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Moot competitions: An invaluable opportunity for personal growthIf you have an interest in litigation, participating in a competitive moot is a great way to develop your advocacy skills. 
Friday, 13 January 2017 12:28

Students launch style law blog

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Alessia Monastero and Saba Samanian
Alessia Monastero and Saba Samanian
In an age where fashion and lifestyle blogs rule the Internet, two 1L students at Osgoode Hall Law School are using theirs as a platform to examine legal issues in the fashion industry.
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Study suggestions to survive the season

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Study suggestions to survive the seasonLaw students are very fortunate. They are able to tailor class schedules to suit sleep preferences, work out in the middle of the day and study wherever there’s wireless Internet. Still, there’s one season law students loathe the most: exam season. Stress, anxiety and panic attacks are all very realistic consequences that students face at this time in the semester. Often, a student’s entire grade comes down to a two-and-a-half hour exam — the pressure is undeniable. 
Sink or swim: The academy and the bar in Canada must move forward togetherI have from time to time been critical of what I consider a tendency to isolationism in the academy and bar in Canada. In my view, this has worked to the disadvantage of both of us. 
Monday, 21 November 2016 09:00

Mindfulness for Law Students

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Mindfulness for Law StudentsNovember is tough. Exam stress begins to mount. You start to realize you’re not as ready as you wanted to be, as you should be, and naturally you start to panic. I thought it would be useful to write about my own experience that may help my colleagues during this tense time — my foray into the world of mindfulness. Admittedly, I have always been fairly cynical when it comes to this topic: meditation, inward focus, training the brain as though it was a muscle; it all seemed too passive. However, I have come to realize the importance of strong mental health especially at times when anxiety is palpable, like exam time, and I would like to share why this topic piqued my interest, how I have started to incorporate a new habit in my daily routine and the potential benefits.
Making charity law a part of your legal educationAsk the average law student what charity law means and you may get an answer like: “It’s doing pro bono work, right?” Wrong. With 86,000 charities, Canada’s charitable sector is the second largest in the world, employing two million people and accounting for about 8 per cent of the GDP, significantly more than both the agriculture and the retail sectors. Charity law is composed of the unique legal frameworks that govern these diverse entities combined with broader areas of law (e.g. employment, real estate, etc.) as they apply to the special circumstances of charitable work. Law schools and law students need to do a better job of making charity law a part of their legal education.
Monday, 24 October 2016 09:00

Stop procrastinating! Remember the big picture

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Stop procrastinating! Remember the big pictureWe all do it — some more than others. Everyone has delayed starting an unfavourable task. You’re probably procrastinating right now. As law students, there is an endless supply of readings, assignments and papers to be done and, yet, our houses are immaculate or we are entirely caught up with Netflix (all of Netflix). It’s important to remind ourselves of the end goal: becoming a lawyer. 
Monday, 10 October 2016 09:00

Killing the LPP and resistance to innovation

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Killing the LPP and resistance to innovationSo the Law Society of Upper Canada has been invited by one of its committees to deep-six the Legal Practice Program. Convocation is set to vote on a proposal by the Professional Development and Competence Committee on Nov. 9. The question now is, “What next?”
Employers are searching: Presenting your best Internet selfAsk to borrow a friend’s computer and Google your name. What comes up? It is likely that your Facebook profile has the top spot, and LinkedIn is quite close behind. What happens if you scroll through the second, third, perhaps even fourth page? Better yet, what happens when you click on that Facebook link? Are you proud of everything you see?
September: Law students should take it in strideFor many, September represents a time of new resolutions. Stemming from those ingrained back-to-school feelings, many individuals set new goals. For law students, the prospect of overcoming last year’s academic struggles can guide their September aspirations. No matter what year a law student is in, the fall renews ambition. There are clubs to join, moots to consider, potential jobs to look into and study habits to improve. Whether starting your law school career or breezing into third year, a successful school year requires a plan in September. Here are a few suggestions to maintain a level head academically, while still participating in extracurricular activities.
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