The Law Society of British Columbia is pleased to offer a scholarship for Indigenous students enrolled in full time legal studies in the province of British Columbia.

The scholarship may be awarded to one student  ($20,000), or divided equally between two students ($10,000 per student), at the discretion of the selection committee. The Indigenous Scholarship aims to enhance the demographic representation of Indigenous lawyers in British Columbia by supporting their legal education.

Who is eligible?

The Indigenous Scholarship is open to Canadian Indigenous students who are enrolled in full time studies at the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria or Thompson Rivers University law schools.

What are the selection criteria?

The Credentials Committee will take into consideration:

  • academic standing;
  • positive social contributions, such as volunteer work;
  • the applicant's intention to practise in BC after completing legal studies; and
  • financial need. 

How does one apply?

A candidiate must submit a letter to the Law Society setting out the details of the applicant's academic career, social contributions, intention to practise in BC upon completion of legal studies, and financial need.

The application letter must be accompanied by: 

  • official transcripts of the applicant's academic career;
  • proof of enrolment in a law school in British Columbia;
  • two letters of recommendation from the applicant's law school (preferably one academic reference, and one reference confirming the applicant’s social contributions); and
  • proof of Canadian Indigenous ancestry, specifically, a photocopy of either a status, citizenship, membership, registration, or enrolment card issued by:
    • The Registrar of the Federal Government’s “Indian” Register;
    • A Band within the meaning of the Indian Act that has control of its membership list;
    • An Indigenous group under a modern land claims agreement;
    • An Inuit organization that is recognized by the Government of Canada;
    • An Inuit organization that is recognized by the Government of Nunavut;
    • One of the Métis Settlements in Alberta;
    • A provincial organization that is a member of the Métis National Council, which includes the Métis Nation of British Columbia, the Métis Nation of Alberta, the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, the Manitoba Métis Federation, and the Métis Nation of Ontario; or
    • A Métis organization that is recognized by the Government of Canada.

The application letter and accompanying materials should be mailed to: 

Lesley Small
Manager, Credentials & Licensing
Law Society of British Columbia
800 – 845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 4Z9

What is the deadline for submission?

All documents must be submitted to the Law Society no later than March 31 of any given year.

2018 recipient

Congratulations to Christina Gray, winner of the 2018 Indigenous scholarship.

Christina Gray

Christina Gray is a member of the Tsimshian Band of Lax Kw’alaams Dene from Lutel’ke and Metis. She obtained her undergraduate law degree from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in 2013 and is currently working as a senior research associate at the Centre for International Governance and Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario.

Gray will be attending the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law LLM program, where she plans to study the overlapping and distinct legal characteristics of Indigenous legal orders within existing cases at federal and provincial human rights tribunals.