Three Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships will be offered yearly to provide financial assistance to incoming first-year law students who have a shown interest in business law and identify as members of the Indigenous or Black communities, and/or are among the first generation of their close family to undertake post-secondary education (as further defined under “Eligibility”).
Applicants 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 Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships will provide mentorship and other career development opportunities to the scholarship recipients.
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Established in 1922, Bennett Jones today recalls both the integrity and professional excellence of our firm’s founding and named partners—R.B. Bennett and Mac Jones.
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- Each of the three applicants will receive Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships worth $10,000 for use towards their first-year tuition of a recognized J.D. or LL.B. program at a Canadian law school (the “First-Year Award”).
- Each recipient is also qualified to receive an additional $10,000 per year for use towards their second and third-year tuition of that same or other recognized J.D./L.L.B. program at an approved Canadian law school (the “Upper-Year Awards”) provided the recipient continues to meet the eligibility criteria below.
- The First-Year Award amount, and the Upper-Year Award amounts, if appropriate, will be paid directly to each recipient by September 15 on evidence of enrollment for the applicable academic year.
Eligibility for Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships
- To be granted a First-Year Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships, the successful applicant must:
- be entering their first year of full-time study at a J.D./L.L.B. program at an approved Canadian law school;
- be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
- recognize as a member of at least one of the following:
- Canadian First Nations, Métis or Inuit;
- African Canadian, African, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latino, or another Black group; or
- The first generation to complete or be in the process of finishing 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
- display an interest in pursuing a future career in business law
- To be awarded an Upper-Year Award, the successful applicant must:
- be entering their second or third year of full-time study at a J.D./L.L.B. program at an accredited Canadian law school;
- have received either a First-Year Award or an Upper-Year Award in the prior academic year; and
- have completed a full course load and maintained a minimum B minus average (or numerical equivalent) during the previous academic year.
How to Apply for Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships
- Candidates for a First-Year Bennett Jones Future Leaders in Law Scholarships must provide :
- A cover letter explaining: (1) the applicant’s academic goals and career plan and how the financial assistance provided by a Bennett Jones LLP Future Leaders in Law Scholarship will help them accomplish 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, if in Canada or abroad;
- At least one, but no more than two, reference letter(s) in support of the candidate’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 [email protected] 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;
- Evidence of continued enrolment as a full-time law student at a J.D./L.L.B. program at an approved Canadian law school.
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The Application Deadline for the Scholarship is June 30, 2022.
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