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Monday, 11 November 2013 08:00

U of T alters admissions policies

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Benjamin Alarie, co-chairman of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law admissions committee, says the school is trying to reach out to all levels of potential students.
Benjamin Alarie, co-chairman of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law admissions committee, says the school is trying to reach out to all levels of potential students.
The University of Toronto Faculty of Law has modified its admissions policies and ramped up its outreach and diversity efforts.
Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

Articling 101: Taking advantage of resources

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2013_November_Sasha_Toten.jpgOne of the biggest challenges articling students face, especially in the first few months, is that nearly every assignment requires looking into an area of law, or drafting a document, that we have never seen before. Without much familiarity of how to seek out the proper resources, most tasks can seem a bit daunting.
Monday, 04 November 2013 08:00

A tribute to the late Michael Mandel

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2013_November_Michael_Mandel.jpgI can’t tell you what Osgoode Hall Law School professor Michael Mandel meant to each of the approximately 4,000 students he had a hand in educating over his 39-year academic career. I can, however, tell you what he meant to me.
Keeley Phillips says her volunteer internship in Whitehorse gave her lots of self-confidence.
Keeley Phillips says her volunteer internship in Whitehorse gave her lots of self-confidence.
The law became real to Keeley Phillips last summer. After finishing her first year at the Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law, she travelled to Whitehorse to work for the Council of Yukon First Nation as part of a 14-week internship through Canadian Lawyers Abroad.
Monday, 28 October 2013 08:00

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgIn October of my first year of law school, a counsellor explained to me I was suffering from anxiety depression. I knew something was very wrong, but I didn’t know what was going on or where to turn.
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Three law professors have been awarded Trudeau fellowships, worth $225,000 each, for their research on various social issues.
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 09:56

‘Articling is a marathon, not a sprint’

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_2013_October_Jacqueline_Ruck[1].jpgIt’s really happening. Articling has begun and although I am often (appropriately) referred to as an “articling student,” this student life is quite different from the one I’d grown accustomed to.
‘As the nature of the student body changes, the supports that are needed shift as well, and so we need to start responding,’ says Melanie Banka Goela.
‘As the nature of the student body changes, the supports that are needed shift as well, and so we need to start responding,’ says Melanie Banka Goela.
Ontario law schools are joining forces to support the mental health of their students.
Monday, 07 October 2013 10:10

Time for law schools to rethink teaching law

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Calgary law dean Ian Holloway says, ‘We equate volume with rigour — law school is hard because we keep shovelling stuff at our students.’
Calgary law dean Ian Holloway says, ‘We equate volume with rigour — law school is hard because we keep shovelling stuff at our students.’
As professor Richard Susskind put it: “It’s not just what we teach, it’s how we teach.”
Monday, 30 September 2013 09:00

OCIs: consider ‘how’ you want to work

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgThis time last year, my 2L peers and I were on edge waiting to hear back from employers after submitting OCI applications.
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