside of my house, but not if it's even slightly more likely that my father will die from pneumonia, organ failure, septic shock, etc. without me beside him. I think that's a fair opinion, even if slightly irrational
  17. That's what these discussion boards are for a contingency plan doesn't hurt, so keep busy and stay focused on the big picture. I hope you hear back from schools - if you don't though, just know you always have options
  18. I didn't mean studying more for the LSAT - you have a great score! I meant a more broad backup plan (hobbies, work, etc.) that will make you feel like you have a path forward if law school isn't an option in September. Also, the time you spent studying for the LSAT is incredibly valuable on its own - you proved that you can increase your score on a difficult exam (with English as your second language) and you probably improved your English in the process. You should be very proud of your score, continue looking forward, and keep your chin up
  19. That's a great plan - shocked more haven't gone that way. Also, I'd be surprised if any university insists on holding in-person classes, especially for students livign with at-risk individuals (or simply if social distancing isn't completely over...) Nobody should have to choose between their own safety (or the safety of their families) and their education
  20. @ppzz Have you started a backup plan? I'm not saying it's necessary, but it might give you some peace of mind. Also, law school is not the end-all-be-all for your career or future. It's hard to get accepted to law school and even harder to do well once you're accepted. If you aren't admitted anywhere at the end of this cycle, reflect on why you were rejected and what you can do now/over the coming months to not only get into a school but also be a successful law student and then a successful lawyer. Getting into law school is only the first step of becoming a lawyer, remember that. I hope this gives you some insight and best of luck!
  21. @unemployableBA While incoming students might be disappointed by an online 1L, they'd be both disappointed AND pissed off with the hybrid plan. A full online option makes more sense: students don't have to go through the pains of moving just to have a half-hearted in-person 1L - those who live in the area can go to classes that abide by the recommended social distancing guidelines. I'd rather wait to do in-person classes "properly" instead of having an outbreak because schools jumped the gun. Also, a meet and greet would be ridiculous with everyone being 2 metres apart - how am I supposed to become a lawyer without practicing my handshake?!?!?!!?!?!?!
  22. @604wannabelawyer that's only if you don't have to move to a new city for a handful of in-person mandatory classes, in which case: think of moving and paying rent to live in a place where you attend a few hours of classes a week - or don't do that, up to you! seriously hoping they'll offer a full online option rather than a partial online, partial in-person system
  23. @Fuzzykittenz Schools need to release this info early so people can make their decisions accordingly - this will really dictate the way people choose where they go to school. For me personally, I would not want to move across the country only to attend a few classes in-person. I would much rather have a full online option until classes can resume as-usual, or prefer to stay local so I don't have to pay rent, move, airfare, etc. for a few classes a week. That might sound ridiculous, but I imagine it's how some people are making their decisions right now
  24. @iamcold I went to a smaller Ontario uni - slightly bigger than UVic - and the rooms couldn't comfortably host 25 people with social distancing in place (except for some bigger lecture halls). After looking at pictures of UVic classrooms online, it's clear that even the lecture halls aren't massive. There's also the question of what faculties have priority to space (as much as I would like to think law students are extremely important, other faculties might not appreciate them encroaching on their valuable real estate during COVID). I think the physical sciences and engineering will have priority since labs are integral to their degrees. The faculty of law is likely one of the lowest priorities in terms of who needs physical space to complete classwork (you can simulate much of what our classes will be online, but you can't have kids doing dissections, titrations, etc. at home). I think that schools need to give the option to go entirely online until they can comfortably have more than 50%(ish) of classes in-person. The thought of moving to a new city, paying rent, and adjusting to life in a new place while only attending a few classes a week - if that - is terribly unappealing (to put it lightly)
  25. @iamcold the main issue is physical space for social distancing. For 25 people to be in a room while social distancing, you would need a 900 square foot room minimum ... and even that is a bit of a stretch Also, I should add, a 900 sq ft room only works if people are literally in the wall... so yes, a very large stretch (didn't see the reply above, we were typing at the same time I guess)
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