...take courses that matter!
A major theme in the advice I received, understandably so, was to take courses that matter! This means, take something that you will utilize. It was highly recommended that students take the time to learn the Rules of Civil Procedure. However, this does not mean you should shy away from courses you are interested in. One lawyer said; take the opportunity to “broaden your analytical horizon” and to figure out what you are interested in. Another lawyer suggested that getting involved in a clinic during the school year was a good way of gaining hands on experience and “perspective”.
Another piece of advice was that students should work on their time management by getting involved in extracurricular activities, maintaining a social life, and keeping ties to the community, on top of their course loads. The rationale behind this is that the skills you gain from managing your time are transferrable to your work when you begin articling.
As the final week comes to end, we are saddened that the summer flew by. At the same time, we are excited that we will soon come back to article at MB. During this final year we will be sure to follow the advice given to us by the lawyers at the firm.