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  1. It sounds like there are three possibilities based on what you said about the BSAP program. Either (1) the result is just a random sample error/anomaly; or (2) the process being used prior to the BSAP is biased against admitting more diverse candidates who are otherwise qualified; or (3) the diverse admissions committees are biased in favor of admitting more diverse candidates who are otherwise unqualified under the prior merit based system - which is just a couple of steps removed from nepotism. As you indicate, the analysis from the admissions data or prior years should help clarify whether it is #2 or #3. It is interesting that you say: "all of these students had to meet the same stats of any other student admitted to the school." Lets assume it is not #2. If its not #2, then all this means is that these entrants met the admissions "stats", but it doesn't indicate whether their admissions is displacing others who have even greater stats or had the same stats but have other qualities elevating their application - who would have been admitted if not for the diversity bias. Admissions to medical school (at least compared to law school) is far more than just looking at "stats". They look into volunteering, prof recommendations, work experience etc etc. If it isn't #2 and you end up accepting more POC by just looking at "stats", then you are doing so by excluding other candidates who are more qualified. IMO that's just unfair. Diversity has its place, but not at the expense of someone else's dreams. If it is #3 or something else that ends up reducing the admissions standards in favor of diversity bias, then it is just a disservice to the profession. I am a POC and idrc if the dean or faculty look like me. I just care if they are competent and fair.
  2. U of M said it will be online for Fall, with an expectation of returning to full in-person for Winter. They want to take the Fall semester as an opportunity to transition to in-person slowly. Only classes with 20 or less students will be in-person for Fall. So, basically everything is online for Fall 2021.
  3. All 7 courses are mandatory, and all 7 are spanning courses. I.e., you take the same courses both semesters. Your schedule from fall to winter will change, like timings and what day you have which class, but you will take the same classes both semesters. Regarding the sections, lets say there are a 100 first year students accepted for the full time enrollment. Those 100 students are divided into three sections. Lets say 33 students in section A01, A02, and A03. The five core classes (Property, Contracts, Torts, Constitutional, and Criminal) are divided based on those three sections. Say, you are in section A01, you will have the same exact 32 classmates for all five of those courses. It is against those same 32 students that you will be graded against on a curve in all five of those classes. This video does a good job at explaining what it means to be graded against a curve. Good news I guess, you get to pick which section you enroll in. At least, we did last year. The section you pick will determine which professors you get and your cohort. The other two courses: Legal Systems, and Legal Methods; these two classes aren't divided into the three sections. Another way to say it is, all three sections take the same exact class for these two classes, and they will have all 100 of the students. Legal Methods is graded on a pass/fail basis. Legal Systems is graded on a curve, but the curve is generous - everyone gets a B basically. Look at the past year's exam statistics for first year April grades, so you will get a better idea of how the curve works and about the sections.
  4. You might want to look into the visa requirements to work in the US for teachers. A TN work visa is the easiest to get as a Canadian. That visa however only recognizes teaching at a college, seminary or university level.
  5. School will wait for those who were already issued offers to make their decisions. Once that deadline passes for those students to accept or reject the offer, then the school will send out more offers to those on the waitlist based on the remaining spots left. Once the deadline for that passes, and if there are any more seats left then they will send out another wave of offers to those remaining on the waitlist. This just goes on repeat, and around July or August, the waitlist will be condensed to include only Manitoba residents, and only those on that list will get the offers from then on. This is an ongoing process. Those who already accepted an offer will change their mind and withdraw their acceptance and forfeit their deposit for a variety of reasons. If I remember correctly, there was someone last year who got an offer literally a couple of days before classes started lol.
  6. Can't you just offer to cover any expenses related to your visa? That way they don't have to bear the financial burden of procuring the visa. Or, or their rules against it in the UK?
  7. Someone in the MLSA will create one and invite you all during the orientation meeting or tell you how to access it. If I remember correctly, we had a zoom meet sometime in the summer last year to discuss Q&A, and we got connected to the FB group then.
  8. The schedule for the upcoming year isn't out yet, but once it is out they will post it here. They said they are going to update the website in the coming months, so the link might change then.
  9. I guess a follow up, do you need a car even if you live on campus with the meal plan? How often do you really need to leave the Uni and go into town as a law student, lol?
  10. Clarence Darrow is my idol, but then again I only came to appreciate him after watching Inherit the Wind.
  11. @Capoleti 1L has about 105 students split into 3 sections for your 5 core classes at Robson. So, approximately you get 35+ people for each one of those classes. Also, there are 2 classes that aren't split into sections. So, all 105 students take it together. All 7 classes are required, so you are stuck with them. I was just joking the other day that they could get around the rules by splitting into 5/6 sections instead of 3, but I highly doubt it. You'd need to hire more profs or pay the existing ones more so that they'd teach more classes/sections. Or I suppose, they could do two sections of 20, and one section of 65, but I doubt they would because you'll have to deal with a lot of angry people who don't want to be part of the 65. This current year, as it is now, they ended up merging some sections because they couldn't find enough profs to teach all the sections in the online environment for Contracts and Crim Law. So, for some sections in those classes you get 50+ students. There are some classes in upper years that are 20 or less, but those are so obscure and few in number. So, it isn't even worth talking about. All the required courses will be online for sure under these rules. Anyway, that e-mail more or less confirms online for Fall 2021 for Faculty Law. However, I am still waiting for the Faculty of Law to announce it officially. There is some chatter going on that some of the extra-curriculars will be offered in person for Fall 2021 instead of it being all online like it is now.
  12. The assumption I am going by right now is it is online, unless stated otherwise for Fall 2021. It will more than likely be in-person in January though. I know the student groups are pushing for in-person, but the sentiment now is that they likely won't succeed.
  13. I found the rules. It is on page 12, under J. Offer Timeline and Waitlist.
  14. Unless they changed the rules from last year, the January LSAT has the same weight as the November LSAT. This is how it works. They calculate the index score cut off when they sent out the early offers last week. They use that same exact cut off when they send the next round of early offers using the January LSAT. If your index score doesn't meet that cut off, then you get pushed to the waitlist. So, they already have a cut off established, and looking at some of the people that got accepted so far, (assuming those stats are reliable) looks like you passed that cut off with the 4.0 and 162 already. Also, being on the waitlist vs early acceptance only matters where eligibility for some scholarships are concerned. That's why it matters that the people getting accepted in the second round of early acceptance are accepted on the same standard as the first round of early acceptance.
  15. You might find this helpful. You can get in at 72, but you need to be a Manitoba resident and end up on the Manitoba waitlist.
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