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The rule of law is a powerful force in our culture. Few of the rights and privileges surrounding how we live and work are rarely without corresponding writs of law, for better and for worse. Though practicing law is a highly professional field requiring a strong foundation of education and study, the payoff is huge: there are several doors open to someone with a law degree. Lawyers can work in many roles, outside of the courtroom – many work as consultants and advocates in different settings, including entertainment and sports, education, activism and government.

Becoming a Lawyer

A degree in law is a graduate degree, meaning it usually requires a university degree before you can apply to law school. Some law schools consider people who have taken at least two years of university, but getting into law school can be competitive. Most law schools like to see lots of “extracurricular activity” as well, like sports and volunteer work. There is also a test called the LSAT (Law School Admission Test), which evaluates your skills in reading, language and reasoning that law schools require to test your level of thinking.

Law school typically runs for three years, then successful grads “article” with another lawyer or law firm for approximately one year (this is mostly a fancy word for an internship). Upon successful completion of articling, you enter into a bar admission course – a course of study designed to ensure specific levels of competence with the law. After you meet those requirements, you are then “called to the bar,” and can practice law in Canada. Like medicine or other fields of study, some lawyers choose to specialize in different types of law, be it corporate, labour or even agricultural law.

If you are thinking about becoming a lawyer, you should have a passion for reading and sharing your ideas. Some suggest taking courses in English or history in high school will give you good grounding in concepts of critical thinking, meaning you can look at an idea or event, form an opinion, and learn to enter into logical discussion about the subject with others.

For more information about the LSAT, go here.

For a list of Canadian law schools, go here.

Scott Simser – Lawyer and Consultant

Scott Simser is a prominent lawyer in Ottawa. Born profoundly deaf, Scott has been a tireless advocate and activist for the rights of deaf and hard of hearing citizens for two decades. Even in law school, Scott successfully fought for the right to have sign language interpreters and real-time captioning available to law students. He continued his efforts to make captioning available upon request for deaf/HH audiences in movie theatres nationwide. Scott continues his work as a consultant and lawyer in his own firm. Recently, I had the opportunity to pick his brain about his life and work in the legal profession. Check out the interview here.


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Interview with an Lawyer

We had the opportunity to sit down and interview Scott Simser – Lawyer and Consultant

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