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#LawSchool Preview -“Take The Bar and Beat Me” by Raymond Woodcock

 

 

Introduction

I have been a “Pre-Law Counsellor” for many years. Over the years I have encountered a number of books of interest to future law students. They include:

“The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”.

Leaving aside “The Bad and The Ugly”, I wanted to share with you  a VERY Good back for Pre-Law students. Actually, can share not only the recommendation, but the book itself.

The book is kind of old (Yes, read it in the 90s). But, it is very good. The book is called:

“Take The Bar and Beat Me”. The author is Raymond Woodcock.

takethebarbookcover

And yes, I received Mr. Woodcock’s kind permission (some years ago) to share the book with you for free.

I hope that you enjoy the book as much as I did.

John

Joint Canada U.S. joint #lawschool degree programs

LW – 2005 Lawyers Weekly Article

For many years I have advocated joint law degrees. There are many different kinds of joint law degree programs. These include:

– Canada U.S. joint law degrees,

– Law school degrees combined with a graduate degree in another discipline.

You will spend three years in law school. Why not pick up another degree along the way.

To be clear, joint law degree programs allow you to earn two degrees. Examples include the joint degree programs offered by:

– the University of Windsor

– the University of Ottawa

and more.

About Non-Canadian law degrees that prepare you for a legal career in Canada

There is a shortage of law schools in Canada. As a result, more and more people are leaving Canada to attend law school. The goal is to return to Canada – go the NCA route – and become admitted to the bar in Canada.

What is the NCA and what role does it play in bar admissions?

You will find basic information here. The question is:

where should one attend law school outside of Canada? For most people, the choice is either the United States or the United Kingdom. Many U.K. law schools market themselves to Canadians. Fewer U.S. law schools market themselves in Canada.

A possible opportunity in Arizona …

 

 

Debt, #lawschool and law school debt – Is there such a thing as good debt?

Debt is a growing problem in all segments of society. Education is expensive and can result in sizable debt. The video referenced in the above tweet is a about a University of Ottawa law student. It’s well worth watching.

What exactly should be the requirements to become a licensed lawyer? #LSAT? #LawSchool?

The article referenced in the above tweet continues the discussion of what exactly should be the licensing standard to become a lawyer? This discussion has been prompted largely be the decline in law school applicants in the United States. During the last few years the following questions have been raised:

1. Should the LSAT be required for law school admissions?

2. How long should law school be?

3. What is the role of the bar exam?
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Prediction: Ontario @LawSocietyLSUC rejection of Trinity Western will be headed to the courts

Leaving aside other issues, the long run significance of Trinity Western law school is that it is a private law school that is seeking accreditation in each of the provinces. As a private law school, it needs consumers for its legal education. To attract consumers it must show that it’s law degree has economic value. To show that it has economic value it must show that its graduates can enter the “lawyer licensing programs” in the various provinces. Generally entry is conditional on having graduated from an “accredited law school”. Hence, Trinity Western is in the process of seeking accreditation in each of the provinces. The results of the accreditation applications so far include:

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Toronto Mastering The LSAT Preparation Courses

John Richardson – Mastering The LSAT  – Toronto, Canada – 416 410 7737

Put 30 Years of LSAT Teaching Experience and Law School Admissions Consulting To Work For You!

The only complete LSAT and Law School Application Course!

New Law School Preview Program – Everything you need to know about law school and how to succeed!


Who: John Richardson – Author: Law School Bound and Mastering The LSAT (of the bar of Ontario)

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College

When: Multiple start dates – Courses starting on any of:  November 16, 23, 30

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Join the debate over Canada’s first private #lawschool

The above tweet references an article that Includes:

Whence all this indignation about a Christian law school?

The fundamental argument seems to be that since TWU law graduates will be trained in an environment disapproving of homosexuality, they can be presumed to graduate as disapproving of homosexuality. They therefore must be incapable of serving as lawyers for homosexuals.

This argument is nonsense. Lawyers routinely represent clients who act in ways that not only diverge from their own values (as in, say, their choice of sexual partners) but actually appall their counsel: theft, drug pushing, fraud and murder. All of those lawyers graduated from law schools that can be presumed to frown on such behaviour. Yet lawyers are trusted to provide services to those who act in those ways.

 

 

The #lawschool experience – first year at University of Ottawa law school

 My first year of law school has been incredible. As the first in my family to attend university and law school, I cherish and embrace each moment. I understand that I have earned an unparalleled opportunity to continue my education at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law.

My first semester of law school was a challenging, yet memorable experience. I was introduced to the largest volume of reading that I could have ever imagined and I was exposed to the basic principles of Property Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Public Law, Contracts Law, Legal Research, and Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. My professors are all leading experts within their fields. For example, my Torts professor Anthony Daimsis, was an associate at an international law firm located in Austria prior to teaching at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and is frequently approached to serve as an arbitrator in domestic and commercial international disputes, and my Dispute Resolution professor Ellen Zweibel, was a Staff Attorney, U.S. Federal Trade Commission, a Lawyer-Partner at Roper, Lief, Zweibel & Mains, a U.S. Tax Consultant and a legal assistant for Daley, Black & Moreira prior to teaching at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. My professors bring fascinating perspectives to lecture and always have an interesting story to tell. I also enjoyed the guest speakers that visited the Faculty of Law such as the Chief Justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Honourable Warren K. Winkler, who spoke about his experience with class actions and the Court of Appeal; Bob Potts, who was invited to speak to my Property Law class about his experience representing First Nations in land claim settlements since the early 1980s; and Jane Doe from the case Jane Doe v Metropolitan Police, who was invited to speak to my Criminal Law class about her experience as a sexual assault survivor

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