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  1. Bearing in mind that schools calculate GPAs differently, depending on whether they look at overall/specific semesters/years/best grades wherever they are - if you have a 4.0 and you go to the LSAT and type your name on the screen, you will likely get admitted to law school, at least somewhere. Without a 3 digit number out of the LSAT, it's impossible to say where. And if you get say a 140, it's still entirely possible you could sink yourself. But most people do better than that, and if you have a 4.0, most people like you do a lot better than that.
  2. Your school may have a repository for the relevant course. If not, upper classmates who've already done them are ideal for this. (It's not a substitute for going to class, and doing the reading though).
  3. It depends rather on the exam (and school). "Open book" comes in flavours - it might mean bring your notes, but nothing else. It might mean bring anything in. It might mean you have access to your laptop's files. It might mean you have access to the internet and library. Typically "Open book" is contrasted with "open laptop"/"open network", where open book means bring physical stuff in to eyeball, open laptop means you can Ctrl+F, open network means you can Google. This year's finals, just about everything became 'open book' meaning 'written at home using whatever you like because we can't invigilate you together' - the format required would vary by school, we had to submit everything by email in .docx format. Most of my law school exams were modified open-book, meaning we were allowed to bring in any class notes, but nothing from the library. Some were open laptop (bring anything, Ctrl+F), some were open network, a very small number were closed book (and the worst of those were the 100% finals).
  4. Yes. They're the people who are at university legal clinics and begging people to take files pro-bono, because they make too much to qualify for legal aid, and not enough to pay in cash. Being trapped between the levels isn't a good place.
  5. I wonder if weekly is an eastern thing - I've never seen that before. Heck, I've seen just about everything else - biweekly (as the pay period) or annually (as https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/justice/for-legal-professionals/articled-student-program/pay-and-benefits or everyone on NALP), even monthly - but the monthly and biweekly are just based off the annual. You wouldn't bother doing the calculations down to whatever portion of a year the position is for (eg 10/12 of $65k). Just give the annual figure so they can compare it to any other job.
  6. Have you ever seen a salary not quoted on an annual basis?
  7. No Canadian school prefers LSAT to GPA (some American schools do). A number of Canadian schools view it equally to GPA. Many Canadian schools weight GPA more heavily than LSAT (particularly Ottawa).
  8. If landlords didn't accept any tenants without income, students would have a far harder time of it than they do. This is what student loans are for. Students, particularly professional students, are typically a very safe bet for landlords, as they have a variety of funding sources - far more so than random Joe Bloggs who may or may not lose his job tomorrow. Personally I wouldn't call 200k in debt (or anywhere close it) remotely sustainable, but it depends on your situation how you measured that out, and what your plan is to cover it. If you currently have 55 and expect to hit 200, that means you expect to spend 145 on law school, which is.... a lot. I mean, BC rent is nuts, but tuition is quite reasonable. I'm not entirely sure how you'd expect to spend about 50k/year while at school, particularly after a partner's income. I think your biggest problem in BC will be finding a place with a dog. Having pets really shrinks the available market - there are places for sure, but you're going to run into "no dogs" or similar a lot on ads
  9. No. If you were accepted at Calgary, they believe you won't have problems keeping up. Entrance statistics and law school performance are poorly correlated.
  10. If you like being able to get everywhere by bike or bus, easy access to wilderness, and the occasional wearing of tank tops outdoors in January, Victoria's unbeatable. The consequence of this is that you can stick a zero on the end of your cost of living expectations.
  11. Loads of courses have take home exams on a standard grading scale. No reason to believe that they'd be automatically pass/fail.
  12. Absolutely, and I was thinking about seriously commenting on that front... I did have some professors who emphasized those studies to us, and I think a lot of us dwelt on the implications. For me, the tradeoff was definitely worth it - I agree, I probably do retain a bit more from the lecture when I'm synthesizing short chunks by hand rather than quoting vast chunks on screen. However, the notes are then in a barely readable, dog-eared scrap. I gain far more from having it all in a single, searchable, perfectly readable document, where I can look for individual keywords. So all in all, the utility of the laptop far outweighed the utility of handnotes. How exactly that tradeoff works will vary by person.
  13. "I can write 'Control Eff' on the cover of this pad just as well as you can type it into your notes. What, no, of course that's not going to flip it instantly to the right page, nobody could do that!" 😁
  14. I took no position on whether or not salary information should be public (the sole thing you're talking about). Indeed, mine is (or, will be, once the relevant time has passed). All I said is that "I won't be working there soon" is a very bad reason to conclude "I don't need to care what they think about me".
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