Students focused on a career in the legal profession have started their studies in a unique program at Selkirk College that aims to bring a rural base to future pursuits.
The Selkirk College Law & Justice Studies diploma program is designed to provide the skills, training and support for a career in a variety of legal professions including law, law enforcement, paralegal, criminology, advocacy, social justice and legal security. At the beginning of the Fall Semester, 12 students were part of the first cohort that provides core courses and options designed for future legal studies.
Members of the first Selkirk College Law & Justice Studies cohort that began studies on the Castlegar Campus in the first week of September.
“The program has been in the planning stages for the past three years and it’s exciting to finally embark on this journey with students,” says Takaia Larsen, the School of University Arts & Sciences Coordinator. “It’s built around the growing need to increase access to justice in rural areas and we are looking forward to seeing how this first class uses this opportunity to further their interest in this meaningful field.”
The average age of lawyers in Canada is over 50 years and as a result, it is anticipated there will be a shortage in the profession across the country. The situation in rural areas is even more critical with a shrinking number of lawyers due to retirements.