Lauren Berdock is currently enrolled in her second year at Osgoode Hall Law School and is vice chairwoman of events of the Criminal Law Society. She would love to hear any and all feedback, funny anecdotes or success stories and can be contacted via e-mail at LaurenBerdock@osgoode.yorku.ca.
Column: Legally Brunette
Column: Legally Brunette
Monday, 23 April 2012 09:28
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:34
Monday, 27 February 2012 08:00
Monday, 23 January 2012 09:24
I’m going to be brutally honest — I don’t like tax law. Although my professor is charismatic and engaging, I don’t think I would like tax even if Brad Pitt was teaching it to me. In the upper years of law school, there are no mandatory courses, so why enrol in tax law? The answer is pragmatic: I want to be prepared for the Ontario bar exams.
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 13:46
Monday, 28 November 2011 09:15
Monday, 24 October 2011 09:52
As a 23-year-old female, I can tell you I have been on some very, very bad dates. Men chewing with their mouths open, bragging about their fancy cars and stomping on my pretty pumps is only the beginning. As you can imagine, my nightmarish dating past served only to add to the terror I felt leading up to on-campus interviews phase two: the speed date.
Monday, 26 September 2011 12:51
Getting back into gear after four months of summer fun is not an easy task. Come Aug. 29, it was time to head back into classes and change out of the baseball cap into the thinking cap. Success in law school demands a great deal of discipline on behalf of the student. There is no better time-management training than the weekly routine of readings, assignments, extracurricular activities, friends, family, and if you’re lucky, maybe a little romance. It’s a tough but rewarding balancing act through most of your legal education.
Monday, 22 August 2011 10:31
Entering law school, you will find among your peers science majors, math wizards, human rights activists, corporate sharks, and many, many BA students. In order to appeal to everyone, and of course for other practical purposes, the first year is extremely broad. The 1L student is able to engage with the basic components of contract, tort, criminal, constitutional, and property law. At my law school, our schedules in first year are entirely circumscribed but for one elective course. It was compulsory to study topics from all areas of the bar and collect a year’s worth of general legal knowledge.
Monday, 25 July 2011 08:24
If you were to ask 30 different law students why they were pursuing careers in law, you’d likely get 30 different answers. This of course, despite the fact all of our personal statements said we wanted to “save the world.” Yes, some, including myself, do naively hope to leave a lasting impact on the lives of our future clients. Others want to revolutionize business, constitutional, employment, and even tax law! And some among us are pursuing legal careers for the sole purpose of ensuring personal financial security. Regardless of what brings students into the law library for late night study sessions, there is one piece of advice I feel applies to all and that is to cherish and soak up every opportunity for growth and learning.