Pre-Law Forum – June 4, 2011 – Opportunities To Study Law

Pre-Law Forum

When: Saturday June 4, 2011 – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

First, the good news: The opportunities to study law are incredible.

Now, the bad news: That said, these opportunities are not well understood.

There are opportunities  at both law schools located both inside Canada and outside of Canada.

You will find the rules for how to become a lawyer in Ontario whether you graduate from a law school located in Canada or a law school located outside of Canada here.

Law Schools Located In Canada:

Never before has there been such a wide range of joint law degree programs available at Canadian law schools. Many of these programs can be completed in three years. Law school (by itself) takes three years. Why not use those same three years to earn:

–         both a U.S. and Canadian law degree

–         both a civil law degree and a common law degree

–         a J.D. and an MBA

and more …

(Join the Canadian law schools on September  9, 2011 when they will be  hosting a Law Forum at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto – 100 Front St. – 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Check back here for information as it becomes available.)

Law Schools Located Outside of Canada

Furthermore, there are opportunities to study law at law schools located outside of Canada. The new Ontario Fair Access To Regulated  Professions Act (“FARPA”) has legislated principles that the Law Society is required to use when assessing the education of graduates of law schools outside of Canada. This is a great thing for both:

–         Canadians who want to attend law school outside of Canada; and

–          foreign lawyers who immigrate to Canada and want to practice law in Canada

Pursuant to FARPA, regulated professions must establish objective licensing requirements for foreign-trained applicants. In assessing an applicant’s foreign credentials, professional associations must do so in a way that is “transparent, objective, impartial, and fair.”

What if you do (or have) studied law at a law school located outside of Canada? How exactly do foreign law school graduates get admitted to the Bar in Ontario? How can you use your Canadian law degree in other countries?

Join our conversation on Facebook. We would like you post questions for our speakers. Tell us what  you would like to see happen. View the discussion forum on our Facebook page.

Pre-Law Forum 2011 – A Focus On Opportunities to Study Law

It’s now 2011. It’s time to explore and understand your opportunities. “Pre-Law Forum 2011”  will bring many of these opportunities to on one day and at one place.  You will learn from a variety of speakers including: law professors, law students, law school application and admission consultants, LSAT teachers are more!

(Pre-Law Forum attendees are also invited to attend – on May  28 – a law school class for pre-law students taught by the former dean of the law school at Western!)

Whether you are a Canadian who wants to attend a law school in Ontario, a Canadian who wants to attend one of the world’s top law schools outside of Canada, or a foreign lawyer who wants to be practice law in Canada, Pre-Law Forum is for you!

Pre-Law Forum 2011 – Tentative Schedule and Speakers (all of which is subject to change)

When: Saturday June 4, 2011 – 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where: University of Toronto – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

Who: Sponsored by the Richardson Prep Centre – Toronto, Canada – Teaching LSATGMATGREMCAT Since 1979

Cost: $10 cash – payable at the door

Bonus! Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase John Richardson’s  Law School  Bound manual for $20 (retail price $49.95)

Pre-registration: email:  prelawforum at gmail dot com

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Tentative Schedule:

9:30  a.m. – 10:15 a.m. – “Getting Into Law Schoolin Canada

John Richardson – Author: Law School Bound

Applying to law school is competitive. You need to think clearly about and understand:

– where to apply (how opportunities for law school differ)

– how  to apply (academic positioning and marketing)

– what are the components of a law school application and how to make them work for you

Regardless of where you apply, this seminar will be important for you.

10:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. – Study law in the U.S. – What are the opportunities? How do you use the U.S. law degree to become a lawyer in Canada and/or the U.S.?

David Finnegan – Professor of Law – Thomas Cooley Law School

Break – 10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.

10:55 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Attending law school in the U.K. – How about both an LL.B. and LL.M. in three years?

John Kelly – Canada Law From Abroad

11:15 – 12:00 noon – Your first law school class – Is law school really for you? We will use the case of Jarvis v. Swan Tours. You must read the case, print the case, bring it with you, and be prepared to discuss it.

(But, don’t forget the Philip Slayton law school class on May 28. It is included as part of Pre-Law Forum.)

12:00 noon – 12:45  p.m. – Your Social Life, The Media and Social Media – The effect on your academic opportunities, your life and your career.

John Richardson

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. lunch break – or talk to our speakers

In the afternoon you will have your choice of sessions. For those interested, you will have the opportunity to participate in a “Mock LSAT” using a real LSAT. Others will continue with the series of shorter seminars. Those wishing to participate in the LSAT must download the free sample LSAT and bring it with you to Pre-Law Forum. (If you have already been exposed to this particular LSAT, please feel free to bring a substitute).

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Mock LSAT – If you are taking the LSAT on June 6, 2011 this will give you a “trial run”. Those who are not taking the LSAT on June 6  should probably take the other seminars.


2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Joint law degree programs – where, why and how? Get a second law degree for  free!

John Richardson – Author: Law School Bound

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. – Introductory LSAT Strategy Seminar

John Richardson – LSAT Instructor: “Mastering The LSAT – Prep

Unlimited” – Toronto

The LSAT is part of your future. Get pointed in the right direction

3:15 – 3:30 break

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Foreign lawyers and law graduates: Ontario bar admission with a foreign law degree – FARPA, the Law Society and the NCA

Hala Tabl – Lawyer

John Richardson – Lawyer

Hal Tabl – Cambridge University educated barrister and member of the Law Society of Upper Canada

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Law students forum

Learn from students at various schools – how they got in! how they stay in! We expect our participants to include law students from all six Ontario law schools and some of the top law schools in the world!

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Articling and the Lawyer Licensing Process

Meet Two Generations of  Toronto lawyers:

– what is articling?

– where to article?

– how to find an articling job?


*Special bonus session!! 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.:

Personal Statement Workshop – Get Started For The November 1 deadline

John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D. – Author of Law School Bound and Mastering the Personal Statement

This workshop is included as part of Pre-Law Forum at no additional charge.


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