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  1. I suppose it makes sense that the government would discourage people from wearing (and stocking up) on masks, so that there will be enough for healthcare workers, who are the most at-risk group. But the whole "you don't need a mask unless you have a virus" or "a mask won't prevent you from catching it" argument is invalid. You can have the virus for days or weeks even without you knowing it, you might not display any symptoms at all (or have some very mild symptoms), or get tested negative multiple times, AND during this entire time you could spread it to whomever you come into contact with. So indeed, wearing a mask will not help you personally, but it does you from spreading it if you do have it and are out and about (supermarkets, libraries, subways, buses, elevators, etc.). So if everyone wears a mask, those who have the virus would be effectively containing it to themselves (well, likely spread it to close families still). I'm in Hong Kong. If you walk down the street without wearing a mask, people will stare at you as if you've got corona tattooed on your forehead. You are not allowed in many places unless you are wearing a mask. Deans of medical schools, all the infectious disease experts are encouraging people to mask up as well.
  2. Yes native in Mandarin and Cantonese. How much of a soft factor is this? Do these language skills give me a significant edge?
  3. I'm an international student seriously considering going to law school in Canada, and I wanna know how are the international JD students doing in Canada, what have your experience been like? I'm specifying non-US because US students tend to get treated like domestic students? If that's not the case at all, please do share your experience as well. I'm particularly curious about finding summer internships / articles (don't wanna find out after 2 years into the program that nobody would hire me for reasons out of my control). Do you experience more difficulties than domestic students due to your foreign background/status? It could be employers preference for domestic students, or issues with immigration, the permits. I know that students with study permits could apply for a 3-year post graduate work permit within 180 days of graduation, do people usually get it though? Or is it like US's H1-B visa where you can meet all criteria but still get rejected (which is why I ruled out law school in the states)? Another issue is, how do JD students get study permits in the first place? The govt immigration page explicitly states that students must convince the officer that they would leave the country at the end of the study period, but there are articles and bar exams. So what have your experience been like?
  4. Thank you so much for this! I've totally overlooked this before! Just did a free online GPA calculator, apparently mine is 3.7
  5. I did my BA at the University of Hong Kong, it's a legit university so shouldn't be an issue there. The 3.48 is the cGPA from BA, my MA is 3.97. I don't think I need to convert the grades since my uni calculated GPA same as OLSAS. I know some law schools only look at best 2 or best 3 or last two, but it doesn't matter much since the grades from my first three years were quite similar and only in my final year did I put in much more effort to get better grades. I know I need a real LSAT score, but it's still 6~7 months away till I write for one. I wanna know if I do that get score, what would my chances be like, given my low undergrad cGPA.
  6. Here're my stats: cGPA: 3.48 L2: 3.6 (but I went on exchange during the first semester of junior year, so my last 2 years only have grades for 3 semesters, how are these situations considered? do they affect anything?) B3: 3.55 LSAT: 168~170, this is not an actual score, I'll be taking the LSAT in June and I'm aiming for 168~170. I know it's a bit odd asking people to predict using an aiming score. But given how LSAT can predict law shcool GPA to a certain degree and how future employment depends largely on GPA, and that I'll be paying much more as a foreign student, I don't think I should go to law school unless I can be quite sure that I'll do well in law school. Average LoR, I'll get 2 LoR from my MA professors, nothing special there Average ECs, I did some internships at multinational companies, but they are not law related at all. They'd look good if I'm applying for entry level positions at companies, but probably very dull for law school admins, if anything, they might even wonder if I'm serious about law school. I know that my undergrad GPA is very weak for law school applications and would need a high LSAT score to compensate for that. I simply wasn't thinking about law school during undergrad at all and my GPA is actually quite decent at my uni (anything > 3.0 is considered solid, >3.5 is impressive, >3.7? my guess is fewer than 5 people have that, 3.9? 4.0? You're a unicorn and a faculty legend, lores will be told about you for generations to come). Another thing is, since my undergrad was not from a north america university, does GPA still matter as much? I heard that for US law schools, admins don't care about foreign GPAs at all because they will not be included for law school ranking purpose and rely primarily on LSAT instead. I'm wondering if this is also the case for Canadian law school, but then again, Canadian law schools don't seem to care about ranking as much... And does my MA help at all (my MA cGPA on the other hand though, is through the roof)? Also, would I get a diversity factor of some sorts? Since I'll be an international student? Then again, Asians are no strangers to law schools.
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