Law School

How to Avoid the Destructive Impacts of Competition at School

Kourosh Houshmand | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Living
Kourosh Houshmand

So next time you're in the cafeteria comparing grades, or you're hearing about all the amazing internships your friends are getting, think to yourself two things: other peoples' successes are often not as glamorous as they self-describe, and secondly, do your own thing.

The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

John Carpay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics
John Carpay

The Law Society of Upper Canada -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage. Lawyers have the freedom to advocate for, and practice, their moral beliefs about sexuality. This reflects a basic respect for fundamental Charter freedoms. So why should it be any different for those seeking to enter the legal profession?

My Mentor Taught Me the Power of Personal Modesty and Humility

Jay Rosenzweig | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Business
Jay Rosenzweig

One very telling trait in a prospective candidate's makeup is their ability to ascribe whatever success they may have had thus far in their careers to the influence or assistance of others. Often they will speak of a mentor or a series of mentors as pivotal figures. One very special mentor and teacher of mine is the Honourable Irwin Cotler.

Trinity Western Grasps at Hypocritical Half-Truths

Douglas Judson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

John Carpay's condemnation of the Ontario Superior Court alleges that 'half-truths' have been relied on to scuttle Trinity Western University's quest to establish a law school. Ironically, Mr. Carpay's own analysis is built upon factual and legal mischaracterizations. These are designed to stoke suspicions of a nonexistent anti-Christian bias among legal institutions and to undermine the crucial public policy considerations invoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada in denying TWU's accreditation. The dispute surrounding TWU is about the public interest obligations of law societies to promote equal access to the profession, not about meddling with university policies or religious doctrines.

The Problem Isn't Trinity Western Law School. It's the Legal Guild System

Karen Selick | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Students who can't go to TWU can still go to another law school. But there are no competing law societies to turn to if the government-authorized body bars your way. It should be the marketplace that determines who practices law and who doesn't.

The Unique Law School Coming Soon to Happy-Centric Bhutan

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In February, the king of Bhutan signed the royal charter for a school of law -- the very first in this tiny Asian nation. This law school will be unique. It will experiment with new methods for training lawyers that engage them in the country's drive for greater prosperity through happiness.

It Shouldn't Be so Easy to Transfer Your Foreign Law Degree Back to Canada

Ben Hanuka | Posted 04.20.2015 | Canada Business
Ben Hanuka

Over the past decade or so, the landscape of new lawyers, at least in Ontario, has ‎dramatically changed. Today, based on at least anecdotal evidence, a sizeable portion of ‎new lawyers obtain their law degrees from a foreign university with far lower admission and ‎graduation academic standards than those required by Canadian universities.‎

Don't Frame TWU's Community Covenant Issue as a Freedom of Religion Issue

Blake Bromley | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Blake Bromley

TWU's statutory object is to provide a university education to persons of any creed. It is the BC legislature which has enacted the statute which uses the mandatory "shall" when articulating the requirement that TWU's education be provided to persons of "any creed". It went on to expressly state that TWU's Bylaws must not include anything "that is in conflict with this Act".

I've Been Out and Proud for 25 Years

Nikki Gershbain | Posted 08.30.2014 | Canada Impact
Nikki Gershbain

As I find myself on the eve of World Pride weekend, making plans to march in the parade with my partner, my son and step-daughter, and their dads, I cannot help but reflect on the fact that it has been almost a quarter of a century since I came out. Our children are in Grades one and three. They love all of their moms, and my parents are thrilled to be grandparents -- to not one but, now, two kids. I continue to be an advocate, although today it takes different forms. Today, my girlfriend and I dream about getting married in the backyard of our home. I will get married because now I want to. And now I can.

A Faith-Based Law School? Now There's an Oxymoron

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

Pushers for Trinity Western and its faith-based law school -- which is an oxymoron up there with civil war and old news -- would like you to believe this whole deal is about religious freedom. How can any law school be able to create, foster, and spit out our next generation of lawyers when it doesn't hold our values? Not just Canadian values but simple human-to-human values.

Harry Jerome Award Bay Street Lawyer - Mentoring Matters

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

This past weekend - the Black Business Professional and Business Association (BBPA) honored some of Canada's best and brightest at the Harry Jerome Aw...

A Canadian Life Committed To Justice

Samuel Getachew | Posted 11.26.2012 | Canada Impact
Samuel Getachew

Long before Mark Persaud became the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal winning activist, the noted Toronto lawyer spent many trying days as a new immigrant on the streets of Toronto, homeless. He opens up on the early days as an immigrant, his law career, why he is a patriotic Canadian and the reason why he is committed to peace and justice in Canada and abroad via the Canadian International Peace Project.

Is A Law Degree Still A 'Golden Ticket'?

The Huffington Post Canada | Siobhan McClelland | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Living

This feature was produced by Siobhan McClelland, a student in Ryerson University's School of Journalism, in partnership with The Huffington Post Canad...

Canadian Law Schools Looking For Diversity In Student Body

CP | Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.21.2012 | Canada Impact

TORONTO - Going to law school was not something Janine Manning ever dreamed of doing.Now, as she's preparing to write her Law School Admission Test in...

In the Prairies, We Can Talk Farm

Ross Macnab | Posted 08.26.2012 | Canada Living
Ross Macnab

You find Saskatchewan people everywhere. We often stray from the province and find ourselves working, visiting or living our lives in other parts of Canada. When you discover one of us -- as you most certainly will -- there is a good chance that the conversation will turn, at some point, to farming. I guess people just really like to talk about farming and they believe that we're more likely than others to indulge them.