February 21, 2018

Guest speakers

Hi John,

I have chosen U of T and am very happy with the decision. So far, there are no regrets. Thank you again for taking the time to speak with me and also, thank you for the great class experience. I am referring everyone who ever mentions the word LSAT to you and your program. I think you do a fantastic job, and after hearing other people’s experiences with other programs, I have no doubt, you provide the best “training” possible. Best of luck in the future, and thank you again.


Mastering The LSAT – Guest Speakers Series

John Richardson - York University

The goals of the Mastering The LSAT program are to:

First, help you achieve  an LSAT test score that reflects the top end of your abilities;

Second, to assist you with every step of the law school application process;

Third, to give you insights into what law school is about;

Fourth, to expose to lawyers who will be able help you understand various options for a law career.

Fifth, to allow you to hear from successful law school applicants and law students. What worked for them? What didn’t? What advice would they give you?

The purpose of our  “Guest Speakers” series is assist with these goals. You will hear the insights from a number of lawyers, law students, law professors, law admissions professionals  and others.  Our “guest speakers” typically appear for the last few minutes of the day. In addition, we have also organized  Pre-Law Forum (organized by the Richardson Prep Centre) where law school applicants have  heard directly from the admissions directors from many Canadian law schools.

Mastering The LSAT Guest Speakers

Our list of Guest Speakers is constantly evolving. Nevertheless, if the past is a predictor  of the future, in 2010 and 2011 you are likely to hear from the following:

Guest Speakers – 20102011
A tentative list of speakers and times (check back to confirm the speakers, the locations and the times – we reserve the right to make any changes) includes:

“So, What’s Law School Really Like?” – Date TBA

Timothy Puzstai, B.A., M.A., LL.B.

Timothy Pusztai is a lawyer in private practice. As a recent law school graduate, he is well qualified to talk about the law school experience. He has been a long time contributor to the Richardson – Law School Bound newsletter.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Carr Hall 405 – 100 St. Joseph St.

“Getting Into Law School” – Date TBA


John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D.

The Getting Into Law School Course will provide an overview and foundation for the rest of the guest speakers.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s College – Carr Hall – 100 St. Joseph St. – Room 405

Attend A U.S. School – Become An Ontario Lawyer – Date TBA



Peter is a member of the bars of Ontario and Michigan and works as an “in-house counsel” for a Toronto firm. He is a graduate of the law school at Michigan State University and attended Osgoode Hall law school. He will entertain you with stories about his law school experience and tell you how he attended a U.S. law school and was admitted to the bar of Ontario.

Peter also  became  “minor celebrity” during the great Toronto  blackout of  2003, when he became the “traffic director at a busy Toronto intersection.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.

Your First Law School Class – TBA


Professor Philip Slayton

Participate in your first law school class! This will be an amazing event for any pre-law student. Philip Slayton is a former professor and dean of the law school at the University of Western Ontario. He also practiced for many years at a large Toronto law firm. He will teach a first year contracts class using a real case. This is a must attend event for anybody seriously interested in law school. But you have to read and study the case in advance! (The case will not be distributed at the event.)

You can find the case at:

His book “Lawyers Gone Bad”, written by a lawyer, about lawyers, for the general  public,  ignited controversy in the legal  profession.

Meet Philip Slayton here.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.

How To Apply To Law School – Date TBA


Tapas Pain., B.Sc., M.Sc., LL.B.

Tapas Pain is a partner in a Toronto law firm specializing in the area of intellectual property law. Learn some of the dos and don’ts of effective law school applications. You will also discover how to prosper in a small law firm and carve out a specialty.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.

“A Bay Street Associate and In House Counsel” – Date TBA


Terrie-Lynne Devonish, LL.B. – Of The Bar Of Ontario

Terrie-Lynne Devonish is General Counsel at Aon Canada company and also worked previously as an associate at a large Bay Street firm. Her achievements include a recent appointment to the Board Of Governors of York University and most recently she was selected as one of the Globe and Mail’s “Top 40 Under 40″.

Learn more  about Terrie-Lynne Devonish.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.

Sunday October 3, 2010 – 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Personal Statement Workshop
John Richardson, B.A., LL.B., J.D.


Applying to law school is a lot of work. It is important to do this work when it does not conflict with school. The personal statement is the one part of the application that you have total control over. The purpose of this seminar is to help you get this done in the summer.
Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.


Law  Schools Located Outside of Canada – Date TBA

Professor  Eric Colvin – Bond University – Australia

There will be two parts to this presentation:

Part 1 – Law Schools Outside Of Canada:

There is more  and more interest  in attending law  schools  outside of Canada. Using the program at Bond University as an example, Professor Colvin will explain the process  of returning to Canada and becoming a licensed lawyer.

Part 2 – Your Second Law School Class:

Your second law school class.  Professor Colvin will be teaching a first year “criminal law class”. As usual, you must read the case in advance. Check back here for a link. This will be another fantastic opportunity!

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.


“Applying To U.S. Law Schools” – Date TBA

Richard Montauk – J.D. – Author of How To Get Into The Top Law Schools

Richard Montauk is one of the most well known law school admissions consultants in the United States. He is the author of:

How To Get Into The Top Law Schools; and

How To Get Into The Top MBA Programs.

Location: U of T – St. Michael’s – Room TBA – 100 St. Joseph St.

Remember, that this list is not guaranteed. Both speakers and dates are subject to change.  In addition, the rooms may change. So, make sure that you re-confirm before the dates.  If you have some ideas you would like  to propose leave us a comment for us below.