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Oh Canada! / New Thread for Canadians going to law school in the US
« on: May 24, 2007, 02:34:08 PM »
Hey all! Well now that all those applications and crap are done with, and you're GOING, I'm wondering:

1. Where are you going?

2. How much is tuition?

3. How are you paying?

4. When ya planning the big move for?

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Oh Canada! / Re: This is may be a stupid question, but...
« on: May 24, 2007, 02:31:33 PM »
Hi LOA,

I think you DO need a Visa, especially if you're going to be working at all while there (though you can only work for a very specific segment of jobs while on a student visa), but I believe you DO need a Visa. I'm calling my school this week to find out more. I'll keep you posted.

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Oh Canada! / Re: CRIMINAL RECORD
« on: May 24, 2007, 02:25:14 PM »
I'm not sure how long it will be before your recrod is erased, if it can be erased at all. Have you tried posting on the US boards? Someone there would probably know better since the issue is more about criminal records in general.

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Minority Topics / Re: LSAT Minority Statistics
« on: March 06, 2007, 09:41:57 AM »
Hahahha, so true!! And beat with a bamboo cane.

I dont remember where I read the stats for Asians, but they do exist. I think Asians average lower than Caucasians. However, Asians are considered Chinese, Japanese, Pacific Islanders, Vietnamese, Philipino, etc. I think if you were to break it down further within the Asian category, certain Asian populations would rank above average.

I'll try to find the link.

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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadian financial aid options
« on: March 06, 2007, 09:19:21 AM »
would it be possible to use multiple sources? you take a loan just in your name, your parents can co-sign on one with you, and then also do CanHelp?

Have you tried BMO and Scotia? I seriously wouldn't recommend TD.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Case scholarships...
« on: March 05, 2007, 11:52:43 AM »
Hey Keinpau,

I haven't heard anything from Case about scholarships yet. From looking at LSN, it seems that some people got them with their admission letter, while others got them... oh, about this time last year.

*Fingers crossed*

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Oh Canada! / Re: FAFSA for Canadians
« on: March 05, 2007, 10:15:07 AM »
I think each school might be different. Some schools dont provide any financial aid to international students. Others will provide aid for any admitted student and if that is the case, then you do need to fill out the FAFSA (as best you can since some items don't match up) and then they will use it to assess your financial need. You will NOT get federal financial aid, BUT you may get school financial aid and the FAFSA forms are just the standard way of assessing you.

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Law School Applications / Re: Hofstra Saga
« on: March 05, 2007, 09:44:16 AM »
Wow, that is completely retarded! What a bunch of BS.

I'm not exactly impressed with Hofstra either. I was accepted and they sent me a letter requesting a seat deposit. The post-date on the letter was AFTER the due date. You're right, this school's a joke. I hope you get in somewhere better!!

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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadian financial aid options
« on: March 02, 2007, 02:15:17 PM »
So glad I came across this post. I'll be headed south for Law in August and I'm scrounging for change to do this too (ya know, that 5 figure kinda change).

Here are my opintions on the options you listed:

1. Canhelp

High interest here. The Financial Aid officer at my school said that most Canadian students already there use this option. I can't figure out why. The banks offer MUCH better deals.

2. Canadian banks

This looks like the best bet. If you have a co-signer, you're all set. I shopped around for loans and for me, it looks like Scotia's Line of Credit is the best bet. I wouldn't recommend TD having dealt with them during my undergrad. They were sticking to prime + 2%, which sucks balls. I think BMO and RBC offerd prime + 1.5%. Scotia offered prime + a HALF. Yes, a half. Whether they carry through with this once my application is in, we'll see. Scotia also went higher on the loan limit. I think BMO was also good about this.

3. Provincial gov't

Having been out from the parental wing for 4 years now, I finally qualify for some of this cake. I think it maxes out at about $6000 if you're attending school out of province.

4. Big US banks

If you can get a US guarantor, this doesn't seem to be a problem. And it's definately a good idea to get some US credit going while you're over there anyhow.

5. Prostitution

But the moral implications may be offputting.

What has everyone else's experiences with the Canadian banks been?

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