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A career in law can be very challenging but equally rewarding. Similarly,
the importance of mentoring a student at the start of his or her career is an
awesome responsibility. To do it properly requires much time and effort. It
is daunting and should not be undertaken lightly.
That said, we hope that the above does not dissuade those members of
the profession who would make excellent mentors, whether formal principals
or informal mentors, from taking on the role. We all started as articled
students, and then became recently called lawyers, and continued on, and
made mistakes, and had successes, and learned to be better. We should
endeavour to give back as much or more than we received and strive to
make the next generation of lawyers better than we are. We should not be
afraid of that challenge and, in fact, we should rise to it.
1. 2019 BCSC 1352 Acumen.
2. As the court noted, the Firm conceded that it suffered
no financial injury as a result of the student’s alleged
actions. Gomery J pointed out that the Firm’s claimed
amounts were “not nominal damages but substantial
damages without proof of loss” (para 3).
3. Supra note 1 at para 137.
4. SBC 1998, c 9.
5. Online: <www.lawsociety.bc.ca/support-and-resources-
6. Online: <www.lawsociety.bc.ca/support-and-resources-
7. Online: <www.lawsociety.bc.ca/Website/media/
8. This rule provides that “to qualify to act as a principal,
a lawyer must have (a) engaged in full-time
practice in Canada for 5 of the 6 years immediately
preceding the articling start date, and (b) spent at
least 3 years of the time engaged in the practice of
law required under paragraph (a) in (i) British
Columbia, or (ii) Yukon while the lawyer was a member
of the Society”.