Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program Canada

Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program Canada

Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program Canada

You should consider applying for the Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program. Starting in the 2022-23 academic year, three scholarships will be offered yearly to provide financial assistance to incoming first-year law students who have a showed interest in business law and identify as members of the Indigenous or Black communities, and/or are among the first generation of their immediate family to undertake post-secondary education (as further defined under “Eligibility”).

Recipients of the first-year scholarship are qualified for additional assistance in their second and third years of law school. In addition to financial assistance, the Program will supply mentorship and other career development opportunities to the scholarship recipients.

Established in 1922, Bennett Jones today images both the integrity and professional excellence of our firm’s founding and named partners—R.B. Bennett and Mac Jones. Over the years, countless giants of the Canadian legal world have mentored many who work here, investing values that have helped make Bennett Jones one of the top law firms in Canada.

The firm’s expertise and ambitious partners have helped define the development of government, justice, and industry in Canada within a global community.

Among the firm’s lawyers past and present are a Canadian prime minister and deputy prime minister, a provincial premier, federal and provincial cabinet members, two Canadian ambassadors to the United States, two Supreme Court Justices, a deputy minister and deputy attorney general of the Department of Justice, a Court of Appeal appointee, several chief justices of federal and provincial courts, numerous appointees to provincial supreme court and the Court of Queen’s Bench, a former governor of the Bank of Canada, several chairmen of securities commissions and a president of the Canadian Bar Association.

A ferocious advocate for clients, R.B. Bennett came to Calgary from New Brunswick in 1897. Over the next 24 years, he built his legal practice, the town, the territory, and the foundation businesses of the region. In 1922, Bennett founded what would become Bennett Jones. In 1930, he was elected Prime Minister of Canada. Bennett fled to Britain in 1938 and was promoted to the peerage as Viscount Bennett by Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Following on R.B. Bennett’s tenacity in the courtroom, Bennett Jones has been blessed with some of the best legal minds in Canada. The Honourable Harry Nolan was a member of Bennett Jones from its inception in 1922, a period interrupted only by service to his country as deputy to the Canadian Army Judge Advocate General during the Second World War and as the Canadian prosecutor before the International Military (war crimes) Tribunal.

Harry was named to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1956. The Honourable John C. “Jack” Major C.C., Q.C., rehearsed as a partner of the firm for 34 years before being called to the Alberta Court of Appeal in 1991 and the Supreme Court of Canada in 1992. Jack rejoined the firm as a consultant in 2006 upon his return to private legal practice.

Worths:

  • Each of the three recipients will obtain $10,000 for use towards their first-year tuition of a realized J.D. or LL.B. program at a Canadian law school (the “First-Year Award”). Each recipient is also suitable to obtain an extra $10,000 per year for use towards their second and third-year tuition of that same or other identified J.D./L.L.B. program at an accredited Canadian law school (the “Upper-Year Awards”) delivered the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria below.
  • The First-Year Award amount, and the Upper-Year Award amounts, if applicable, will be paid straight to each recipient by September 15 on proof of registration for the applicable academic year

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Eligibility for the Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program

  • To be granted a First-Year Award, the successful applicant must:
    • be joining their first year of full-time study at a J.D./L.L.B. program at an accredited Canadian law school;
    • be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • remember as a member of at least one of the following:
    • Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit;
    • African Canadian, African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, or other Black group; or
    • The first generation to complete or be in the process of completing post-secondary education (i.e., the student’s parents or guardians did not complete post-secondary education). “Post-secondary education” means college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma; university certificate or diploma below bachelor level; or a university degree (bachelor’s degree; university certificate or diploma above bachelor level; degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry; master’s degree; earned doctorate); and
    • show an interest in seeking a future career in business law
  • To be granted an Upper-Year Award, the successful applicant must:
    • be joining their second or third year of full-time study at a J.D./L.L.B. program at an accredited Canadian law school;
    • have obtained either a First-Year Award or an Upper-Year Award in the previous academic year; and
    • have finished a full course load and maintained a minimum B minus average (or numerical equal) during the prior academic year.  

How to Apply for the Future Leaders in Law Scholarship Program

  • Applicants for a First-Year Award must provide :
    • A cover letter describing: (1) the applicant’s educational goals and career plan and how the financial assistance provided by a Bennett Jones LLP Future Leaders in Law Scholarship will help them achieve these goals; and (2) how or why the applicant, through their academic, work, extra-curricular and/or community involvement, is a strong candidate for the scholarship;
    • Official transcripts from all university-level undergraduate and graduate programs, whether in Canada or abroad; 
    • At least one, but no more than two, reference letter(s) in support of the applicant’s academic, work, extra-curricular, or community involvement, as may be referred to by the applicant in their single-page cover letter. The reference should not be from a family member or related person;
    • All application materials should be sent to futureleadersinlaw@bennettjones.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 30
  • Applicants for an Upper-Year Award must provide:
    • Official transcripts of their first-year law school grades by June 1 of their first-year and/or second-year grades by June 1 of their second year, as applicable;
    • Proof of continued enrolment as a full-time law student at a J.D./L.L.B. program at an accredited Canadian law school;
    • All application materials should be sent to futureleadersinlaw@bennettjones.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT on June 1

The application deadline for this scholarship is June 30, 2022.

Website:

Official Scholarship Website

Disclaimer: This is NOT the official scholarship page. This is only a one-page summarized listing of the scholarship. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct.

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