Tagged legal education

Is it time to unshackle law schools from law societies?

On December 10, 2018, the Law Society of Ontario chose to stay the course on its dual streams for lawyer licencing.  Apart from a few substantive enhancements such as the requirement for paid internships, a candidate for membership in the legal profess ion must either article under an approved lawyer or pursue an experiential education program called the Law Practice Program. In its report of the decision, the Canadian Lawyer reported that the shortage of internship opportunities is only one problem in the Ontario market for legal services: “By 2025, there are expected to be 29,500 law school graduates but only…

Getting to know your inner ejusdem generis

With increasing frequency, one reads arguments by lawyers arguing their clients have a “strong” case or defence based on an interpretation of a contractual or statutory provision is so wrong, it is enough to make one weep.  Beyond the common complaint about the literacy of lawyers in their everyday correspondence or speech, the inexcusable lack of legal…

Lawyers’ Technological Literacy, or Lawyers’ Literacy and Technology

In her September 30 column in Slaw.ca, Tackling Technology, Prof. Amy Salyzyn argues lawyers’ ability to use and manage information technology is now an element of professional competence. Technology is now a driver of client service, effective lawyering and access to justice.  The flip side of this argument is that screen-based technology is an inhibitor of contextual literacy.  Contextual literacy is a core legal skill, without which our services are worthless to clients.  Technological literacy will probably look after itself, with the passing of generations.  Loss of contextual literacy, however, will be a more serious problem from the perspective of…

Why the Rock needs a Law School

Archetypally, Newfoundlanders are the lawyers of Canada: proud, passionate, and fiercely loyal in temperament despite historically being the butt of bad jokes. Now, once again, Memorial University is considering a law school.  (Click on the Memorial logo – above right – to read the story.) A law school is a living monument to hope and the rule of law.  It is a statement that localism can co-exist with an international perspective.  It is so many things, but above all: a recognition that the lawyers trained in a distinct community can, through national mobility, add to the legal diversity and dialogue of…

Van Gogh et le prochain juriste

Septembre marque le véritable début du calendrier de l’avocat. En Ontario, nous ouvrons nos tribunaux judiciaires au cours de ce mois.  Le cycle post-estival commence également pour les cabinets d’avocats et les services juridiques. Pour de nombreux nouveaux avocats après leur admission au barreau en juin, la fin de l’été signifie que les mentors et les mentorés travaillent côte à côte enfin. (For English version, click here or on artwork)