At law school, I participated in a number of extracurricular activities: law review, the cycling association, intramural sports and competitive mooting. However, there was one popular opportunity that I, perhaps regrettably, did not elect to pursue: legal clinics.
Lackluster meals, disturbed sleep and one very busy library: it’s exam time and the stress is mounting.
Whether intentionally or not, law schools place a tremendous emphasis on the popular Bay Street summer student positions and it is very easy for students to be caught up in the “hype.”
It is no secret that the job market for current and incoming law students is unnerving. For those fortunate enough to secure an interview, it is simply a foot in the door with plenty of work ahead.
As the school year unfolds and students join clubs and start new initiatives, they will find themselves having to work with others. It is no secret that working with a team can be challenging, even if it is among a group of friends.
Working at a law firm over the summer was a great experience, but it also carried many challenges. In reflecting on my time at the firm, there are three important takeaways that I would like to share as they can no doubt be applied to law school.
Whether you are a law student, articling student or a junior associate, it is easy to be trapped in the mindset that you don’t measure up. Recently, I came across a number of TED Talks on imposter syndrome.
While it may seem as though the fall is weeks away, it will be here in no time. For those who have been accepted to law school (congratulations) or those who are patiently awaiting a response from their prospective schools (stay patient), it may be worthwhile to take a few hours to think about your upcoming school year.
The summer has begun and some of you have just completed your first year of law school — congratulations! Hopefully after the release of grades you are able to relax and enjoy the time off from school and remain optimistic about the next two years.