Tuesday, 06 September 2011 13:01 Written by Heather Gardiner
Monday, 05 September 2011 13:36 Written by Heather Gardiner
|Dean Philip Bryden of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law is a member of the common law degree implementation committee.|
Entering law school, you will find among your peers science majors, math wizards, human rights activists, corporate sharks, and many, many BA students. In order to appeal to everyone, and of course for other practical purposes, the first year is extremely broad. The 1L student is able to engage with the basic components of contract, tort, criminal, constitutional, and property law. At my law school, our schedules in first year are entirely circumscribed but for one elective course. It was compulsory to study topics from all areas of the bar and collect a year’s worth of general legal knowledge.
If you were to ask 30 different law students why they were pursuing careers in law, you’d likely get 30 different answers. This of course, despite the fact all of our personal statements said we wanted to “save the world.” Yes, some, including myself, do naively hope to leave a lasting impact on the lives of our future clients. Others want to revolutionize business, constitutional, employment, and even tax law! And some among us are pursuing legal careers for the sole purpose of ensuring personal financial security. Regardless of what brings students into the law library for late night study sessions, there is one piece of advice I feel applies to all and that is to cherish and soak up every opportunity for growth and learning.
|WBLC summer staff (l to r): Justin Dick, Ryan Hayes, Katherine Serniwka, Charlotte Cameron, and Jonathan Thoburn.|