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  1. UBC speculatively announced a return to in person instruction for the fall. With the pace of vaccine rollout, and the fact that BC just had it’s worst single day case numbers, I have not invested much hope into that.
  2. Totally unfeasible. I spoke to someone who commuted from Chilliwack for 1L and I think it took her like 4+ hours a day. That’s a lot of time that could be used for studying or relaxing or whatever. I live out that way myself and I’ll definitely be moving closer for when things go back in person. Having the bulk of 1L behind me now, I can confidently say that I would’ve been miserable driving in everyday. Time is precious, and you’ll want every spare ounce you can get. There’s time enough for sleep/study/personal time if you really plan it right, but if you lose the balance or add something to the mix you’ll be sure to feel the effects elsewhere. I’d say set yourself up for success and move closer.
  3. Depends on your small group I think. I had to buy 2 (and might’ve been able to get away with one). Everything else was online and free.
  4. Well for online school I’ve been running hoodies and pyjamas. I don’t know of anyone who wears anything unusually formal when they go in. Lots of casual outfits and Allard hoodies. Only time someone wore something formal they were quick to explain that they had a court appearance right after class.
  5. Awesome, congratulations! I saw from your post you are most likely coming to ubc. I can say with a great deal of confidence that you won’t regret that choice. Even through the trials of pandemic learning I have had a top notch experience so far. With the odds being in favour of a return to campus next year, you’ll get to enjoy the beautiful building as well.
  6. I’m a 1L and have been working a bit more than that throughout the year. I did take a chunk of time before December exams off, and pretty much all of March and April though. I would say you should have that level of flexibility to even consider it. Over all I (probably) wouldn’t recommend. I only felt comfortable doing it because online classes severely cut down on my commute/extra-curricular/social time. In the normal times I think it would’ve been impractical. I broadly agree with everyone else that it probably isn’t the best. Not only might it impact your performance, but I’ve had some downright miserable workload weeks. Seeing as how we’re all staring down the barrel of a harsh workload profession, I might advise taking the time to (relatively) relax while you can. That said, I go to a relatively cheap school, and working during the year Allowed me to pay the whole years tuition and then some. If you’re a dedicated and organized individual, and also debt averse, it might not be the worst idea in the world. If you’re kind of lazy (like me), or aren’t bothered by the idea if a few dollars of extra debt then I would definitely focus solely on studying.
  7. Yeah that makes sense. If you got into UBC I’d feel pretty good about UVic; their entrance stats are pretty similar! But I certainly wouldn’t think it unwise to choose Allard over Vic, I made the same choice this time last year and haven’t regretted it a bit!
  8. From what I’ve heard from friends at UofA, Edmonton (and to an extent the university) is fairly right leaning, but the law school trends more to the left. I’ve only spoken very briefly with an Ottawa student, but they were rather left leaning and indicated that they fit right in there. I gotta say, with those interests in mind, I’d be thinking UVic!
  9. My contracts instructor referred to them as “LSATs” recently. I almost dropped out.
  10. I won’t say that I know what the better school is, but I will say that Allard probably isn’t as toxic as it’s come across lately. I’m a 1L there now, and I have found the environment to be friendly and reasonably collegial. That said, my friend that’s at UofA said that he had the same thoughts on his class, so, in my opinion, there’s no wrong choice on that front. As for your other concerns, I can say that UBC is decently stocked in those areas. We now have 2 mandatory indigenous law classes in 1L, and a number of upper year opportunities. There’s the Rise Women’s Legal Centre, as well as some relevant classes I believe. I’m not completely sure about environmental law, outside of a few optional classes, but I think there’s at least a club. I can’t speak to how that compares to UofA, but I think you would be able to engage with all of your interests here at Allard.
  11. 83 and 166 is the exact average given for in the FAQ on Allard’s website. I would feel good about your chances of you’re at or above these numbers.
  12. I would say that any broad sense of ‘togetherness’ or school wide collegiality has been hindered (or maybe outright ruined), but I would still say that the people I interact with (pretty much only in my small group) are all perfectly fine. I believe we’re in different groups, and our experiences have probably differed quite a bit, however. I’m also not in van/in person, so I might have a facile view of the situation.
  13. As a counter to that, I would say the 1L class at large has steadfastly denounced the ones who did that. I don’t know who it is, but it seems as if the bulk of the class has weighed in on it at this point, and the consensus seems to be that this was unacceptable. I for one have found everyone at Allard to be friendly and courteous, and haven’t witnessed or heard about any cutthroat behaviour save for this recent scandal. Are there some jerks in the class? Probably. But you show me a group of 200 people that doesn’t have a few jerks in it. In my experience so far Allard students are a pretty standard cross-section of the populace at large. A bunch of decent, well-meaning folks, occasionally having their reputation tainted by some outliers. I would not worry about a poor student environment when making my decision on whether to attend Allard or not.
  14. Do people do that? I recall it being made fairly clear that clinicians were on the hook for their current files. You can transfer them then leave, but until that point it was on you, and there could be some sort of disciplinary measure if you abandoned them. Beyond that I can’t imagine why you would join a volunteer organization, founded on helping those with few other options, and then just abandon the obligations that you signed up for, dreadful.
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