The Law School Show


Ep 72 - The future of the Law Practice Program

Days ago, the Law Society of Upper Canada Professional Development andCompetence Committee recommended ending the Law Practice Program following thecompletion of its current year. In this episode, André Bacchus, AssistantDirector in the LPP Work Placement office speaks to this development. Plus, André describeswith statistical support how the LPP has delivered success for its candidatesand served the public by preparing skilled lawyers. If you have an opinion on the future of the LPP we urge you to share it with the LSUC.

To email the LSUC before the October 19, 2016 deadline:

The Law Practice Program Report “Three Years of the LPP”: 

Law Society of Upper Canada Professional Development and CompetenceCommittee “Report on Convocation September 22, 2016"

Law Practice Program Candidate Experiences and Employer Perspectives VIDEO 

LPP Experience VIDEO – Candidate Conversations 

Other Law School Show Episodes featuring the Law Practice Program:

Ep 8 – Andre Bacchus, Assistant Director LPP Work Placement Office,RyersonU 

Ep 58 – The Law Practice Program – up close and personal. 

Ep 35 – News and Reviews about the Law Practice Program with AndreBacchus. 


Ep 71 - 1L Reflections

It’s still the beginning of the school year and we hope all of the 1Ls are adapting to law school well! Of course, there are still questions that are lurking. In this episode, David and Angela will be talking about effective ways to study, work-life balance, things we wish we knew in 1L and more. Tune in now!

2:34 - What would I have done differently in 1L?

4:25 - Legal writing challenge

5:20 - How to read cases

6:50 - Exam writing tips

9:45 - Time management advice

12:50 - What really helped in 1L

16:28 - Taking notes by hand or by computer?

19:40 - What are classes like in 1L?

22:00 - Mooting in 1L

26:55 - How to pick courses in 2L


10 MINUTE SERIES - Q#3 - What are your top 5 tips for OCIs?

In the 10 Minute Series, Rishi and Chris answer the 9 most common questions they've received since starting the Law School Show. One question per episode. Short and sweet and helpful. In this third installment the question is: What are your top 5 tips for success during the on campus interview process? Enjoy!


Ep 70 - 2L Reflections

Incoming or future 2Ls, you’re  wondering what to expect for 2L right? Of course, you’ve likely heard of on-campus interviews (OCIs). You’re probably also wondering how to succeed in them or how to do better in 2L in general. This episode featuring David Lu, a 3L and one of the hosts of this show, will answer your questions and/or worries! Enjoy!

Highlights of the episode:

1:15 – 3L course selection tips: take interesting courses or take courses that will be tested on the bar exam

2:46 – Tips for 2L

7:23 – Do 1L summer experiences matter for OCIs?

9:52 – OCI experience

12:37 – Do grades matter for OCIs?

14:19 – Government OCIS

17:03 – OCI logistics

20:50 – Firm tours and networking before OCIs

24:40 – What if OCIs don’t work out for you?

27:20 – Articling search experience

29:30 – Call day


10 MINUTE SERIES - Q#2 - What should I do during first year summer?

In the 10 Minute Series, Rishi and Chris answer the 9 most common questions they've received since starting the Law School Show. One question per episode. Short and sweet and helpful. In this second instalment the question is: What should I do during first year summer? Enjoy!

For a Law School Show Letter on the topic click HERE


10 MINUTE SERIES - Q#1 - What is the goal of first year and where should I focus my energy?

In the 10 Minute Series, Rishi and Chris answer the 9 most common questions they've received since starting The Law School Show. One question per instalment answered in under 10 minutes. Short and sweet. In this first instalment, the question is: What is the goal of 1st year and where should I focus my energy? Enjoy!


Ep 69 - What is a toxic tort?

In this episode, we investigate toxic torts with Professor Heather McLeod Kilmurray. Professor McLeod Kilmurray is a professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law who focuses on environmental issues and is a leading scholar in the area of toxic torts. Arguably, this is an area of torts, which can provide unique relief and remedies for negative environmental impacts to the public. Let's dive in! 

Professor McLeod Kilmurray's Bio:

Ep 68 - Nathan Fox’s alternative career after law school and his tips on preparing for the LSAT

Nathan Fox is the founder of Fox LSAT, an LSAT tutoring company. We discuss Nathan’s law school experience and his decision to pursue a non-legal career after graduation, his own LSAT experience, and some very useful LSAT tips.

You can find additional tips at Nathan’s podcast at You can also find Nathan’s contact information on his website at Enjoy!

Ep 67 - Post Articling Debrief

In this episode Rishi and Chris reflect on their articling experience at Stikeman Elliott LLP. They discuss topics such as typical hours, what they would have done different, and key pieces of advice. Tune in to give it a listen. 


Ep 66 - The person behind the resume: Mr. Stéphane Teasdale

Stéphane Teasdale is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP with a fascinating career in that has allowed him to travel to many countries. He is the chair of the global Franchise and Distribution Law group and also co-leads the Corporate and Commercial Law group of Dentons' Montreal office. In this episode, we discuss how he went from being a litigator to a solicitor, what qualities good litigators and solicitors possess, what it is like practicing franchise and distribution law, and more. If you're not sure whether you should be a litigator or a solicitor, this episode may help solve your dilemma!

Episode Highlights:
1:20 - Introduction
6:00 - How he became exposed to franchise and distribution law
9:40 - How to stand out in interviews
15:00 - How to know if you are more of a litigator or a solicitor
18:00 - Traits of a solicitor
20:30 - From a lawyer to a partner
23:00 - Best parts of his job 
26:00 - Working abroad 
30:00 - Work-life balance
31:45 - Women and the partnership track