Supporting Future Lawyers To Tackle Racism in Canada

Feb 24, 2021 9:30 AM ET

By Fabian Dawson

In a Canadian first, one of the country’s largest banks has announced a scholarship program to increase the number of students pursuing a career in the legal profession with the intent to become advocates for anti-racism.

Scholarship recipients for the Scotiabank Program for Law Students will be selected based on several factors including their “demonstrated experience in anti-racism advocacy and a clear articulation of how they will leverage their legal careers to tackle systemic discrimination,” the bank said in its press release.

The Scotiabank Program for Law Students will enable each affiliated university to award one student per year a $10,000 scholarship renewable annually for the duration of their three-year degree. Each scholarship recipient will have the opportunity to meet with Scotiabank executives and members of the legal community, and select participants will be offered an internship opportunity at either Scotiabank, a law firm, or another legal advocacy organization.

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