Testimonials from our Current and Past Editors
"Serving as an Assistant Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Ottawa Law Review was the highlight of my time at the University of Ottawa. You do learn how to edit—that’s a given. But the experience is much more than that. It provides students with the opportunity to manage a budget, make challenging decisions, solve problems, and learn how to work with others. Each day, I enjoyed working with colleagues and friends to publish high-quality material and continue the journal’s prestigious tradition. I am proud to be affiliated with the Ottawa Law Review and highly recommend the experience."
"I’ve had the privilege of being an OLR editor throughout my law school career and, without a doubt, my OLR experience has opened doors for me. As an OLR editor, I developed strong legal research and writing skills that enabled me to excel in my scholarly pursuits. These skills were also instrumental to my professional success when I began working at a private law firm. Additionally, through the OLR, I’ve fostered great relationships within the law school and the Ottawa legal community."
"I found being an Associate Editor for the Ottawa Law Review a very beneficial experience. I learned valuable research skills in terms of how to find where cases are cited in the law reporters as well as improved my grammar by editing a scholar’s submission to the journal. It was also very interesting to read the article concerning Oppression, as I am very much interested in corporate law. Not only did my experience with the Ottawa Law Review provide me with great training in terms of research and writing, but it also gave me the opportunity to spend time with the 1L students involved with the Ottawa Law Review and create lasting friendships."
"Time spent on the Ottawa Law Review Board is the perfect way to expand your professional network, build your legal skill set and create a foundation for success as a future practicing lawyer. It’s not just about legal research, citations and editing. It’s a chance to test out leadership skills, work in a collaborative environment and make real decisions. If you’re looking for a challenging and rewarding opportunity in law school, this is where you should be."
F. Jeremy Hourigan
"I count the Ottawa Law Review as a highlight of my time in law school. As a second year editor, I developed legal research, citation and editing skills, which I still use today when drafting legal opinions and memoranda. Being a member of the senior editorial board, however, was the most stimulating part of the experience, as it afforded unique exposure to the latest in legal scholarship while reviewing and debating with colleagues the merits of publishing submissions. Members of the senior board are not only given influence over the contents of the journal, but are also delegated responsibility for an aspect of its operations, which helped me develop organizational and managerial skills."
"The Ottawa Law Review was by far the most formative part of my legal education. Working with Faculty Advisors, managing stakeholders’ expectations, as well developing soft skills like teamwork and leadership, served as excellent preparation for my professional career – not to mention the competitive advantage law review membership provided in finding articling positions early and subsequent employment. Most importantly, my experience on the Senior Board and the Executive Committee was extremely rewarding. I felt that I was a part of something greater then and can see now that our contributions had a real impact on the OLR's legacy."
"I remember my work with the OLR fondly as a “real world” legal experience that helped shape the skills that I still often use today. As a junior editor, I quickly learned how attention to detail can sometimes make the difference between good work and excellent work. My role as a senior editor allowed me to develop confidence in presenting arguments for or against an article and taught me how to actively listen to the views of others. It also provided me with my first opportunity to mentor talented and bright students – something that I still find to be incredibly rewarding."
"My time with the OLR was instrumental in leading me to a career in an appellate law boutique. With less trials generally, written materials play an increasingly important role in litigation. Selecting and editing articles at the forefront of legal research helped me improve my own writing and analytical skills. I’m still grateful for the friendships I developed with other members and for the mentorship I received from the faculty advisor. My only regret is that I can’t read something without obsessing over the minutiae – a small price to pay."
“Being part of the Ottawa Law Review enhanced my law school experience. My role as both an Assistant Editor and an Editor-in-Chief helped me develop invaluable skills which continue to assist me in my international career. During my time at the OLR, I not only had the chance to work with a brilliant team but also gained a mentor. I’m very proud to have been able to partake in the OLR which proved to be a rewarding and exceptional experience.”
"After serving as both an Assistant Editor and a Senior Editor of the Ottawa Law Review, I knew I wanted pursue a career in legal academia. The opportunity to carefully edit articles, and later to help make publication decisions, provided an invaluable foundation for my work at the Supreme Court of Canada and McCarthy Tétrault, along with graduate studies at Yale Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law."