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Firecracker last won the day on December 12 2020

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  1. UVic also isn't cGPA, they drop a few of the worst credits depending on how many credits a transcript has. I'm also very curious about the colour-coding on this chart?
  2. You need to email admissions and ask for it! They will email back your GPA after drops.
  3. As everyone else has said: stats matter a lot more than softs - that's why they're called softs. A lack of softs won't disqualify you. Plus, anything can sound great if you write well... especially 8 months in Russia, which is fascinating no matter how you word it! I didn't have that many softs either. I worked a part-time job, travelled a lot, had a few small volunteer positions and a couple cool hobbies. That's it. Even if working was your only soft, if you focused your PS on your job experience, why you're passionate about the law, and what you want to do with your degree (and don't sound like a pretentious weiner while doing it)... that would likely be perfectly adequate.
  4. Not me but in the UofT Accepted Facebook group one girl mentioned that she didn't think she'd be considered since she wrote the November LSAT - so there's one! She didn't say whether or not Nov was her only write though.
  5. You're slightly below both medians so my guess is 50/50 chance? Could be higher if your PS is great.
  6. @navyblue11 I can say with 100% certainty that you will get in somewhere this cycle.
  7. I am also a 0L from Ontario and don't have any helpful suggestions but your doggo is v cute and I love it v much and can you tell me its name
  8. I remember feeling this in undergrad! It's only going to be worse in law school I bet haha!
  9. Oh man. After reading through this thread I've been leaning towards UBC. Are these courses really that bad? You're the second person now who has said so. If they're terrible I want to prepare myself lol.
  10. It's impossible to say at this point, so I have no real basis for this, but with the vaccine rolling out now my guess is that there's maybe a 50/50 chance of online school continuing into the fall? I imagine we will be back in person by next winter. I also doubt that schools will want to continue online after the threat of COVID subsides. It's been a tough transition for profs who have never before needed to use a predominantly online format. Not to mention that many people seem to feel the absence of in-person aspects of law school - events, galas, lectures, orientation, experiential learning not done through a screen, etc. These have been supplemented online to an extent, but you're paying a hefty fee to attend any school; I imagine people would have something to say about that in conjunction to losing out on a huge part of the law school experience. Personally, I wouldn't like it.
  11. When it comes to discretionary applications, you never know. At the very least I think you should see how you do on an LSAT diagnostic test. Also, even if UBC is out of the picture, TRU is another option that also has amazing employment rates for grads. And absolutely you should keep at it if you'd consider applying to L2/B2 schools. With a decent LSAT you'd be a shoe in. UofC is an option that is somewhat close to Vancouver.
  12. Not something I expected to have the good fortune of asking! Any advice is appreciated. I’ve researched each website to death but text on a page can only get you so far. I don’t know what type of law I want to practice, because I am a noob who knows nothing Jon Snow, but I am currently very interested in social justice, human rights, feminist law, environmental law, and international law. My questions fall under two categories: Curriculum and academic opportunities Location and quality of life outside of class Curriculum: First Year Requirements I really like the sound of UofT’s Legal Methods Intensive, and training students to ‘think like lawyers’. Yet I also like the wider variety of first year courses required by UBC: Indigenous Settler Legal Relations, Transnational Law, Introduction to Public Law and the Charter, Aboriginal and Treaty Rights… these don’t appear to be offered in UofT’s first year. Upper Year Requirements UofT requires you take one or more courses on International, Comparative, or Transnational Law… which is cool. It is not part of the first year curriculum, but doing it this way offers you more breadth of choice. I am somewhat confused by UofT’s Intersession Intensive Course. Is it referring to any course taught by a Distinguished Visiting Faculty? UofT’s Oral Advocacy requirement sounds awesome! But is this UofT's only experiential requirement? I know UBC's experiential requirement lets you choose from clinics, moots and experiential classes, which is a plus. Call me out if I'm wrong, but it feels like it will be easier to get into clinics if they are required versus if they are optional. Course Availability Which school offers more options for upper year courses? Or are they roughly the same? Class Size UofT: “For each first year student, all but one of the substantive law courses is taught in larger sections of up to 90 students over a single term. The remaining substantive law course is taught in a small group of 16-18 students, taught during the first term, and evaluated principally through writing assignments (small group courses do not have a final examination).” UBC: “Each student is also assigned to a small group of 50 students, with whom they will take all of their first-year classes.” I like the intimacy of UofT having one very-small-group class, but it is only one class. UBC has 50-person small-group classes, but this doesn’t feel all that small? It also doesn’t provide you with as much opportunity to meet those outside of your small-group. Specializations: UofT’s lunchtime Leadership Skills Program is really appealing. UBC has the option to earn a specialization in Law and Social Justice, and/or Environmental and Natural Resource law. Is this not an option at UofT, or is it just not written? Their brochure mentioned the possibility of ‘focusing’ in many areas. Clinics, Internships, and Externships ***How difficult is it to secure a spot in each clinic? Are spaces very limited?*** What is involved in UBC’s International Justice and Human Rights Clinic vs. UofT’s International Human Rights Program? How about UofT’s clinic with David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights? Has anyone had experience with UBC’s Innocence Project or UofT’s Externship with Innocence Canada? Has anyone had experience with UBC’s Rise Women’s Legal Centre or UofT’s Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic? In addition to clinics and externships, how are the experiential courses at each school? Location: This is where I’m the most torn. I’ve dreamt about living in B.C for a long time, and eventually I would like to practice there. My mental health is always better when I have opportunities to go outside, hike, cycle, run. With this in mind, it sounds like it should be an easy decision. But I can’t help but wonder if, in this case, I should choose based more on curriculum. I’ve heard the mantra that you should go where you want to practice, but I’ve also heard that UofT is one of the schools with the most national reach. Thanks in advance for the input 🙂
  13. This happened to me as well. Mine had a 5% difference and they told me there had been a manual error. Moral of the story, if something seems off then there is no harm in asking!
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