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Your Guide to Becoming a Lawyer
Transcript of Your Guide to Becoming a Lawyer
Sisi Ren & Manogya Tekriwal
What does it mean to be a lawyer?
Let's practice some LSAT questions!
Federation of Law Societies of Canada
Law School Admission Council (LSAC)
National Association for Law Placement
The Law Society of Upper Canada
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
To give legal counsel and advice to clients
Represent them in court and during other legal proceedings
To specialize in a certain area of law
To research rules, regulations, and case laws in order to be well informed
To prepare legal documents such as contracts and wills
To interpret the law as an expert
Skills you should have as a lawyer
Analytical and Critical Thinking
Organization and Management
All sharks have fins and all dolphins have fins therefore they are similar. Which one of the following uses reasoning that most closely resembles the reasoning used in the argument above?
(A) Sharks and dolphins are similar, however, they have many differences.
(B) All sharks have teeth, dolphins are similar to sharks therefore they must have teeth.
(C) Bats and eagles must be similar because every bat has wings and so does every eagle.
(D) All dogs have eyes and all cats have eyes.
(E) Some rats have fur and all mammals have fur, therefore, rats are mammals.
Areas of Practice
Undergraduate studies of at least 2 years
Usually a 4 years bachelor's degree
You can major in anything you like
Helpful to take a course related to the area of law you're interested in and ones that improve research and writing skills
Ex. English, History, Political Science
Step 1- Undergraduate Studies
A standardized test used by law schools to measure the skills of a person
Questions on reading comprehension; analytical reasoning; and logical reasoning
The test takes place 4 times a year around the world (June, October, December, February)
Consists of 35 min. sections where 4 of 5 are counted towards score but 1 is experimental
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
Step 3- Law School
3 years of full-time study
Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Bachelor of Law (LL.B.)
Law schools in Ontario
Osgoode Hall Law School (York)
University of Ottawa
University of Toronto
University of Windsor
Other notable law schools in Canada
University of British Columbia
Renowned universities in the world
Law Schools you might want to consider:
Step 4- Articling
Everyone needs practical experience!
Working as an articling student under a licensed lawyer
For 10 months to 1 year
Could be before, during, or after, the bar exam
Step 5- Bar Exams
Two-day open book exam; 7 hours each
Public law, criminal procedure, family law and civil litigation
Real estate, business law, wills, trusts and estate administration and planning
After completing meeting all the licensing and character requirements established by the Law Society, one is eligible to be called to the bar
This is your graduation
You swear an oath and get your degree
You are a lawyer!
There are plenty of options to choose from
Consider the following
Corporate and Securities
Employment & Labour
Family & Juvenile
"Call to the Bar"
Then comes your