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Black law students honour judge, mentor

  • Justice Donald McLeod becomes second recipient of Lincoln Alexander Award
Written by Posted Date: March 3rd, 2014
Justice Donald McLeod speaks to Semhar Woldai and another Osgoode law student after accepting the Lincoln Alexander Award. Photo: Zachary Pedersen
Justice Donald McLeod speaks to Semhar Woldai and another Osgoode law student after accepting the Lincoln Alexander Award. Photo: Zachary Pedersen
One of Ontario’s newest judges has been awarded The Honourable Lincoln Alexander ‘53 Award from the Black Law Students’ Association at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Mounting student debt means less access to justice

  • Ab Initio
Written by Posted Date: March 3rd, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI was one of those students who was hit with a mega invoice from the Law Society of Upper Canada a few weeks ago. As I finished tallying the numbers, my mouth agape, I tabbed from the LSUC web site onto Facebook to see if it was just me who was surprised by the licensing fee bill. Thinking I would leave a message in the Class of 2014 group to gather my classmates’ opinions, I was met with my answer immediately upon opening my newsfeed: expletives, CAPSLOCK, and series upon series of exclamation marks described the general reaction to this LSUC fee. Yes, everyone was appalled by the bill and yes, it was significantly higher than normal — 79-per-cent higher to be exact.

Ontario licensing fees nearly double to almost $5,000

  • Students protest increase, firms shrug it off
Written by Posted Date: February 17th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_February_shutterstock_101843929.jpgOntario common law students taking on an articling position or participating in the new law practice program have been served a $4,860 bill to get licensed to practise law.

Heenan articling students forced to find new placements

  • Law schools, partners assisting as positions disappear in wake of firm’s demise
Written by Posted Date: February 10th, 2014
'The legal community is really pulling together and trying to accommodate' the firm's articling students, says Heenan partner Karen Rogers.
'The legal community is really pulling together and trying to accommodate' the firm's articling students, says Heenan partner Karen Rogers.
As lawyers at Heenan Blaikie make plans to pack up and move on, law students currently articling with the firm — and those who accepted offers to article there later this year — are scrambling to find positions with other Canadian law firms.

New round of approvals surprise Trinity Western University president

  • Provincial law societies seek input on whether to recognize degrees from Christian university
Written by Posted Date: February 3rd, 2014
‘We were a bit surprised that there was such an outcry, especially after we played by the rules [and] received approval,’ says Robert Kuhn.
‘We were a bit surprised that there was such an outcry, especially after we played by the rules [and] received approval,’ says Robert Kuhn.
The president of Trinity Western University thought he had overcome every hurdle to launch the first law program at a Christian-based school in Canada.

Making lemonade: Benefits of the LPP

  • Ab Initio
Written by Posted Date: January 27th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgIn early January, I attended an information session about the new Law Practice Program. There were only around 20 students there, along with a handful of Osgoode Hall Law School staff and Law Society of Upper Canada representatives. I was shocked — I expected a full room. After all, the program details remained quite mysterious until very recently. Didn’t students want to know more about the proposed solution to the great articling crisis?

Why I left corporate law

Written by Posted Date: January 27th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_January_quitting.jpgRecently, as I sorted through some documents I came across an old photo from my days on the McGill Law Journal. The photo seemed like it was from another lifetime. When I looked at the photo, I did a double take. Somehow my mind wasn’t prepared to see Alexandra Dodger in the middle of the photo, as if the sight of her somehow brought her back again.

New LLM program to focus on health law, ethics

Written by Posted Date: January 20th, 2014

Challenges in health care are complex and this new course will help navigate those waters, says Colleen Flood.
Challenges in health care are complex and this new course will help navigate those waters, says Colleen Flood.
The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is launching a new LLM with a concentration in health law, ethics, and policy this fall.

Western wins moot at Law Games

  • 700-plus law students descend on Montreal for annual event
Written by Posted Date: January 13th, 2014
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2014_January_Law-Games1.jpgLaw students from around the country started off 2014 by descending on Montreal’s McGill University to take each other on in what has become an annual competition.

Developing a personal brand during articles

Written by Posted Date: January 6th, 2014

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The purpose of articling is primarily to provide law students with 10 months of legal training before becoming licensed lawyers. Understandably, the focus is often on developing the skills required to draft documents, research points of law, or prepare a closing agenda.

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