Posts Categorized: Law School

Now we play the rating game

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Maclean’s has released its first ranking of Canadian law schools. The magazine’s choices for the top law faculties I’ll leave till later in this post, because there are rather more interesting things going on here. Let’s first look at the methodology. The schools are ranked equally on faculty quality (50%) and graduate quality (50%), the… Read more »

21st-century legal education

Posted by & filed under Ethics, Law School, New Lawyers.

This article was first posted at Slaw on September 28th, 2006. I wasn’t much of an articling student. I worked hard, but not smart: my learning curves were more like sheer cliff faces. I’m sure I wasted a lot of clients’ money and lawyers’ time during my year of service, and the firm was right… Read more »

Don’t believe the hype

Posted by & filed under Careers, Law School.

Whenever I drop by a law school campus, I’m reminded of one tremendous difference from 10 or 15 years ago: the near omni-presence of the practising bar. Back then, you noticed the profession on Careers Day (no OCIs back then) and maybe when the CBA President came to speak; otherwise, law practice might as well… Read more »

The purpose-driven lawyer

Posted by & filed under Law School, Purpose.

The myth of the rich lawyer is remarkably widespread. That’s odd, considering the fact that while some lawyers are very well off, many others simply make a decent living, and some sacrifice potential income for a greater purpose. These days, only the independently wealthy emerge from three years of legal education debt-free. Tuition is higher… Read more »

A to Z: 26 trends for the legal profession

Posted by & filed under Billing, Clients, Competition, Generations, Globalization, Innovation, Law School, Leadership, New Lawyers, Satisfaction, Technology.

This article was co-authored with Mélanie Raymond, then-Senior Editor of National, and appeared as the cover story in the April/May 2006 edition of the magazine. The legal profession is turning upside down, and many of the familiar landmarks are disappearing or bring replaced by brand-new structures. There are so many changes afoot that National’s editorial… Read more »

We mean business

Posted by & filed under Clients, Competition, Law School.

I’ve been in legal journalism for more than ten years now, so I’ve heard pretty much all the clichés about the law (I’m guilty of having used more than a few myself). My current favourite is the lament, “Law isn’t a profession anymore; it’s a business.” Lawyering is at least 400 years old, and I’m… Read more »

Try anything once

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One of my more vivid law school memories is a first-year public law class with Sheila McIntyre at Queen’s in 1990. Prof. McIntyre, while teaching the core subject matter with her usual brilliance, was also giving many of us our first exposure to feminist legal criticisms and status-quo-challenging legal theory. The discomfort among many students… Read more »

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