Law Forum Panel helps Brock students understand legal industry

More than 45 Brock students attended the Law Forum Panel Oct. 1, as part of the ‘Thinking About Law’ series offered by Career Services and the Department of Political Science, with sponsorship from Kaplan Prep Test.The series is a collaborative effort by Lisa Kuiper, Career Services employer development co-ordinator, and Diane Leon, Political Science undergraduate advisor, to address their students’ requests for information about law school, the LSAT examination, and the career of law.The four panellists included two Brock graduates from the sociology and political science programs who returned to share their experiences and career advice with current students, and two members of Kaplan’s faculty:Shannon McHugh: Associate lawyer, Sullivan Mahoney LLP (BA ’07)Alexandrina Valova: Associate lawyer, RZCD Lay Firm LLP (BA ’08)Irene Kim: Faculty manager, Kaplan (Boston College Law School 2003)Tristan Harcourt: Faculty, Kaplan (University of Toronto economics grad, current student at University of London law school)Moderator Matthew Hennigar, Associate Professor of Political Science at Brock, engaged panellists by asking a wide range of questions.Questions were then opened to the floor, where students inquired about panellists’ personal experiences, opinions on applications, selecting law schools, and studying for the LSAT.“This forum is intended to give students an idea of what it takes to pursue a career in law and where they could land with their career after law school,” said Kuiper. “At the same time, it provides students with the insight that just because you go to law school and/or pass the bar exam, (it) does not mean you have to be a lawyer. There are many career opportunities that exist that would require a background in law.”Kaplan faculty member Tristan Harcourt informed students that he has no interest in becoming a lawyer, but noted he enjoys the skills he has developed at law school, such as reasoning, the ability to be analytical, research and the capability to communicate well orally.Harcourt now utilizes his skills in teaching students how to study for the LSAT.The panellists agreed students need to know themselves, what is important to them, and what they want out of their career before they pursue a career in law.The panellists said studying law requires discipline and that study habits become more intense in law school.Students in attendance agreed the best part of the forum was the panellists sharing their personal experience and career advice, and felt the Law Forum Panel should be offered every year to students who are thinking about law school.The panel provided current students with the ability to foresee what would be required of them when pursuing a career in law and to make the best career decisions while pursuing a career in law.Other upcoming sessions offered by the ‘Thinking About Law’ series include: How to Write a Personal Statement for Law School, LSAT Practice Test, and Law School Class Experience.All sessions will be posted on the CareerZone event calendar as they are confirmed.For more information about the ‘Thinking About Law’ series, contact Lisa Kuiper, Career Services employer development co-ordinator, or Diane Leon, Political Science undergraduate advisor. read more

US retail sales up 01 pct in April spending online and on

FILE – In this March 12, 2014, file photo, Anneka Johnson, of Estonia, walks with her son while shopping at Aventura Mall, in Aventura, Fla. The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for April on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2014 6:47 am MDT US retail sales up 0.1 pct. in April; spending online and on furniture and electronics dips WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales growth slowed in April, with consumers shopping less online and cutting back on purchases of furniture and electronics.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales rose just 0.1 per cent last month, after surging 1.5 per cent in March following a harsh winter that had curtailed shopping.Several economists said the April figures might have been depressed because of seasonal adjustments connected to a later than usual Easter. Still, the modest sales suggest that consumers may remain cautious during the still-slow economic recovery. Higher sales would help drive faster growth because consumers account for about 70 per cent of the economy.Auto sales increased 0.6 per cent in April, and purchases at clothing stores were up 1.2 per cent. But most of those gains were offset by declines in spending at restaurants, online retailers and furniture and electronics stores. Excluding autos and gasoline, retail sales fell 0.1 per cent last month.Wages have not budged much during the recovery, and growth has struggled to eclipse 3 per cent, the average annual gain after World War II.The Commerce Department previously reported that the economy grew just 0.1 per cent in the January-March quarter. That figure could slip into negative territory as the government revises it, according to several economists.But the brutal winter depressed the economy during the first quarter, and economic indicators since then have pointed to stronger growth in the current April-June quarter. Many economists are looking for a rebound to an annual growth rate of around 3 per cent in the current quarter and similarly solid readings for the rest of the year.Hiring has been strong for the past three months. Employers added 288,000 jobs in April, after gains of more than 200,000 in the previous two months. Average wages were flat in April, although each new job is providing another paycheque to be spent.“At the end of the day, it is all about one’s job, and job security,” Jennifer Lee, a senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, said in a research note. “A job is a job and that will help determine the ability for one to consume. And the U.S. labour market is improving steadily, which will support consumer spending.”The unusually late Easter might have caused some sales in April to be shifted into March because of seasonal adjustments. That would indicate that consumer demand is stronger than suggested by April’s retail sales report.“History shows clearly that the seasonal adjustments can’t cope with very late Easters, which tend to boost reported March sales at the expense of April,” said Ian Shepherdson, chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics.The economy’s slow but steady improvement has led the Federal Reserve to trim its monthly bond purchases. The Fed is buying $45 billion of bonds each month, down from $85 billion. The purchases were intended to reduce long-term interest rates in order to stimulate borrowing, spending and growth. But with the economy gaining strength, Fed officials believe that type of support is no longer needed. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more