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Monday, 10 January 2011 09:58

It’s a dog-eat-dog competition

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University of Windsor law students Anita Goela (l) and Helen Karpouzos (r) will be competing in the 2011 National Animal Law Competitions.
University of Windsor law students Anita Goela (l) and Helen Karpouzos (r) will be competing in the 2011 National Animal Law Competitions.
At the end of February, two Canadian law students will present a bill at Harvard Law School. The bill must be designed to include various acts, including the Animal Welfare Act, the Horse Protection Act, the Humane Slaughter Act, and all wildlife laws with human provisions.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2011_January_ja_pankiw-petty.jpgSmall claims practice is, for 10 months of every year, the arena of the articling student. Over articles, almost every student is bound to encounter a small claims action. These are matters which, in the shadow of million-dollar lawsuits, might seem trivial — be they the loss of a set of dog-eaten dentures or a claim for a vandalized lawn ornament. The small claims action is ripe with legal issues and challenging advocacy opportunities for the student-at-law.
The first student from Jindal will be arriving at Queen’s University on exchange from India this month.
The first student from Jindal will be arriving at Queen’s University on exchange from India this month.
Queen’s University Faculty of Law and India’s Jindal Global Law School have signed an agreement to set up a student exchange and study abroad program. The program allows JD and LLM students from Queen’s to study at Jindal for a term, and LLB and LLM students from Jindal to study at Queen’s for a term.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide should be taken out of the Criminal Code, argues law professor Jocelyn Downie.
Jocelyn Downie
Jocelyn Downie will be lecturing on euthanasia and assisted suicide at McGill next month.

Monday, 20 December 2010 09:19

Prep tips from your prof

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Preparing for exams really starts at the beginning of the semester. Photo: Shutterstock
Preparing for exams really starts at the beginning of the semester. Photo: Shutterstock
It’s that time of year again — holiday shopping, festive dinners with family and friends, relaxing in front of a toasty fire. But you’re stuck in the library, furiously studying for those dreaded exams.
First thing to do is write an outline.
First thing to do is write an outline.
You are given four hours for your exam. Truth be told, you probably only need two of those hours to actually pound out your answer on paper. Unless you have a sadist for a professor — and I suppose that is possible — you have plenty of time to answer your law school exam question. And I suggest you use it. Slow down, take your time, and use it all.
Monday, 13 December 2010 10:15

Research worth 1.4 million bucks

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Benjamin Richardson’s research will focus on environmental law and sustainability.
Benjamin Richardson’s research will focus on environmental law and sustainability.
University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin J. Richardson was recently awarded the senior chair in environmental law and sustainability by the Canada Research Chairs program.
Monday, 06 December 2010 10:36

Pictures and profits

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Robert C. Sheehan of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Robert C. Sheehan of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
Researchers at the University of Toronto and Tufts University in Boston, Mass., have discovered that college yearbook photos of law firm managing partners are positively correlated to that partner’s firm profitability sometimes 40 years later.
Monday, 06 December 2010 10:22

Don’t fear failure

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Being rejected during the recruiting process does not mean the end of your law career. illustration: Shutterstock
Being rejected during the recruiting process does not mean the end of your law career. illustration: Shutterstock
It has now been a full month since the end of recruitment and the fallout has only started to clear up. Months and months of preparation culminated in an epic battle for the golden prize of a coveted law job. For some, the sleepless nights of resumé formatting and the years of hard work finally paid off. A phone call at 5 p.m., a job in your pocket, and one step closer to “making it” in the world. For others: silence.
Monday, 29 November 2010 09:49

An outside perspective

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UNB law dean Ian Peach says external reviews help faculties think about the way forward.
UNB law dean Ian Peach says external reviews help faculties think about the way forward.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Law recently posted its latest external review online. This got us thinking: do all law schools undergo external reviews? We spoke to six law schools across the country about this very common, yet rarely spoken of, practice.
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