Rebecca Lockwood

Rebecca Lockwood

Rebecca Lockwood is in her third year at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she also volunteers as co-ordinator for Pro Bono Students Canada. She can be reached at rebeccalockwood@osgoode.yorku.ca or follow her on Twitter @rebeccajl

Column: Ab Initio
Monday, 28 April 2014 08:00

In sum

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgIt’s over, done, finito. Law school is finally complete.
Monday, 31 March 2014 08:00

Ab Initio: That 3L moment

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI’ve recently found myself reminiscing for a simpler time in life — a period when responsibility wasn’t as great, decisions had less impact, and life just didn’t seem so darn complicated. This nostalgia was prompted by what I’m calling the “3L crisis.”
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI was one of those students who was hit with a mega invoice from the Law Society of Upper Canada a few weeks ago. As I finished tallying the numbers, my mouth agape, I tabbed from the LSUC web site onto Facebook to see if it was just me who was surprised by the licensing fee bill. Thinking I would leave a message in the Class of 2014 group to gather my classmates’ opinions, I was met with my answer immediately upon opening my newsfeed: expletives, CAPSLOCK, and series upon series of exclamation marks described the general reaction to this LSUC fee. Yes, everyone was appalled by the bill and yes, it was significantly higher than normal — 79-per-cent higher to be exact.
Monday, 27 January 2014 08:00

Making lemonade: Benefits of the LPP

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgIn early January, I attended an information session about the new Law Practice Program. There were only around 20 students there, along with a handful of Osgoode Hall Law School staff and Law Society of Upper Canada representatives. I was shocked — I expected a full room. After all, the program details remained quite mysterious until very recently. Didn’t students want to know more about the proposed solution to the great articling crisis?
Monday, 30 December 2013 08:00

Exam season in 3L

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgDecember is a strange month for students. While working folk are revving up for the holidays, attending parties, and shopping for gifts, those of us in school are hibernating in libraries with exam materials. We are loathing the Christmas carols on full blast in every café and shop. I’ve heard classmates (and myself) say, “People are just so . . . happy.” At this time of year, I personally feel more like the Grinch than one of Santa’s little helpers.

Monday, 25 November 2013 08:00

Learning outside the law school bubble

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgExperiential education has been a hot topic ever since I began studying law in 2011, although it was most definitely an important conversation before that too.
Monday, 28 October 2013 08:00

Mental illness is not a sign of weakness

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.
Monday, 30 September 2013 09:00

OCIs: consider ‘how’ you want to work

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.
Monday, 02 September 2013 09:00

Looking back

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgExactly two years ago, I began this thing called law school. I didn't have much time to prepare myself for the switch, as I had returned from living overseas just a few days before orientation. So I dove in, head first.
Monday, 22 July 2013 09:00

Money matters

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-4STUDENTS_Standard_photos_2013rebecca_lockwood_new.jpgI wasn’t one of those law school applicants who carefully calculated the ratio between tuition and the average starting salary. I didn’t pore over a cost-benefit analysis to determine if the investment in law school was a good one — I just assumed it was.
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