As an articling or summer student, you may find yourself working long days and late nights with your sleeves rolled up alongside a variety of legal professionals. Apart from the junior partner or paralegals you may be assigned to work with on a regular basis, there is a whole ecosystem of people that help make a law firm or corporate legal department run smoothly day to day. Here’s a sampling of the people you may encounter in your days as a student.
Written by Victoria Ptashnick Issue: Fall 2012
Ben Vandorpe first knew something was wrong when he, then a seven-year-old girl, was forced to have a separate bath from his male friend. “We had been playing and his mother said it was bath time and because I was a girl and he was a boy, we would be bathed separately,” says Vandorpe. “I just remember crying non-stop and for the first time, being really aware of my gender,” he says.
|Part of private donor Peter Allard’s $11.86-million gift supported the construction of UBC Faculty of Law’s new building. Photo: UBC|
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Millie Bojic is a third-year law student at the University of British Columbia, pursuing the business law concentration. She is editor-in-chief of the UBC Faculty of Law’s entertainment law magazine, Esoteric. Recently, she completed a year-long in-house practicum at a global energy law firm. Along with her background in business administration within the energy industry, she also has a long history in visual arts as a painter and arts and culture event planner. She continues to paint commissioned work as per client request. This painting is titled Mortality of decadence, her interpretation of Dutch artist Jan Davidsz de Heem’s 17th-century painting Still-life with flowers and fruit.
Even if you’re just starting law school and picking up Canadian Lawyer 4Students for the very first time, you’ve likely already heard about how hard it is to get articling positions and find associate jobs once you’ve completed your law degree. So it might be that you’re questioning your career path and looking into the crystal ball of your future wondering if it might be your own shingle you’ll be hanging up once you’ve jumped through all the hoops required to be allowed to practise.
Like so many others, maybe you too “fell” into law. Maybe you weren’t sure what you wanted to do with your life so you decided to give it a try. Maybe you buckled under the pressure from family members to follow in their footsteps, or you just did it because your friends were doing it. Whatever the reason, you’re now in law school — and there’s no doubt it’s going to be a tough three years.