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Oh Canada! / Re: U of T for a future career in Vancouver?
« on: April 28, 2007, 10:45:03 PM »
Was this a silly attempt to mention your LSAT score?

Yeah, you got it. Far from this being a legitimate question concerning my entire future career, it was an pointless exercise in egoism... (can you read the sarcasm?)

Yes if you go to UofT, and article in Toronto and then move back West; salaries are generally lower outside of Toronto, that's simply how the industry is. UofT is a fine school. If you want to work in Canada I think it's generally better to go to a Canadian school.

OK, thanks for posting because you are clearly very informed... (can you read the sarcasm?)

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Oh Canada! / U of T for a future career in Vancouver?
« on: April 27, 2007, 01:27:00 AM »
Currently my vague plan is to go to U of T, possibly article in Toronto, and then move back to the West Coast. I am from Victoria, and I would like to practice in Vancouver eventually for the "lifestyle" considerations, proximity to family, etc.

The reason I want to go to U of T is because it is the most prestigious school in Canada, and I think that a degree from there would serve me well. Also, I know a lot of people in Toronto, and have liked the city when I have visited there. I also want to go there because I DO NOT want to go to UVic since I did my undergrad there and am fed up with the lefty politics all the hippies... UBC seems to rank poorly in most regards (especially student satisfaction), so I am kind of adverse to going there. 

Now I have read all the talk on this board about how Vancouver is supposed to have a glut of recent law school graduates and correspondingly low salaries, but really, Vancouver is a pretty sweet city IMO.

Anyhow, does my plan seem like a good one (assuming I get into U of T with my 176 LSAT and my 3.7 GPA including all 4 years)? Maybe I should go to UBC? Maybe I should forget the whole country and go to NYU?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Why are you going to law school?
« on: October 24, 2006, 11:12:24 PM »
I want to be a human rights crusader and liberate the oppressed peoples of....ah, screw it, I'm in it for the money, too.

But not just the money. I'm in it for the snarky I'm-better-than-you feeling that only comes with awareness of the nuances of dusty old lawbooks and Latin phrases. A thin veil of a business suit concealing the kind of guy who says things like, "Quid pro quo, female dog!" I crave power, and the power to bedazzle powerful institutions to bend to my will. Lacking the charisma, bombast, networking, or general likeability necessary to become a politician, I've settled on law. I might change my mind, though, if i ever got a shot at being part of the ruling party of a repressive dictatorship. I think I'd kind of like that.

And the babes. Let's not forget the babes. After all, most law schools are mostly male, and women tend to drop out of the law profession at higher rates than men, so, uh, it's a great way to meet chicks. Alternatively, I could use my financial stability to woo some shallow, emotionally vacant young trophy things into semi-whoring themselves out to me for access to my wallet and the Neiman-Marcus catalogue.

But that's just my own personal spot of sunshine. Everyone has different reasons for wanting to go to law school, and it would be unfair to begrudge any of them for any reason.
LOL!!

Ok this is the funniest thing I have read here....

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Personal Statement / Playing in a Rock & Roll Band??
« on: October 23, 2006, 03:36:11 AM »
Hey guys,

My numbers are 3.72 GPA and 176 LSAT, and I'm going to be applying for the top 5 schools in the States (Yale, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Columbia), as well as some Canadian options (I'm Canadian).

So my question is: I have ahd a fairly unorthodox personal life for a pre-law student. A good portiong of my undergraduate career was spent playing in and obsessing about my various rock and roll bands. I play in two now. I have maybe gigged with 10 or more bands in my life, playing drums, bass, guitar, keyboards, banjo, mandolin and singing. We have never really had much success financially or anything, but one of my bands has toured across Canada, and we're about to go again. I'm also a dedicated and constantly learning recording engineer. I've considered being a professional musican/engineer, but I feel like I would be maybe be wasting my intellectual abilities, and most older dudes that I see who have gone that route seem to have had a rather unsatisfying and hard life. I'm content at this point to be an entertainment lawyer and be a hobby musician/engineer. Do you think that this content will make for an OK personal statement?

I was pretty plugged in academically, but I was never on the debate club or got any awards or anything.

Thanks,
Mike

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.72 GPA/ 176 LSAT = Top 4?
« on: October 21, 2006, 05:30:05 PM »
Yes, we include all scores here.  The LSAC will also probably include the 8 that were not included in your Canadian GPA, assuming they're still reported on your transcript.  I wish I could have my 8 lowest marks expunged from my transcript.  I'd be a 4.0 no doubt.  Seems kind of unfair actually.

No, they're not expunged, the schools just don't consider them (at least the University of Victoria doesn't). It would be nice if they just ditched them, though....

Oh, and does anybody know how the 9-point scale is usually translated into the 4-point one? I'm pretty sure it is A+ = 9 = 4.33, A = 8 = 4, A- = 7 = 3.67 and so on....


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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.72 GPA/ 176 LSAT = Top 4?
« on: October 21, 2006, 04:54:43 PM »
Bummer.... Stanford seems really awesome.

So, do American schools toss out the worst 8 courses like they do here in Canada? When people say their GPA here, are they including all their courses?

Do I have a good chance at Yale/Harvard/NYU/Columbia with those numbers? (That is my cumulative GPA, btw. Do American schools go by that, or do they take out the worst year's worth of credits as most schools do here in Canada? With that procedure, I am 3.83)

My extracurriculars are not stellar at all.





In at Columbia and NYU, out at Yale and Stanford, probably in at Harvard.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.72 GPA/ 176 LSAT = Top 4?
« on: October 21, 2006, 02:29:46 PM »
what about stanford?

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.72 GPA/ 176 LSAT = Top 4?
« on: October 21, 2006, 01:08:52 AM »
Hey, thanks guys.

I'm gonna go celebrate!!!

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Studying for the LSAT / Re: SCORE BREAKDOWN (edit: WITH AVERAGE MISSES)
« on: October 21, 2006, 12:57:01 AM »
....Don't feel bad.... Logic games was always one of my better sections, and then I read the LG Bible. That is a good book, my friend.

I still kind of lucked out a bit on that one. I normally missed one or two on the practice tests.

LR1  LR2  RC  LG
-1   -1   -2  0


I also got lucky -- one of my guesses in RC was



2.65   3.35   2.47   5.35
 LR      LR      LG      RC

(user "ms" is included in this total)


@#!*.  This is making me feel dumb.  I need to hit LG hard for the Dec. test.   Me = -6 for LG....LSD = -2.5. 

If it makes you feel better I missed four count them four on the June 2006 practice test I took. Those were supposedly some of the easiest ever, and I guessed two more credited responses in the games section.

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Where should I go next fall? / 3.72 GPA/ 176 LSAT = Top 4?
« on: October 21, 2006, 12:51:12 AM »
Do I have a good chance at Yale/Harvard/NYU/Columbia with those numbers? (That is my cumulative GPA, btw. Do American schools go by that, or do they take out the worst year's worth of credits as most schools do here in Canada? With that procedure, I am 3.83)

My extracurriculars are not stellar at all.




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