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Monday, 24 August 2015 08:00

LPP: answering a different call

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While it’s too early to declare Ontario’s English- and French-language Law Practice Program an overnight success after just one year, it’s interesting to consider its successes and breakthroughs, and acknowledge it’s a program many law grads might have benefited from in the past — perhaps more so than from traditional articling.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Landing the big one

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Landing the big oneAfter a few weeks of law school Frances Mahon boldly went to professor Alan Young’s office at Osgoode Hall Law School and in her words, “begged him for a job.” His response to her plea was disappointing yet encouraging at the same time. “He said: ‘Come talk to me in the summer when you actually know something and you’re not a baby law student,’” recalls Mahon, who would later that year begin a two-year journey working on one of the most pivotal cases in recent Canadian history.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Study right!

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Study right!No matter what your undergraduate specialty was, law school is a different beast altogether. So what do you need to know to tame it?
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

10 questions for Paul Paton

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10 questions for Paul PatonAssistant editor Mallory Hendry caught up with the University of Alberta’s new law dean Paul Paton soon after he officially assumed his new position to get his thoughts on the profession, legal education, and how his previous experiences will influence him in his new role.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Bull by the horns

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Bull by the hornsEntrepreneurship is a catchword in the practice of law these days, but it’s also a skill you could use when articling in a small law firm, where there is less structure and more room to innovate and create the kind of experience you want.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Eyes on the prize

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Eyes on the prizeRandy Campbell sits at the front of the class, usually without neighbours. “I like to feel like it’s just me and the professor,” says the University of New Brunswick law student of his spot in the lecture hall. “Nothing to distract me.” Wearing a collared shirt and grey dress pants, the 32-year-old sits with exceptional posture, typing his notes into prepared case brief templates. Campbell fills each box from issue to reasoning before moving on to the next, keeping pace with the lecture. While his classmates succumb to temptation at lulls in the lecture, Campbell’s screen does not waiver from the notes. No Facebook. No Buzzfeed.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

The law school of the future — today

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Photo: Claudio Calligaris
Photo: Claudio Calligaris
Harry Arthurs knows a thing or two about legal education. The 79-year-old has been a fixture of Canada’s legal community for more than 50 years. He has served as dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, president of York University, and was the author of “Law and Learning,” a 1983 report that was the first comprehensive examination of Canadian legal education. When asked to assess how important McGill University’s introduction of a “transsystemic” law program in 1999 was, Arthurs is definitive. “I think it’s one of the most dramatic changes in English-language legal education in 100 years,” he says.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

The pros & cons of practising...

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Practising in class actions, in Windsor, Ont., government, in Edmonton
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

Inspired by ghosts

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Photos supplied by Veronica Yeung
Photos supplied by Veronica Yeung
My costumes are inspired by an interest in classical Japanese ghost folklore and my studies in law and social justice relating to women’s experiences of inequality. I use elements of Japan’s ghost archetypes to reflect on these historical and ongoing realities.
Monday, 25 August 2014 08:00

The dawn of a new licensing age

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Ontario’s new law practice program has taken flight providing budding lawyers with the opportunity to get their licence to practise law outside the traditional articling structure. Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa will be running the concurrent three-year pilot programs in English and French. There has been much fanfare, discussion, and gnashing of teeth about the LPP but the rubber is finally hitting the road on this seismic shift in legal licensing.
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