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Friday, February 9th, 2018

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Graduate qualifications in law from Australian Law Schools are recognized internationally. Very often, the process of coming back to Canada to practice law causes some confusion and concern, and we are often asked, What happens after I graduate? Articling or Law Practice Program?

Ryerson University will be holding two Law Practice Program webinars. Together with the Managing Director Chris Bentley, Director Gina Alexandris, and Assistant Director, Work Placement André Bacchus, you will also hear from current and former LPP candidates.

Ryerson Law Practice Program webinars

Study law in Australia—practice in Canada

  • Monday, February 12, 2018 (12–1:30 p.m. EST)
  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (6–7:30 p.m. EST)

Register now for a Ryerson LPP webinar.

About the Ryerson Law Practice Program

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is the innovative eight-month licensing program available to Law Society of Ontario licensing candidates seeking to get called to the Bar in Ontario.

Practical Training (August – December)

  • Candidates work both individually and in “law firms” supported by practicing lawyers
  • Practical—files developed by practicing lawyers
  • Relevant—interview clients, conduct research, draft documents, letters and agreements, develop an approach, conduct negotiations, prepare the client, argue motions, conduct examinations and cross-examinations, and manage the client and the practice

Work Placement (January – April)

  • Candidates are trained to hit the ground running
  • Employers include major institutions, large and small firms, specialty boutiques, governments, clinics and sole practitioners throughout Ontario
  • Practical—files developed by practicing lawyers

Join an upcoming Ryerson LLP webinar and learn more about an alternative pathway to articling in Ontario from the senior leadership at the Ryerson LPP.

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If you have any questions specific to the program or the webinars, please reach out to them directly at 416-979-5000, ext. 3024 or lpp@ryerson.ca.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Bond Law School student’s advice about obtaining an articling position

OzTREKK Bond Law School Student’s Tips to Obtaining an Articling Position

Considering Bond Law School? Worried about articling? Read an OzTREKK student’s tips about obtaining an articling position!

Bond Law School

Study law at Bond Law School

  • Get yourself out there. If you have social media, post blogs or interesting articles about areas of law you are interested in.
  • Attend any type of social event that allows you to meeting lawyers.
  • Show a firm why you are more valuable than another candidate.
  • Volunteer your legal services.
  • Attend court to watch motions or trials (just see the different styles out there, how motions are argued).
  • Read about the current law in the area you are interested in.
  • Sending out cold resumes does not work. You need a soft contact. When I was looking for an articling position, one of the best ways was literally showing my face at a firm—getting in front of the people who make the decisions. I felt it was much more effective than just sending an email.
  • Use every connection you, your friends, or your parents have and then move on to other firms.
  • Overall, coming back from Australia to Canada to practice law and securing a position is merely “being in the right place at the right time,” and knowing as many lawyers as possible.
  • While you are in school, get some sort of firm experience on your resume.

Interview Tips

Here are a few points to help with your interview:

  • Smile when someone asks you the question of why you didn’t study law at a Canadian law school. Explain to them the opportunity you were given and the ability to travel and study in a country Canadians only dream of going to.
  • Let them know about the hands-on experience you received at Bond Law School.
  • Mention your ability to learn how to work as part of a team and how to handle tasks on your own.
  • Explain that your studies at Bond Law School helped you understand different cultures. Bond is an internationally well-known university, and your experience there taught you how to interact with people from all over the world.
  • Try to get some sort of firm work or experience on your resume, whether it be during your studies at Bond or prior to attending Bond Law School. Resumes prove more attractive when experience is listed, and it shows you are a self-starter and enthusiastic about law.

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Interested in studying law at Bond University? Apply now to Bond Law School!

Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions officer Shannon Tilston for more information about law programs at Law Schools in Australia and about how you can study in Australia. Email Shannon at shannon@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada 1 866-698-7355.

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Law school and the new articling system

International law school graduates who would like to practise law in Canada must complete a number of steps in a lengthy licensing process before they may have to the opportunity to be called to the Bar here in Canada and start practising as a lawyer. In the past, the most challenging parts of the process for these students have been meeting the National Committee on Accreditation’s (NCA) requirements, and later finding a 10-month articling position that would bring them even closer to reaching their final goal.

More recently, articling positions have become increasingly difficult to find, not just for international students, but for Canadian law school graduates, too.

A much-debated change to Ontario’s legal articling system will finally provide an option for exasperated students who view articling as a wasted year, the head of Ontario’s governing body for lawyers stated.

Under the new plan, students unable to get an articling position will be able to combine four months of additional classroom study with four months at an unpaid, co-op work placement with a small firm or a sole practitioner.

Task force chairman Tom Conway produced the interim report during Convocation on May 24, 2012. As part of the report, the task force consulted with members of the province’s legal community earlier in 2012, and discussed articling as it currently stood as well as four additional training options.

The options included maintaining articling as it currently stands; replacing a pre-licensing transition requirement with a post-licensing one; and abolishing articling in favour of a practical legal training course.

Other options involved maintaining the status quo with quality-assurance improvements and a choice of either an articling placement or a practical legal training course taken after or during law school.

The task force’s interim report found that of the 125 public submissions it gathered between December and March, a small minority of practitioners, legal organizations, and law students were in favour of changing articling substantively. The report notes almost none were in favour of abolishing articling.

OzTREKK Tip:
Despite any current or future changes to articling or the accreditation process, the most important thing potential law school applicants should know is that they need to be outgoing and determined in order to obtain an articling position and move through the accreditation process with ease. The most successful students are those who used their university breaks to network here in Canada, meeting law firms and lawyers. Even more successful were those students who set up a relationship with a firm prior to leaving and those who were willing to go anywhere—not just to the prominent firms—to find a position.

Would you like to learn more about studying in Australia and about law programs in Australia? Contact OzTREKK for the latest info about law school in Australia and how you can obtain a law degree!

The following Australian universities offer law programs:

Bond University Law School
James Cook University Law School
Macquarie University Law School
Monash University Law School
University of Melbourne Law School
University of Newcastle Law School
University of Queensland Law School
University of Sydney Law School

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