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Law School Admissions / Concrete or Abstract?
« on: January 29, 2005, 06:36:42 AM »
As I am plowing through texts for my UG thesis, I have come to realize that I am an unabashed theory junkie. I often find myself tuning out in classes that are all about memorizing facts and I am far more intruiged by abstract theory.  Now that I have come to terms with the fact that I am a full-on pomo nerd, I am a little worried about law school. Some people are good with the abstract, some people are good with the concrete. 

In your experience, is law school more theory based or far more about rote memorization?  How much of it is facts, and how much of it is ideas?

Choosing the Right Law School / You as whole person vs. you as brain
« on: January 21, 2005, 11:39:19 AM »
As admissions begin to roll in, many of us are trying to decide between schools and which ones we think are the best choices for us. How are all of you balancing you as a whole person vs. you as a brain & career? Where do personal relationships fit into your decisions? Partnerships? Family? Love of the mountains or whatever your region is? etc etc etc?

General Off-Topic Board / Fundraising ideas for disaster relief
« on: December 30, 2004, 05:14:58 PM »
As much of the discussion on this board in the past few days has shown, many people have been really affected by the tragedy in South Asia and want to help but don't know where to begin.  Many of us are students with very limited incomes, but I do believe $20 can make a huge difference.  I also think that we are in a unique position to do more with another valuable resource we all hold - time and energy.  The new term is just beginning and will be light for the first few weeks, we all have access to thousands of people in our communities and campuses and are all likely fairly type A-esque personalities.  I am continually touched by the brilliance and talent on this board. I propse we use this thread to generate ideas of what we can do in our own communities to help with fundraising efforts.  None of it needs to be large-scale, and every extra $20 raised can make a huge difference.  I'll begin:

A photography show and sale: Friends of mine spent 9 months in the region and have tonnes of brilliant images of the people and villages. The human mind cannot fathom 100,000 dead, but we can connect with individuals and images of family, joy and laughter.  We're in the middle of organizing an exhibit of the pictures - donations at the doors and some of the prints will be available for purchase. Kinda like a vernissage.  All of the proceeds will go to MSF or Red Cross.

Unicentre fundraising:  Gather together a water can, a blanket, a bag of flour, etc as props with the approximate amount it costs to purchase each for the disaster zone.  Collect student donations.  Give out cookies or something for those who donate.

Classroom challenges:  My TA group/class/etc can raise more than your TA group/class/etc.

Let's hear more ideas!!!

Studying for the LSAT / I'm supposed to be able to function before noon??
« on: November 21, 2004, 10:32:36 AM »
Here is my stress du jour:  I will be taking the December exam, but it is to be held at 8:30 in the morning.  I am a total night owl and verry low functioning in the morning.  You know those cartoons of the bleary-eyed, incoherent zombie first thing in the morning?  Ya, that's me.  ::) Even as a small child my parents say I was a total space cadet in the morning, but would stay wide awake all night.  I am destined to be nocturnal.  How have other non-morning people dealt with getting their brains going so early in the AM for the LSAT?


Choosing the Right Law School / MA in Law
« on: November 14, 2004, 06:28:39 PM »
Just curious which schools offer grad programs in law for students who are interested in critical work with the law but don't want to do an actual professional law degree (ie: MA in Law).

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / GLBT
« on: November 02, 2004, 07:40:36 AM »
Salut mes amies,

Are there any schools or profs in the US who are focusing on GLBT issues and research?



Canadian Law Students / Immigration/refugee
« on: November 02, 2004, 07:14:52 AM »
Hey y'all,

Just wondering if anyone has heard of/come across any schoools that seem to have a particularly strong immigration/refugee focus. I've applied to Oz, Ottawa U & Windsor so far, but I am not as well versed on schools in other provinces.

Thanks for any insight.


Canadian Law Students / Grade inflation
« on: October 30, 2004, 01:21:58 PM »
I've noticed a lot of dicussion in the US topics around grade inflaton and how the central system adjusts GPA's to make them more even between schools. I'm guessing Canadian schools don't do this, correct?  However, it would be interesting to see how grades between Canadian universities measure up against each other.  Anyone know of any resources that would show this sort of info?



I have put myself through my undergrad working as a learning facilitator and writing tutorial services advisor for my university and am really interested in reading some other people's PS's to see how others have approached theirs.  I, of course, am desperately seeking feedback on mine as well.  Perhaps our people can hook each other up?

Feel free to send you PS to [email protected]


Canadian Law Students / Joint programs
« on: October 30, 2004, 09:41:58 AM »
Hey Team,

Does anyone have any insight/ideas as to how admissions committees look at applicants to joint programs compared to general applicants?  For example, I am very interested in the joint LLB/MA from Ottawa U & Carleton (NPSIA), but it says they only accept 5 'exceptionally qualified' applicants each year.  Do admissions look at joint applicants separately from those applying to just a LLB program?  If I am denied for the joint, will I still be considered for the LLB-only stream?

Thanks in advance for any and all info.



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