At Lerners, we believe that diversity and equitable opportunity in the legal services industry is integral to providing effective legal representation. It is important to the culture of our firm that our lawyers, management and staff are representative of the vibrant communities that we serve. We believe that confidence in the administration of justice depends on a diverse legal profession that equitably serves the interests of all. As part of our effort to help address the systemic barriers experienced early on by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in the legal services industry, we are proud to present the Learn with Lerners Bursary and Mentorship Program. We honour and acknowledge that many racial identities are in our community and fall under the “BIPOC” umbrella. We use this abbreviation “BIPOC” with respect and understanding.
This program, created to help address the lack of representation and mentorship in the legal services industry, is being offered to recent graduates of publicly funded secondary schools in Ontario, who have an interest in pursuing a career in the legal services industry and who plan to attend college or university in the 2021- 22 academic term. A single bursary of $5,000.00 Canadian and twelve (12) months of invaluable mentorship with a Lerners lawyer will be awarded to this years’ recipient.
If you have recently graduated high school and have been admitted to a first-year program at an Ontario college or university in September 2021, then the Learn with Lerners Bursary and Mentorship Program may be for you! Eligible candidates must:
- Be a member of Ontario’s BIPOC community and self-identify as a Black, Indigenous or Person of Colour
- Be 21 years of age or less at the start of the 2021-22 academic term
- Be interested in pursuing a career in the legal services industry
- Have been admitted to a first-year program at an Ontario post-secondary
college or university and plan to attend on a full-time basis during the 2021-22 term
- Meet all other eligibility criteria set out in the Terms and Conditions
For complete terms and conditions, click here.