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Monday, 06 July 2015 08:05

Fencing through law school

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Louise Fournier at the 2015 Summer Universiade games held in Gwangju, South Korea.
Louise Fournier who is about to enter her final semester of law school at McGill, finished 51st out of 70 fencers, in epee style category at the 2015 Summer Universiade games held in Gwangju, South Korea this past Saturday. She won two bouts of pool against a student from China and one from Hungary and lost 15-10 in direct elimination against a student competitor from the United States. She was the only female fencer representing Canada on a seven-member team from Canada.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett2015.jpgIt’s an inconceivable thought for some, including this naïve columnist: a supervising lawyer sexually harassing an articling student. Members of a profession that protects one’s rights violating earnest newcomers.
Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
Steven Breslauer switched over to Alberta’s new articling system as soon as he could.
The Law Society of Alberta is launching its new education plan, which will change the face of articling in Alberta for good.
Monday, 15 June 2015 08:00

Neither apples nor oranges are working

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Matt-Hopkins.jpgThe 2014-15 licensing year was marked by robust debate around the future of articling in Ontario as the Law Society of Upper Canada rolled out its three-year pilot project known as the Law Practice Program.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ian-Holloway.jpgTradition is the foundation on which our professional culture is built. It is the centripetal force that holds us together in the face of centrifugal forces wanting to pull us apart. Things like gowning or bowing to the court, or talking about a place called “Upper Canada,” may seem quaint and old-fashioned, but they give us a sense of rootedness and they guard against the human tendency to the arrogance of the here and now.
Monday, 08 June 2015 08:00

Video: Life after articles

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2015_June_4St_video.jpgPerfecting your elevator pitch, how to negotiate a salary, and which law firm to apply to, were just some of the discussion topics covered during the ‘Life after hireback’ event for articling students who are looking for jobs back following their articles. Anastasiya Jogal reports.
Monday, 01 June 2015 08:00

Getting your foot in the articling door

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Meenakshi Lakhanpal says she cast her net wide and worked to create opportunities to prepare herself for getting articles.
Meenakshi Lakhanpal says she cast her net wide and worked to create opportunities to prepare herself for getting articles.
Getting into law school is no easy feat, but you know it only gets harder from there. Besides juggling the crushing workload, maxing out lines of credit, and adjusting to a new environment, it’s essential to start lining up an articling position — all within the first six months.
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:00

Marks make us into monsters

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Ted-Flett2015.jpgWith exams behind us and law students merrily settled back at home with loved ones and mom and dad’s well-stocked fridge, school seems a distant memory. However, grades have begun to trickle in and facing the music of marks will continue for many students well into June.
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 12:16

Career beginnings: a Q&A

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Lawson-PeterRoundtree.jpgSince my last Canadian Lawyer 4Students article, I have been called to the British Columbia bar. As I’m no longer a student, and this will be my last article for 4Students, I thought it would be fitting to look back to the beginning.
Monday, 11 May 2015 08:00

The new LSUC, the old A2J problems

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_Christopher-Achkar.jpgWith bencher election results in and the Law Society of Upper Canada getting a facelift, this administration will be under more scrutiny than any previous LSUC board for its action plan on access to justice. The profession is far from settled on having a comprehensive and effective plan to promote access to legal services, and we are likely to hear loud calls for accountability.
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