The $12,000 Law Society Scholarship encourages and financially assists a law graduate to complete a full-time program of graduate legal studies that will benefit the student, the province and the legal profession in BC.

Graduating law students and law graduates of the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria or Thompson Rivers University are eligible to apply for the scholarship, as are other law school graduates who can show a real or substantial connection to BC. Applicants must demonstrate outstanding academic and other qualifications.

Selection Criteria

The Benchers award the Law Society Scholarship, on recommendation of the Credentials Committee based on the following criteria:

  • academic standing;
  • positive social contributions, such as volunteer work;
  • intention to practise in British Columbia after completing graduate studies;
  • financial need; and
  • proposed graduate work in terms of its importance or significance.

How to apply

An eligible applicant may apply by submitting:

  • a letter of application setting out the details of your academic career to date and proposed plans for graduate study;
  • official transcripts of academic institutions attended; and
  • three letters of recommendation: one letter from the Dean of the law school from which the applicant graduated or is about to graduate and two letters from professors of that law school.

Applications for the scholarship, including all supporting documents, must be received by March 31.

Terms

  • The scholarship may not be offered in a given year and will be awarded only if there is a highly qualified applicant.
  • The scholarship must be used in the year it is awarded. A recipient may accept other scholarships and awards up to an amount not exceeding the tuition of the graduate program in which he or she enrols, or such other amount as the Credentials Committee may determine.
  • A student who is awarded the scholarship must report on his or her use of the scholarship and provide a copy of the relevant work.

For more information, contact the Manager, Credentials & Licensing

2018 recipient

Congratulations to Gabriella Jamieson, winner of the 2018 Law Society Scholarship for Graduate Legal Studies.

Gabriella Jamieson and President Miriam Kresivo, QC

Gabriella Jamieson (pictured with President Miriam Kresivo, QC) graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria in 2016, and is currently a judicial law clerk for the Supreme Court of BC in Vancouver.

Jamieson will be attending McGill University’s Faculty of Law in September to pursue an LLM in comparative law. Her research will focus on reconciliation through the reinterpretation of s. 35 of the Constitution Act, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.