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Canadian Law Students / Re: Summer Job on Oil Rig?
« on: April 13, 2005, 12:33:39 PM »
There are lots of places hiring at the moment, a good place to start is at, petroleum industry training service, or CAPP, or, they have links to the drilling/service rigs, service companies, etc. they have pay scales, usually start Drilling Rig Crews:

Driller $33.80
Assistant Driller $29.00
Derrickhand $28.00
Motorhand $24.00
Floorhand $22.00
Leasehand $18.50

you work lots of hours and lots of overtime, meaning time and a half, plus daily allowance for being in camp or for food, if you have a brain you can work you self up the ladder fairly fast. you usually need h2s, W.H.M.I.S., but you can take them in 1/2 a day at pits or at, good luck.

Canadian Law Students / Re: Canadian undergrad vs American undergrad
« on: February 26, 2005, 02:15:51 PM »
I have gone to school in both Canada and in the U.S., the U.S. schools are by far easier, meaning that to get a high gpa is easier, it is not even close. A high gpa makes entering law school easier. If I were you I would do some research about which schools you want to go to and pick a good u grad school in the U.S. that makes the transfer to your target law school smooth.

Canadian Law Students / Re: What are a Candian's chances?
« on: February 23, 2005, 11:32:18 AM »
One of the schools I attended only had A, B, or C. etc; no plus' or minus', an A=91-100, big range I know, do I just use the top score allowed and credit hours? do you know of a link? why are they out of 4.33? drives me nuts, just like uvic.

Canadian Law Students / Re: What are a Candian's chances?
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:47:33 AM »
Also, I have attended a couple of different school, is there any way to calcuate my gpa the way a ls would see it, like a gpa calulator, thanks

Canadian Law Students / Re: What are a Candian's chances?
« on: February 23, 2005, 10:44:51 AM »
I thought their might be different criteria for out of state? What makes a competitive candidate? Hey Cheeks, if you head to school in the States are what happens if you don't recieve a work visa, or does grading from a t10 school mean that you will be automatically hired. I would like to apply in the U.S., but I don't know enough about labor relations and work visa, etc.

Canadian Law Students / What are a Candian's chances?
« on: February 23, 2005, 09:50:46 AM »
Hi, just wonder for all of those who applied to T20 Law School in the US, what are the chances of getting in a school such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, etc?

Canadian Law Students / Re: Do cancelations look really bad? and other Q's
« on: February 15, 2005, 11:49:55 AM »
Yeah they do show up, when a school requests you lsat marks they also get to see your cancelations, i just don't know how those cancelations are percieved? I will probably cancel, mostly because I know I can do better and also because of defering the date will allow me to apply to more (and better)schools, I was trying to go to school in 05, but I could probably only get into U of S at the moment, as long as writing 3 lsats is view as something that makes me ineligible for law school.

Canadian Law Students / Re: Do cancelations look really bad? and other Q's
« on: February 14, 2005, 03:21:58 PM »
Thanks for the responses, I just needed to know. I guess a second cancelation is less of the two evils, the other being a bad second mark. I was wondering if you guys understand Uvic's strange grading system? Is is out of 4.3 or 4.6, or some other number, the reason I ask is that the %, letter grade and 4.0 scale they use doesn't correspond, ie like a 3.33=b+=75%. Also, I think I can really do alot better in June, I am not a morning person, plus that way I can apply to alot of schools.
Another question, I am in Alberta, what is considered the better school in the West for corp.comm. law? I know Uvic just got the top spot in Canadian Lawyer Magazine, but it seems like every ranking I see of Canadian schools the next week the order is totally opposite, not like the U.S. where top schools usually are pretty consistant. Hey Cheeks, I would like to ask you a question as well, I know if are an american and you get it the top schools, like Harvard or other big name schools, you can get a loan from Citibank that will cover tuition, cause its soooo expensive, like 40,000. I guess I am wondering if a Canadian can apply for those loans as well or how would one afford to pay those gigantic bills without selling a kidney? What do you guys think of the joint program between Osgoode and NYU? I will STOP asking question now, thanks again.

Studying for the LSAT / Re: help needed!!! Cancel or not???
« on: February 14, 2005, 12:31:41 PM »
I am also in the same situation. I am soo pissed off that I screwed up the games section, 2/4 questions, I was tired, had a brain fart. I should have crushed this test. I am still thinking of cancelling, I agree that 2 cancelations probably don't look great but it is better than getting a mark that would seriously  hamper your efforts to make it into the schools you are aiming for. I don't know how cancelations look? Do they count them without actually counting them, without telling the candidate? What I mean is that two similar candidates with similar LSAT, GPA, etc., one with two cancelation one who did not cancel, would the school take both? Or on the third try, would one have to perform brilliantly?

Canadian Law Students / Do cancelations look really bad? and other Q's
« on: February 14, 2005, 12:03:32 PM »
Hi, I wrote the Feb. test, I screwed up on the games section, 2/4 questions, I was really tired and just had a brain fart, other than that it was easy! I am so pissed off that I messed up a test I should have crushed >:( I was wondering what 2 cancelation would looks like to law schools , I know I can do better, I want to kill this test. Also the only school I can get into for the 05 acedemic year is probably U of S, which, by the sounds of it from others on this board, is the worst school in Canada. So re-taking in June and applying to some better schools would be an option for me if 2 cancelations doesn't make me look like a chalk-eating retard to the admissions dept. Also I notice that some Canadians are going to school in the U.S., I am wondering what are the odds of getting a job offer after grading, as the U.S. already has tons of American lawyers, or do you need to go to a T14 school, ie Harvard to guarantee a job? Could you practice in Canada? I did my undergrad in the U.S. and wouldn't mind going back if a job is a possibility, thanks

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