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Monday, 25 April 2016 09:00

Dress for success: What to wear in law school

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Dress for success: What to wear in law schoolAdmittedly, with the grind of exams at this time of year, few students have fashion top of mind. But, in the day-to-day of law school, styles vary as much as the student body. And similar to how someone dresses for the gym, office, or club, what a law student yanks from his or her closet to head to class — whether its sweatpants and a hoodie or a suit by Hugo Boss — is no accident.
Monday, 18 April 2016 09:58

2016 moot roundup

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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.
Third-year Calgary law student Trevor Gair, left, and professor Michael Geist met at RightsCon 2016 in San Francisco.
Third-year Calgary law student Trevor Gair, left, and professor Michael Geist met at RightsCon 2016 in San Francisco.
The power of the Internet is awesome. Tremendous amounts of knowledge are available literally at our fingertips. But with this great power comes great responsibility — and even greater questions.
Monday, 11 April 2016 09:54

Incentivization and change in legal education

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Incentivization and change in legal educationThe genius of our version of the rule of law is that it is not the law of rules. Yes, there are imperatives — what we lawyers call statutes and regulations — with which we all are obliged to comply. But for the most part, the rule of law in the anglo-Canadian tradition is premised on the notion that freedom is a paramount social value.
'There is a lack of legal services in French throughout Canada, especially in Western provinces,' says Caroline Magnan.
'There is a lack of legal services in French throughout Canada, especially in Western provinces,' says Caroline Magnan.
The University of Ottawa is on a mission — to promote bilingualism and strengthen Francophone communities across the country. First stop: Saskatchewan.
Law school and in-practice needs: Are we ready to negotiate?Seated in my negotiations class, explaining the interests of “my client,” and trying to get my head around those of my opponent’s in a role-play scenario we have been assigned, it is refreshing to practise a skill in law school that is relevant to the practice of law. I feel my toe tapping, signaling my interest at the ensuing back and forth. As I keep one eye on the elements of the negotiation and another on the process, I imagine myself one day applying these skills on behalf of a client.
Offering an introduction to corporate law earlier is an innovative move, Christopher Nicholls says.
Offering an introduction to corporate law earlier is an innovative move, Christopher Nicholls says.
As of winter term, Western law became the first Canadian law school offering a corporate law course to first-year students.
Monday, 14 March 2016 09:00

Osgoode launches employment law clinic

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(L to R) Tom Kelsey, Legal Aid Ontario; Marian MacGregor, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme; Vicki Moretti, Legal Aid Ontario; Phanath Im, Review Counsel, Employment Law, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP); and Osgoode law dean Lorne Sossin.
(L to R) Tom Kelsey, Legal Aid Ontario; Marian MacGregor, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme; Vicki Moretti, Legal Aid Ontario; Phanath Im, Review Counsel, Employment Law, Community and Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP); and Osgoode law dean Lorne Sossin.
Osgoode Hall Law School’s Community and Legal Aid Services Programme is taking action to support Ontario’s vulnerable workers.
Time for real innovation in Canada’s law schoolsLaw societies and legal associations frequently engage in debate on the future of legal education in Canada. “Innovations” emerging from the debate to date include experimental learning, where students gain credit for practical legal research or advocacy activities, and the introduction of the Legal Practice Program at Ryerson University and the University of Ottawa, a program introduced in response to a decline in the percentage of students securing articling positions.
Monday, 29 February 2016 09:00

1Ls: The forest and the trees

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1Ls: The forest and the treesWith reading week over and final exams looming on the horizon, now is the perfect time for 1Ls to take stock of their current situation and take a brief moment to understand the true gravity of the opportunities that lie before them.
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