|Articling student Casey Barnett, left, and RBC General Counsel Group's Lucille D'Souza. Photo: Heather Gardiner|
|Illustration: Paul Dotey|
When he was a student a decade ago at the law school where he now teaches, Dalhousie assistant professor Graham Reynolds says his favourite place to study was the library at Dal-affiliated King’s College. “I loved the big tables and the natural light there,” he recalls in a recent phone interview from his campus office in Halifax. “And sometimes it was fun to be around other people.”
Robert Watkins is a first-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. He painted After school in 2005 while he was studying Chinese folk art at the Jinshan Peasant Painting Academy in Shanghai, China. He spent two months at the academy and learned the basics of Jinshan folk art, which is a distinctive style of Chinese folk painting. Before travelling to Shanghai, Watkins spent six months studying traditional Chinese painting at Wenzhou University. Shortly after returning to Canada in 2006, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Carleton University and enrolled in law school last year. Watkins continues to produce art and is working towards having his own exhibition in Toronto.
At the beginning of February, the Law Society of Upper Canada put out its request for proposals for its new law practice program pilot project. In November, the LSUC had approved the LPP as a licensing scheme both parallel and alternative to the current articling system. For now the program is a trial but will probably include a four-month teaching section followed by a four-month co-op. Much has been made about whether the co-op will be paid; the RFP notes it would prefer if the provider set up paid co-ops, particularly in underserviced areas, but payment is not mandatory.
|Illustration: Matt Daley|
As an articling or summer student, you may find yourself working long days and late nights with your sleeves rolled up alongside a variety of legal professionals. Apart from the junior partner or paralegals you may be assigned to work with on a regular basis, there is a whole ecosystem of people that help make a law firm or corporate legal department run smoothly day to day. Here’s a sampling of the people you may encounter in your days as a student.