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The First Generation Network

We are a non-profit organization aiming to reduce barriers law students face who are first in their family to complete post-secondary education. We work closely with law firms and student organizations to help first generation students prepare for their future legal careers.

What Do We Do?

From networking events to our flagship Mentorship Program, we offer resources for first generation students in law school to alleviate the unique barriers faced by these students.

How Do I Join?

If you're a student, your best bet is to check out our School Chapters page to see if your school is already a part of our network. If so, send your chapter president an email and they will be sure to include you in updates on first generation network opportunities. If your school is not a part of our network yet, we would love for you to bring the network to your school. Contact any of our National Chapter members to get the process started.

If you're a lawyer, we are always looking for mentors to help first generation students adjust to life in the legal world. Please visit our Mentorship Program page to learn more about how you can become involved.

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Latest Posts

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A Flower in a Vase

Before I came to law school in Toronto, I daydreamed about law school in Toronto. I am living somewhere downtown, with the love of my life, in a high place with large windows. Morning’s multi-coloured paint spills all over. We have children, who are far kinder and wiser than either of us, my pride in […]

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Navigating a Networking Event

In law school, there are lots of wonderful opportunities to meet legal professionals at networking events. However, they can also be intimidating experiences, especially if you’ve never had the chance to practice your networking skills. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you more comfortable with networking. Have a Goal Ask yourself why […]

Latest Events

Diversity Night

Diversity Night

The First Generation Network: Ottawa Chapter and the University of Ottawa’s Association of Women and the Law are excited to present, “Diversity Night: The Fireside Chat with Justice Karakatsanis.” Lawyers from Osler and Emond Harnden will be in attendance.

Small Towns and Big Dreams

The First Generation Network is proud to present, “Small Towns and Big Dreams: a conversation with the Supreme Court of Canada’s former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin”. Generously sponsored by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, you won’t want to miss this incredible event.