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OCIs, In-firms and Beyond: An Honest Account

OCIs, In-firms and Beyond: An Honest Account

The OCI process can be a very rewarding part of any 2L’s law school career. But the process is stressful and can get under your skin. This is my no-frills, brutally honest account of the OCI and in-firm process. I entered the process with a very focused mindset: I told myself I wouldn’t become consumed […]

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A Nuanced Perspective on Student Mental Health

A recent article written by Alan Percy, head of counselling at the University of Oxford, takes a look at the numerous factors that collide within the post-secondary student experience to decrease student mental health. The mutually-reinforcing challenges of academic work, increasing tuition and uncertain economic prospects increase stress and anxiety. At the same time,  social and mass media create unrealistic […]

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Learning to appreciate who you are

University of Toronto Law Student, Class of 2016 “First year of law school was tough”, you’ve probably heard that a million times. For me, the hardest part of first year was the feeling that no matter how hard I try, everyone else is still ahead of me. Regardless of how many hours I spent reading […]

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Isolation, Fear, and Safety

Ontario Law Student, Class of 2014 Isolation. All my life I have known loneliness, difference, fringes. But, law school carves new wounds in my worn skin. As a half-black, half-white woman, I know too well how to survive as an outsider. Quick. Hide my sexual attraction to women. Hide my hatred of fact patterns. Hide […]

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Accommodations and reaching for support

Ontario Law Student, Class of 2015 I wanted to share my experience with applying for accommodations so that other students who need them will reach out for support. Due to personal circumstances and the stress that comes with law school, I began to struggle with maintaining my mental health. For a long time I tried […]

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Getting my life back into balance

Ontario Law Student, Class of 2015 My experience at law school has been quite an interesting journey. I think I spent the better part of first year wondering if someone in the admissions office had made a mistake. I really didn’t know what to expect as I am the first member of my immediate family […]

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