Learn everything about the WLMP uOttawa Chapter / Venez apprendre au sujet du PMDF uOttawa Chapitre

uottawa-orientationWLMP Orientation

Date: Wednesday September 21, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:50 PM
Location: FTX 147B
Learn everything about us: who we are, what we do and why you should join us. This information session will explain the WLMP Peer Mentorship Program, the Student-Lawyer Program, and the nuts and bolts of the mentorship experience. Application forms for the program will be available at this event. This event is not to be missed!
Séance d’orientation du PMDF

Date: le mercredi 21 septembre 2016
Durée: 11 h 30 à 12 h 50
Lieu: FTX 147B
Venez apprendre au sujet du PMDF: qui nous sommes, qu’est-ce qu’on fait et les raisons pour lesquelles se joindre à nous. Cette séance d’information expliquera le programme de mentorat entre pairs et le programme de mentorat étudiante-juriste du PMDF. Les formulaires pour les programmes seront disponibles lors de cette session. Cet évènement est à ne pas manquer!

The 2016 – 2017 WLMP Peer Mentorship Forms are now available! /Les formulaires pour le Programme mentorat entre étudiantes du PMDF 2015-2016 sont maintenant disponibles!

WLMP/PMDFThe 2016 – 2017 WLMP Peer Mentorship Forms are now available!

What you need to do? : Please make sure to fill the form corresponding to your year of study (1L, 2L or 3L)

How can you submit your form? : Either send it via email to  uOttaPeer.wlmp@gmail.com  or bring it to FTX 237– Student Services.

**You have to be part of Peer Mentorship Program in order to apply to the Student-Lawyer Mentorship Program.

Here are the forms:

Les formulaires pour le Programme mentorat entre étudiantes du PMDF 2015-2016 sont maintenant disponibles!

Ce que vous devez faire?: Veuillez remplir le formulaire correspondant à votre année d’étude (1ière, 2ième ou 3ième)

Comment soumettre un formulaire?: Veuillez remplir votre formulaire et nous le faire parvenir par courriel au uOttaPeer.wlmp@gmail.com ou le déposer en personne au local FTX 237 – Services à la population étudiante.

**Vous devez faire partie du Programme de mentorat entre pairs afin d’être admissible au Programme de mentorat étudiantes-juristes. WLMP/PMDF

 Voici les formulaires:


A 1L Reality Check: Tips to Make First Year of Law School Better

By Zaynab Al-Waadh, 2L at uOttawa Law

For many of us, being admitted into law school carried with it the relief that all those long nights, extra curriculars, and go-getter attitudes during undergrad paid off. Law school was the dream and the admittance letter only stands proof of our intellectual prowess over everyone else.

However, if there is anything that 1L has taught me, it is that our high-achieving attitudes are in for a reality check. Being admitted to law school is only the beginning to a complete overhaul of your expectations.

Going to law school is that exhausting (but incredibly rewarding) transition where you relearn the art of note-taking, exam-writing, and critical thinking. To say that 1L was difficult is an understatement. Your readings are archaic and dense, the workload is intense, and the lack of accountability can make even the most diligent of go-getters waver amid the uncertainties.

I won’t lie to you and say that if you follow “xyz” steps you will never experience a low point in your 1L career; however, I will say this: when it comes, embrace the challenge. Stepping out of your comfort zone is difficult, and sometimes even isolating, but I can guarantee that having come this far, you will always come out more independent and self-sufficient than you were before.

1L is no joy ride—however, with every adversity, there lies an opportunity and 1L is an opportunity to re-discover and reaffirm your strengths. I know it’s easier said than done, so here are a few tips that may help you along the way:

