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University of Victoria Law Student Technology Survey

As he does each year at about this time, Rich McCue tipped us to the fact that the results of his survey of incoming law students are now online. The University of Victoria Law Student Technology Survey has run for ten years now, providing a nifty picture of how things are changing for law students — so far as technology is concerned. The executive summary of this year’s survey, which had a whopping 90% response rate, is as follows:

  • 96% of incoming law students own “Smart Phones” that can browse the internet (up from 89% last year and 50% three
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Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Technology, Technology: Office Technology


Despite the fact that “de-nial ain’t just a river in Egypt”, we are about to head into September which means the real new year for academics like myself is about to kick off. On the the day after Labour Day (American friends take note of the proper spelling with a “u”) a new crop of bright eyed students arrive at university campuses across the country. Every year at this time I always like to take advantage of the excellent work done by the folks at Beloit College who produce the Mindset List, in order to see what I’m getting . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools

What They Don’t Teach You in Law School

I stumbled across this post by Marc Luber yesterday that I thought I would share.

Marc identifies five different things that are not taught in law school:

  • How to be a Lawyer
  • Career Planning
  • Legal Career Paths
  • Alternative Careers for Lawyers
  • How to Sell your Legal Skills to Employers
  • It was 10 years ago that I entered my first year of law school. All five of the items mentioned by Marc were as true in 2003 as they are in 2013. With law school enrolment numbers up, and articling placements becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, it still boggles my mind . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools

    Let’s Talk About LRW

    The summer’s blue moon has come and gone, the evenings are decidedly chilly (here), and sunrise wakes me at an ever more humane hour.

    And another sign of autumn’s impending arrival: Planning the fine points of our first-year Legal Research and Writing course occupies a large share of mental space.

    Clearly others are also pondering LRW ideas at the moment. The season and a bit of serendipity brought to my screen an interesting question from Dean Kim Brooks of Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie:

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Legal Information: Libraries & Research

    A Home for Our Legal Technology Relics

    In a conversation the other day we touched on the differences between how (or if) electronic legal research was taught when I was in law school, and then a few years later when I first instructed legal research and writing. We recalled the equipment, manuals, and peripherals the publisher(s) sent us, and a perception of their complexity.

    Serendipitously, the same day, I noticed Sarah Glassmeyer of CALI wrote on LLRX about an idea to collect those old things and more.

    Note: It’s not that she’s a hoarder. Sarah happens to want to collect and preserve “our shared legal technology . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Legal Information, Technology

    A Law School for Homophobes

    It’s not enough that there are some who claim there are already too many law schools in Canada, too few articling positions, and too much competition in the job market for junior lawyers. Now they want to make another law school which appears reserved for homophobes, or at the very least a law school which explicitly states that homosexuality is wrong.

    The proposed law school would be housed at Trinity Western University (TWU) in Langley, B.C., a private Christian institution associated with the Evangelical Free Church of Canada, with approximately 3,500 students. The school has a Community Covenant Agreement which . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools

    Fair Access to Work – Removing the ‘Canadian Experience’ Employment Barrier

    On July 15, 2013, the Ontario Human Rights Commission launched a new policy on removing the ‘Canadian experience’ barrier in recruiting. A requirement for Canadian experience, even when implemented in good faith, can be an impenetrable barrier in recruiting, selecting, hiring or accrediting, and may result in discrimination. . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training, Education & Training: Law Schools, Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Future of Practice

    Does It Matter if Only the Well-Off Can Afford to Go to Law School?

    One participant on the website noted that with their own law school tuition at $13,000 a year, the pool of applicants with the means to attend shrinks tremendously. Indeed, some new students will pay almost $30,000 in tuition in order to attend their first year of law school.

    But so what? A lawyer is a lawyer is a lawyer, right? Everyone who goes to law school has the same education, and could conceivably serve the same constituency.

    The question is really about the value of diversity. We’re used to thinking of diversity in terms of gender equality, and the . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training, Education & Training: Law Schools, Law Student Week, Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Future of Practice

    The Small Business Squeeze

    Technology is often cited as the game-changing factor in the future of the legal profession. There’s an endless parade of new devices, plus software is being developed that can do some of the work lawyers used to do. Legal entrepreneurs harness the power of the cloud to power new business models.

    What it’s doing to the legal profession is just one side of the equation. For clients – actual and potential – rapidly changing technology can both expand their reach to consumers, and be a legal minefield.

    People who conduct any part of their business over the internet, for example, . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Future of Practice, Practice of Law: Marketing, Practice of Law: Practice Management, Technology, Technology: Internet, Technology: Office Technology

    Scholarly Exchange on Eric v. Lola

    There’s some good stuff happening over on Osgoode Hall Law School’s IFLS blog, which is managed by the impressive Sonia Lawrence. I’m referring to a “roundtable” discussion about the recent Supreme Court of Canada case Quebec (Attorney General) v. A, 2013 SCC 5, otherwise known as Eric v. Lola. The old song says “whatever Lola wants, Lola gets” — but not this time. The majority of the court supported the exclusion of de facto spouses from the provisions of the Civil Code governing spousal support and division of property, making Québec (yet again) unique among the provinces. This, . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Justice Issues, Reading: Recommended, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions

    1 Time Out of 20

    I would normally take care in posting something about “the curve” in law circles, as there is a good chance that somebody who graduated law school will break out in hives. Those who do break out in hives might be heartened to know that the curve has utility far beyond determining law school mark, one such is use is in explaining how polling works. With the results of most recent election in B.C. and the recent spotty track record of polls in various Canadian elections, I have found these recent tribulations fascinating as I distinctly remember a few years ago . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools, Miscellaneous

    Access to Justice Starts With Legal Tuition

    The practical skills gained through legal education help young lawyers service the public more effectively. However, the burden of legal tuition may prevent lawyers from entering these areas of practice until they’re already in mid-career, if at all.

    Many undergraduate students evaluate their options after graduation, and consider doing graduate work or professional education like law school. At this point most students are already burdened with debt but are still interested in increasing their employability in the long-term.

    New studies by the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) explore the opportunities for graduate students in the province:

    Doctoral enrolments

    . . . [more]

    Posted in: Education & Training: Law Schools