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  1. I can only speak to my own experiences, but I'm at a Toronto-area institution and I know for a fact that the MA funding at that institution is not enough to cover tuition and CoL, and neither is the PhD funding. Nor was it at any of the other places I received offers from. Yes, it is cheaper than undergrad - but had I moved to Toronto for school it would have cost me substantially more than what I was offered in terms of funding. Nothing I've seen indicates to me that "full funding" (in the sense of completely covering CoL and tuition) is standard, particularly at the MA level.
  2. Yeah it depends on what you're taking and where. But my funding packages were definitely not enough to cover tuition and cost of living. If OP is considering something like a Masters of Management then it's even worse.
  3. I'm just finishing up a master's degree this summer before I start law school in the fall. Most places don't count master's degree grades. I think it would probably help you more to do additional undergrad courses to boost your cGPA. Really depends on the school though. I imagine holistic schools like them, as they're a sign that you have a higher degree of maturity/life experience that comes with doing graduate studies. Honestly though, have you considered the financial implications of doing this? Grad school is expensive at the master's level and you almost certainly won't be able to get the whole thing funded. You might be adding another $20k of debt on at the end depending on what you take and what the funding situation is. The only reason I chose to do a masters degree was because I was seriously considering pursuing academia and absolutely love what I study. If I was in your situation I don't think it would be worth it.
  4. No worries, I wasn't entirely clear in my first post. Thank you! I'm very glad that it seems to have had no effect on my applications.
  5. I totally agree with you that this is a problem. I think adcoms should encourage people to tell their story, offer a space to submit supporting documents, and perhaps ask people to explain why they aren't able to offer supporting documents if they have none. Some flexibility would improve the process.
  6. I have a problem with this (and with the idea of providing proof of your circumstances in general) because when places ask for these documents it can be really hard for some people to provide them. Access to healthcare is a real problem for some groups and being told "prove that you experienced 'x'" can itself perpetuate discrimination. Just being able to access therapy is enormously difficult in Canada, because you need a ton of disposable income to do so. It gives people with better access to healthcare, who tend to be wealthy and white, better odds in the law school application process. I experienced real discrimination in the health care system (my family doctor, at my parents' request, referred me to a conversion therapist in high school), and I don't have any documentation of the mental illness that caused me to have a disastrous first two years of undergrad, mostly because it was such a horrible experience that I wasn't able to trust therapists or doctors for several years after that (which I think is perfectly understandable). Seeing an application telling me to provide documentation was hugely demotivating, as it basically just ignores the lived reality that so many LGBT people go through. I folded that part of my story into my personal statement and figured that if the school wanted to disregard that because I didn't have documentation to prove it, then that was their prerogative.
  7. I was on "under review" since early January and got accepted yesterday. So there is still hope!
  8. I think it was early to mid December. I waited for my Nov. LSAT score before I decided to apply, because I knew UVic was a stretch with my GPA.
  9. Accepted this morning! GPA is complicated as I have some weird transcript stuff going on, but my best guess is 3.4-3.5 after drops. 169 LSAT, one write, I also provided what I think are compelling reasons for a relatively low GPA. I have accepted another offer but am reconsidering a bit now that UVic is on the table haha.
  10. I think this is totally a legitimate way to choose. Anybody can make big claims about the quality of their program, but seeing how much effort they put into the recruitment process is a huge green flag. Imagine how helpful the school will be once you are actually there haha!
  11. Yeah this is key. I think you can have success with roommates if you choose carefully. I roomed with a med student for 2 years which was a really good experience. That said, I'll be living alone because I found it really hard to relax or be comfortable in a shared space. Some people are OK with that, but for my own sanity I need my own place.
  12. You can use rentfaster.ca or padmapper to check prices.
  13. I'm seriously considering getting a surface pro just for this purpose haha. I LOVE my little tablet but would prefer to have a single device so I don't have to lug around a tablet and a clunky laptop. I use a service called backblaze for this, it's constantly backing up my computer to the cloud. Well worth it for $10 a month, pretty much no chance that I'll ever lose any data again.
  14. I'm currently a grad student and incoming 1L and having a tablet has been life-changing haha. Being able to highlight and annotate PDFs without printing them off is a lifesaver. I would be very curious if anyone could chime in and let us know how many PDFs you end up using in law school though - my impression was that it was mainly physical textbooks.
  15. I noticed in an acceptance thread that someone had a typo. I also had a small typo that looks like a grammatical error and got accepted with that PS.
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