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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Get To Know The New ICCRC Exam

August 2, 2018 - 12:25 pm

If you’re preparing to write the ICCRC exam to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) next week, you’ve likely heard that the format of the exam has changed. The best way to maintain your confidence before exam day is to familiarize yourself with the new format. To help you do this, we’ve outlined the major differences and similarities between the old ICCRC exam and the new ICCRC exam.   What’s Changed: 1. Name Formerly, the exam was known as the ICCRC Full Skills Exam (FSE). Now, the exam is called the ICCRC Entry-to-Practice Exam (EPE). Although this is a minor change that should not impact your exam preparation, it is important to be familiar with the official name of the exam. 2. Number and Format of... More

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Top 5 Study Resources For The Paralegal Licensing Exam

July 11, 2018 - 12:00 pm

The next paralegal licensing exam is less than a month away! As it approaches, make sure to make the most of readily available resources. Although your LSO materials are undoubtedly the most important study resource, there are several supplementary tools that can help you prepare for the exam. Here are the top five resources that we’ve identified as most useful for prospective paralegals:   1. Emond’s Exam Preparation Manual The Comprehensive P1 Exam Preparation Manual is your ultimate guide to the paralegal licensing exam. The manual contains details about the exam format, rules for exam writers, and various study aids like our sample study schedule. The manual also provides an introduction to Emond’s paralegal exam preparation... More

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4 Ways to De-Stress After the Ontario Bar Exams

June 20, 2018 - 4:19 pm

Weeks of studying and two 7-hour exams later, the Ontario bar exams are finally behind you. What now? Maybe you’ve already started articling and you’re headed back to work. Maybe you’ve got some free time before you start articling or attend the Law Practice Program later this summer. Either way, there’s one thing that you definitely should not be doing right now: stressing about your exam results. (Trust us – refreshing your email won’t make your results come faster.) For the next 6-8 weeks, try and put the bar exams out of your mind. Now that they’re over, you can devote your energy towards those aspects of your life that might have been put on hold while you were studying. Here are four ways you can keep your mind off the... More

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So You Failed a Bar Practice Exam. What Next?

May 23, 2018 - 11:30 am

“Practice makes perfect."  We’ve heard this saying countless times. But have you ever practiced over and over again only to see minimal improvement? Don’t feel discouraged! Practice is seldom just about repeating the same actions and techniques, it’s more often about evaluating our practice performance. So, if you’ve recently written a practice exam for the Ontario bar exams and your results weren’t perfect, don’t worry. You just need to adopt the right post-practice strategy. After each practice exam, it’s important to critically evaluate your performance. Instead of simply reviewing how many questions you got wrong, focus on identifying how and why you answered those questions incorrectly. The goal of this exercise is to... More

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5 Strategies to Get Organized for the ICCRC Full Skills Exam

April 30, 2018 - 2:40 pm

If you’re getting ready to write the ICCRC Full Skills Exam (FSE), you’re probably busy preparing materials to bring to the exam with you. These might include your IPP notes, textbooks, excerpts of immigration law statutes, and/or other immigration law texts. As you prepare these materials, remember that they will be more useful if they are well-organized and easy to navigate. During the exam, you don’t want to spend valuable time flipping through pages looking for a particular topic. Instead, consider using the following five strategies to help you study and organize your materials for exam day. For a suggested study plan, time management strategies, and other ICCRC exam writing strategies, download Emond’s ICCRC Exam Preparation... 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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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

Four Common Indexing Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

May 4, 2017 - 9:19 am

There isn’t one “right” way to go about indexing for the licensing exams. Some students choose to make their own indices from scratch, some use old indices, some purchase indices, and some make or update indices with a group. However, no matter what your method, there are four common mistakes that can sabotage efficiency and accuracy. Follow these tips to ensure your indices won’t let you down on exam day.   Mistake 1: Improper or Inconsistent Structuring The first thing you should consider when creating or selecting a set of indices is their organizational structure. The LSUC materials don’t always cover subjects in a manner that will seem logical to you, which can make it difficult to remember where particular subtopics... More

How to Select and Benefit From a Bar Exam Preparation Course

May 20, 2016 - 12:45 pm

Thinking of registering for a bar exam preparation course but not sure which one to choose and whether it will be worth it? Below are six tips that will help you get the best bang for your buck. Do Your Research Not all bar exam preparation courses are created equal. There are a variety of options out there, and it is important to select a provider that is reputable, qualified, and trustworthy. Avoid companies that do not have contact names or a phone number listed on their website, and those that operate behind a veil of anonymity (i.e., emails are signed “The Prep Team” rather than with an actual name). Other red flags include spelling or grammatical errors on the website, lack of details about the instructor(s), syllabus, and course... More

