From the Rural Education and Access to Lawyers initiative

REAL logoREAL initiative in full swing

The Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) initiative is in full swing this year, funding 13 summer student placements in Campbell River, Dawson Creek, Fernie, Invermere, Lumby, Nelson, 100 Mile House, Penticton, Prince George, Smithers (two), Squamish and Trail.

The REAL initiative is made possible by the joint contributions of the Law Society of BC and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, with support confirmed through 2013 for the continued delivery of the core programs:

1.  funding for second-year summer ­student placements;

2.  funding the Regional Legal Career Officer position to support students interested in practising in small communities; and

3.  organization of regional networking events.

REAL has significantly shifted the dialogue around the projected shortage of lawyers practising in small communities and rural areas, and we look to BC lawyers for their continued support of the REAL initiative as our work has just begun.

The Regional Legal Career Officer is seeking applications from rural practitioners interested in the 2013 summer ­student placements. The aim is to have these opportunities available for students in the fall so they have REAL careers as a competitive option.

Applications can be found on the REAL website at

To find out more about the REAL initiative or how you can help support the ­coordinated set of programs, please ­contact:

Michael Jakeman
Regional Legal Career Officer
Telephone: 1.888.687.3404

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