articling students

  • The unexpected free time of firm life

    Jun 10, 2019

    A month into my 2L summer job at a union-side labour law firm, I’m still adjusting to the hours. To colleagues from my former life as a financial reporter, they might seem onerous; to classmates at full-service Bay Street firms, they may be downright enviable. But working from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. a few days a week hasn’t been a big adjustment — during the school year, I’m often studying until much later. No, what is new is the free time, the Saturdays and Sundays unencumbered by textbooks, by whiteboard maps, by the knowledge of looming exams.

  • Ryerson, reform and the pessimistic lawyer

    Jun 3, 2019

    Negativity is the governing professional disposition in which a great experiment in Canadian legal education is about to take place. That is the establishment of a degree-granting law school at Ryerson University.

  • How to make non-law friends

    May 6, 2019

    From commiserating over incomprehensible lectures and rehearsing for moot tryouts to hitting up pub nights and attempting to lift heavy at the athletic centre, law school friends are essential. Plus, your classmates are probably pretty cool people, and you’d be remiss for not befriending at least a handful.

  • Law school is more than studying the law

    Apr 15, 2019

    As the days grow longer with sunlight, I realize how much closer I am to graduating from law school, and while that thought is exhilarating, it is also intimidating. This month, I decided to share my gratitude for things that law school brought me, whether it be through my education, or through moving here to Windsor.

  • Finding the right fit for articling

    Jan 21, 2019

    There are a lot of important things to consider when choosing where to article.

  • A look at doctors in law school and lawyers in med school

    Jan 7, 2019

    On the surface, law and medicine seem like they’d attract starkly different students, but there is overlap. Both in terms of academics (bioethics comes to mind) and daily work (rapidly synthesizing information while interacting with clients or patients). So how does a kid fresh out of undergrad decide whether to write the LSATs or the MCATs?

  • A year of missed opportunities

    Dec 17, 2018

    For lawyers in Ontario, 2018 will be the year where major opportunities were missed.

  • LSO to mandate pay for articling students

    LSO to mandate pay for articling students

    Dec 11, 2018

    The Law Society of Ontario decided on Monday to alter the training process for young lawyers, approving a proposal to mandate pay for articling students and audit the firms where they work.

  • Employers, what’s with the mid-OCI rejection emails?

    Nov 5, 2018

    The 2L recruit is heavy on acronyms. Some are employers, most are government: MOL; DOJ; PPSC. Others are procedural: OCIs; ITCs; PFOs. They came in handy when, one sunny October afternoon, I wanted to speedily recap this year’s process to my roommate: “Three employers sent out PFOs halfway through OCIs today!”

  • Making the best of the midterm season

    Oct 29, 2018

    Let’s face it, this time of year is not easy for law students. With midterm exams, papers, OCIs and trying to hold it all together, it is hard to see the positives about this time of year, although seeing the positives is critical to maintaining a healthy outlook on life and making the law school experience more enjoyable.

  • Proposed changes to Ontario licensing process, a student's perspective

    Oct 22, 2018

    This year, the Law Society of Ontario embarked on a series of consultations on its governance structure and lawyer licensing.

  • Started from the bottom: - What new lawyers learned in school that most helps their practice

    Oct 1, 2018

    Unlike most undergraduate programs, a JD prepares you for a specific career. Whether you litigate or focus on transactional cases, whether you work in Vancouver or in Vaudreuil, you’re training to practise the law. But how do you know what best prepares you for practice?

  • Tips for L1

    Sep 24, 2018

    Law school is an incredible adventure. It can also be overwhelming. Luckily, there are thousands of people who have made it through.

  • Getting hired

    Getting hired

    Aug 13, 2018

    Law firms are looking for candidates with more than just stellar grades

  • Getting hired

    Getting hired

    Aug 13, 2018

    Law firms are looking for candidates with more than just stellar grades

  • Law firm to start name-blind hiring for summer students

    Law firm to start name-blind hiring for summer students

    Jul 10, 2018

    A Toronto law firm will be removing names from hundreds of applications it receives from law students hopeful to land a summer position at the firm in an effort to promote more diverse recruitment.

  • Stress and the job recruitment process

    Jul 3, 2018
  • Time, seasoning and the future of lawyer licensing

    Jun 4, 2018

    Recently, I had the honour of being invited to take part in and speak at a celebration of the life of Wylie Spicer.

  • Conducting an effective hidden job market search: How to find your first job as a lawyer 101

    May 7, 2018

    It’s that time of year again. Hireback season is upon the legal profession!

  • Law School: The Highlight Reel

    Apr 23, 2018

    Rejoice, 3Ls! Exams are coming to a close and it is time to pop the champagne! You survived law school!