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FJAG said:.... if you do it right, having an articling student is hard work for the lawyer.
100% accurate. This is why it is so difficult for small boutique firms to take on students. If there are only a couple of lawyers and they spend half their time teaching, they won't make any money. Large Bay St. firms have the luxury of having departments dedicated to it. I think we could use a change in Canada, but articling, if done right is an invaluable experience for a young lawyer.
FJAG said:Honestly, I don't think we ever really looked for experience in international or constitutional law--its nice to have but not a necessity--and all too often young lawyers in this field are more academic in their approach to the law than practical....
Rather relieved to read this. I thought I might be sunk because I'm in civil litigation.