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  1. This is unbelievable to me. We spent like 20 minutes on the statute of uses, were told it didn't matter, and we have no actual cases on it or anything. Are there even any significant cases on it? Amazing how different the curriculum can be between different CL schools in Canada! -GM
  2. I know you're focused on Ontario, but if you are willing, take a look at U of M as well as a back-up. They will drop that F and a bunch of those C's, and your 168 will be quite a standout there. Since Manitoba is a purely index school in the regular category, with no personal statement at all, you can just do some math and calculate whether you'll get in. The selection of applicants in the Index Score category is made solely upon the 50/50 weighting of AGPA/LSAT score. The formula for calculation: [[[ (π‘‚π‘π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘‘π‘–π‘£π‘’ 𝐿𝑆𝐴𝑇 π‘†π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘’ βˆ’ 120) 60 ] Γ— 50] + [ (𝐴𝐺𝑃𝐴 Γ— 50)/ 4.5 ]] = 𝐼𝑛𝑑𝑒π‘₯ π‘†π‘π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘’ A chart showing the distribution of offers to applicants based on their respective AGPA and LSAT score can be found at: Sorry, dead link. -GM
  3. I tried a compromise that didnt' work out too well. I wanted to write some basic ideas and notes by hand and then start typing once I had a structure in mind, but found that the first step was too slow and a waste of desk space. Next time I'll have to streamline the process. I was really wavering back and forth on this... had a really hard time deciding whether a particular fact was relevant. Ending up saying "party 'A' will bring it up, but they won't get anywhere with it" and then moved on. We'll see if I completely missed something of monumental importance. Thanks for the additional tips! -GM
  4. Bumping this thread on the occasion of 1L mid-terms. I have printed out some of the tips above to comprise part of my open-book materials. I've realized, just before mid-terms starting, that I'm not struggling with any of the doctrinal concepts so far, but issue-spotting is a huge challenge for me. I possibly should have spent more time with practice exams and less time re-reading leading cases and secondary sources. We shall see... Thanks to everyone who contributed above! -GM
  5. The UVic building is ugly but not quite brutalist; just brown bricks, which is nicer than some of the buildings on campus. The campus was developed in the late 60's, so there's not much hope for good architecture. The saving grace, though, is that the overall logic of the UVic campus is that the buildings don't really rise above the trees anyway, with just a couple exceptions near the centre. So the buildings are mostly ugly, but it doesn't matter because you can't really see them anyway. As for the inside, I'm not optimistic but I actually haven't even been inside yet! What a weird year... -GM PS TRU looks absolutely glorious. I have some mild SAD and it looks like that would be an amazing place to be to get some winter sun indoors. Also, now I know where all that tuition money is going!
  6. As mentioned above, you are only eligible for OSAP. No other province is going to want to pay for your education. Since no one answered your other question: yes, you will be able to get funding for the three years - subject, of course, to any personal circumstances affecting your eligibility. Do any Ontarians know if and how the OSAP amount is tailored, depending on the tuition of the school you're attending? This might be useful for the OP to know. I am "from" Alberta for student loan purposes, for which I am very grateful. I don't believe my award amount was lowered due to my attending the cheapest law school in Canada, as I received the specified "maximum amount". Then again, it's expensive to live here as well, so they could have been factoring that in somewhere. -GM
  7. Aww shucks! Thanks for reading. Trying to be a little more active here again lately, busy as 1L is, because I want to "pay forward" all the help I got last year. However, it seems that my dramatic postings around my admission to U of S have given an incorrect impression; I actually landed at UVic! I was super anxious about Sask admission because my partner had to rank her preferences for her own professional recruit at noon on February 19th, so I was freaking out waiting for U of S. We found out just in the nick of time, and ranked Saskatoon very highly on her list... but we ended up getting Victoria... As such, I can't be much help with your tie-breaking. I love both Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Alberta economy is such a dumpster fire right now, and I don't see much hope of recovery. While that should probably be a factor in your planning, I'm just not qualified to read that crystal ball. I would say that the legal market in Saskatchewan, while smaller and (I presume) less lucrative, is likely to be a little more stable. Lower cost of living too, of course. We are still talking about moving to Saskatoon one day... we'll see! All the best in weighing everything. Plenty of good info to pick through on this site. -GM
  8. I think you should be good to hear early-ish from all 3. I applied years after graduating so I don't have direct experience of this, but since your numbers are good and you have completed enough years to be evaluated, I don't see why they would wait. I had weaker numbers than you, wrote the November LSAT only (the score from which the schools only got the week before Christmas break), and I got into U of C in early February, and U of S at 10 a.m. on February 19th - that was a very specific memory. All the best!
