The UBC Pre-Law Association is excited to kick off the new school year by hosting Admissions Night, where members will be able to meet and listen to admissions directors from various Canadian and U.S. law schools. Our guests this year include representatives from:
– Queen’s University
– University of Alberta
– University of BC
– University of Saskatchewan
– University of Toronto
– University of Victoria
– University of Washington (U.S.)
– University of Western Ontario
Learn about the law school admissions process, find out how to make your application a competitive one, and discover the unique programs and benefits each law school has to offer. Representatives will also be on hand to answer your questions.
— WHEN & WHERE
Date: Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
Time: 5PM-9PM (registration starts at 4:30)
— COST & REGISTRATION
– FREE for Pre-Law members
– Non-members ($10– includes membership for the year)
Also, sign up for club membership during Clubs Week! Our booth is located in the SUB ballroom. Can’t make it during Clubs Week? Show up 30 minutes early to the event on the day of – we’ll be selling memberships prior to the event.
– Business casual dress is preferred.
– Light food and snacks will be provided.
PLEASE RSVP here to confirm your attendance on the Facebook Event Page. We look forward to seeing you at Admissions Night!
“Guys… it smells like the future!”
When UBC Pre Law Association met up in downtown on a sunny Thursday morning to tour Davis LLP, the law firm that was kind enough host us for the morning, the firm definitely left an impression on us. Located high up in the sky (or the 26th floor to be accurate), the offices overlook the city of Vancouver, the city where the firm was founded. With offices throughout Canada, Davis LLP is a large business law firm which offers clients cross-jurisdictional advice services and remains the only Canada-based law firm with an office in Japan.
Not only were the views of the mountains breathtaking, but the people working for Davis LLP were extremely accommodating. Two articled students, Alex and Johanna, were able to take us on a tour and answer all our burning questions from everything about the LSAT to life at law school. The Director of Student Programs, Kerry, shared his vast knowledge about law school and also gave us pointers on how to secure employment, particularly articling positions after law school. Some of his useful tips included what kinds of things he would look for on a resume when hiring students fresh out of law school to article. Interestingly, Kerry mentioned that although a solid and consistent transcript is paramount, your resume should have something more to offer beyond just grades such as work experience that shows that you were growing in your position. Even if it is something not related to law, such as a barista, dedication to your job and steady promotions show Kerry and other hiring partners that you are dedicated and hardworking, two traits necessary to be a good lawyer. A job that allows you to work on your communication skills is also useful for lawyers spend a lot of time communicating with their clients on a variety of platforms.
During our tour we even got to see the infamous horse-hair wig that dates back to over a century ago that Davis the founding father of the firm himself used to rock. In the 19th century, court dress for barristers involved such wigs; think of it as the suit and tie of today’s world. UBC Pre-law members are infamous for rocking the permanent business-casual look 24/7, something tells me that working for a big law firm such as Davis LLP is only a stepping stone away!
First off, happy 2014 to all Pre-Law members! Hope this year is filled with success in all your legal education pursuits.
To kick start the new year and the second semester at UBC, Pre-Law is having its signature event: a visit to a prestigious Canadian law firm, DAVIS LLP. This is an extremely good way for students who thought about working in a law firm so see what it is like firsthand as well as a great networking opportunity. Happening this Thursday January 16th, 2014 at 10am, spots are limited so fill out this form https://bit.ly/KT0lB1 to register and visit our Facebook page for all the details at https://www.facebook.com/ubcprelaw
Hope to see you all there!
Anyone who has ever thought about studying law in Europe, this post will be of particular interest to you. Back at the start of the semester, Dr Sara Ramshaw from Queen’s University Belfast was visiting UBC all the way from Northern Ireland and she was kind enough to sit down with a couple of Pre-Law members to pass on some useful information about Queen’s Law program. Dr Ramshaw is actually one of the admissions personnel for the School of Law, so she was able to tell us first hand as to what the university is looking for in applications.
For anyone who is unfamiliar with Belfast, it is an area located in Northern Ireland. Queen’s University has been internationally recognized as one of the top UK Law Schools for a number of years in a row and offers students a 3 year Juris Doctor degree. Dr Ramshaw mentioned that International students are especially welcome to apply as there are scholarships available and local agencies work with the university to provide internships to international students. International students are also guaranteed accommodation for at least their first year. The small-group intensive teaching strategies used in this program allow students to be actively engaged in their learning and to thrive off each other’s knowledge. For me personally, small classrooms are one of my top priorities when choosing a law school as getting to know my professors and colleagues really helps stay focused and engaged in my learning, as my undergrad experience has shown.
