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Monday, 25 June 2012 10:40

First impressions

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First impressionsBefore law school, what did you think of lawyers? What kind of people did you expect to meet in this field? What personality types?
If approved, Trinity Western University would have the fourth law school in British Columbia.
If approved, Trinity Western University would have the fourth law school in British Columbia.
After more than three decades without a new law school in Canada, it seems that every university is vying for one.
Throughout my journey at the Community Legal Clinic - Simcoe, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, I’ve had a wide array of experiences and opportunities that have enabled me to grow as a young legal advocate.
Anita Goela (r) learned a lot from her articling principal Jessie Iwasiw, executive director of the Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic.
Anita Goela (r) learned a lot from her articling principal Jessie Iwasiw, executive director of the Windsor-Essex Bilingual Legal Clinic.
My 10 months of articling are almost up and I have to confess — my experience was good, bad, and even ugly at times, but there was a silver lining. I spent my articles at Legal Aid Ontario with five months in clinic law, one and a half months in criminal duty counsel, and finishing off with three and a half months in family law.
‘We want students whose heart is in rural Canada,’ says Lakehead’s founding law dean Lee Stuesser.
‘We want students whose heart is in rural Canada,’ says Lakehead’s founding law dean Lee Stuesser.
With the first law school in northern Ontario set to open next year, it seems fitting that the founding dean is from a small community himself.
Monday, 28 May 2012 10:24

More collaboration, less competition

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More collaboration, less competitionLast September, I walked into law school eager to join a new community of capable, energized individuals with big ideas. Everyone was certainly capable and everyone had ideas. But it took me until the end of the academic year to feel the sense of unity I had been expecting. Instead, competition smacked me in the face.
André Bacchus, director of professional development at Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto, says articling students shouldn't take it personally if they don't get hired back.
André Bacchus, director of professional development at Heenan Blaikie LLP in Toronto, says articling students shouldn't take it personally if they don't get hired back.
So you didn’t get hired back. It’s nothing to be ashamed of, many others are in the same position, which is why it’s time to swallow that rejection pill and learn a new craft — that of the job hunt.
Monday, 14 May 2012 11:05

Getting ready for summering

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You’re young and there’s lots to learn about a life in law. Photo: Shutterstock
You’re young and there’s lots to learn about a life in law. Photo: Shutterstock
With most summer students starting at the big law firms last week, Canadian Lawyer 4Students spoke with recruiters and career services professionals to compile a list of the top 10 ways to make the most out of your summer.
Lawyer Daniel Sorensen says you need to be extremely cautious about what you post on Facebook.
Lawyer Daniel Sorensen says you need to be extremely cautious about what you post on Facebook.
You might want to think twice before posting that photo of you skiing on Whistler Mountain — you never know where it could end up.
Université Laval moot team: (l to r) Élise Paiement, jury member Serge Gakwandi, Isabel Charron, and Morgane Aroua.
Université Laval moot team: (l to r) Élise Paiement, jury member Serge Gakwandi, Isabel Charron, and Morgane Aroua.
“I have yet to meet a contestant in the Concours Pictet whose face does not light up when they recall the experience,” professor Françoise J. Hampson once said. As law students who recently participated in the competition, we tend to agree with this statement.
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