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I'm an undergrad at UBCO, just wrote my LSAT and thinking about applying to law school in the fall. I was hoping people could chime in with positives and negatives about both UBC and UVIC. Basically I just want to stay in BC as I'm a super outdoorsy person and have no desire to live in a huge city in the east (the cheaper tuition doesn't hurt either).

 

The main things influencing me right now- 

 

UBC appeals to me as a bigger school because of the greater course choice and better reputation, 

UVIC appeals to me as a smaller school because of the small class/get to know your profs factor and the co-op. 

 

With regard to the UVIC co-op, I read that only 50 people get selected by lottery each year. Is the lottery totally random? It would suck to pick UVIC based on the co-op and then not get in...Further, is the co-op that beneficial? Do you end up finding good placements that help you figure what you really want to practice in/ get an articling position at the end of it?

 

One other revelvant point I suppose- I think I would like to end up practicing public interest/ social justice law, no interest in corporate stuff. 

 

Thanks

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Hey, 

 

I'm an undergrad at UBCO, just wrote my LSAT and thinking about applying to law school in the fall. I was hoping people could chime in with positives and negatives about both UBC and UVIC. Basically I just want to stay in BC as I'm a super outdoorsy person and have no desire to live in a huge city in the east (the cheaper tuition doesn't hurt either).

 

The main things influencing me right now- 

 

UBC appeals to me as a bigger school because of the greater course choice and better reputation, 

UVIC appeals to me as a smaller school because of the small class/get to know your profs factor and the co-op. 

 

With regard to the UVIC co-op, I read that only 50 people get selected by lottery each year. Is the lottery totally random? It would suck to pick UVIC based on the co-op and then not get in...Further, is the co-op that beneficial? Do you end up finding good placements that help you figure what you really want to practice in/ get an articling position at the end of it?

 

One other revelvant point I suppose- I think I would like to end up practicing public interest/ social justice law, no interest in corporate stuff. 

 

Thanks

 

uVic 1L here. Can't comment much on UBC, but the people I know who are going there seem to enjoy it. It's a bit more corporate-focused, but there are definitely a ton of other opportunities.

 

I wouldn't make your decision based on how well you get to know profs - that can happen at either school if you reach out to them. You will probably get to know your classmates better at uVic though.

 

As for co-op, they're getting rid of the lottery starting for the 2017 entering class. The experience varies widely, but if you're not interested in biglaw it's a really good option. There are some smaller private firms, lots of government jobs (with varying degrees of legal work involved), and a bunch of public interest/NGO work. Can't speak to the articling position aspect, but it definitely helps you find out what you like/don't like. Feel free to PM me if you want more specifics.

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UBC 1L here. I know the school does have more of a "corporate" reputation, and a lot of social events are sponsored by downtown corporate firms (but, hey, free beer). However that shouldn't detract from the fact there are a ton of amazing public interest/social justice opportunities at UBC and in the Vancouver legal community. 

 

The "better reputation" shouldn't really be a factor. I have yet to encounter any lawyer that has spoken poorly of UVic when compared to UBC. The only real advantage I can think of is the connection to Vancouver: if you plan to practice here one day then UBC is a great place to be. Lots of networking/mentorship opportunities with Vancouver/Lower Mainland lawyers and a very close connection to the Vancouver bar. 

 

Feel free to shoot me a PM too if you have any further questions. 

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Apply to both, they are both great schools.  Revisit this discussion if you have an offer from both. 

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Apply to both, they are both great schools.  Revisit this discussion if you have an offer from both. 

 

The best possible answer to the question at the moment. 

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On 3/15/2017 at 8:55 PM, Dwarvishleaf said:

 

uVic 1L here. Can't comment much on UBC, but the people I know who are going there seem to enjoy it. It's a bit more corporate-focused, but there are definitely a ton of other opportunities.

 

I wouldn't make your decision based on how well you get to know profs - that can happen at either school if you reach out to them. You will probably get to know your classmates better at uVic though.

 

As for co-op, they're getting rid of the lottery starting for the 2017 entering class. The experience varies widely, but if you're not interested in biglaw it's a really good option. There are some smaller private firms, lots of government jobs (with varying degrees of legal work involved), and a bunch of public interest/NGO work. Can't speak to the articling position aspect, but it definitely helps you find out what you like/don't like. Feel free to PM me if you want more specifics.

By any chance, do you know what they'll be replacing the lottery system with?

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1 hour ago, Cuppacoffee said:

By any chance, do you know what they'll be replacing the lottery system with?

Starting next year, I think everyone who wants to get in, gets in. It'll mean more competition for jobs, but no more highly qualified candidates being unable to compete because they're on the waitlist.

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