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Monday, 17 November 2014 00:08

The dos & don’ts of articling

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Ask for help when you need it.b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_Jenny_Poon.jpg
There is a pervasive culture in most Canadian law schools that warns “Big Law or bust.” Generations of law students have experienced the phenomenon that converts 1L moral idealists into 3L financial realists. So while many of us begin law school with the passions of Atticus Finch and Jake Brigance, after three years of legal education, we often find ourselves more influenced by The Wolf of Wall Street.
Wayne D. Garnons-Williams and Jennifer Reynolds talked students through the highs and lows of running your own firm.
Wayne D. Garnons-Williams and Jennifer Reynolds talked students through the highs and lows of running your own firm.
Sometimes recent law graduates see passion and practicality collide as they graduate with noble public-interest aspirations and are hit with the reality of having to pay off often six-figure debt loads.
DART members include (left to right): Martin Hui, Allison Williams, Nadia Klein, Avnish Nanda, Toby Samson, Douglas Judson, and Brendan Monahan (Photo: Michael Litwack)
DART members include (left to right): Martin Hui, Allison Williams, Nadia Klein, Avnish Nanda, Toby Samson, Douglas Judson, and Brendan Monahan (Photo: Michael Litwack)
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

The difference between 1L and 2L

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Students often forget it only takes three years to go from orientation to graduation. This ensures the law school experience is taut with terrific pace and change. Two months into my second-year at Queen’s University, legal education has yet to become over-familiar; but challenges that were once considered insurmountable have become routine and second nature. The following are the most salient differences I have noticed as a 2L. b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_Derek_Kim.jpg
Founder of the event Nick Rossi, left, and chairman/author Amir Torabi.
Founder of the event Nick Rossi, left, and chairman/author Amir Torabi.
On Oct. 24 and 25, 32 teams of law students converged in the iconic University College at the University of Toronto to compete in the third annual Hockey Arbitration Competition of Canada presented by the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at the Faculty of Law. Founded in 2012 by UofT law grad Nick Rossi, the competition consists of simulated salary arbitration hearings with teams representing either a National Hockey League club or player.
Dean Ian Holloway says 2015 curricular changes aim to keep up with changing times.
Dean Ian Holloway says 2015 curricular changes aim to keep up with changing times.
Ian Holloway, law dean at the University of Calgary, says there are a few things those in the legal field know: the profession is changing and students are progressively less involved. That’s led to changes in the way the school teaches law.
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.
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