$12,000 Law Society Scholarship

  Kimberly Eldred receives the scholarship cheque from Ralston Alexander, QC
  Vancouver lawyer Kimberly M. Eldred savours a proud moment and congratulations from President Ralston Alexander, QC on being the Benchers’ choice for the $12,000 scholarship for graduate legal studies. A graduate of UBC law school in 1998, Ms. Eldred clerked at the Supreme and Territorial Courts of Yukon Territory and completed articles at Borden Ladner Gervais. After her call to the bar in BC and the Yukon in 2000, she practised first as a staff lawyer with the Yukon Legal Services Society then as a lawyer in a small-firm criminal practice in Vancouver. She begins the Masters of Law program at Harvard Law School this fall and plans to focus her research on the protection of the legal rights of persons implicated in international criminal investigations and prosecutions.

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 and the University of Victoria 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.

The Benchers award the Law Society Scholarship on recommendation of the Credentials Committee.

Criteria for selection

In reviewing applications, the Credentials Committee takes into consideration each applicant’s:

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

An eligible applicant may apply by submitting:

  • a letter of application setting out the details of his or her 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 2006 scholarship, including all supporting documents, must be received by December 15, 2005. Please direct enquiries and applications to:

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