Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

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taytay
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Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby taytay » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:37 pm

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby tdavenpo » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:08 pm

I am currently in the same position and would love for someone to post their experiences on this as well.

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby papercranes » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:18 pm

Can't help RE visas etc. Because I have dual citizenship, I just grew up in Canada. But before you go to school read a basic book about American history (know who the presidents were, some facts about who they were, what they did...) will help LOADS in con law. I had to google things that everyone else took for granted.

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby T14 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:19 pm

tdavenpo wrote:I am currently in the same position and would love for someone to post their experiences on this as well.


Me too.

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby James Bond » Mon Jan 25, 2010 5:20 pm

1. Don't say "eh" after sentences

2. It's about like "ow" not "oo"

3. We know our maple syrup isn't up to par...sorry

4. Leave the moose at home

5. Get ready to get whipped in the winter Olympics :wink:

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby taytay » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:32 pm

biv0ns wrote:1. Don't say "eh" after sentences

2. It's about like "ow" not "oo"

3. We know our maple syrup isn't up to par...sorry

4. Leave the moose at home

5. Get ready to get whipped in the winter Olympics :wink:




I can't bring my pet moose Herb? DAMMIT!!!

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby Drake014 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 6:44 pm

biv0ns wrote:1. Don't say "eh" after sentences

2. It's about like "ow" not "oo"

3. We know our maple syrup isn't up to par...sorry

4. Leave the moose at home

5. Get ready to get whipped in the winter Olympics :wink:


Damn, beat me to it. You still missed the "hoser," flying hockey pucks, and seasons jokes.

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby James Bond » Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:06 pm

Drake014 wrote:
biv0ns wrote:1. Don't say "eh" after sentences

2. It's about like "ow" not "oo"

3. We know our maple syrup isn't up to par...sorry

4. Leave the moose at home

5. Get ready to get whipped in the winter Olympics :wink:


Damn, beat me to it. You still missed the "hoser," flying hockey pucks, and seasons jokes.


aye, i was rushed :|

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby crazycanuck » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:29 pm

On Valentines Day, tell the girls that in Canada we don't celebrate Valentines Day and it is your first one. Try to play it off that you have no idea what it means. Prepare to get laid. By multiple ladies. It may or may not happen at the same time.

Also, do the same thing for Halloween and you'll get to go trick or treating.

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby urban_cdn » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:32 pm

aw yay, more canadians!

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby anonymous5042 » Mon Jan 25, 2010 9:49 pm

Fellow Canadian here also interested in the answers to these questions.

Cheers!

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby canlaw » Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:48 am

I'm a Canadian finishing up my last year of undergrad in the States. I'm also applying to law schools in the U.S. Although I obviously can't say anything about how law school is in America, I can shed some light on my last four years of experience here if that's at all helpful.

The student visa I have, and you'd likely have for law school (unless you have dual citizenship or some other exceptional status), is the F-1 student visa. Once you're admitted, the university usually helps along with the process of attaining this... I've never had any problems with it. It will be good for your entire 3 years of law school plus one year of Optional Practical Training- if you choose to apply for that. After the OPT period, you will need your employer to support you in a work visa application. With the student visa you can only work on campus or apply for Curricular Practical Training during the 3 years, which must be related to your field of study and be part of a course requirement. You need to apply for this too. From what I've gathered, some law schools are good at getting their international students this CPT training, while others aren't. Something to look into.

Overall my experience in the U.S. has been AMAZING. The people are really nice and I've never encountered any discrimination or problems because of being an international student. From what I hear when talking to my friends back home, the educational experience is pretty similar but maybe slightly less competitive where I go to school. The one difference in the U.S. is there are a lot of small, private colleges which provide a more intimate experience. I attend one of these and have had great extra-curricular experiences I think I would've missed out on at a bigger school and have also formed more relationships with professors and even university admins I know my friends back home don't have.

What law schools/areas of the U.S. are you leaning towards?

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby taytay » Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:58 pm

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby chicoalto0649 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:00 pm

Generally speaking, people in the US do not know as much, or care as much, as Canadians do about hockey.

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby calicocat » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:05 pm

biv0ns wrote:1. Don't say "eh" after sentences

2. It's about like "ow" not "oo"

3. We know our maple syrup isn't up to par...sorry

4. Leave the moose at home

5. Get ready to get whipped in the winter Olympics :wink:

:roll:

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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby chicoalto0649 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 9:10 pm

biv0ns wrote:1. Don't say "eh" after sentences

2. It's about like "ow" not "oo"

3. We know our maple syrup isn't up to par...sorry

4. Leave the moose at home

5. Get ready to get whipped in the winter Olympics :wink:

6.Americans do not take kindly to poor drivers. Remember, you do not have to come to a complete stop to make a turn.

7. Your law school is most likely not going to be anywhere near a duty free stop.

8. If you ask a girl at a bar if she's ever eaten "poutine"* you will probably get slapped.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine



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Re: Canadians at American Law Schools? Tips?

Postby Cale39 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 6:35 pm

I'll post back when I have some time but I'm following this thread. Im a Canadian citizen living in the US since 2001, went to HS and UG here and looking to go to law school. The last two years of my UG I had to transfer over to a student visa and I will need one for law school as well.




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