Annual publication on law careers, direct distribution in September to Quebec’s law students province-wide. English Section
“More cultural diversity in legal professions” by Meg Hewings
Visible minorities are currently underrepresented in the legal profession in Quebec, but times are changing
Pie IX Boulevard and Bélair Street in Montreal’s east-end neighbourhood of Saint-Michel is a low-lying intersection and an up-and-coming immigrant corridor that represents a new, modern and mixed facet of the city: a Baptist church, a pan-Asian resto-bar with a tacky, temple facade, a Tim Hortons and a dépanneur. Headquartered at this crossroads in a two-story walk up, the partners at Bernard & Landry Avocats are part of a new and growing segment of private practice lawyers spreading across Montreal.
“I always wanted to open my own office, and to have a very social practice centred on people – to make a difference in society at that level,” says Nathalie Landry, a lawyer who graduated in law from the University of Ottawa in 2001. She also recently completed a graduate degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the Université de Sherbrooke in 2012 and is the secretary of the Association des Avocat(e)s et Notaires Noir(e)s du Québec (AANNQ).
While some of the larger law firms and the government sector actively encourage diversity and equal opportunity initiatives, as a whole the legal profession seems to be moving forward slowly, even reluctantly, despite the business case for diversifying a law firm’s personnel.
While the demographics of the city’s biggest law firms in downtown Montreal’s monolithic glass skyscrapers remain largely unchanged since the Mad Men era, today, influenced by their opportunities out of law school, many new visible minority and women lawyers are looking elsewhere. They are charging to the front lines of citizenship, family and small-business law, opening independent practices and helping the communities they are from.
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“Interview Know-How” by Robben Fadden
Advice from law professionals on how to stand out from the pack, make a good impression and avoid common mistakes in an interview.
Law school is challenging enough, but landing that first job after graduation or competing for coveted internships can be nothing short of a battle. A solid resume and cover letter that focus on strengths and experience can land candidates an interview with law firms, private companies, government organizations and notary offices. But what happens during the interview process is the breaking point between securing an exciting new job and returning to the drudgery of an ongoing and protracted job search.
The secret lies in investigating your own background, harnessing the power of determination and strategizing how to best prepare for each interview. Below is advice from law practitioners with years of experience hiring new lawyers and notaries – including how to make a good impression, how to talk about strengths and weaknesses and what to avoid.
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