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Law School Admissions / Re: IP law undergrad preferences...
« on: March 30, 2010, 09:43:43 PM »
what the heck is art law?

I don't know... but my school offers a seminar in it.

Law School Admissions / Re: improving your GPA ??
« on: March 30, 2010, 09:39:22 PM »
Like the above poster said, only courses that were completed to get your bachelors degree count. (Your first bachelors degree--going back and getting a new one won't help either.)

Schools don't really vary that much, in practice. You should go to a school that is offers the best mix of attractive location, attractive career opportunities, and that best fits your budget (scholarships, low instate tuition, etc).

You shouldn't be picking schools based on reputations for being theoretical or practical.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Santa Clara or USD
« on: March 30, 2010, 08:50:06 PM »
USD because it has better weather, lower 1L attrition, better scholarship, and the IP folks at Santa Clara skew their numbers.

It is hard for a few IP folks to skew numbers much when the quoted statistic is the median. That said, if USD will end up costing ~ 25k less over three years, and if you'd be happy staying in San Diego post-grad, that's hard to turn down.

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: What to do when waitlisted?
« on: March 30, 2010, 08:47:46 PM »
If you would go to TJSL if not accepted elsewhere, then you put the deposit down for TJSL at or near the seat deposit deadline. If another school accepts you in August, you have to decide then whether you'd prefer the other school enough to pick up and move there.

As for whether you can get into Pepperdine, that seems like a question you could investigate yourself on

Visits, Admit Days, and Open Houses / Re: American WCL
« on: March 30, 2010, 03:10:38 PM »
Out of curiosity, what are your other options (both acceptances and scholarship amounts)?

Also, why are you not enamored with biglaw, but enamored with midlaw? To the extent it exists, midlaw is often biglaw hours but without biglaw pay.

Is Top 10% NYU on LR? Is the HLS student?

Assuming yes and no (which seems most natural), I'd rather by NYU.

I believe both rene_descartes and MorningStar are largely correct.

For what its worth, the OPT bit only applies if you are on an F-1. If you are on a J-1, you will be doing AT instead, which lasts a little longer. I'm also not entirely sure about the "second-class citizen" bit, as I don't know of many jobs that you are shut out from as a Canadian (there are some government jobs, but you can still clerk and do a lot of DOJ Honors jobs, for example).

But, you are definitely better off spending a year upping your LSAT and re-applying to Canadian schools than applying to T4 US schools.

It sounds like he wants in Ameican lawschools due to the small amount of choice in Canada. Even if he does only transfer back to Canada a day after graduation and have to take a few extra tests or an internship,etc so what? Boo-hoo..... Whatever it takes to be a lawyer.

If he can get into Canadian ones awsome, if not then just pick one that Canada accepts(I believe that all ABA is that) snd do whatever you gotta do to get where you need to be. There's a different between being cautious and a coward, be the prior not the latter. Just do your reseach(look before you leap) and you'll be fine, regardless of the fears of others.

Working as a lawyer in Canada after getting a US J.D. is a little tougher than "taking a few tests." He should really do actual research on this, not merely listen to American students who don't actually know how it works.

I believe he would need to take an extra year of courses after graduation to work in Canada. And then he would need to find an article, and I am not sure how easy or difficult that might be, coming from a US school.

He should really talk to some people who have done this before, if he is considering going to law school in the US to work in Canada.

Yes its very hard to get into law school in Canada because their are only 12 law schools in all of Canada, making it very competitive. Thats why i was wondering with my scores would i be able to get into any American law schools ?

Thanks Alot

You can definitely get into some American law schools. Whether you should or not depends upon your goals post-graduation.

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