Sep 26, 2019 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM - 9th Annual Licensing Candidates Head Start Program
361 University Avenue, Courthouse
Rotunda 2nd floor, TLA Lawyers Lounge
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1T3

Everything you need to know to succeed, but they didn’t teach you in law school

Take a half day to learn how to lay the foundations for your career as a lawyer.

Part 1: Lawyers Telling It Like It Is: What, How and Why

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

David Elmaleh, co-founder of RE-LAW LLP will discuss what he looks for when working with a licensing candidate. Jennifer Arduini, Associate Lawyer at Dutton Brock, will talk about what you can do to make yourself indispensable. These 2 speakers will cover a variety of topics including communication, collaboration, managing expectations, work habits, and networking.Ray Leclair, VP of Public Affairs at LawPRO will speak on Practice Management.

Light breakfast provided.

Part 2: Legal research

10:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Joan Rataic-Lang, Executive Director/Library Director at the TLA’s Court House Library will cover the methodology of legal research. Linda Zardo, Reference Librarian, will set out the best sources of free research and explain how to research quickly, efficiently and exhaustively.

Part 3: Beyond Practice: Non-traditional legal careers

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Eric Wai, LexisNexis Canada and a panel of lawyers working in non-traditional roles will discuss the following:
  • Why choose a non-traditional route?
  • What advice would they give to themselves as an articling student?
  • What are the benefits of a non-traditional role?
  • What are the pitfalls of a non-traditional position?
The panelists:

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

A light lunch will be provided.


Emond Publishing will provide free copies of the Comprehensive Bar Exam Preparation Manual  to Licensing Candidates/Articling Students who attend this program.

This 68-page manual will guide you through the licensing exam preparation process from start to finish, from building a study schedule and developing effective study aids through to practicing your exam-writing strategy before exam day. Equip yourself for success on the licensing exams with thorough preparation and expert advice.

Program details

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Registration at 8:15 a.m.)

TLA Lawyers Lounge, 2nd Floor, 361 University Avenue Court House

Registration Fee:

Members $45.00 + HST 

Non-Members $75.00 + HST 

This program is reserved for Licensing Candidates only.

TLA members received a discounted rate. Licensing Candidates may join TLA for free. Register online first as a Licensing Candidate. Then register for the program.

No refunds after September 19, 2019. An administrative fee of $25.00 will be applied to all cancellations.

Space is limited, no walk-ins.

Many thanks to our generous Sponsors:

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