CEO's Perspective

Helping with important choices

Timothy E. McGeeTimothy E. McGee

To help those considering a career in law better understand the opportunities and challenges of legal practice today, the Law Society has published a booklet titled Considering a career in law? We are distributing the booklet to all Canadian law societies and law schools, some undergraduate programs and various other organizations.

Readers will find real-life profiles highlighting different paths that one may take as a lawyer — from practising as a sole practitioner in Kamloops to working as a barrister in a large firm in downtown Vancouver and career options outside private practice. The booklet also explains the Law Society’s role as regulator of the legal profession in BC, and outlines the services the society offers to BC lawyers. In addition, the booklet outlines the professional obligations that apply to all articling students and lawyers in BC.

booklet coverThe Law Society is aware that retention of lawyers is a growing concern for many of BC’s law firms and communities. Considering a career in law? presents information about the changing demographics of the profession, including where lawyers are practising, the size of BC law firms and the increasing proportion of women among new calls. I expect this information will interest prospective and current law students, new lawyers and experienced practitioners as well.

Response to the booklet has been very positive since its release last month. Most often, we hear that the booklet pulls together practical information in an easy-to-understand format. Among current practitioners, we hear comments like, “I wish this had been available when I was starting out, but it’s helpful even today.”

We hope this booklet will help those considering or beginning a career in law make well-informed decisions that will stand them in good stead as they pursue a legal career.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the Law Society’s Communications Department at 604-443-5768 or if you would like a copy of Considering a career in law? We would also welcome your feedback on the booklet at any time.