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LPP Experience

Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP) is fast becoming the cutting-edge program where creativity and innovation intersect at the highest levels, providing a competitive and rigorous experience. The LPP inspires candidates and employers to explore new trends and perspectives of practising law. The program gives qualified licensing Candidates the opportunity to get Called to the Ontario Bar. The LPP is designed to maximize opportunities. It recognizes where people come from and prepares them for where they are going.

Journalist Veronica Chail, brings together LPP candidates and employers to share their personal stories.


Siavosh Moshiri
Candidate

There is a romantic perception of what it means to be a lawyer. Siavosh Moshiri understands the grind and has a healthy appreciation for the practice of law. Siavosh, who was born in Iran and moved to Vancouver when he was 9, is the first lawyer in his family of engineers and architects. Behind his calm demeanor is a focused fearlessness. He is a hardheaded realist and big-hearted. His work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded great results.


Siavosh Moshiri
Candidate

There is a romantic perception of what it means to be a lawyer. Siavosh Moshiri understands the grind and has a healthy appreciation for the practice of law. Siavosh, who was born in Iran and moved to Vancouver when he was 9, is the first lawyer in his family of engineers and architects. Behind his calm demeanor is a focused fearlessness. He is a hardheaded realist and big-hearted. His work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded great results.


Siavosh Moshiri
Candidate

There is a romantic perception of what it means to be a lawyer. Siavosh Moshiri understands the grind and has a healthy appreciation for the practice of law. Siavosh, who was born in Iran and moved to Vancouver when he was 9, is the first lawyer in his family of engineers and architects. Behind his calm demeanor is a focused fearlessness. He is a hardheaded realist and big-hearted. His work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded great results.

Siavosh Moshiri
Candidate

There is a romantic perception of what it means to be a lawyer. Siavosh Moshiri understands the grind and has a healthy appreciation for the practice of law. Siavosh, who was born in Iran and moved to Vancouver when he was 9, is the first lawyer in his family of engineers and architects. Behind his calm demeanor is a focused fearlessness. He is a hardheaded realist and big-hearted. His work ethic speaks volumes and has yielded great results.

VC:

Where did you earn your law degree?

SM:

Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

VC:

Why law? What inspired your legal aspirations?

SM:

I volunteered in Peru during my undergrad for a NGO based in Peru in May 2012 for close to 3 weeks. This trip opened my eyes to different judicial systems. We were working in an area of Peru that had been hit by mudslides – it was a school area and we had to clear this area. It was obvious the government didn’t care and these children had to deal with garbage in their school yards. This really bothered me. My senses were in over-drive and there was a lot going on around us. I also remember being in my last year of law school – I was completing my MA in economics and JD at the same time and I ran a consulting project for a multi-billion dollar energy company. I dealt with aboriginal issues and I managed the engineers. These experiences both reinforced my legal career and goals.

VC:

Describe a particularly memorable or significant experience during the training component of the LPP:

SM:

Candidates are separated into small groups during the four month training component. These groups are to be “virtual firms.” A day before an important case deadline, one of our partners in the virtual law firm quit. She provided us with next to no notice. Even worse, the required tasks were complicated and the work required each member to perform a certain job; our former colleague had done zero work prior to leaving (despite telling us they would have it done by the deadline). Consequently, the other group members and I pulled an all-nighter and managed to successfully hand in the required documents. What was at first an unfortunate moment turned into a great bonding moment for the group. I am still good friends with my former firm’s partners. Moreover, it was a good introductory lesson to the legal world’s unpredictability.

VC:

Where did you complete your LPP work placement?

SM:

Heal & Co. LLP, a downtown Toronto law firm that primarily practices in the area of construction law. It was a small firm with experienced litigators. I worked with brilliant people and had the opportunity to draft numerous documents and factums. I felt valued and my opinions mattered. I received immediate feedback and I was able to sit in on client meetings.

VC:

Describe some of the more particularly helpful tools or skills you acquired during the LPP:

SM:

I learned a lot about drafting legal documents. It’s one thing to draft in law school versus being in a firm. I got hands on feedback which improved my skill-set. Communication is key! How you approach matters and how you choose your words are so vital. The LPP not only focuses on the practice of law but also the business of law.

VC:

Words of advice you can offer future LPP candidates:

SM:

Before starting your placement, make sure to research the individuals in the company and the type of law they practice. Research should be more than simply looking up the partners on LinkedIn. What were some recent relevant decisions that impacted their field of law? What sort of matters have they worked on before? Have they written any papers or articles? If so, regarding what? By conducting some prior research, you will make your orientation period that much smoother.