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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadians at Harvard and Coming Back to Canada
« on: December 08, 2007, 10:37:20 AM »
Dorms are pretty standard. Gropius is small but cheap and social. Hastings and North are significantly more expensive. There's a lottery for the dorms, but I think almost everyone who wanted it got in. I'd recommend Gropius for 1L, unless you really want something bigger and nicer, and/or you have a roommate to split costs with.

There's no "meal plan", but there is a pretty decent cafeteria, and you can pay with your student card so it's more or less the same thing. There's also plenty of places to get take-out within a 5-10 minute walk. There's kitchens in the dorms too.

No one fails. Ever. It's very, very difficult to get anything below a B-. Don't worry about people with graduate degrees - law is a different subject, so I can't imagine they help too much. If you don't follow US news and politics you might want to spend an hour or two on wikipedia learning the basics of the American form of government and constitution, but that's about all you need. Seriously, you will be fine.

From the HLS website: The most important point for an international student is that Harvard treats international applicants exactly the same as US applicants for the purposes of financial aid. Any loans which the US government would give to a US applicant, Harvard will match through its own loan program. This is incredibly generous and unheard of at many law schools. * Harvard does not offer merit-based scholarships. All of its financial aid is based on financial need

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Oh Canada! / Re: Canadians at Harvard and Coming Back to Canada
« on: December 02, 2007, 09:56:51 PM »
The vast majority of us plan to work in the US, at least for a couple years to start. My understanding is that it isn't easy to go directly back to Canada - I think it's a year of courses and exams just to be eligible to write the bar, and you have to article for a year on top of that. As far as I know, it's somewhat easier if you've passed a US bar exam and practiced for awhile. I haven't heard of firms hiring you with just an American bar membership, but I guess it's possible at some of the (small) branch offices of US firms. If you're sure you want to go directly back to Canada, you should strongly consider U of T.

Let me know if you have other questions about being a Canadian at HLS.

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can you elaborate about the housing?

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Law School Applications / Re: Admitted Students Weekends
« on: December 18, 2006, 07:17:44 PM »
Anyone know what goes on at the ASWs, beyond the basic tour? I guess meeting future classmates would be nice, but I'm wondering if they're worth paying $$$ to fly in. If I don't get into Stanford or Yale, then HLS is my clear first choice and I can't imagine that a visit/ASW would change my decision.

Also, if it's easier to visit another time would I be missing much by skipping the official ASW?

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: December 12, 2006, 03:02:02 PM »
You may have to wait for the packet/binder (unless the binders get delayed again and everyone gets another e-mail). I didn't have any further communication from Harvard until a good couple weeks after my acceptance call, but I imagine you'll get your packet much sooner than that.

I'm sure they send it to your school address, not your permanent address, in which case it'll probably come while I'm home for Christmas. Oh well, can't really complain.

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: December 12, 2006, 02:59:42 PM »
I'm guessing that the volume of applications was a little lower than it was a couple weeks ago. Most of the top applicants would have applied earlier, and I think the real busy time for them is still to come. So if there was a bit of a lull in applications, maybe they reviewed ours more quickly.

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Law School Applications / Re: Harvard Phone Interview
« on: December 12, 2006, 02:31:39 PM »
I'm in!  1:56pm.

me too! 2:04pm. he must do the calls in rapid succession eh? that would be a nice way to spend the afternoon.

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Law School Applications / Re: Yale 250...stretching the word limit
« on: November 30, 2006, 03:25:17 PM »
are you guys serious? aren't the applications printed before they're evaluated? as long as it's not noticeably longer than average i'm sure you're fine. besides, do you really think that they'd actually reject a candidate they like because of a few extra words?

When you are sifting through thousands of applications looking to accept no more than a couple hundred you will look for any reason to reject someone. While no one on here can say for sure that +250 words = rejection, why take the risk? It's not THAT hard to write something short. You just have to keep editing.

I know, I just think the risk is very small. I submitted mine at 260 without thinking twice about it, so maybe i'm being too optimistic. I can't imagine anyone counting words by hand, and even if they had the number of words right in front of them I bet there's many, many "tie-breakers" that come before number of words. Just my opinion.

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Law School Applications / Re: Yale 250...stretching the word limit
« on: November 30, 2006, 03:14:53 PM »
are you guys serious? aren't the applications printed before they're evaluated? as long as it's not noticeably longer than average i'm sure you're fine. besides, do you really think that they'd actually reject a candidate they like because of a few extra words?

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how mathematical are your law and economics courses?

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