NCA Network: Legally Abroad
It's here. Our much awaited podcast, Legally Abroad, is now available! Follow and listen along to our new podcast, featuring a new guest on each episode, as we explore the path of an NCA candidate! From networking, to the interview process, to balancing personal vs. NCA student goals, we'll cover it all!
What is "Legally Abroad" about?
So you're looking to become a lawyer in Canada and get some Canadian experience? You've come to the right place! Hosted by Kim Gale and Sam Allan, we talk to NCA lawyers, industry experts, and leaders in the community to give you tips on how to navigate the process (and assure you that it really is all going to be okay). Kim founded NCA Network in 2018 and Sam was right there withe her when it all began. We'll chat about networking, how to build your portfolio, transitioning to your career after law school and more. This is a NCA Network podcast. Join us on this legal adventure!
EPISODE 1: FOCUS ON NETWORKING
Joan Rataic-Lang joins Kim and Sam to provide tips on networking in-person and virtually. Joan tells us what the Toronto Lawyers Association has in store for this upcoming, post-pandemic, event season. She also gives an insider scoop on how to network and how to be successful at it.
EPISODE 2: TAKE THE PLUNGE, MOVE AND KEEP YOUR PRACTICE
Alicia Windsor took the plunge and moved to Toronto but kept her freelance lawyer gig and continued drafting and advising lawyers in Florida, USA. Alicia empowers us to think outside the box with our legal careers and shares the trials and tribulations of her career thus far. Alicia reminds us to remain confident and that your experience matters.
EPISODE 3: HIRE ME
On this episode, Michael Tam explains how to create a perfect fit resume and appealing cover letter. With a dedicated passion in career development and decade long experience in the field, Michael shares valuable tips even practicing lawyers can benefit from. Ready to perfect your resume & cover letter? Stay tuned as Michael reviews Kim’s and Sam’s resumes live and provides feedback on the spot.
EPISODE 4: RESILIENCE- HOW TO HANDLE THE UPS AND DOWNS
On this episode, join us as we embark on an almost spiritual journey with newly called lawyer Ian Andrew Amirthanathan to learn more about his life and professional experience of handling the impact of mental health challenges. Ian speaks of his not so easy path into the legal profession as an NCA student, struggles of building a business as a solo practitioner in the middle of the COVID pandemic, as well as “honesty, empathy and faith” as a unique formula to heal and overcome the mental health toll of the modern day legal profession
EPISODE 5: TIPS ON HOW TO LAND AN ARTICLING JOB AT A TOP-TIER FIRM
Grab your coffee and join our discussion with Mehak Suri, an articling student at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg to learn more about her journey to Canada and meticulous networking skills to land a job at a Bay Street law firm. Mehak shares great tips and advice for those who aspire to make the next big move in their legal career and make Canada their new jurisdiction to practice.
EPISODE 6: "BARRISTER VS. SOLICITOR: ADRENALINE RUSH OR HAPPY LAW?"
Are you exploring which career path to choose and what to expect in real life practice? Did you want to focus on an area but not sure which one? Which one is right for you and where to start? We sit down with Barrister: Christopher Salazar and Solicitor: Christopher Schultz to chat about these questions for you and much more!
EPISODE 7: "LICENSING IN ONTARIO: A CHAT WITH THE LSO"
Back to basics! Are you considering starting your licensing journey in Ontario? Or are you already registered but want to know more how the entire process works? We sit down with Gina Haros and Peninah Brickman at the Law Society of Ontario to walk you through the licensing process: when and how to start the application, what steps to follow to be eligible to take the barrister and solicitor examinations, and how to overcome challenges that come along during your path into the legal profession
EPISODE 8: "LAW AND ORDER: STARTING A CRIMINAL LAW PRACTICE"
Join us as we sit with James D. Gilbert and discuss how he pivoted from an established career in sales and left his articling with one month left to go into criminal law and eventually build a practice as criminal defence lawyer. His story will serve as inspiration for many students and new calls who are interested in criminal law or pivoting practice areas after articling.
EPISODE 9: "MANAGING UP-A TEAM OF EQUALS"
Join us as we talk with Gina Alexandris and Sandra Bekhor about a refreshing subject that is almost never talked about amongst the legal community i.e " Management" . It isn't just a subject of interest for the MBAs but also relevant to us as lawyers when we show up at work as an employee, employee, a subordinate or a co- worker. We have the power to manage those around us to make us an invaluable part of the team and a rockstar lawyer. In this episode, we speak about how you can improve your performance at work and ensure professional growth at your workplace.
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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
We are honoured to partner with Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and their continued support for the NCA community.
Stewart Esten LLP
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INTERESTED IN SPONSORING AN EPISODE?
Our podcast focuses on the NCA experience as a foreign trained lawyer, and talks about strategies and tips on how to be successful in the Canadian legal market. We are always looking to create partnerships with other law firms, organizations, or individuals who believe in our vision of creating an inclusive legal industry.
The podcast episodes will include, amongst other things, information on the articling process, bar preparation tips, interview best practices, networking sessions, episodes with legal practitioners in all areas, and other successful NCA lawyers.
The Podcast not only aims at creating awareness about the licensing process but also encourage more and more students to network freely and seek mentorship and guidance. NCA network also recognizes that some ITLs may not always be comfortable with networking and connecting with lawyers who are not from their home jurisdiction and so the podcast would enable more and more ITLs to absorb the information without being in situations outside of their comfort zone.
As an internationally trained lawyer, Kimberly Gale founded NCA Network to create a meaningful community where internationally-trained licensees could access mentorship, support, and guidance. The NCA network is the first of its kind in Canada. It is the leading organization dedicated to supporting NCA candidates through a complex, isolating and lengthy licensing process.
If you are looking to get involved with our efforts, we offer sponsorship packages for our podcast. Click below for more details.
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