Career Advice

Adegoke Arowosebe Yesterday, I recalled an interesting but adventurous story of two tourists I read many years ago. One beautiful Summer, these Edmontonians drove through Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. On their return trip, they decided to spend a couple of nights in Whitehorse to see Mount Logan, the highest mountain in Canada and other tourist attractions around the city. Thrilled by its hospitability, the availability of...
Legal Embassy Are you on social media? If you are not I have a message for you: up to 84% of employers use social media for their recruitment . Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Flickr, Vine, Pinterest, Vimeo, Tumblr, Instagram are top on the list of social media that legal professionals are using for greater leverage. If you are looking for legal jobs in Canada , you can’t afford to ignore the power of social media,...
  By Adegoke Arowosebe Photo Credit: Flickr/ Flazingo It is no news that the employment outlook for lawyers is not as great as it used to be in the 90’s or early 2000’s. Despite this though, one thing is crystal clear - you can still find your dream law job in Canada if you are ready to be geographically flexible. If you are flexible with the location of your office, you should have no problem finding work in the...
By Adegoke Arowosebe Every year, a multitude of law grads and lawyers seeking law jobs in Canada besieged the large law firms (the “Big Laws”) with their applications. Of course, this is expected. The Big Laws epitomize the ideal standard by which the society defines lawyers - class, prestige, glamor, wealth, and brilliance. Not only that, lawyers who work their way to the top of the ladder at these firms could transform...
Legal Embassy   Having a resume that is ideal for law jobs in Canada is as important as having the requisite qualifications for the jobs. Over the last decade, millions of essays have been penned by experts on how to write a perfect resume. This heightened interest in resume does not mean the experts reeling out the essays are flogging the topic. Rather, it is an indication that having an impeccable resume is key to securing...
By Adegoke Arowosebe   During the concluding semester of my LL.M at the University of Calgary in December 2011, a friend of mine (let me call her Jade) who was then completing her first degree in law at the same law school had approached me with a question. She wanted to know between an LL.B and a JD designation, which one will give her a better prospect of getting a law job in Canada. My default answer at the time was an LL.B....
By Adegoke Arowosebe Photo Credit: Flickr/ thetaxhaven  “How do I get a law job after graduation?” asked Darlene Weatherford, a prospective law school enrollee during a post-secondary educational fair organized in the UK, in the summer of 2016.   Like Weatherford, this is the one million dollar question on the lips of every law student in Canada. And this question about how to get a law job in Canada...
Legal Embassy                      By Adegoke Arowosebe              Photo Credit: Credit Wikimedia Commons/ Gordon E. Robertson.   IT WAS Albert Einstein who said “once you stop learning you start dying.” This classic statement finds relevance in the Canadian legal...
By Joseph Onele The First Beatitude Blessed are they who thirst after knowledge (both law-related and non-law related) like the future depends on it; for they shall have a fountain of 'flowing knowledge,' achieve mastery in no mean time and become envies of colleagues and delight of clients. The above Beatitude was inspired by a letter written by Lincoln on 25 September 1860 to a certain J.M Brockman Esq . which reads...
Legal Embassy Credit: Flickr/ Ken Lund Mary Symber had worked for a top Bay Street law firm in Toronto for 20 years before relocating to her hometown, Victoria, British Columbia last winter to live close to her aging, ailing mother. While at the law firm, Ms. Symber’s career journey started from the lowest rung of the hierarchy and metamorphosed from one job title to another - from Receptionist to Legal Assistant to...
Legal Embassy Credit: Flickr/ Flazingo Oftentimes, the most difficult career decisions for legal professionals are not the mind-boggling issues like whether to quit a job or specialize in a particular area or relocate to a new place. Their difficult career decisions relate to simple issues like deciding which organizations they should work for and why. Considering that legal professionals are passive job seekers, having the...
Legal Embassy Photo Credit: Legal Embassy   HAVE YOU ever thought of how you could use your legal skills to make a living in another country? As a lawyer, it is easy to get trapped in the misconception that you can only use your legal skills in your home jurisdiction. Nothing can be farther from the truth than that.   TRUTH be told though, law is perhaps the most jurisdictional-restricted of all the...