Students are our future. That is why Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is committed to investing in students who strive to join the industry as the next generation of paraprofessionals. Paraprofessionals consist of paralegals, law clerks and other legal technical specialists. As the new school season has arrived, this article takes a look at BLG’s special relationship with the colleges and universities that provide paraprofessional studies.
To strengthen their commitment to the future of the paraprofessional, BLG has created a Paraprofessional National Student Program to support paraprofessional students across Canada. BLG is collaborating with top Canadian schools to encourage an open dialogue and to support paraprofessional students with placement/practicum studies, career opportunities and financial support.
Over the past year, BLG participated in panel discussions, guest speaking opportunities and student networking events at various schools. These initiatives were well received by students, instructors, and program coordinators and plans for supporting future events are underway.
In addition to BLG’s ongoing Scholarship Endowment Fund with Capilano University, BLG Law Clerk Awards were established with Durham College, Seneca College, and Algonquin College. These multi-year commitments provide financial support to paraprofessionals from underrepresented communities.