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  1. Same boat as you, 171 and 3.53 GPA. Looks like UofT is a GPA heavy school. Hopefully another school see's your potential. Looks like i'll be heading west.
  2. It is likely that these folks can continue the process while they are at home. What should be a concern is even if they do let people in, what is the quality of the education going to be like if the virus does not subside by the fall?
  3. I mean yeah it's possible. I'm still hanging my hat on the fact that they seem to have spread out the timeline this year vs the previous years according to the TUMBLR blog posts from previous years. Really we are just shooting at the dark because no one aside from the admissions committee really knows what's going on.
  4. It seems to fall in line with what we are seeing in the Facebook group and the current trends. It goes look like there may be room for around 50 to 40 offers in round 3?
  5. When I looked at the Facebook group of the 2022 graduating class of allard, there was only one that I saw. I went to UBC for undergrad and while there are alot of minorities there, aside from indigenous folks, UBC does not seem to be particularly welcoming or unwelcoming to minority students. I say that as a minority myself (and not the traditional minority many associate with UBC!). I realize that there might be some sensitivities about being of a certain race that even as a fellow minority I would be completely oblivious to but I will say that from my perspective I do not expect liberal Vancouver and UBC in particular to be unwelcoming to your presence and in fact you may be able to add even more diversity to their graduating class. Law school is only 3 years of your life, but the experiences and debt will be carried well past that!
  6. I have worked in the energy industry for a bit before I decided to bite the bullet and go to lawschool. I was comfortable, making 6 figures a year basically straight out of university. When I told my friends I was going to go to law school they thought I was doing it for a raise. Truth is, even if I got a big law job in Toronto I would be underwater compared to my old career until I'm a fifth year associate. I left my job because it did not leave me fulfilled, I wanted more from my career and at the end of the day money isn't the only factor when it comes to these things (not saying it's a non factor either). So think long and hard about why you want to be a lawyer because you're right; on paper not working big law seems like a fairly low return investment. There are certainly other things you can do that may make your money but will it leave you fulfilled?
  7. I'm in the same boat as you. Really it comes down to cost vs potential opportunities. UBC is alot cheaper but Toronto is the bigger legal market. If you wanted to work in Toronto, UofT may make it easier for you to find employment there. Biglaw in Toronto also pays more. UofT does seem to have the edge with respect to big law placements in New York which tilts the NPV calculation in UofT's favour despite the discrepancy in costs. In terms of opportunity for international internships I would not necessarily assume that those opportunities are unique to UofT or that the UN would somehow not consider someone from UBC law equally as much as someone from UofT. I have yet to make up my own mind. I have enough money to fully fund UBC law and would have to take on debt to pay for UofT. If cost were not an issue, I would chlose UofT so maybe if you are fortunate enough where you do not have to worry about cost that could enlighten your own thought process.
  8. I added that in there because I wanted a range of jobs with varying incomes and yeah some of the programmers can work long hours too. Point is comfortable doesn't have to mean 6 figures and even if that was what OP was gunning for there are other professions that could get them there without the need to go into 3 or 4 more years of school. A one year data analytics masters for example is an avenue for that.
  9. If you want to be comfortable: Become an engineer, go into data analytics, learn how to code and work at silicon valley. There is plenty of money to be had in those professions and not nearly the demanding workload. I am not a lawyer but I have plenty of friends who are, and plenty of friends who are doctors. Long demanding hours is common among the professions. So ask yourself, if you are really keen on having work life balance why do you want to pursue these careers?
  10. I would go if I were non local and you haven't visited the city before. It will give you a chance to look around and see where you may want to live!
  11. I'm trying to calculate a NPV for the cost of going to UBC Law and UofT. I've gotten the salary information from ZSA for Large, Medium, Small firms in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. As well as big law firms in New York. The Tuition and cost from both school's respective websites. The only thing I need to complete my calculation is some sort of formulation of odds of landing each respective position. From what I have seen, it seems that law schools are fairly regional and folks tend to work near the schools which they earned their law degree. I am wondering if that's just because people believe this and tend to go to school where they want to practice, or are law firms hesitant to hire folks from out of province? Would an Albertan be a more viable candidate in Toronto if they received a degree from UofT, for example? Hopefully some folks can elaborate because that would play a big role in the relative values of the two schools. I'm sure all you perspective Law School students will be happy to know that both schools are currently showing a positive NPV. And that's with the assumption that you could make 100K in Salary in lieu of attending law school. So it seems that you can't really go wrong!
  12. LSAT trainer is your friend here. I ignored 7sages reading comp strategies and just used that. Powerscore is ok but I didn't want to focus on too many things. VIEWSTAMP was probably the most useful thing powerscore RC teaches.
  13. Just watch out for those pts in the 80's LSAC modified how they did LR a bit, it has always been a close reading test but they notched that up a bit with the more recent LR's. If you're not careful they can get you. Also with the recent 2019 tests they've gone back to having some tough LG sections. It'll be good to have those under your belt before March for sure.
  14. The most value from 7sage is in the video explanations of the questions themselves. 7sages whole philosophy is on the backend review of each section you do. JY's explanations are fantastic and it's from those that you really start getting the benefit from 7sage. I find JY's and lsathacks have the best explanations for LR questions in the business. I found both 7sage and powerscore to be logic heavy but the way 7sage treats it is more applicable to the test material. Powerscore requires you to learn a different set of namenculture and symbols for intersectionality in LR, conditionality in LR and yet another set for logic games. 7sage keeps it the same across all three and the grouping of logical indicators lends to faster times imo. How far along are you in your prep? Did you hit the 80's in the pt's yet?
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