Black Future Lawyers Conference

Are you a Black undergraduate student who is interested in attending law school?

Join us at the one-day Black Future Lawyers Conference hosted by the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. This conference will provide you with the key information that will help you to apply to law school and get the most out of your law school experience.

Undergraduate students enrolled at any university are welcome to attend.

Saturday February 29th 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Jackman Law Building

Through a dynamic lecture, informal discussions and panel presentations, students will engage in a fun and interactive program that focuses on law school admissions, law school culture, the legal profession, and the value of a JD degree. Conference attendees will connect with lawyers, law students, faculty, admissions staff, and other future law students.

A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided. Conference registration is free. 

The Faculty of Law is committed to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and recognizes the importance of a legal profession that represents the diversity of Canadian society.

Presented in partnership with the University of Toronto Faculty of Law’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA) with support by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Denton's LLP; Tory's LLP; and the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).



Due to space limitations, conference registration is limited to currently enrolled Black undergraduate students only. We are unable to accommodate other additional guests.

CONFERENCE AGENDA  |  Saturday February 29th 2020

BLSA is the UofT Black Law Students' Association

8:45 - 9:00 amArrival & check-in at the main atrium
9:00 - 9:30 amBreakfast Meet & Mingle
Complimentary light breakfast
9:30 - 9:50 am
Opening & Welcome
Black Law Students' Association (BLSA)
9:50 - 10:20 am
Keynote Address: Diversity in the Legal Profession and on Bay Street
Atrisha Lewis, Associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP;  and Bencher, Law Society of Ontario (LSO)
10:30 - 11:30 am
Law School Mini-Lecture
Abdi Aidid, Vice-President, Blue J Legal; and Adjunct Professor, UofT Law
11:40 am - 12:30 pm
The Landscape for Black Legal Professionals
Lawyer panel
12:30 - 1:45 pmNetworking Lunch
with alumni, lawyers, BLSA and staff
1:45 - 3:45 pm
Alternating sessions:
Law School Admissions (35 min)
What Law Schools Seek In Applicants
Jerome Poon-Ting, 
Senior Recruitment, Admissions & Diversity Outreach Officer
Eye on the Prize: Pre-Law Preparation (50 min)
BLSA panel
How to Succeed in Law School and Choose Your Career (50 min)
BLSA panel
3:55 - 4:25 pm
Ask Me Anything
Ask the BLSA law students anything
4:30 - 5:30 pmClosing Remarks & Networking Reception



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