Students who are the first in their families to attend post-secondary school or law school have more challenges to overcome on their road to succeeding in the legal world. The First Generation Network, a student group at University of  Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, aims to help.
Published in 4Students videos
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:00

Dividing the bar

Dividing the barIt was nine days before Christmas in 2013 when the Federation of Law Societies announced that it had granted preliminary approval to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. Two days later, the British Columbia government gave its required consent to the program at the faith-based university located in Langley.
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:00

What’s fair? It depends

Lawyers are often criticized for a lack of decisiveness. When clients come seeking legal advice, what they are often looking for is strategic advice, and a muddled answer can drive clients crazy. They may ask a lot of questions, but “what should I do?” is usually the most important one, and “it depends” is most often not the answer they want.
Published in Commentary
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. 
Published in Latest News
Friday, 13 January 2017 12:28

Students launch style law blog

Alessia Monastero and Saba Samanian
Alessia Monastero and Saba Samanian
In an age where fashion and lifestyle blogs rule the Internet, two 1L students at Osgoode Hall Law School are using theirs as a platform to examine legal issues in the fashion industry.
Published in Latest News
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. 
Published in Latest News
Sink or swim: The academy and the bar in Canada must move forward togetherI have from time to time been critical of what I consider a tendency to isolationism in the academy and bar in Canada. In my view, this has worked to the disadvantage of both of us. 
Published in Latest News
Killing the LPP and resistance to innovationSo the Law Society of Upper Canada has been invited by one of its committees to deep-six the Legal Practice Program. Convocation is set to vote on a proposal by the Professional Development and Competence Committee on Nov. 9. The question now is, “What next?”
Published in Latest News
Monday, 03 October 2016 09:00

A second chance

Photo: Dustin Rabin
Photo: Dustin Rabin
Candy Palmater says she learned some valuable lessons in her journey from practising law to being a high-profile comedienne
Published in Departments
International trained lawyers: overcoming the stigmaOne of my peers’ main anxieties in law school was the never-ending question: Where will I article after law school? And worse, what if the dreaded rumour mill rang true — that the market was so tough that jobs were one in a million? While such questions are common in the minds of final-year law students, the frets and fears of my peers were coupled with an additional barrier: We were internationally trained lawyers.
Published in Web exclusive content
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