• Talking to clients in distress

    Jul 8, 2019

    What is one supposed to do in these sorts of situations, when a client is weeping or shouting or even shell-shocked? How involved should law students be in their clients' non-legal issues?

  • Dyatlov, Fomin and Bryukhanov LLP: One way to watch HBO’s Chernobyl

    Jul 1, 2019

    Arguably, the best television series of the past 20 years isn't about dragons, New Jersey gangsters (and their psychiatrists) or high school science teachers in the meth business. It's about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.

  • The unexpected free time of firm life

    Jun 10, 2019

    A month into my 2L summer job at a union-side labour law firm, I’m still adjusting to the hours. To colleagues from my former life as a financial reporter, they might seem onerous; to classmates at full-service Bay Street firms, they may be downright enviable. But working from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. a few days a week hasn’t been a big adjustment — during the school year, I’m often studying until much later. No, what is new is the free time, the Saturdays and Sundays unencumbered by textbooks, by whiteboard maps, by the knowledge of looming exams.

  • I worked in-house and private practice, here are the differences

    May 13, 2019

    Whether you decide to go in-house at the junior end of your legal career is a calculated and personal decision. I was fortunate to have experienced private practice and in-house roles as a junior lawyer. Each has its own benefits and will require different skillsets to do well.

  • How to make non-law friends

    May 6, 2019

    From commiserating over incomprehensible lectures and rehearsing for moot tryouts to hitting up pub nights and attempting to lift heavy at the athletic centre, law school friends are essential. Plus, your classmates are probably pretty cool people, and you’d be remiss for not befriending at least a handful.

  • Law school is more than studying the law

    Apr 15, 2019

    As the days grow longer with sunlight, I realize how much closer I am to graduating from law school, and while that thought is exhilarating, it is also intimidating. This month, I decided to share my gratitude for things that law school brought me, whether it be through my education, or through moving here to Windsor.

  • Practise in-house or in private practice?

    Apr 1, 2019

    I was recently part of a panel at the 3rd Annual Disruption in Legal Practice program at Osgoode Hall Law School. In discussing the changing legal practice, our panel was asked an interesting question which, at first blush, seemed simple and straight forward to answer. Upon reflection, the response became detailed and complex. The question was: how does the role of in house counsel differ from a private practice lawyer (within this group I include lawyers in mid-to-large-size law firms and boutique law firms) and which unique skills are needed to succeed in the in-house role? The old rule applies, that if one person asks, there are many others with the same question.

  • High schools should teach family law basics

    Mar 25, 2019

    For Valentine’s Day this year, some friends and I went to see a taping of the podcast Single Girl Problems. In the introduction, the host mentioned she’d be discussing, among other things, spousal support.

  • A critical experience: the clinical experience

    Feb 25, 2019

    As a dual JD student, it is a requirement to partake in a clinical program at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. In the fall 2017 semester, I did a clinic and loved it so much that I am doing another clinic this semester. Working with the clinic has been my best experience in law school.

  • Advice for law students from the founder of Canada's first legal cafe

    Feb 4, 2019

    Would you like a biscuit with that testamentary trust you’re discussing? At Lawyers and Lattes, a new legal café in midtown Toronto, clients can order rental agreements, family trusts, employment contracts and all sorts of coffee off menus that clearly indicate each service’s price.

  • Finding the right fit for articling

    Jan 21, 2019

    There are a lot of important things to consider when choosing where to article.

  • A look at doctors in law school and lawyers in med school

    Jan 7, 2019

    On the surface, law and medicine seem like they’d attract starkly different students, but there is overlap. Both in terms of academics (bioethics comes to mind) and daily work (rapidly synthesizing information while interacting with clients or patients). So how does a kid fresh out of undergrad decide whether to write the LSATs or the MCATs?

  • The unsung final- exam study hero, the whiteboard

    Dec 17, 2018

    Maps and summaries, summaries and maps. A couple of practice exams, some group-study sessions, maybe even a flash card pack. But for the most part, maps and summaries are how law school exam preparation gets done. And that, my fellow Ls of all years, is a crying shame.

  • A year of missed opportunities

    Dec 17, 2018

    For lawyers in Ontario, 2018 will be the year where major opportunities were missed.

  • Dating tips from in-firm week

    Dec 3, 2018

    If OCIs are speed dating, interview week is when you define the relationship.

  • Employers, what’s with the mid-OCI rejection emails?

    Nov 5, 2018

    The 2L recruit is heavy on acronyms. Some are employers, most are government: MOL; DOJ; PPSC. Others are procedural: OCIs; ITCs; PFOs. They came in handy when, one sunny October afternoon, I wanted to speedily recap this year’s process to my roommate: “Three employers sent out PFOs halfway through OCIs today!”

  • Making the best of the midterm season

    Oct 29, 2018

    Let’s face it, this time of year is not easy for law students. With midterm exams, papers, OCIs and trying to hold it all together, it is hard to see the positives about this time of year, although seeing the positives is critical to maintaining a healthy outlook on life and making the law school experience more enjoyable.

  • Proposed changes to Ontario licensing process, a student's perspective

    Oct 22, 2018

    This year, the Law Society of Ontario embarked on a series of consultations on its governance structure and lawyer licensing.

  • Started from the bottom: - What new lawyers learned in school that most helps their practice

    Oct 1, 2018

    Unlike most undergraduate programs, a JD prepares you for a specific career. Whether you litigate or focus on transactional cases, whether you work in Vancouver or in Vaudreuil, you’re training to practise the law. But how do you know what best prepares you for practice?

  • Tips for L1

    Sep 24, 2018

    Law school is an incredible adventure. It can also be overwhelming. Luckily, there are thousands of people who have made it through.