New $12,000 Law Society scholarship for Aboriginal graduate students

In addition to the Law Society’s existing graduate scholarship, the society is creating a new scholarship for Aboriginal students with outstanding academic achievement who are pursuing graduate studies in a field of law. The $12,000 annual award – which is the same amount as the society’s other graduate scholarship – will be available for application in 2013.

Retaining Aboriginal lawyers in the profession is one of the key objectives in the Law Society’s 2012-2014 Strategic Plan. The society hopes the scholarship will help support the participation of Aboriginal peoples in the development of law and issues relevant to the legal profession. In addition, it aims to enhance the retention of Aboriginal lawyers by supporting the development of Indigenous leaders and role models in the legal community.

“We know that the public is best served when the legal profession reflects the population, and British Columbia is a culturally diverse place,” said President Bruce LeRose, QC. “As the regulator, we can’t do it alone, but this scholarship is one contribution that we can make now toward that wider goal.”

The Law Society Aboriginal Graduate Scholarship will be offered to eligible applicants to encourage and financially assist those Indigenous candidates in completing graduate studies in law, which will ultimately benefit the individual, the province, and the legal profession in BC. To be considered, applicants must be proceeding to a full program of graduate studies in a field of law at a recognized institution.

More details about the scholarship – which was recommended by the society’s Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee – will be posted soon on the society’s website in the section containing information about honours and awards offered by the Law Society.