As we did last year, we’re having a modest Law Student Week on Slaw. In the coming week we’ll post each day a student essay chosen by Slaw columnist and Ottawa University law prof Adam Dodek from papers submitted by his first year students. As well, the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) will provide daily posts of interest and benefit to law students.
As Professor Dodek said in his introductory post last year:
I have found that our students have great perspectives on these issues because they were so recently members of that ridiculous term that only lawyers use: “lay people”. While law school is certainly a socialization process for the legal profession, law students have not been fully socialized. Many remain (and hopefully will remain) strongly idealistic. They remember their previous professions or occupations or status as simply ordinary non-legal folk and they are less willing to accept the “that’s the way it is” explanation for ethical rules in our profession. Students challenge us in the academy to be better and they also challenge us in the legal profession to do better.
Please take the opportunity to respond to these student contributions.