This is a volunteer/mentoring program that is aimed at university 3rd to 4th year students who are contemplating applying to law school. The program runs from May 1 to June 30, 2019. The schedule will be flexible, based on the student’s availability.
Heather Hui-Litwin is a lawyer who specializes in access to justice issues. She was once a self-represented litigant herself before becoming a lawyer.
Heather would love to mentor young and enthusiastic undergrads who are thinking of law school. She is offering a mentoring program where the student signs up for a total of 10 hours of work, mostly in legal research, and also possibly some public speaking engagements in the community. In return, she will be teaching the student how to do legal research, as well as giving the student some insight into the legal industry, how to prepare for and succeed in law school, what bar exams and campus recruitment processes are like, and what comes after law school. The program will include at least one group session on how to read and understand case law. The highlight of this program will be field trips to the court house, where we will attend real hearings in downtown Toronto courthouses, at 361 and 393 University Avenue. This program can take on up to 5 students for this summer session.
The ideal candidate has completed at least Third Year, has attained at least a B+ average, and is interested in becoming a lawyer in the area of litigation. The application should include a cover letter, stating why you are interested in this position, any community volunteer work you have participated in, and a list of public speaking engagements. Please also send in a CV and your transcript (a photocopy of the official transcript sent to the student will suffice for initial application stage). All documents should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject heading “Pre-Law Mentoring Application”.
Deadline to apply: Feb 28, 2019
Interviews will begin after the application deadline.
Outline of program
Group sessions (Each session is one hour except for the court visit. We will meet during the weekday hours if possible. If not, we may schedule a Saturday morning. The court visits must be on a weekday.)
Session 1: How to do Legal research. This session will introduce you to the very basics of legal research. We will use the free database CanLII. I will also explain to you the basic hierarchy of the court system, the fundamental concepts of common law precedents. 2 hr
Session 2: How to read and understand case law. During law school, we’re thrown right into reading decisions written by judges, right from day one. It’s overwhelming when you’ve never read a case before. They are usually lengthy and often confusing, with words that you’ve never seen before. And even words that look like English can have a different legal meaning. We’ll take a few cases and read through them together. 2 hr
Session 3: how to prepare for and succeed in law school, what bar exams and campus recruitment processes are like, and what comes after law school. 2 hr (Guest Speakers)
Session 4 (4 hours): The highlight of this program will be field trips to the court house, where we will attend real hearings in downtown Toronto courthouses, at 361 and 393 University Avenue.