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  1. I hope everything will be in person by the time you hit 2L and 3L! I think that will definitely present more opportunities for interactions with others in your class outside of those who speak up in class...I have to admit that sometimes they annoy me too... You will find people who share your beliefs and people who don't, but I hope that regardless of these differences, you will make some great friends from law school. I love the friends that I've made here, and I know our friendship will extend beyond law school. Wishing you the best for midterms and your LLP final!
  2. I'm going to speak as a 3L, not to discount your experiences, GM, but here are mine. I think my experience has been different at UVic and I've spoken with and am friends with a variety of people, all with different political backgrounds from Conservative to Green. I also think that "academic climate as a whole is just not very hospitable to anyone right-of-green-party" is a bit of an overstatement. We have a variety of faculty with different political viewpoints. One of my favourite professors at UVic is conservative (politically), and one of his running jokes is that many members of the faculty were displeased with him (for environmental reasons) after he got his Jeep, but many of the same faculty members went to him asking for a ride one of the few times Victoria got snow. He's one of the best professors at UVic, and although we might differ politically, and although some of his colleagues may differ from him politically, everyone has the utmost respect for him as an academic and as a professor. There are other faculty members like this, both young and old, you just need to seek them out and talk to them more. Also, I think it's important to note that at the end of the day, when writing exams, you don't get marked on your political viewpoints, you get marked on whether you can spot the legal issue and apply the law to the facts. You will get an excellent legal education at UVic! Again, I'm going to disagree with this statement. I would agree that overall UVic, and the West Coast in general, is more liberal. I think very vocal members of the law school tend to lean this way, however, the people that I've spoken to at the law school have a variety of political opinions, and it's not all uniform like this. The faculty certainly do not all feel like this either. Some faculty may raise these social/political issues in class, but it doesn't affect the quality of legal teaching. I think the faculty is quite well-rounded in covering various perspectives and legal issues. I'm not sure who your profs are but I think this is a mischaracterization of the entire faculty of law at UVic. I have trouble believing that the majority of students are how you frame them in this post. I understand that you may have certain impressions based on what a few more vocal students may have said, but I don't think they are the majority. Often more vocal students will advance beliefs that are not fully accepted by mainstream society, which I think plays into the Overton Window theory. Policies and change ends up somewhere between the middle. Sidenote: The problem with statements like "defund the police, dismantle the Canadian state" is that they're slogans. They don't cover the complexity of the issues, however, it's catchy so people use it. I'm not saying it's right or wrong, I'm just suggesting that maybe it creates preconceived notions, and it evokes strong reactions from both sides of the political spectrum. When you delve into what the slogan might look like in practice a little more, defunding the policing might look like redefining the police, demilitarizing the police, and directing resources from the militarization of police to community-based engagement and prevention. Dismantling the Canadian state might also look like redefining the Canadian state, ensuring that the federal government is not "wilfully and recklessly" discriminating against Indigenous children living on-reserve by not properly funding child and family services, etc etc. Obviously, it's hard to do in the middle of a pandemic, but I have faith that you will find "your people" at UVic. My closest friends from law school have divergent political beliefs, but we're friends because we enjoy each others company and we support each other when times are tough. Also, sort of related to this topic, but I think this is a great article on call-out/cancel culture which I think is GM's underlying concern: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/19/style/loretta-ross-smith-college-cancel-culture.html
  3. You'll be fine, they probably won't notice it! A bigger issue would be if you had put the wrong school down for your application. Don't worry! It'll mostly just come down to your LSAT and your grades. I don't think the personal statement matters too much unless you say something particularly egregious or questionable, or if you are a discretionary applicant and they have to spend more time review your overall package.
  4. If you are above 880 I would apply. UVic may forward your application for further review if it stands out but you fall below the threshold!
  5. I think it depends on which sector of society, for example, in a lot of Asian families, the children will stay with their parents until they get married. It'll probably be dependent on the relationship you have with your family/parents. Barring exceptional circumstances, if I were you, I would just stay with them until I pay of the debt--especially if they aren't charging you rent.
  6. I think people are probably evaluating decisions right now, or waiting to get off other waitlists. As an example, I was accepted by UCalgary and then waitlisted by my top choice school. I got off the waitlist of my top choice school near the end of the May, notified UCalgary and then presumably, someone from their waitlist got notified. You got this!
  7. 7sage is really good, especially for logic games! I would keep studying, but hope for the best. You may get off the waitlist later on. From Calgary Law's website: Waitlist There are no rankings assigned to those who are on the waitlist. The committee will consider everyone on the waitlist to determine who will receive an offer at the time a spot becomes available. This means that we cannot estimate how long it will take for each waitlisted applicant to receive a final decision; waitlisted applicants may receive their final decision as late as orientation week.
  8. Hi there, I was wondering if it is ethical to apply for the new COVID-19 Support Program for the month of May if I have employment from June to August. I got a job through the OCI recruit, however, it got pushed back and the program was cut down by 3 weeks. The money I would have earned pre-COVID in May would have gone to my tuition and rent next year. I am planning to do some volunteering for PBSC during May. I do realize that I am in a much better position than other people who are affected by these unprecedented times so I don't want to apply for support if it's inconsistent with the aims of the program. Anyways, was just wondering what the general consensus is. Thank you for your comments in advance!
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