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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... More

How to Create a Personalized Study Schedule: 3 Tips

April 9, 2015 - 10:05 am

Preparing for your Ontario Licensing Exam(s) can be a daunting task, one which takes a great amount of time and effort. However it is not insurmountable if you take smart steps to organize yourself before diving into the material. To stay on track and avoid cramming near the end, a well thought out study schedule is key. These steps will help to guide you through the creation of your own personalized study schedule: Think... More

Target your Bar Exam Studying with Key Competencies

March 25, 2015 - 9:32 am

The Ontario Licensing Exams are a fundamental cornerstone of the legal licensing process in Ontario, and to practice law in the province a lawyer must pass both the Solicitor and Barrister Licensing Exams. The purpose of the Licensing Exams is to test each budding lawyer’s aptitude on a set of established entry-level competencies. The LSUC defines a competency as “a knowledge, skill, ability, attitude, or judgment... More

Exam Writing Strategy: Play to your Strengths

March 24, 2015 - 4:24 pm

A key component of writing your Ontario licensing exam is endurance. When you are writing, it is important that you keep moving and do your best to avoid getting flustered or stuck on a single question. On the Ontario Bar Exams, there are approximately 240 questions per exam (120 questions per 3.5 hour period). This means that you have about 1 minute and 45 seconds to answer each question, so every moment counts. One... More

5 Strategies to Avoid Running Out of Time on the Bar Exam

March 19, 2015 - 8:10 pm

In an open book exam, effective time management is one of the most critical components of success, and can make or break your mark. Many factors contribute to your time management, including discipline, knowledge of exam content, organization/length of your reference materials, and your level of stress. Here are five simple tips to ensure that you avoid running out of time on the bar exam. 1. Have a plan The Ontario... More

UPCOMING ONTARIO BAR EXAMS DATES

Barrister Exam: Tuesday, June 6, 2017  |  Solicitor Exam: Tuesday, June 20, 2017