Courtney March

Courtney March

Courtney March is in her second year of law school at the University of Windsor. She is a citations editor for the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues and vice president of the Cycling Association of Windsor Law. For the past nine years, she has worked in the fitness industry as a group exercise instructor, as well as a personal trainer. She can be reached at marchc@uwindsor.ca.

Column: Ab Initio
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:00

School’s out, stay organized

School’s out, stay organizedThe summer has begun and some of you have just completed your first year of law school — congratulations! Hopefully after the release of grades you are able to relax and enjoy the time off from school and remain optimistic about the next two years. The majority of students that have finished 1L will likely find themselves without the highly coveted summer law student jobs and that is perfectly fine. It is now time to perfect your job application package, in preparation for the major law student recruit during 2L. Here are some suggestions to utilize the time you have over the summer so that you remain stress-free when the applications are due.
Monday, 24 April 2017 09:00

The value of mentorship

The value of mentorshipThis past school year has had its share of highs and lows, but I can attribute some if not most of my success to the mentors who provided me with sound advice and guidance throughout school, the hunt for employment and life in general. I have three people I turn to consistently when faced with an issue, and I can’t recommend having a mentor enough! Mentorship means different things for different people. For some, it’s an informal lunch or chat over coffee; for others, it’s a formal meeting. Either way, having a mentor throughout law school is of tremendous value.
Law conferences: The many benefits of participationAttending a law conference last week, I had the chance to participate in the Canadian Law Student Conference, hosted by the Windsor Review of Legal and Social Issues. Now in its tenth year, this annual conference held in Windsor, Ont., invites students from across the country to present their own research papers and gives them the opportunity to win an award based on their paper or presentation.
Start now: Tips to have a great job interviewFor many students, securing a job is a top priority. There are a number of factors, such as extracurricular activities and strong grades, that look great on a resumé and can help a student get the initial job interview. The rest is up to how much effort you put in to network, present your best self and research the firm. Ultimately, it comes down to how the student interviews and whether or not the student is a great “fit.” Every firm is different. Unfortunately, no one knows that sure-fire way to land the position, but here are some tips to help best prepare for an interview.
Moot competitions: An invaluable opportunity for personal growthIf you have an interest in litigation, participating in a competitive moot is a great way to develop your advocacy skills. 
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Study suggestions to survive the season

Study suggestions to survive the seasonLaw students are very fortunate. They are able to tailor class schedules to suit sleep preferences, work out in the middle of the day and study wherever there’s wireless Internet. Still, there’s one season law students loathe the most: exam season. Stress, anxiety and panic attacks are all very realistic consequences that students face at this time in the semester. Often, a student’s entire grade comes down to a two-and-a-half hour exam — the pressure is undeniable. 
Monday, 21 November 2016 09:00

Mindfulness for Law Students

Mindfulness for Law StudentsNovember is tough. Exam stress begins to mount. You start to realize you’re not as ready as you wanted to be, as you should be, and naturally you start to panic. I thought it would be useful to write about my own experience that may help my colleagues during this tense time — my foray into the world of mindfulness. Admittedly, I have always been fairly cynical when it comes to this topic: meditation, inward focus, training the brain as though it was a muscle; it all seemed too passive. However, I have come to realize the importance of strong mental health especially at times when anxiety is palpable, like exam time, and I would like to share why this topic piqued my interest, how I have started to incorporate a new habit in my daily routine and the potential benefits.
Stop procrastinating! Remember the big pictureWe all do it — some more than others. Everyone has delayed starting an unfavourable task. You’re probably procrastinating right now. As law students, there is an endless supply of readings, assignments and papers to be done and, yet, our houses are immaculate or we are entirely caught up with Netflix (all of Netflix). It’s important to remind ourselves of the end goal: becoming a lawyer. 
Employers are searching: Presenting your best Internet selfAsk to borrow a friend’s computer and Google your name. What comes up? It is likely that your Facebook profile has the top spot, and LinkedIn is quite close behind. What happens if you scroll through the second, third, perhaps even fourth page? Better yet, what happens when you click on that Facebook link? Are you proud of everything you see?

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