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Monday, 23 August 2010 06:48

Tips from the top fall 2010

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The best advice is often borne from years of experience and that probably holds doubly true for litigators. As such, Canadian Lawyer 4Students gets some excellent counsel from some of the country’s best-known litigators, who have taken the time to mull over the following trying questions:


1. What is the most important thing a law school student should know about being a litigator?
2. Who inspired you?
3. How do you balance your professional commitments with family and social life?
4. What class did you enjoy most in law school?
5. What are you currently reading?


Monday, 23 August 2010 06:41

Going abroad

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Going abroadAlison Hopkins nervously walked into the session. As part of her internship with the Asia Foundation, she would for three days educate 100 male imams in Bangladesh on the importance of child and civics education. Her task wasn’t easy: as a young, female student in a highly patriarchal society, it would be difficult to gain the imams’ respect. “I sat down and they sat as far away from me as possible,” says Hopkins, an articling student at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP in Ottawa. “I was so uncomfortable.”


Monday, 23 August 2010 06:33

Making a plan, Stan

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As I sit to write this issue’s editorial, articling student hopefuls in Toronto are checking their phone batteries and trying not to vibrate out of their chairs while waiting for the “interview day” phone calls from prospective employers. This step is just one of the many nerve-racking experiences in the life of a law student, who unlike students in many other areas (not the professions, of course) have their career paths often planned out years in advance.


Monday, 22 March 2010 09:12

Hammered into an Ironman

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Hammered into an IronmanI’m not interested in your job, your income, or your words. I want to know if you can set a goal that scares you into nausea when you commit. And I want to know if you are ready to begin.

Monday, 22 March 2010 09:07

The importance of fit

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The importance of fitIf you thought trying to fit in was tough in high school, wait until you apply for a job in the legal profession.

Monday, 22 March 2010 08:58

Negrea’s setting precedents

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Negrea’s setting precedentsJulia Negrea waited four months for the judge’s decision. Waiting that long had, perhaps, dulled the excitement of potentially winning her first court case, but as the decision was read, Negrea knew she had won. 


Monday, 22 March 2010 08:54

LLMs: What are they good for?

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A 2009 study by the Financial Times showed a general increase in the number of students interested in pursuing an LLM.


Monday, 22 March 2010 08:45

So you wanna be a criminal lawyer, eh?

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So you wanna be a criminal lawyer, eh?Joel Hechter asked himself a simple question when deciding what area of practice to pursue: “Of all the lawyers I know, which are happiest?”
Monday, 22 March 2010 08:33

Tips from the top spring 2010

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Canadian Lawyer 4Students goes right to the top and seeks some words of wisdom from law firm managing partners around the country. We asked these law firm leaders for their thoughts on the following burning questions:


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