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Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:01

Video: New global LLM at University of Toronto

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2011_September_gpllm_video.jpgClasses have begun for the University of Toronto's new Global Professional Master of Laws program. Heather Gardiner attended the orientation for Canadian Lawyer 4Students.
Dean Philip Bryden of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law is a member of the common law degree implementation committee.
Dean Philip Bryden of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law is a member of the common law degree implementation committee.
The Federation of Law Societies of Canada is one step closer to establishing national standards for students entering bar admission programs in all Canadian common law jurisdictions.
Monday, 29 August 2011 11:02

A new school year, lots of new offerings

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Photo: Thinkstock
Photo: Thinkstock
The days are getting cooler — a sign that fall is just around the corner — which also means it’s time to go back to school.
Monday, 22 August 2011 10:31

Keep your mind, and your options, open

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lauren_berdock.jpgEntering law school, you will find among your peers science majors, math wizards, human rights activists, corporate sharks, and many, many BA students. In order to appeal to everyone, and of course for other practical purposes, the first year is extremely broad. The 1L student is able to engage with the basic components of contract, tort, criminal, constitutional, and property law. At my law school, our schedules in first year are entirely circumscribed but for one elective course. It was compulsory to study topics from all areas of the bar and collect a year’s worth of general legal knowledge.
Monday, 22 August 2011 10:05

UBC law moves into its new digs

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Allard Hall, UBC's new Faculty of Law building, is now open. Photo: University of British Columbia
Allard Hall, UBC's new Faculty of Law building, is now open. Photo: University of British Columbia
The University of British Columbia’s new $56-million Faculty of Law building Allard Hall, which opens today, is the first new law building in Canada built from the ground up in 30 years.
Wendy Babcock speaks out at a demonstration in Toronto for safe, affordable housing.
Wendy Babcock speaks out at a demonstration in Toronto for safe, affordable housing.
Wendy Babcock was a pillar for marginalized people in her community.
Monday, 08 August 2011 10:10

How to be a good advocate

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2011_August_marc_whiteley.jpgAdvocacy isn’t a science, and artful persuasion won’t always carry the day. But in a profession where speeches and communication matter, avoiding some simple pitfalls can go a long way in advancing your client’s interests as well as your own career and reputation among members of the bench.
Monday, 01 August 2011 13:28

Osgoode launches IP law clinic

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Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino will be running Osgoode's new IP clinic.
Professor Giuseppina D’Agostino will be running Osgoode's new IP clinic.
Students are gearing up to open a new intellectual property law clinic at Osgoode Hall Law School this month.
Monday, 25 July 2011 08:24

Preparing to save the world

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lauren_berdock.jpgIf you were to ask 30 different law students why they were pursuing careers in law, you’d likely get 30 different answers. This of course, despite the fact all of our personal statements said we wanted to “save the world.” Yes, some, including myself, do naively hope to leave a lasting impact on the lives of our future clients. Others want to revolutionize business, constitutional, employment, and even tax law! And some among us are pursuing legal careers for the sole purpose of ensuring personal financial security. Regardless of what brings students into the law library for late night study sessions, there is one piece of advice I feel applies to all and that is to cherish and soak up every opportunity for growth and learning.
Monday, 25 July 2011 05:51

A legal clinic with a difference

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WBLC summer staff (l to r): Justin Dick, Ryan Hayes, Katherine Serniwka, Charlotte Cameron, and Jonathan Thoburn.
WBLC summer staff (l to r): Justin Dick, Ryan Hayes, Katherine Serniwka, Charlotte Cameron, and Jonathan Thoburn.
For the typical law student, late nights surrounded by textbooks and jargon-laden judgments are all too familiar. Navigating the incredible volume of assigned readings and adjusting to a new and unfamiliar exam style is part of the challenging transition that every law student must endure. This process teaches valuable time-management skills and arms them with the critical foundations of a legal education, but amid this hectic pace law students rarely think or behave like actual lawyers. Students seeking a more practical element to their education must find it outside of the classroom, and students at the University of Western Ontario’s law faculty have been doing just that.
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