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TLA helps licensing candidates/articling students get ready for articling

Articling is the final component of a formal legal education, and the seed of a young lawyer’s career. While there is no list of “things to do before the start of articling” that will guarantee success, there are steps both Articling Principals and Articling Students can take to have a more successful learning experience.

As an Articling Principal, consider registering your Articling Students in specially-designed programs that will help prepare them.

As an Articling Student, attending these programs will help you to become aware of the skills you need to become invaluable part of the legal workplace.

On Thursday September 19, 2019, from 4:30-6:30 pm, the TLA invites Licensing Candidates and Articling Students, to the 15th Annual Masters’ Motions program. This program is a primer aimed at both Students and Candidates as they begin arguing Masters' Motions. It contains lessons on professionalism, ethics and practice management, including the following topics:

  • Avoiding motions: why you want to and how to go about it;
  • Preparing written materials, including Notice of Motion and Evidentiary Record;
  • Service before filing: how to avoid pitfalls so your motion is not adjourned because it was not served on time;
  • The oral presentation: how to make a compelling and convincing argument; and,
  • Civility in the courtroom.

Students are also invited to attend the 9th Annual Licensing Candidates Head Start Program, on Thursday September 26, 2019, 8:30 am - 1:30 pm., for tips on how to succeed at Articles that didn’t get taught in law school. This half day program, divided into three parts, will help inform students as they begin their professional life in the legal field. The schedule for the day includes:

  • Part 1: Lawyers Telling It Like It Is: What, How and Why
  • Part 2: Legal research
  • Part 3: Beyond Practice: Non-traditional legal careers

Furthermore, TLA is very pleased to share an exclusive offer for Licensing Candidates and Articling Students: Emond Publishing will provide free copies of their Comprehensive Bar Exam Preparation Manual to attendees. This 68-page manual guides students through the licensing exam preparation process from start to finish; from building a study schedule and developing effective study aids, through to practicing exam-writing strategies before exam day. Equip yourself for success on the licensing exams with thorough preparation and expert advice.

As you can see, for this most important phase in your legal education, the TLA has you covered!

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