The Ghost of Articling Future
In law, relying on unsubstantiated assertions is a sinful course of action. Words like “conjecture” and “speculation” are forbidden fruits in the Garden of Law. Yet, when it came to my last year of law school, my knowledge of what the near future beheld was nothing but a pattern of guesswork. The following is a collection of what me, and some of my peers, wished we would have known before Articling and have also realized since Articling:
- Classes that discuss topics on the Bar will absolutely help you for the Bar;
- It does not matter how many people you have to index the Bar so long as you trust their diligence (the more people the more time you will save);
- Give yourself ample time to study;
- You do not need to read everything twice—but be thorough;
- Do practice exams;
- Tab your shit;
- Know the Professional Responsibility section well, it is easy money;
- People fail. It is not a big deal.
Editor’s note: If you are in 2L and don’t know what ‘index the Bar’ means: you and your colleagues will divide up into groups and create tables of contents for the Bar materials. There are a lot of materials, this makes it much easier to get through)
- Law School and Practicing Law are two different beasts;
- If you are in litigation, advocacy classes at school do help a lot;
- The Big Firm or Bust is not true: many a friend are happy/”ier” at other firms;
- You will likely work long hours and weekends;
- Building friendships and relationships is as important to the profession as perfecting an assignment;
- High-quality work is better than high-volume work
- Firms know you are fresh meat, so do not worry that you know nothing—so ask those stupid questions floating around in your head;
- Shadow lawyers out of the office as much as you can.
- You do not have to “sell yourself” or change your personality to fit in;
- Face time at the office is not as important;
- The firms are not as soulless and stuffy as we imagine.
- Your primary, secondary, and tertiary lives are mostly dictated by Articling;
- In school, take the courses that tickle your fancy; it is a unique opportunity to learn about “anything”;
- (This is my inner hippy talking) Love and respect your schoolmates—you will endlessly see and help each other in court and elsewhere in the future;
- Do not fret about your “career path”—Articling is for learning;
- Do NOT forget to have as much fun as possible at school;
- Comfort over $$$$—If you cannot be YOU, you will not be happy.
- If you do not have an Articling position yet, keep calling firms and being proactive—we know many articling students who were added late.