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Recognizing the reality of imposter syndromeWhether you are a law student, articling student or a junior associate, it is easy to be trapped in the mindset that you don’t measure up. Recently, I came across a number of TED Talks on imposter syndrome. They were interesting, informative and, above all, the concepts were applicable to any student that is gearing up for September or any young lawyer starting out in their career.
Monday, 26 June 2017 09:00

Incoming 1Ls: Some tips before you begin

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Incoming 1Ls: Some tips before you beginWhile it may seem as though the fall is weeks away, it will be here in no time. For those who have been accepted to law school (congratulations) or those who are patiently awaiting a response from their prospective schools (stay patient), it may be worthwhile to take a few hours to think about your upcoming school year. However, before I offer some tips, make sure your summer before law school is relaxing. The best thing an incoming law student can have: a calm and clear head. Nevertheless, the first semester of law school is a whirlwind — it’s OK to be prepared.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:00

School’s out, stay organized

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School’s out, stay organizedThe summer has begun and some of you have just completed your first year of law school — congratulations! Hopefully after the release of grades you are able to relax and enjoy the time off from school and remain optimistic about the next two years. The majority of students that have finished 1L will likely find themselves without the highly coveted summer law student jobs and that is perfectly fine. It is now time to perfect your job application package, in preparation for the major law student recruit during 2L. Here are some suggestions to utilize the time you have over the summer so that you remain stress-free when the applications are due.
How pro bono work made me a stronger advocateMahmood always presents well: He’s clean shaven, well dressed, gracious and polite. Soft-spoken, with a medium build and slight frame, and, though not yet fluent, he speaks English proficiently thanks to Canada’s English as a second language program for immigrants.
Monday, 08 May 2017 09:00

Tradition in form, change in substance

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Tradition in form, change in substance“You're a strange dude, Ian.”
Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

Not hired back, a new door opens

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Not hired back, a new door opensAt this time last year, my articling term had nearly come to an end. I still hadn’t heard the news I’d been waiting for: Would I be hired back after my call to the bar?
Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

The value of mentorship

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The value of mentorshipThis past school year has had its share of highs and lows, but I can attribute some if not most of my success to the mentors who provided me with sound advice and guidance throughout school, the hunt for employment and life in general. I have three people I turn to consistently when faced with an issue, and I can’t recommend having a mentor enough! Mentorship means different things for different people. For some, it’s an informal lunch or chat over coffee; for others, it’s a formal meeting. Either way, having a mentor throughout law school is of tremendous value.
Monday, 27 March 2017 09:00

In defence of the LSAT

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In defence of the LSAT“A new era has dawned for prospective law students.” So began a piece the other day in the Fulcrum, the University of Ottawa law student newspaper. What the author was referring to was the recent announcement by Harvard Law School that it would accept the Graduate Record Examination in lieu of the Law School Admission Test as the basis of an application for admission to the JD program. 
Law conferences: The many benefits of participationAttending a law conference last week, I had the chance to participate in the Canadian Law Student Conference, hosted by the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues. Now in its tenth year, this annual conference held in Windsor, Ont., invites students from across the country to present their own research papers and gives them the opportunity to win an award based on their paper or presentation.
Supreme selfie: Talking A2J with a former Supreme Court of Canada justiceJudges, lawyers, law students and the public continue to grapple with the access to justice crisis that is far-reaching across the country. Too often, we lament that the system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. The most marginalized members of Canadian society experience significant barriers navigating the justice system on a daily basis.
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