As part of a collaboration between VSB and the Vancouver Summer Mentorship Society, ten VSB students from King George, Van Tech, Templeton and Tupper were recently invited to take part in a week-long Legal Ed Bootcamp led by lawyers Alon Mizrahi (Van Tech alumni) and Isaac Filatè.
This is the second year the program has run and this year students also took part in activities, which included lectures at UBC's Peter A. Allard School of Law from a variety of lawyers and guest speakers. In addition, the students spent a day at the Supreme Court of BC to sit in on trials, speak with a Supreme Court Judge and spend an afternoon with their new lawyer-mentors.
"It was really helpful to have a peek into what it would be like in law school and after law school. I'm now a lot more motivated to work hard both in high school and my undergrad because law is something I really want to pursue now," says Alison Wick from Tupper.
As participants of this program, students will have an opportunity to receive a bursary from the Vancouver Summer Mentorship Society should they choose to pursue a degree in law. As well, they receive ongoing support from Mizrah and Filatè.
Navaneeth Ravichandran, a Van Tech student adds, "As I'm currently seriously considering a career in law and law school, this week-long camp has truly enhanced my knowledge as to what exactly a career in law entails. I was able to learn so much more than I did before, as well as make acquaintances that can help me reach my goal."
A gofundme.com campaign has been started by Mizrah and Filatè to help keep the program and bursary going for future years. Click here for more information.