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Law School Rankings / Re: Canadian Law Schools, Rankings
« on: April 14, 2007, 02:38:22 PM »
As far as rankings go there isn't as much separation of the schools as in the U.S. The schools are all really good. U of T and McGill are always the standouts on the top but only because they have international reputations. UBC and Uvic seem to be over rated by people outside of Canada. They aren't really above the Ontario schools except for a negligible difference in admission numbers because they can be more selective as they are the only schools in that region and everyone wants to live in vancouver. The flipside of that is that the vancouver market is saturated with students and the pay is lower than Toronto.

Basically ranking Canadian schools is a useless endeavour and employment is based more on grades than what school you come from. For example if you graduate at the top of your class from Manitoba Law which is generally known as the easiest school to get into, you will have a MUCH better chance of finding a job on Bay street than if you were to graduate near the bottom of the class (or even the bottom third) at University of Toronto.

Oh Canada! / Re: Lower LSAT scores in Canadian Law schools
« on: April 14, 2007, 02:30:43 PM »
U of T also has a median GPA of around 3.8, which is quite impressive considering grade deflation at Canadian universities.  U of T is probably comparable to UCLA, Cornell, or Vandy in selectivity, not schools in the 20s.  The schools in the 20s have medians around 3.6/165-166, but they admit splitters to raise the LSAT score.  At U of T, you aren't getting in with a 2.9/172 the way you will at W&L, WUSTL, or UIUC; there is simply more emphasis on GPA.  I think Berkeley's medians were 3.8/165 2 years ago, Duke's are pretty close to that too.

Keep in mind U of T selects the best three years of school when they make admission decisions. The GPA number is a bit misleading.

Oh Canada! / Re: Lower LSAT scores in Canadian Law schools
« on: April 14, 2007, 02:27:12 PM »
If you think about the pool of lawschool candidates in the U.S. compared to Canada the difference is absolutely huge. There is about 15 law schools in canada. I have no idea how many are in the U.S. but it has got to be over 200. Smaller pool means less numbers at the top. Combine this with the fact that for most Canadians the LSAT is the only standardized test they will ever take. Compare this with Americans who go through standardized testing throughout their education and have been through the SAT/ACT ritual already.

General Off-Topic Board / Re: Who is planning the next war?
« on: January 11, 2007, 01:14:03 AM »

Studying for the LSAT / Re: logic games?
« on: November 22, 2006, 03:25:50 PM »
were you a math major?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: URGH!---177
« on: November 20, 2006, 02:02:51 AM »
chances are it was just a fluke

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Last Minute Jumps? ... Down to the wire....
« on: November 20, 2006, 01:57:50 AM »
i jumped five points, which led to me being overconfident and f-ing up on test day

Maybe you are a statistical outlier that performs best on the sections other students perform worst in and vice versa?

Studying for the LSAT / Re: June 2007
« on: November 12, 2006, 05:32:25 PM »
the change only affects what like 7-8 questions? I wouldn't be worried about it.

Oh Canada! / Re: Dalhousie 2007
« on: November 11, 2006, 04:42:54 PM »
what are your stats?

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