Legal Practice

How to Successfully Study for the Ontario P1 Paralegal Licensing Exam

June 26, 2017 - 11:16 am

How to Successfully Study for the Ontario P1 Paralegal Licensing Exam Preparing for the Paralegal Licensing Exam is no small undertaking. The LSUC provides you with hundreds of pages of information that you need to know for the exam, and a list of competencies they expect you to possess as a paralegal. Trying to learn and understand all of this information in six weeks is a daunting task, but if you employ these study tips, you’ll be ready for exam day.   Know how you will be tested An effective first step in preparing for the exam is to consider what you will be tested on, and how. The sheer volume of materials paralegal candidates get from LSUC can be anxiety inducing. Many students ask, “How can I possibly learn all... 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

7 Interesting Areas of Practice for Paralegals

August 21, 2015 - 3:30 pm

If you are studying to become a paralegal, or are about to write your P1 Paralegal Licensing Examination, you may be wondering, “what’s next?” Over the past few years, the LSO has been gradually expanding the authorized areas of practice for paralegals. The scope of practice for paralegals is outlined in subsection 6(2) of the LSO’s By-law 4. After passing the P1 Paralegal Licensing Exam, paralegals can represent someone: 1. In Small Claims Court. Small Claims Court is a branch of the Superior Court of Justice that handles civil disputes where the amount claimed does not exceed $25,000. Claims for money owed under an agreement such as unpaid loans or unpaid account for goods or services sold and delivered are often filed in Small... More

3 Interesting and Unusual Fields of Legal Practice

May 28, 2015 - 9:58 am

When people find out that I'm a lawyer, they often ask for my legal opinion on TV show topics or high-profile criminal cases. Sometimes they ask for advice on real estate law, insurance law, or wills. People are usually surprised when I reply that I'm not really qualified to give legal opinions on those matters, and continue to ask for information anyway. When we as a society think of lawyers, we tend to think of traditional fields of legal practice like criminal, family, property, patent, and so on. Law students sometimes feel limited by what they perceive to be their only choices, but many new options have become available. The practice of law now has innovative, interesting, and niche specializations for those who seek them. In this post... More

5 Pieces of Advice for Articling Students

April 30, 2015 - 10:00 am

Articling is like adolescence in many ways: It is confusing and terrifying, but also exciting and exhilarating because finally, you begin to see glimpses of what it is like to be a real grown up or a real lawyer, as the case may be. In this post, I’ll attempt to be your legal Judy Blume and talk about 5 important things to remember while articling: 1. This is when your build your reputation You may have summered at a firm, or worked in a legal environment before, but expectations change when you’re an articling student. Now you will be given real legal tasks. You might be asked to argue a motion or draft pleadings in a matter. This is when you have to really prove your mettle, not only because you want to be hired back, but also because... More

5 Practical Tips for Better Oral Advocacy

April 22, 2015 - 11:14 am

The first time I sat in on a hearing as a student, I was sorely disappointed. I had expected the snappy dialogue and a-ha! moments that a mild addiction to Law and Order had groomed me to expect. Instead, I found myself struggling to pay attention to the arguments. While real life practice is rarely as exciting as television, that isn’t to say that good oral advocacy doesn’t exist. Whether you’re preparing for a moot, working at your school’s legal clinic, or arguing a case in the real world, here are five tips to ensure that your oral submissions are engaging and persuasive: 1. Be confident Even if your stomach feels like it is going to explode and your palms are embarrassingly sweaty, take a few deep breaths and fake it 'til you... More


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