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

2017 Recipient

The Law Society is pleased to award Naomi Minwalla the 2017 Law Society Scholarship. Ms. Minwalla was called to the bar in September 1999 and has practiced law as a sole practitioner since May 2001, focusing on serving refugees, trafficked women and other vulnerable and marginalized persons. She currently provides pro bono consultations while she is completing a Master of Studies in international human rights law at the University of Oxford. Her thesis The Right to Truth Re-examined was inspired by her participation in a human rights field study in Ayacucho, Peru, during which she lived in remote Indigenous communities and learned first-hand from residents about the impact of twenty years of internal conflict.

“Throughout my studies, deficiencies in the Canadian legal system, most profoundly in the areas of economic and social rights, have been illuminated,” Ms. Minwalla stated. “For instance, homelessness and the right to housing, which are pressing issues in BC, could be addressed more effectively if economic and social rights were recognized as fundamental human rights in Canada.”