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Student to lawyer: 20 tips for a smooth transition

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This is an abridged version of the LAWPRO article: “20 tips for a successful transition” – a guide for law students through the transition from student life to legal practice. See practicepro.ca/20newlawyertips for the full article. Honestly assess your strengths and preferences to identify what makes sense for you in terms of the type of… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Careers, New Lawyers

Planning to do real estate work? A primer on title insurance and the TitlePLUS program

If you’re planning to do any real estate work when you go into practice, you’ll soon hear about a resource used by many real estate practitioners – title insurance. It’s a type of insurance coverage that lawyers across Canada are telling their clients about to help protect them against some typical problems that might crop… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, New Lawyers, Real Estate, TitlePLUS

Common practice pitfalls: How to avoid them

Man on highwire

Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) was created to insure lawyers against legal malpractice claims. Most (though not all) claims are brought by a lawyer’s own client and include an allegation that the lawyer made a mistake or did not meet the standard of care expected of him or her when delivering legal services. No lawyer… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Communications Errors, Failure to Know The Law, Inadequate Investigation, Law students/new lawyers, Limitation Periods, New Lawyers, Time Management

New lawyer cyber dangers and how to avoid them

computers and smartphones

Like the local bank, your practice holds valuable information and money. Your computer systems may contain client information, trade secrets, and intellectual property. Your trust accounts have large sums of money. A cyber breach or trust account theft will harm your clients and potentially cripple your practice. Security guards, specialized safes, and sophisticated procedures protect… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Cyber dangers, Fraud, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Technology, New Lawyers, Tech Tips

Stress management for law students (2016)

We all know what law school stress looks like. Come exam time, we see its physical manifestations: the law student, hibernating in the law library, subsisting on a diet of coffee and candy, sits surrounded by mountains of books, empty cans of energy drinks and an arsenal of highlighters. We recognize the bloodshot eyes and… Read More »

Categories: 2016 Student Issue 4, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, New Lawyers, Student Issue, Wellness, Wellness

Job market scoop: What do law firms look for?

Consulting man sitting in chair

Law students – like all students – are prone to anxiety about their career prospects. High-profile news about the employment challenges faced by new grads in the U.S. and changes in the articling requirements for Ontario have combined to create a climate of worry. But worrying about trends and generalizations can obscure the fact that… Read More »

Categories: 2014 Student Issue 2, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Careers, New Lawyers

Do you have what it takes to be a sole practitioner?

girl dressed as student and also lawyer

One-third of the more than 24,000 lawyers in private practice in Ontario are sole practitioners. as a solo, it’s great to have the freedom that comes with being your own boss, but you also have full responsibility for all aspects of the operation of your law practice. Do you have what it takes to be a… Read More »

Categories: 2014 Student Issue 2, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, New Lawyers, Solo and Small Firm

What I wish I knew in law school (2014)

empty university classroom

The first instalment of “What I wish I knew in law school”, an article by LAWPRO’s articling students and newest hires, was one of the most popular features in the inaugural student issue of LAWPRO Magazine. We decided a sequel was in order, so we asked our former articling students, Maurizio Artale and Andria Cramer,… Read More »

Categories: 2014 Student Issue 2, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Careers, New Lawyers
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