  1. Surround yourself with people who motivate you to be a better version of yourself. And if making new friends isn’t your forte, learn to take comfort in your own company. Whether through club affiliations or in class, you are bound to come across the right people for you.
  2. Study smarter, not longer. Develop a weekly strategy to tackle your readings and make sure to set one or two days aside each week as ‘catch-up’ days. You don’t need to read every last word in your textbook—some days you simply won’t have time to even read your textbook and that is okay. There are plenty of resources and case briefs online to give you a general idea of what’s going on, supplemented with your class notes, trust me, you will be fine.
  3. Take charge of managing your time. Sometimes your family wants you to visit, your friends want to hangout, and washing dishes becomes your new favourite pastime but there are only 24 hours in a day and 5-8 hours are spent in REM. You spend another 2-6 hours in class and another 1-3 hours commuting, eating, or doing whatever other task in your day. Do the math and realistically confront the hours you have to devote to actual studying. Schedule and take ownership of your time based on your own realistic habits and work from there.
  4. Learn to balance work and down-time. The truth is, most people like to project that they are busier than they actually are. In fact, our society rewards the notion of working day and night at the expense of your personal life and well-being. This martyr image is all too known and aspired to—we probably even know one or two people in our lives who claim to manifest this image. But the reality is, you simply cannot give something your absolute 100% if your cup is half empty. Self-care is a fairly new buzz-word but what it truly means is blocking out some time during your day or week to do some activities you actually enjoy. Do you like cooking? Do you like watching Netflix? Do you enjoy colouring? You’re working hard at school, so carve out some time to do whatever it is that makes you happy—you owe it to yourself.

New Month, New News!

It’s September. A new month and new WLMP news. Here’s what’s coming up!

  • Come on Board! The WLMP National AGM is coming up on October 15th. Now’s the time to come on Board. If you are interested in joining the WLMP National Board, simple email us at wlmp.pmdf@gmail.com with the subject line: WLMP National Board.


  • Starting Tuesday, September 6th, WLMP Peer Mentorship and Student Legal Mentorship Applications Forms Online. Interested uOttawa law school students will be able to download and fill out the WLMP Peer Mentorship and Student Legal Mentorship starting Tuesday. You need to register with the WLMP uOttawa Chapter every year to take part in the program. This includes any WLMP Participant only professional development events.


  • Save the Date! The WLMP’s annual Legal Leaders Breakfast hosted by the uOttawa WLMP Chapter is set for Friday, September 30that 8 AM in Tabaret Hall, 550 Cumberland Street, at the University of Ottawa. Save the date and join us as we celebrate women lawyers, mentors, WLMP Alumna. Both the Friend of the WLMP and the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award will be handed out at the breakfast.


  • WLMP Alumna Network Form online! The WLMP Alumna Network is free to all WLMP Alumna. It helps women connect beyond the classroom. As women law graduates move into the classroom and beyond. The WLMP Alumna network helps WLMP Alumna establish their own personalized mentorship. To fill out the form click here.

Today’s the Deadline for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award Nominations

The submission deadline for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award nominations is today at 12 midnight.

The WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award is your chance to stand up and be recognized! All too often women’s achievements go unrecognized. That’s why we’re encouraging all WLMP Alumna to apply or to nominate a WLMP Alumna they know, who was registered as a WLMP Participant and graduated from law school between 2011 and 2016.

This award recognizes an WLMP Alumna member for her ongoing WLMP mentorship and her dedication to the retention of women in the law. Any and all community involvement focused on further women in the law is considered.

To be eligible for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award, the Award nominee:

  • must be registered as a WLMP Alumna (You can register for free by clicking here);
  • have graduated law school and is either in her articling year, or in her first 5 years of legal practice, and/or first 5 years of her non-law career;
  • must not have served on the WLMP National Board; and,
  • was not removed from any WLMP Program for misconduct.

 To apply for the WLMP Emerging Legal Leader Award, the award nominee package should include:

  • the completed and signed WLMP PMDF Alumna Awards Form-2016;
  • a letter of nomination stating the reasons for nomination and background information of the WLMP Alumna nominee’s achievements since graduating from law school and her WLMP University Chapter;
  • The nominee’s current curriculum vitae/resume; and,
  • Letters of support for the nomination (up to a maximum of 3).
    • If possible, 1 of the letters in support of the Award nominee’s application should be from their WLMP mentee. While this is not necessary, it is helpful.
    • Additional letters may be from members of the legal community, who are in good standing with their Law Societies or Associations, or a direct supervisor within their non-law career.

NOTE: We know that summer can be a difficult time to track down and secure a letter. Therefore, the WLMP Awards Working Group will accept the contact number for a person in support of your application.

All completed nomination packages should be submitted by midnight on August 25, 2016 and must be submitted by email to: wlmp.pmdf@gmail.com.

The award will be presented on Friday, September 30, 2016 at the WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast hosted by the WLMP uOttawa Chapter. The Award nominee should be prepared to attend the WLMP Legal Leaders Breakfast to receive their award or arrange for someone to accept the award on her behalf.

  • Also, the award recipient will also be profiled on the WLMP’s website and across all our social media platforms as long as being featured in the awards’ news release circulated to all industry media.