The official welcome to the Peter A. Allard School of Law began yesterday for a new class of JD students, excited and eager to being their legal training.
Orientation, which takes places over three days, is filled with activities and session to help the new 1Ls get comfortable with one another; meet senior students, faculty, and staff; and learn what to expect and how to prepare for the next three year.
2Ls Maddy MacDonald and Martin Lay have been hard at work planning this important event since the start of the summer.
“We hope all of this year's class feels welcomed to the Allard School of Law community through the activities we have planned,” MacDonald said. “Our goals are to orient them to law school and to all of the diverse resources available to them, and to help them begin to build friendships with the people they will be spending the next three years with!”
The class of 187 students started Orientation with a Musqueam welcome by Elder Larry Grant followed by a performance by the Dancers of Damelhamid, which includes current JD student Nigel Grenier.
Students were then welcomed by Dean Catherine Dauvernge, Chief Justice Robert Bauman of the BC Court of Appeal, Law Society President Herman Van Ommen QC, and Law Students’ Society President Alexandra Scott.
The day continued with a chance to meet their professors, introduction to some new but necessary law skills (such as how to read a case), and finally a chance to mingle with the Dean and other faculty members at the annual Dean’s Reception and Banquet.
“Orientation Week is a very exciting time, I really enjoy meeting and talking to our new students and finding out what brought them to law school,” said Kaila Mikkelsen, Assistant Dean of Students. “Numerous members of our faculty and staff come out as well and it shows what a collegial and friendly group of people we have at the law school ready to support and work with our new students.”
The new JD students are a diverse group. This year, 1562 applicants applied, and only 12% were selected, representing some of the finest minds in Canada. Ages range from 20 to 46, with an average age of 25. They come from all over Canada and beyond, and from an eclectic range of backgrounds.
Welcome to the Allard School of Law!
Curtis, Proud, Scow, Gee
Wondering why that's written on all the Orientation t-shirts? Each year, the incoming class is divided into small groups named after accomplished alumni who have made transformative contributions to the legal field. Currently, these groups are named after the following four distinguished alumni:
George F. Curtis, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C., LL.B., B.A., B.C.L., LL.D., D.C.L., the founding Dean of the law school.
Margaret Jean Gee, LL.B, the first Chinese Canadian woman called to the bar in Canada.
Patricia Proudfoot, O.B.C., LL.B., the first female judge appointed to serve at the Supreme Court of British Columbia.
Alfred J. Scow, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D., LL.B., the first Indigenous person to graduate from the law school and the first to be appointed to the Canadian judiciary.