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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.
Monday, 27 March 2017 09:00

In defence of the LSAT

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In defence of the LSAT“A new era has dawned for prospective law students.” So began a piece the other day in the Fulcrum, the University of Ottawa law student newspaper. What the author was referring to was the recent announcement by Harvard Law School that it would accept the Graduate Record Examination in lieu of the Law School Admission Test as the basis of an application for admission to the JD program. 
Supreme selfie: Talking A2J with a former Supreme Court of Canada justiceJudges, lawyers, law students and the public continue to grapple with the access to justice crisis that is far-reaching across the country. Too often, we lament that the system is too complex, too slow and too expensive. The most marginalized members of Canadian society experience significant barriers navigating the justice system on a daily basis.
Monday, 27 February 2017 09:00

Start now: Tips to have a great job interview

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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.
First Generation Network aims to provide support to students
First Generation Network aims to provide support to students
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.
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. 
Friday, 13 January 2017 12:28

Students launch style law blog

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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.
Monday, 19 December 2016 09:00

Study suggestions to survive the season

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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. 
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. 
Making charity law a part of your legal educationAsk the average law student what charity law means and you may get an answer like: “It’s doing pro bono work, right?” Wrong. With 86,000 charities, Canada’s charitable sector is the second largest in the world, employing two million people and accounting for about 8 per cent of the GDP, significantly more than both the agriculture and the retail sectors. Charity law is composed of the unique legal frameworks that govern these diverse entities combined with broader areas of law (e.g. employment, real estate, etc.) as they apply to the special circumstances of charitable work. Law schools and law students need to do a better job of making charity law a part of their legal education.
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