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Monday, 27 October 2014 08:00

Say hello to a transfer student

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett.jpgUnlike my arrival at Ludlow Hall last year when I knew nobody, upon my return in September, I was welcomed back by familiar faces. The overwhelming experience of meeting all new people in 1L meant transfer students were invisible to me. Everyone was new.
President of the Law Students Society of Ontario Doug Judson thinks the mode of assessing law students’ abilities is outdated.
President of the Law Students Society of Ontario Doug Judson thinks the mode of assessing law students’ abilities is outdated.
How much weight should a law student’s grades be given? Does a student’s sub-par academic performance automatically mean they would be a sub-par lawyer? Are exams a fair way to measure professional competency? How much consideration should each individual’s backstory be given?
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Rosalie Abella were given honorary degrees by Victoria University. (Photo: Alexandra Wong)
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Rosalie Abella were given honorary degrees by Victoria University. (Photo: Alexandra Wong)
Delivering the keynote address at the University of Toronto’s Victoria University’s Charter Day Convocation, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin kept her remarks focused squarely on equality, and the importance of obtaining more equal gender representation in “societal and democratic governance.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Philip-Bryden1.jpgThe subtitle of the CBA’s Futures Report, “Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada,” reflects the ambitious scope of the report. The subject matter of its 22 recommendations ranges from alternative business structures for the delivery of legal services to the collection of better information about the legal profession and its makeup, the regulation of the legal profession, and the education of Canadian lawyers.
Monday, 13 October 2014 08:00

Excelling at articles

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ines-Gavran.jpgAs law students, we constantly worry about our future career: whether it’s on landing an articling position, successfully completing it, or getting hired back afterwards. So how can you make the best out of your experience?
Monday, 13 October 2014 08:00

Healthy living for lawyers-to-be

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Megan-Strachan_-Head-Shot.jpgA “healthy routine” can mean any number of things. For me, it means mainly two things: trying to stay active and eating food I cook, rather than eating out or binging on packaged foods — like the ubiquitous free firm snacks. Saying no when all I want to do is stress eat Oreos is a daily challenge.
 
Faculty of Law's founding dean, Lee Stuesser (from left); John B. Laskin; Barbara Laskin; President & vice-chancellor of Lakehead University Dr. Brian Stevenson.
Faculty of Law's founding dean, Lee Stuesser (from left); John B. Laskin; Barbara Laskin; President & vice-chancellor of Lakehead University Dr. Brian Stevenson.
What’s in a name? For Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, it represents quite a legacy.
Dean Lorne Sossin suggested a Twitter contest asking students to submit innovative ideas for ‘future history.’
Dean Lorne Sossin suggested a Twitter contest asking students to submit innovative ideas for ‘future history.’
More than 100 years ago — 125 on Oct. 7, to be exact — William Reeve made a speech in front of a crowd of law students.
Monday, 06 October 2014 08:00

Don’t bet against LPP candidates

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Matt-Hopkins.jpgYou never know how your story will turn out. After completing my undergraduate degree and finding myself in the middle of a recession, I turned to the Canadian Forces but a back injury stopped me dead in my tracks.  I regrouped and found myself at Western Law, but the job market wasn’t getting any better. In my first article for Canadian Lawyer 4Students, I talked about my past and about the next steps in my journey. I told you I was ready to seize my opportunity and that opportunity is here. This marks the first in a four-article series I will be writing to document my experience with Ontario’s new Law Practice Program, an alternative to the traditional model of articling in Ontario. I will tell you a bit about the program and, in doing so, a bit about me and how the experience is preparing me for my own legal practice.
A screenshot of the new web site, JustBalance. Law students can find information and helpful links as well as community-based services for those whose law schools have joined the initiative.
A screenshot of the new web site, JustBalance. Law students can find information and helpful links as well as community-based services for those whose law schools have joined the initiative.
Ten years ago, when Melanie Banka Goela was a student at Osgoode Hall Law School, nobody talked about the stress and pressures associated with being a law student.
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