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The First Timer’s Going to Court Cheat Sheet

Going to court for the first time can be an intimidating experience, but it can become familiar with practice. The level of formality and decorum in a courtroom is a unique part of Canadian life and should be treated seriously. Unlike what you may have seen on shows and social media, proceedings are rarely punctuated… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Content Type, Law students/new lawyers, New Lawyers, Student Issue

Life after graduation: Profiles and advice on succeeding during the first years of a legal career

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After the congratulations, after the regalia, after the degree that’s been rolled and tied with ribbon, what comes next? It’s important to keep an open mind when starting your legal career. Many lawyers end up in positions very different than they were expecting, but still very rewarding. Remember that every role is an opportunity to… Read More »

Categories: Articles, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Careers, Student, Student Issue

How would you answer these job interview questions?

Job interviews can be very stressful. It’s not easy to answer questions about yourself, especially when they are open-ended questions that address your personality, work habits, ability to do teamwork and so on. Good answers are the key to a successful interview, and hopefully a job offer. The questions asked at job interviews are fairly… Read More »

Categories: 2017 Student Issue No 5, Law students/new lawyers, Legal Careers, New Lawyers, Student Issue

Important resources for new lawyers

You’ve got this. We’ve got your back. Launching a legal career can feel overwhelming at times, but with the right tools you’ll be able to keep calm and grow your practice. We can help. As your mandatory professional liability insurance provider, LAWPRO is committed to helping you manage your practice and avoid malpractice claims. To… Read More »

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Inspiration and resources for new lawyers

While launching or building your career, don’t focus so closely on the daily grind that you lose sight of your reasons for practising law. An intentional, disciplined approach to building a practice will pay business and risk-management dividends. The articles featured here can help you get a running start. If you like what you read,… Read More »

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Marketing basics

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Marketing basics It’s never too early to begin marketing services to existing and potential clients. As you work on a basic marketing plan, consider including the following activities and implementation schedule: Each week: Call a client and just say hi (don’t bill them for the call!). Take at least one current client, potential client, or… Read More »

Categories: 2017 Student Issue No 5, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, Marketing, New Lawyers

Common practice pitfalls: How to avoid them

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 when delivering legal services. No lawyer is immune to a… Read More »

Categories: 2017 Student Issue No 5, Admin dismissals/Rule 48, Articles, Communications Errors, Features, Inadequate Investigation, Law students/new lawyers, Time Management

What I wish I knew in law school (2017)

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Midway through their articling terms at LawPRO we asked Raymond Ashurov and Rahim Andani to reflect on their law school experiences and how they relate to their early working experiences. Keep an open mind Many students enter law school with a preconceived plan of courses and the area of law in which they want to… Read More »

Categories: 2017 Student Issue No 5, Articles, Law students/new lawyers, New Lawyers, Student Issue

Job market scoop: What do law firms look for? (2016)

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