Law Student and Young Lawyer Resources
by Patricia Jordan
What can the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) do for you? We can assist in developing your networking skills and help you gain a professional advantage in your law practice through participation in Sections and CBA Professional Development (PD) programs.
If you are already a member, you know the CBA is dedicated to helping lawyers do their jobs better and advocating on their behalf, as well as to improving the administration of justice and helping Canadians obtain access to the legal system. If you haven’t joined your professional association, we invite you to visit www.cba.org to discover the many benefits of membership and how you can be involved in advancing the legal profession and matters of law in Canada and around the world.
Through the work of its Sections, Committees and Task Forces at both the National and Branch levels, the CBA is seen as an important and objective voice on issues of significance to both the legal profession and the public. As a CBA member, you receive discounts on arts and entertainment, banking services, communications, sporting events and technology services in addition to many other benefits.
The CBA offers exceptional PD programs that provide specialized resources and networking opportunities to advance your career, practice and business. All Law Society members are required to report their PD hours annually. As a service to members, we record your attendance at Section meetings and other CBA PD events when you sign-in at the meeting or register for a CBA PD event. We make it easy for you – when it is time to report to the Law Society, you have a printable record of your PD hours. And you can check your record online at any time, to see if you have completed your mandatory 10 hours of PD plus two hours of ethics/practice management requirement.
In a recent CBA web survey, members told us that they would like better online access to information. In an effort to provide you with easy access to articles of interest, we have published links on Section home pages to extensive lists of archived BarTalk articles, CBA PracticeLink categories and Section Papers that are relevant to your Section.
Did You Know?
- Law school students can enjoy all the benefits of CBA membership for just $20
- Articling/Bar admission students pay just $74.34 to join the CBA
- CBABC articling and law students are eligible to receive three free Section enrolments.
Visit the “Law Student and Young Lawyer Resources” page in “Practice Resources” at www.cba.org/bc for more information.
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CBABC REAL Initiative: realbc.org
The Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) Initiative is a coordinated set of programs that provide the framework for tackling the crisis of access to legal services in rural areas and small communities. It is designed to encourage law students to gain legal experience and education in non-urban communities in British Columbia with the expectation that this exposure will lead to the attraction of new lawyers to rural/small communities facing a current or projected crisis in access to legal services.
Patricia Jordan is the CBABC Web Manager. She welcomes your comments, questions and suggestions. Tel: 604-646-7861; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was published in the June 2009 issue of BarTalk. © 2009 The Canadian Bar Association. All rights reserved.