Law School

How to Make the Most of Your 1L Year

August 21, 2018 - 2:44 pm

If you’re starting your first year of law school this fall, you might be feeling a mix of nervousness and excitement. And rightly so! You’re about to embark on a brand-new chapter in your life—one that will bring its own challenges and rewards. Your first year, or 1L, will involve meeting new people, reading, attending classes, more reading, familiarizing yourself with the law school environment, and finally, even more reading. (Just kidding—there isn’t that much reading). Here are a few tried and true tips to help you make the most of your 1L experience: 1. Balance Your Priorities It will come as no surprise that law school is demanding and requires a lot of work. It’s important to develop strong habits in 1L that will help... More

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7 Essential Tips for Surviving Your First Year at Law School

September 18, 2017 - 1:20 pm

1. There is no “syllabus week” Syllabus week was that glorious week in undergrad where you went to class every day only to get handed a syllabus, sit for an introduction, and leave 30 minutes later. Unfortunately, this summer bonus week doesn’t exist in law school. Law school starts on the very first day. In fact, many of your professors will send you readings the week before your first classes. Take these readings seriously and try to understand them as best you can. It is important that you don’t fall behind on your readings, especially at the beginning. For the first few classes, your professor will go through the cases more slowly. These early discussions will teach you how to read a case. It will be much easier to follow along... More

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5 Tips Law Students Should Know for the Wine & Cheese Networking Event

June 12, 2017 - 1:29 pm

5 Tips Every Law Student Should Know for the Wine & Cheese Networking Event Pair up with someone. Talking in a pair or small group will make things easier, but make sure you pick someone who won’t dominate the conversation or you might not get a chance to participate. On the other hand, don’t be that person. Someone who talks non-stop about themselves comes across as arrogant and unaware of how to behave appropriately in social situations.   Drink whatever you want—just not too much of it! People to seem to get the idea that there is pressure to drink alcohol at these networking events. There is no pressure to drink alcohol. If you don’t drink then don’t drink—there will be water and soft drinks available... More

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7 Articling Interview Tips to Help You Get Hired

May 29, 2017 - 9:30 am

7 Articling Interview Tips to Help You Get Hired   You need to be able to convincingly answer the question, “Why this firm?” This may seem basic, but it is extremely important. Firms realize that you need to get an articling job somewhere—this is true of every student they interview. What they don’t know is which student is genuinely passionate about working at their specific firm. You must be able to give a compelling answer to the question “Why this firm?” in order to set yourself apart. Firms view articling students as an investment, and they want to invest in someone who is also invested in them—someone who is looking to stay on after articling and pursue a career there. You need to give the firm a reason... More

7 Tips for Articling Students: Make You and Your Work Stand Out

May 15, 2017 - 9:30 am

7 Tips for Articling Students: Make You and Your Work Stand Out The 2017–2018 articling term is fast approaching. While articling is an amazing opportunity to learn and explore your interests, it is also a stressful time that strikes fear into the hearts of newly graduated law students. Articling involves the combined pressure of needing to learn how to do everything, while also needing to market yourself as an asset to the firm in order to get a coveted associate position. The following seven tips will help you standout over the next ten months, so that you can successfully launch yourself into that first-year associate position.   Bring a notepad with you everywhere you go. You never know when you will be called into an... More

10 Rules You Need to Know to Pass Your Law School Exams

May 7, 2015 - 9:10 am

The summer before I started at Osgoode Hall Law School, I received a law school preparation book, which advised me to apologize in advance to my friends and family for my behaviour during exam time. I had been amused by this tidbit of law school humour. Several months later however, in the midst of a stressful, sleepless, emotional exam haze, both I and my family came to fully understand the seriousness of that suggestion. Preparing to write your first law school exam is particularly stressful, because in law school exams are worth 100% of your final grade. Due to the bell-curve grading system, you are always in direct competition with every other student in your class. The tips below should help you navigate this stressful period with a... More


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