Law Firm Mentoring Program

Mentors provided a great amount of insights into the fields of law and advice on life and school in general. - Grade 10 Central Technical School student

Recognizing that many LAWS students are from low-income families with little tradition of postsecondary education, and therefore may lack the guidance, information and support required to graduate high school and access postsecondary institutions, in 2007 the LAWS Law Firm Mentoring Program was launched, partnering Central Technical School with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Our second partnership was formed in 2009 between Harbord Collegiate Institute and Torys LLP.  In 2012 the program expanded once again partnering Dentons Canada LLP along with its client Bank of Montreal with C. W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute. Our fourth partnership was created in 2013 between Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and Westview Centennial Secondary School.

Through these mentoring programs senior LAWS students are paired with lawyers at our partner firms.  Pairs meet at the firms or partner schools once a month in facilitated group sessions that include team-building exercises and educational workshops designed to give the students valuable skills, as well as one-on-one time with their mentors. Mentors and mentees discuss goal setting, accessing postsecondary education, and networking. The program provides students with the opportunity to gain access to and feel comfortable in a professional environment, and meet and dialogue with a wide range of legal professionals each month.

Our partner law firms also generously provide bursaries for each participating student when they graduate from high school.

In 2011 the LAWS/Blakes Law Firm Mentoring Program was recognized with a Lexpert Zenith Award.