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  1. well i think that the index officially isn't relevant ever since they adopted the policy that personal statements are worth 1/3. However, if the index is actually still used, they likely just had to move up the auto-admit this year just due to an increase in applicants... i read somewhere it was like 500 extra people? That is a huge increase and is gonna have an impact. So, if the super high numbers of applicants continues then yeah it will be harder to get in. Try not to focus on the index too much, just do your best to crush the LSAT and get good grades. Edit: also I see on your profile that you're in your second year right now? You show great initiative but I hope I'm not out of line in saying: you should not worry about this at all! like, at all lol. really. you'll be fine.
  2. Take this all with a grain of salt: Not from Ontario but I would imagine that low tuition and living in a city that offers a very different life than pretty much anywhere in Ontario is nice for a lot of people, especially considering that like you said, people from Allard go back to Ontario. People will tell you that law school isn't a vacation but there can be value in living in a new place. Also, take a look at Fasken's summer / articling students in the Vancouver office: scroll down the list and you'll see uvic, queens, ottawa, western and Alberta students before you see an Allard student. I hate to break it to you but this guest speaker seems full of shit. I'll offer an anecdote I was going to post in your TRU thread: I'm acquainted with a big law lawyer and asked them for advice on picking a school because I didn't (still don't) know where I want to work. They told me that they interview from UBC to Dal and pretty much everywhere in between that they can get to. This may have been an exaggeration but you get the gist. Going to school in a certain place offers the advantage of meeting the lawyers there, and learning the laws there. When they hire though, they also care about grades, interest, fit, etc. They also told me that people have biases towards schools but understand our system is not like the U.S. and that all law schools here are pretty good. Some firms may prioritize U of T, McGill, UBC etc because they're great schools, but from what this person told me you'd be hard-pressed to find one of those Pearson Hardman firms that only hires from one school. Other people on this forum that are more familiar with hiring can correct me if I'm wrong though, I'm just a smooth-brained 0L.
  3. OK SO: I was rejected from McGill because, among other things, my french is, how you say, merde. However, I was accepted everywhere else I applied (including UBC, U of T, Oz, etc). I was also president of a committee and a club in my undergrad. It doesn't look bad (unless its like a hate group or something) and it could mean more at McGill specifically due to how holistic they are, but I would imagine that it is really only important to the extent that you can write meaningfully about it. There are hundreds if not thousands of clubs and committees at universities across Canada and thousands of students who are involved in them, and I don't think it had a very large bearing on my acceptances. Are you gonna be president of this committee because you want to slap another line on your resumé or because you care about it and how it relates to your goals? Either way, McGill has the luxury of turning down very smart people (not hyping myself up, people way, way, more accomplished than I have been rejected) and you need great stats + personal statement to get in. The rest is just salt on the steak, so to speak. TLDR: Don't omit it but don't rely on it.
  4. Also an incoming 0L, there's gonna be assholes in any group of 200 people but we'll be in person this year, so lets try to set the culture ourselves! I'm just super excited to meet everyone.
  5. Ok so I'm not even in law school yet, don't know exactly how adcoms think about part-time students etc, but I would assume that you have nothing to worry about here, just to echo the above comment. You've demonstrated that you can fulfill your degree requirements (at a high standard!) while going through some really extraordinary things. Also, you may want to look into discretionary categories at the schools you're interested in and see if you think you fit the criteria. Best of luck!
  6. There's a discord linked somewhere on this forum, but I'm pretty sure the Facebook group will be made (through official channels, at least) in the spring/summer! If its anything like the U of T the admissions office will let us know when its up.
  7. I believe provisional acceptances automatically go firm sometime in in June or July? But don't take my word for it, it should be on the olsas website
  8. As per my offer letter it is 350!
  9. I don't know what you should do with your life either but as someone who is only just a bit older than you, has had similar feelings lately and is really lucky to have supportive parents/family as well, what I will say is this: Try to take "spoiled" out of your vocabulary when describing yourself. You know how lucky you are, but all the support in the world sometimes isn't enough to erase one's doubt and you shouldn't feel bad about that. So try and practice a bit of self compassion that way. In a similar vein, I don't have stats for this but I would venture that the vast majority of 18 year olds who pick their careers/majors at that age end up in something different by the time they're actually graduating/entering the workforce (I, for example, used to want to be a school principal) so remember that this is very normal. Many people even change their careers after the fact as well. You're feeling a lot of pressure right now, and with COVID its very hard to escape that... you can't go dick around on your reading week or go to the pub with your friends and forget it all for a bit. I don't have a solution but sometimes it feels good to say out loud "You know what, this fucking sucks sometimes". Moreover, one strategy I will suggest is to look at all the great parts about being a lawyer. I'm not one yet so take it with a grain of salt, but I hope that the privilege of practicing law, helping clients, being in a 'people' profession and possibly having the opportunity to mentor others later in my career will make me love what I do and be more able to deal with shitty parts of the job. If that isn't how you feel just remember that THAT IS OK. You will be fine. Do not rush into picking another career or major or what have you. You will be fine. Finally, I will echo Deadpool's point 2 above: do your best to have fun being young, especially when it is safe to do so. You're gonna be ok.
  10. Your first source says this in the abstract: "However, full lockdowns (RR=2.47: 95%CI: 1.085.64) and reduced country vulnerability to biological threats (i.e. high scores on the global health security scale for risk environment) (RR=1.55; 95%CI: 1.132.12) were significantly associated with increased patient recovery rates". Emphasis my own. Maybe I should read the whole thing, and lockdowns have a heavy mental toll that should not be taken lightly but god damn. Its right there.
  11. Hey OP just to echo I had an identical situation to you and there was no problem, in fact no schools asked for grades for the 2 AP courses I had. You shouldn't have anything to worry about! If admissions needs something, they'll let you know! good luck.
  12. Not OP and don't want to hijack the thread but as someone who lurches between wanting to go to UofT and UBC, tuition is a huge factor and I say that as someone who could graduate debt free from either school. I am totally drawn to the national opportunities / profs / location / whatever at U of T but really it seems that UBC (along with other schools, I'm sure) has all of these as well. The prestige at UofT is fun and all, and I'm drawn there affectively (the phone call and offer package in the mail are awesome) but it is getting harder and harder to justify the difference in tuition when the only likely difference in outcome is the size of my ego and my parents having to push back their retirement. If I knew exactly what/where I wanted to practice, it would change things but this is my 2 cents. Basically my heart says UofT but my brain says UBC and I would imagine thats the case for lots of people as lucky as us. There's also loads of threads on this website comparing the two schools that I'm sure would be helpful.
  13. Got the call earlier today. LSAT: 171 GPA: 3.79 with fall grades, before drops. not sure how they work. Applied early September, fall grades received about 2 weeks ago.
  14. Thanks so much! I will definitely attend U of T IF I go to toronto, honestly the only thing keeping me from pulling the trigger on U of T at this point is the tuition... although i'm sure that has been discussed ad nauseum on this site, the points you make are still really good!
  15. AH good to know, I have an error with the link in my Solus portal so I thought it was closed. Thanks!
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