Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:00

Sexism is not moot

Sexism is not mootAt first, Ria Guidone was floored when she was told to ‘seduce the court,’ but it helped open up a conversation about women in the profession.
Published in Features
Tuesday, 08 August 2017 09:00

Training lawyers for tomorrow

Training lawyers for tomorrowLaw schools must focus on attributes, not just skills, for a new generation to thrive in tumultuous times. Ours is the era of the technological twin set. The information age is the parent of the consumer mantra, “better, cheaper, faster” — which, in turn, is driving a demand for greater efficiency, greater accountability and greater customer centredness. What this means is that the Canadian lawyer of the 21st century needs to be a rather different creature than that of the 20th. Or maybe it’s more accurate to say that we need to be what we’ve always been, but more; that our profession needs skills that we’ve always known, but now it needs them in greater ubiquity.
Published in Features
The summer of love, sesquicentennial editionLike many of my fellow baby boomers, my mind of late has often wandered back half a century. This month marked the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Bandthe seminal album of the 1960s — which was followed a couple of weeks later by the Monterey Pop Festival, which in turn marked the beginning of the so-called “Summer of Love.” A couple of weeks after that, we celebrated Dominion Day, as we still called it, and the Centennial celebrations and Expo ’67 kicked into high gear. We all sang and danced and wrapped ourselves in what was then the “new flag.” It really was an exciting moment in which to be alive as a Canadian — even as a boy.
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Incoming 1Ls: Some tips before you beginWhile 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. However, before I offer some tips, make sure your summer before law school is relaxing. The best thing an incoming law student can have: a calm and clear head. Nevertheless, the first semester of law school is a whirlwind — it’s OK to be prepared.
Published in Latest News
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 09:00

School’s out, stay organized

School’s out, stay organizedThe 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. The majority of students that have finished 1L will likely find themselves without the highly coveted summer law student jobs and that is perfectly fine. It is now time to perfect your job application package, in preparation for the major law student recruit during 2L. Here are some suggestions to utilize the time you have over the summer so that you remain stress-free when the applications are due.
Published in Latest News
Tradition in form, change in substance“You're a strange dude, Ian.”
Published in Latest News
Monday, 27 March 2017 09:00

In defence of the LSAT

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. 
Published in Latest News
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.
Published in Latest News
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.
Published in 4Students videos
Monday, 06 February 2017 09:00

Dividing the bar

Dividing the barIt was nine days before Christmas in 2013 when the Federation of Law Societies announced that it had granted preliminary approval to the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. Two days later, the British Columbia government gave its required consent to the program at the faith-based university located in Langley.
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