The Advisory: Volume 8, Issue 3, June 2010

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Aboriginal Law Student Summer Program Provides Career Opportunities

The Aboriginal Law student summer program seeks to provide career opportunities for students as well as insights into First Nations culture. The Aboriginal Law student summer program has again facilitated the placement of three second-year students into summer student positions.

The program was created to: (1) allow law firms and the legal profession to gain greater insight into aboriginal culture and issues; (2) provide an opportunity for aboriginal law students early in their legal career to obtain work experience in a law firm; and (3) foster opportunities for ongoing relationships to develop between aboriginal students and practicing lawyers.

The placement program was established as a result of the 2004 equality and diversity survey findings, which identified a need to address the experience of aboriginal lawyers in the legal profession.

Since the program started in 2006 as a pilot project, it has facilitated the placement of 14 law students in summer student positions. Many of these students have, as a result of their participation in the program, gone on to secure articling positions with the firms that they have summered with.

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