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Monday, 13 August 2012 09:00

The NCA student experience

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The NCA student experienceEach year, hundreds of foreign-trained lawyers seek to enter the Canadian legal profession, bringing years of education and experience.
Monday, 06 August 2012 09:00

Grade 6 mock trial or first-year law class?

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Grade 6 mock trial or first-year law class?Prior to volunteering to lead an elementary school mock trial as part of a free program offered by the Ontario Bar Association, I planned to take a grassroots approach to my teaching; starting with the very basics of the criminal justice system and moving onto the case that the class would be acting out.
Monday, 30 July 2012 12:07

New online LLM in Chinese law offered

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You can now get an LLM in Chinese law from your couch but it’ll cost US$20,000. (Photo: Shutterstock)
You can now get an LLM in Chinese law from your couch but it’ll cost US$20,000. (Photo: Shutterstock)
In an effort to attract more international students, the Beijing Foreign Studies University will soon be offering Chinese law programs online.
Monday, 23 July 2012 10:10

The opportunity for opportunity

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The opportunity for opportunityOpportunity is one of those buzzwords favoured by law schools. The concept (and the word) is used consistently throughout a law degree. It’s a recruitment tool, it’s motivation, and it’s a decision-maker.
Monday, 23 July 2012 09:33

Pulling for the podium

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Morgan Jarvis put his legal career on hold for two years in order to train full time for the Olympics. Photo: Kevin Light Photography
Morgan Jarvis put his legal career on hold for two years in order to train full time for the Olympics. Photo: Kevin Light Photography
Morgan Jarvis is not your typical law student.
A law student with a history riddled with academic fraud has been given a second chance to enter the profession by the Law Society of British Columbia.
Monday, 16 July 2012 10:49

Time to consider two-year law degrees

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Photo: Gavin Young
Photo: Gavin Young
To get ahead in a crowded field you need to stand out. That’s true for businesses, athletes, brands, and even law schools.
Monday, 09 July 2012 10:12

Mishpatim program life-changing experience

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Professor Bryan Schwartz says Israel faces many of the same constitutional conundrums that Canada does.
Professor Bryan Schwartz says Israel faces many of the same constitutional conundrums that Canada does.
A group of first-year University of Manitoba law students — participating in the Winnipeg chapter of Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s second annual tour of Israel under the Mishpatim program received a different perspective on the law.
Don’t walk alone — books for aspiring law studentsAs a student about to enter law school, I have hundreds of questions. At any stage — especially deciding to go and then choosing a school — students will likely have questions. For those who do, there are a couple of books you can read to find the answers you’re looking for.
In an effort to make law school more inclusive, a new scholarship for disabled students has been established at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law.
The scholarship was made possible by reachAbility, a local not-for-profit organization that aims to create more inclusive communities. The scholarship will be awarded to a different incoming first-year student each year, starting this fall. Students must demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, and self-identify as having a disability, which can be physical, mental, cognitive, or sensory.
ReachAbility offered to donate $10,000 annually for the next four years. The law school will add another $5,000 in the first year and plans to fundraise for the remaining years.
With tuition costing slightly less than $15,000 per year, Diane Chisholm, a development officer at the law school, says the scholarship will really make a difference in the chosen students’ lives.
“You want to have individuals have accessibility regardless of the barriers. We don’t want cost to be a barrier and for some students with disabilities cost is a challenge, and so if it’s targeted at those students then the playing field is a little bit more level,” she says.
“If someone has disabilities, one can imagine that they would have other challenges and law school is very competitive,” she adds.
Tova Sherman, founder of reachAbility and a disability awareness trainer, says not only will the scholarship benefit students and the law school, it will also benefit the legal community by raising awareness about disabilities and, in effect, removing the stigma that exists in society — specifically in the legal profession.
“The legal community gains because those lawyers are going to have experience working with someone with a disability and realizing all those preconceived notions . . . [are] not the whole story,” says Sherman.
“We need to educate the legal community and this is one of the ways,” she adds.
Sherman has conducted disability awareness training at law schools, law firms, and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society through Independent Disability Education Associates.
“I’ve seen that there is a lack of awareness, just like anywhere else,” she says.
Sherman refers to a survey that reachAbility conducted of its legal referral service as an example of the stigma that still exists. Out of approximately 350 volunteer lawyers, only three identified as having a disability, and those were the ones with a physical disability.
“For persons with disabilities, I don’t think that anyone ever really thought about the importance of equalizing the playing field because they always perceive accommodation as ‘special,’” she says.
Sherman says it’s not about being “special,” it’s about people with disabilities having the same accessibility as others, and society starting to view it that way.
“We have attitudinal and architectural barriers. If we remove all the architectural barriers that does not mean we’re OK. But if we remove the attitudinal barriers, everything falls into place,” she says.
Chisholm says the scholarship also presents more opportunities for those with disabilities.
“By offering a scholarship, you’re offering the potential for individuals with disabilities who may not have considered [law school]. So it’s not only just the actual money, but it’s actually giving those with disabilities the idea that this is something [they] can aim for,” she says.
Tova Sherman says the scholarship will also benefit the legal community by raising awareness and removing the stigma of disabilities.
Tova Sherman says the scholarship will also benefit the legal community by raising awareness and removing the stigma of disabilities.
In an effort to make law school more inclusive, a new scholarship for disabled students has been established at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law.
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