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Canadian Law Students / Re: Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
« on: September 18, 2007, 10:48:07 AM »
Canadians can't qualify for US federal aid unless they are permanent residents or dual-citizens.

"International students are not eligible for federal aid and, therefore, cannot complete the FAFSA."

Unsure.  Have some vague interests in arbitration between countries and human rights, but I am well aware that could (and probably will) change.  What probably won't change is that at the end of the day, I want to return to Canada or possibly Europe.

I think for what I am interested in doing at the moment, Columbia is as good if not better than Harvard.  But I think my unwillingness to stay in the US over a long period is where Harvard really shines over Columbia.  If I wanted to do corporate law in New York, I would be at Columbia already.  I am not interested in doing that type of work at the moment, however, and due to personal commitments I don't see myself living in the States for a long period of time after law school.

Canadian Law Students / Re: Bad Decision ???
« on: July 11, 2007, 02:09:39 PM »

While this is correct, I'm not sure I'd say that LSAT percentiles shift every few years. 98th percentile will always be a 171, etc. It's just that each individual test varies in difficulty, and so they need to convert it to the 180-scale differently.

In any case, A 3.7 with a 95% on the LSAT will not get you in Harvard or Yale, unless you've done some very impressive extracurriculars. (A Nobel prize might help.)

As everyone says, just study hard for the LSAT, write the LSAT, and then evaluate which schools you might get into, and if they're worth it.

Yes, percentile shifts are not dramatic.  Interesting you brought up 171 though, as a few years ago it was 99th percentile ;D.

Canadian Law Students / Re: Bad Decision ???
« on: July 11, 2007, 12:01:30 PM »
Definetly. Hopefully, I can also attend a few of those seminars to boost my confidence. I'm assuming the LSAT is out of 180? How is 95% a bad score? I'm pretty sure you can push your luck with a 171, good GPA, excellent personal statement and outstanding EC's.

You should definitely do a bit more research on the LSAT.  The 95th percentile is definitely not a bad score, but it is does not equal 171 (98th percentile).  You can't just multiply 180 by whatever percent to figure out what score equals what percentile.  First, the range of test scores is actually 120-180, not 0-180.  Second, LSAT percentiles shift every few years as they have nothing to do with the percent of questions you answer correctly but rather how people perform relative to each other.

Just received my Harvard aid "award": no grants, all loans.  I still want to go to HLS, but I also don't think it's worth $120,000 more than a CLS degree.

A few questions for those who might know:

Right now, I am only looking at Harvard affiliated housing (HRES): is this a mistake?  Are there any HRES apartments to avoid?  My View and Select Dates are at the very end of July and the start of August: should I wait until then to pick an HRES apartment or snag something from Currently Available while I can?  Thanks :D.

It's looking pretty good for you and Saja, and whoever else got the e-mail.

In as well!  Congrats stjobs! 


Also did you who've gotten the emails send in LOCIs or any other additional material with your WL response forms.

I did, but I am pretty sure they haven't received it yet (mailed on Friday).


And was it the exact same email as the last time around or did he spice it up for you?

Different from the first e-mail but not personalized or anything.  Pretty sure it looks exactly the same as vandy07's.

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