September: Law students should take it in strideFor many, September represents a time of new resolutions. Stemming from those ingrained back-to-school feelings, many individuals set new goals. For law students, the prospect of overcoming last year’s academic struggles can guide their September aspirations. No matter what year a law student is in, the fall renews ambition. There are clubs to join, moots to consider, potential jobs to look into and study habits to improve. Whether starting your law school career or breezing into third year, a successful school year requires a plan in September. Here are a few suggestions to maintain a level head academically, while still participating in extracurricular activities.
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Monday, 01 August 2016 08:41

Embracing a time for change

Embracing a time for changeLast year, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its much anticipated report on six years of information gathering from across Canada amassing volumes of witness statements from thousands of Indian residential schools survivors and from those involved in the system that has become what some say is Canada’s greatest shame.
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The new Calgary Curriculum: what we’ve doneIn my very first column in this series, which I entitled “What we know,” I offered a number of things that, to my lights at least, discredit the conventional model of legal education and lawyer training as we know it in Canada. Our duty, I said, is to prepare students for the profession they’re joining, not the one we joined. And there is no question, I argued, that their profession is going to look different from ours. From this it follows — axiomatically, it seems to me — that we have to reconsider how we “do” law school. What was relevant to us in the 20th century may or may not be relevant to our students in the 21st. And if it isn't, then we owe it to our students — and at the risk of sounding corny, to the rule of law in Canada — to get rid of it and put something better in its place.
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Monday, 01 August 2016 11:20

4Students Fall 2016 Supplement

With strong recommendations in the report of the Truth and Reconcilliation Commission, we look at what's happening in the area of changes to legal education at law schools across the country.

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Monday, 01 August 2016 09:00

Embracing a time for change

Embracing a time for changeLast year, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued its much anticipated report on six years of information gathering from across Canada amassing volumes of witness statements from thousands of Indian residential schools survivors and from those involved in the system that has become what some say is Canada’s greatest shame.
Published in Features
Monday, 27 June 2016 09:00

Women helping women in law

Women helping women in lawBetrayer of the sisterhood. Anti-feminist. Disloyal to women. These are all terms that were used to describe Marie Henein throughout the Jian Ghomeshi trial. Most concerning of all, however, was not the plethora of similar choice words attributed to Ms. Henein across social media platforms during the trial (and after the verdict) but rather one basic fact: Most of these comments were made by other women. If the roles were reversed, and Ms. Henein was a man, would the same have been said?
Published in Issue Archive
Monday, 30 May 2016 09:00

Oops, I did it again!

Oops, I did it again!I don’t imagine that Britney Spears has often thought about the Canadian legal profession. But if she did, she might have been forgiven for having been inspired to name her second album by watching us in action. To paraphrase Abba Eban, we never seem to miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity — an opportunity, that is, to chart a new course in the relationship between the practising arm of the profession and the teaching one.
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Profession needs to create opportunities for young lawyersI often hear that millennials are lazy, they want too much too fast, and that they are unwilling to work for their success. I hear this on the street, on the radio, I read it online, and I hear it at social events.
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Monday, 18 April 2016 09:58

2016 moot roundup


Every year, dozens of moots are held across Canada with law students debating issues from all areas of law. As the school year draws to a close and students cast back over their accomplishments, moots are sure to be a highlight. Here’s our annual roundup for 2016 — let us know if we’ve missed one.
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Valuable lessons come from working for freeThis year I will have been called to the bar for 10 years. Such a milestone necessarily results in reflection, and so I have been thinking about the lessons I have learned and the valuable experiences I have had.
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