So you want to be a lawyer, Eh?


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  • So you want to be a lawyer, Eh?

    1. 1. So You Want to be a Lawyer, Eh?<br />
    2. 2. University<br />Complete a Bachelors Degree<br />Usually a 4 year degree<br />It doesn’t matter what you study in undergrad. Law schools accept students from diverse backgrounds <br />Get good marks <br />Most schools look for students with at least an 80% average<br />Usually the best 3 of 4 years, so one bad year won’t ruin your chances<br />Get involved<br />Part-time jobs, volunteer work, internships and extra-curricular activities will boost your application<br />
    3. 3. LSAT<br />Standardized test that examines your reasoning skills<br />It is not a knowledge test<br />Scored on an adjusted scale from 120-180<br />It is required by most North American law schools<br />Gives the schools a way of assessing applicants uniformly<br />Consists of five 35-minute multiple choice sections (one of which is experimental) and a writing sample<br />Scored Sections:<br />Two Logical Reasoning (arguments)<br />Reading Comprehension<br />Analytical Reasoning (logic games) <br />
    4. 4. Preparing for the LSAT<br />Practice, Practice, Practice!<br />Start studying at least 12 months before you want to start law school<br />Law school applications are due in the fall of the year before you want to start<br />LSAT tests are administered 4 times a year (June, September/October, December, February)<br />You can take the test multiple time, but a maximum of 3 times in 2 years<br />You can take a prep course<br />They are expensive ($600-1500), so you should try the test on your own first<br />
    5. 5. Applying to Law Schools<br />Research<br />6 Ontario schools: U of T, Osgoode, Western, Queens, Windsor, Ottawa (common law/civil law) <br />Every school has its own admission policy<br />out-of-province/ international law schools<br />Get your documents together<br />Personal statement<br />Transcripts<br />Sketch/resume<br />LSAT Score<br />Reference letters*<br />Submit your application<br />OLSAS Application Due at the Beginning of November<br />
    6. 6. You’re In!!!!!!<br />
    7. 7. Law School<br />3 Years of school<br />Teaches you how to think like a lawyer<br />Case method<br />Core courses in first year, electives in upper year<br />You don’t have to decide what area of law you want to specialize in <br />Combined Programs<br />JD/MBA<br />JD/MSW<br />JD/MGA<br />JD/MA (crim, english, philo, Eurasian)<br />JD/PHD (polisci/philo)<br />Extra-Curricular Programs <br />Clinics, journals, clubs, special projects<br />2L Summer Jobs <br />
    8. 8. Bar Exam and Articling<br />Bar Exam<br />Administered by the Law Society of Upper Canada in June, November, and March<br />Barrister and Solicitor Exams tests whether the graduate is qualified to practice law<br />Each jurisdiction (province, state, country) has its own exam<br /><ul><li>Articling</li></ul>10 months working under a lawyer in order to gain and further develop practical skills<br />Like an apprenticeship<br />Rotations<br />litigation, corporate/commercial, ADR<br /><ul><li>Call to the Bar</li></li></ul><li>Congratulations!!!!!<br />
    9. 9. Lawyer<br />Other Law-related Careers<br />It takes at least 7 years to become a lawyer<br />Law school is hard work and expensive<br />Lawyers are well-paid, but they work long and hard hours<br />Not everyone who goes to law school ends up practicing as a lawyer<br />Law clerk<br />Paralegal<br />Court Reporter<br />Police Officer<br />Border Agent<br />Social Worker<br />Law Teacher<br />Politician<br />Careers in Law<br />
    10. 10. Career Panel<br />