The entry requirements are a 3.0 / 4.0 GPA in a primary degree other than law, supporting paperwork such as a personal statement and a letter of recommendation and that is pretty much it. Yes, you read that right…. no LSAT exam score is required!
Belfast has a history of having political instability and when we asked Dr Ramshaw about this, she assured us that the area was recently named the safest region in the UK (British Crime Survey 2011). The university is actually situated in a quiet residential suburb close to the Belfast city-centre. Most major United Kingdom cities are located within an hour’s flying time and there is also a daily ferry which provides fast transportation services to wherever you may want to explore that day.
For any students interested in finding out more information about this amazing program I would recommend checking out www.law.qub.ac.uk or email Dr Ramshaw directly (she’s really friendly!) at email@example.com and don’t forget to mention UBC Pre Law! (An alumni of UBC, Dr Ramshaw is especially pleased to give any UBC students advice.)
Last Saturday just when the fog cleared and before the rains hit, the unpredictable Vancouver weather decided to be on the Pre-Law team and bless us with sunshine for the entire weekend. Some of the executives from Pre-Law and myself set out on a mini-road trip to Whistler for the yearly Pre-Law Executive Retreat. The autumn leaves were just the perfect golden colour and spirits were high as we met up on campus, ready to escape midterms and papers for some open mountain air. Eleven of us in total in three cars, the drive to the mountains was filled with Lion King music in one car; in another of typical Pre-Law fashion, LSAT arguments! While it is impossible to sum up everything that transpired that weekend, the executive team definitely bonded better than ever and shared countless laughs.
We were lucky enough to stay at the very comfortable Pinnacle Hotel Whistler right in the centre of the village. The team successfully managed to balance work with fun and get through a meeting and the first reading of the Pre-Law Constitution that Saturday afternoon. After some down time, we hit the town to have dinner and explore. Especially special was the fact that Geena, one of our Executive Assistants had her birthday that day which had her squished in a giant group hug resonating “happy birthday” at midnight. After dinner, we trekked to the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler to cuddle next to a fire pit with hot chocolate while the wind rustled the leaves around us. Overall, the retreat was just like our Co-president implicitly implied, a huge success and a lot of memories were made last weekend.
The long awaited day is finally here, UBC Pre-Law Blog is officially up and running! I will be keeping you guys updated with all the exciting events that we will be having this year, as well as event recaps, interviews with various key figures, and other random and useful tidbits of information that will hopefully help you all on your journeys to law school, no matter where your current location is.
But on to exciting news, Pre-Law is holding a special event on Thursday November 7th right on UBC campus, the Blueprint LSAT Prep Session!
The event, a workshop with one of the top LSAT prep companies in the world is not to be missed no matter when you see yourself eventually taking that delightful test.
The event starts at 5:30pm; free for Pre-Law Members and only $5 for non-members. For those of you who aren’t sure what it will be about, the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a crucial part of any law school application in North America. Blueprint will be engaging with students and sharing tips and tricks to conquer the test with the highest rate of success possible, combining that with the least amount of stress! Sounds perfect, no? I for one am writing the LSAT in February 2014 and anything that takes away some of the stress is extremely helpful. Blueprint has years making sure students do well on the exam, and the valuable information they will be providing is a great way to get into the LSAT spirit. Even if you still are not sure when you will be writing the test, or even if you plan to write it at all, the event is an excellent opportunity for everyone to get a look at what the test will entail and try a couple practice question so you can start planning for the future. As they say, planning leads to success and it’s never to early to start.
Come out to the Henry Angus Building room 037 on Nov 7th. Casual dress is appropriate, but the desire to get that 180 one day is recommended! RSVP at the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/537732429645635/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming&source=1
Hope to see you all there and I hope to keep you all entertained this year as I, Liza Afanassieva, will be blogging away on here and keeping the UBC Pre-Law community updated on everything that is happening.
The new school year is about to kick off in about a month over at the University of British Columbia. That means many of you are either starting your post-secondary career with us, or maybe you’re half way through your programme, or you are reconsidering your goals and aspirations. If you are thinking about starting a career in law, the UBC Pre-Law Association is a great way to start. We offer various events throughout the year that introduce you to the world of law, from which law schools are available, the procedures to get into these programmes, and also provide networking sessions with people already in the industry.
This year, a new feature that we are introducing is our blog. Through it we hope to inform you about upcoming events, events you may have missed out on, and interviews with faculty members, current and former students, and current lawyers in Vancouver, just to name a few.
So make sure you keep an eye out for news on our blog, Facebook, Linkedin, Instagram and Twitter!