5 Myths About the Ontario Licensing Exams

May 5, 2016 - 4:23 pm

Make no mistake, preparing for the Ontario Licensing Exams can be a daunting task. However, don’t believe everything that you hear. These are 5 widespread myths that you may come across while gearing up for exam day. 1. You only need a week to study Although some people may be gifted with brilliance and a photographic memory that allows them to remember things after a single glance, this is not the case for most of us. Furthermore, the bar exams do not test memory. They require you to locate information within the given materials and then apply that information to the question being asked. On the exams, you have roughly 1 minute and 45 seconds to answer each question. Being able to pull off the search and application in less than 2 minutes... 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 LSUC 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 LSUC’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

Make Your Study Breaks Productive With These 7 Strategies

July 20, 2015 - 12:04 pm

How many times have you planned to take a “quick" study break, only to find yourself binge-watching Netflix or cruising Pinterest hours later? Taking a study break doesn’t have to result in endless hours of procrastination. In fact, the right kind of break can have the opposite effect – recharging your brain, refreshing your body, and enhancing your studying. Your brain needs a break from studying every once in a while in order to stay alert and productive. Try these 7 strategies for an effective study break that won’t drag you down the rabbit hole of procrastination: 1. Study in blocks of time. Take a 5-minute break from studying after a 45-60 minute session. Stand up, stretch, breathe some fresh air, or brew some tea in these intervals... More

8 Tips and Tricks for Passing the Paralegal Licensing Exam

July 9, 2015 - 4:00 pm

When a high school teacher announces that an upcoming test is going to be open-book, the class generally erupts into cheers because they think they don’t have to study. The same cannot be said about the LSUC’s new expanded Paralegal Licensing Exam. Open-book exams are often more rigorous, detailed, and tricky than closed-book exams because they don’t just test your ability to memorize and regurgitate information, but your ability to understand, analyze, and apply it. These eight tips will help you pass the daunting, 7-hour, multiple choice licensing exam: 1. Create a study schedule If you want to pass your paralegal licensing exam and begin your career, it is imperative that you take this exam seriously from day one. The LSUC gives... More

What To Do If You Fail the Ontario Bar Exams

June 29, 2015 - 10:24 am

There is a tendency among Ontario law students to be cavalier about the licensing exams. “No one fails!” some assure you. Others conjure pass rates out of thin air: “You know, 90% of law students in Ontario pass the bar. It’s not like New York!” This kind of dismissive attitude around the bar exams is misleading, and makes it especially difficult if you do fail the bar exams because you're left wondering how you could possibly have failed such "easy" exams after studying so hard. How many people really fail the Ontario Bar Exams? Although the LSUC does not publish an official pass rate for each sitting of the Ontario Bar Exams, the FLSC does publish an annual report that sheds a small amount of light upon this mystery. The most... More

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11 Do's and Don'ts for the Week Before Your Bar Exams

June 4, 2015 - 10:03 am

It is the week before your bar exams, and for many students, panic will be setting in. The bar exams are open-book exams, which you’ll be accustomed to after three years of law school. However they are still unlike any other test you’ve taken. They are much longer, and it is impossible to fully master the thousands of pages on which you will be tested. This can be very unsettling, but take a deep breath, relax, and remember that in a few short weeks the bar exams will be behind you. In the meantime, consider these do's and don'ts for the week before your exams: DO finish reading your materials in advance of the final week Even though you are not expected to memorize the Barrister and Solicitor materials, you must read them through... 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

Indexing 101: What Are Indices and Why Do I Need Them?

May 21, 2015 - 11:41 am

I remember my reaction the first time I laid eyes on the licensing materials from the Law Society: the nausea, the panic, the utter terror that I had to memorize seemingly endless pages of information. “But not really,” I was told by my peers who had already taken the bar exams. “You just have to rely on indices.” I had no idea what indices were, and maybe you don’t know what indices are either. I’ll explain the basic concept and then share some general indexing tips. What is Indexing? The licensing exams in Ontario are “open book,” which means you are allowed to bring in your materials as well as study aids such as indices. “Indices” is the plural form of “index” and an “index” is exactly what it sounds... More

10 Surprising LSUC Rules to Know for Exam Day

May 14, 2015 - 10:10 am

With the LSUC Paralegal Licensing and Bar Exam dates quickly approaching, you may be starting to feel anxious about exam day, and wondering how you will prepare. Your first steps should be to develop a personalized study schedule, review the required competencies, research effective study strategies, and practise maximizing your time on an exam. You should also make time to read the rules for exam day outlined on the LSUC website. Some of the rules might surprise you! Here are ten of the most surprising ones. 1. Leave your favourite oversized coffee tumbler at home; you are only allowed to bring in 710 ml (24 oz) of non-alcoholic liquid, which must be stored in a clear plastic container. 2. Be sure to bring a warm cardigan or hoodless... 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

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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