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Hey guys,

Canadians, as nationals of a country allied with the US in a defense effort, can be hired and paid with federally appropriated funds and thereby qualify for positions in the judiciary.  However, does anyone realistically know of any non-citizens who have succesfully received a decent clerkship position in the United States?  As much as the idea of being a trailblazer appeals to me, I'm hesitant to sink a ton of time into this process if my chances are next to nill by virtue of my citizenship alone.

Thanks!


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Quick background, I'm a Canadian student decided on a U.S T-20 law school, but with a deposit still lingering at a top Canadian LS.  In an alcohol-induced bout of creativity, I came up with the idea that PERHAPS one could attend both at the same time.  Now that I've sobered up and thought about the logistics of such an endeavor, it has lost a lot of its appeal but is it possible?

I've looked into the first year classes offered by the Canadian institution and all save legal writing are graded solely based on a final exam.  

This is based on the assumption that while law schools are extremely difficult to get admitted to and excel in, profs are often hesitant to fail a student outright.  

The plan would go as such:  I would go to the U.S school and that would be my primary focus.  I wouldn't attend any classes at the Canadian school throughout the semester.  About a week before exams at the Canadian school I would use a mix of the legal concepts that I had learned in the U.S (where applicable) and commercial outlines to try and cram sufficiently to pull off a passing grade.  It would take some major doing to assure that I didn't have conflicting exams, however it may be possible to coordinate.

Pros:

- Graduate with a J.D, LLB, BCL (yes this gives away which Canadian school) allowing me to work in the U.S, Canada and Europe.  Everyone loves fancy letters next to their name.

- Have a hilarious story to tell friends and employers.

- The mystique of being the phantom student at the exams that nobody has ever seen before.

Cons:

- Extra 3,000$ a year tuition at Canadian LS + extra flights

- Potentially overwhelming amount of work.

- The sheer absurdity/stupidity of actually going through with something like this.

What do you guys think? Has anyone done anything like this before?  Do you think it's possible?

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Oh Canada! / Getting a U.S Student Visa - An Overview
« on: February 06, 2007, 05:55:47 PM »
Hi guys!

I was browsing the Oh Canada! board and it occured to me that a post had yet to be established outlining the steps and pertinent information associated with obtaining a U.S student visa. 

If anyone has any experience with where you apply, how long it takes, requirements, cost, etc. your input would be much appreciated and would likely be of use to many people (including myself). 

I'm in the process of researching the issue and will add information as I obtain it if nobody else posts.

Thanks

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Law School Applications / How will a status change affect my Acceptance?
« on: January 05, 2007, 12:34:35 PM »
I have something of a dilemma and thought perhaps some of the experienced posters at LSD might be able to give me some insight into what I should do.  I'm in my final semester in the honors program of my university, however due to a scheduling conflict that has arised with two honors courses I require to graduate I must choose between:  1)  dropping honors and graduating this semester as a regular student OR 2)  remaining in honors and graduating in the summer semester.

I have applied to various law schools (and been accepted to several) as an honors student graduating in the winter 2007 semester.  Based on my two options, I am inclined to simply graduate as a regular student as I would like to travel this summer. 

Does a change to ones status (ie. drop honors) potentially affect a previously issued law school acceptance?
What do law schools take more seriously; something like dropping honors OR graduating in the summer (when your application indicates you would be graduating in the winter).

I'd appreciate any help or insight anyone may have.
Thanks!

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Oh Canada! / Quebec Students - Do LSAC and OLSAS require CEGEP Transcripts?
« on: September 25, 2006, 12:25:13 PM »
The subject says it all.  Basically I'm a little ashamed of my CEGEP grades, where as my 3 years of university have been exemplary.  Both OLSAS and LSAC are a little vague (although OLSAS does say they require all post-secondary transcripts).  Anyone have any experience with this?  Do law schools really take into consideration your CEGEP grades?

Thanks!

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Is there any validity to the rumor that October LSATs have been particularly difficult in the past?  I have overheard several conversations where people made reference to this and my LSAT instructor made a vague comment about avoiding the October LSAT in favor of the earlier June exam. 

I imagine that the average score might be a little lower in October because people are busy with school work, spending a little less time preparing.  If anything I see this as being a positive for a serious test taker as it may mean an advantage in relative scoring.  Is there more to it though?

Anyone have any input?

Thanks guys!
Jesse

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