  9. Thanks for the question. I didn't realize there was a period in which a withdrawal would not result in a "W". Since a "W" is without penalty, I didn't realize there would be any notation below that. Your question sent me to the AU web page, so now I've learned that you have 30 days before it becomes a "W". So in your case, the course won't appear on your transcript. This leaves the question of whether you would actually have a transcript at all, given that there would be nothing on it. I'm thinking not, but it's probably worth double-checking with AU if I've made you nervous now. -GM
  10. Very strongly suggest you look at U of S. Your LSAT is above median there, and your B2 is not too far below their median. In addition, their criteria for "special applicants" include: First language other than English Barriers resulting from ethnic or racial background Employment or domestic obligations preventing earlier application One barrier might be that Saskatchewan has what they call a "slight preference" for people with a connection to Saskatchewan, which you don't. Basically, they want to produce lawyers who will choose to stay in the province. If you do apply, I would suggest you try and find something genuine to say in that regard. Perhaps, for instance, you will find out that there are a significant number of people from your background in Saskatoon, and you'd be eager to join the community there and help that community with Access to Justice issues. Or, if you're interested in Indigenous issues at all, you might say you'd be excited to join a law program in a province with a large and growing Indigenous population, etc., etc. Saskatoon's a lovely place, and U of S is often overlooked in this forum. Definitely give it some thought! They also have a very late application deadline, I believe, so you have lots of time to consider it. -GM
  11. Windsor is famously unpredictable, as they are legit holistic. By all means, make a Windsor thread in that forum - just don't put too much stock in any predictions. For Dal I have absolutely no sweet clue. I don't have much affinity for that part of the country, and didn't look into it. One useful trick on this site, short of starting your own thread, is to crawl through the "accepted" thread from last year, and see whether there were many successful applicants with profiles similar to yours. -GM
  12. Just a reminder that Queen's does not actually have a "mature" category. However, they do allow you to cite "age" and "life experience" as valid criteria under the "access" category. This may be a minor difference, but I think it shifts the onus onto you to explain how those factors are relevant to your application. Slightly less straightforward than the schools who have an actual "mature" category. In any case, Queen's Access medians (3.73, 160) are only slightly lower than the regular category (3.76, 161). As a result, even under Access, you're a bit below median - it would be a close call. It would probably be worth actually calculating your B2 precisely, if you want a more accurate prediction. As it stands, I concur with Luckycharm's prediction for regular category; for Access I would guess you are very close to 50/50. -GM
  13. I even had to send a transcript from Athabasca, where I registered for only a single course, then withdrew before anything was evaluated. Luckily Athabasca transcripts are free. So yes, you'll be disclosing everything. The key, as mentiond by other posters, is determing for which schools this will or won't be a problem! I won't mention schools I haven't applied to, because I wouldn't want to steer you wrong, but of the ones where I did apply, the following are the ones which use formulae that could mitigate your Dal marks: Schools which calculate GPA based on your last 2 years (L2): U of A U of C Western Schools which calculate GPA based on your best 2 years (B2): Queen's U of S (Saskatchewan, not Sherbrooke) Schools which use your entire record, but allow you to drop a certain number of your worst marks: U of M (Manitoba, not MontrΓ©al) U Vic There are probably more in each category, so just take these ones as a starting point! This thread is just a starting point for you, but the message is: your Dal experience will have different effects for different schools. Should be lots of options for you, although you'll have to come back to us with an LSAT score eventually! -GM
  14. I know your questions are mostly related to Ontario, but let me make a couple of out-of-province comments: UVic definitely counts transfer credits, because they wanted a transcript for my Ontario Grade 13 (Yes, I'm that old) credits, since they got me some University credits in Quebec. You will want to calculate your GPA with drops for Victoria, as well. U of M also wanted those credits, and dropped a year's worth of bad marks in their GPA calculation. It's also only about 90 minutes from Ontario. U of S is a B2 school where your 168 should definitely overcome your 3.47. I'm sure it's low on your list, but Saskatoon is lovely and I suggest you take a close look before ruling it out completely! Best of luck! -GM PS Why not Lakehead? If you can drive a Jeep around Africa, I'm sure you can handle Port Arthur!
  15. For reference, U Vic is just in the process of starting a chapter of the BLSA this term, because they only just met the threshold for the minimum number of members. However, U Vic law is a very progressive environment, where everyone else is beinding over backwards to demonstrate support for the Black community. I know you weren't asking about Victoria, but the reason I mention this is just to point out that low numbers, per se, won't necessarily correlate to an environment that is not supportive. Sometimes numbers are just... numbers. I was really surprised, moving to Victoria, to see that there is much less (visible) diversity than there is in any city in Alberta... and I'm counting Lethbridge,e. even. I definitely second the suggestion of reaching out to the BLSA. Heck, you can't do that at Victoria now, too, if you're interested! -GM
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