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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

Staff Introductions: Shantel Perry

Name: Shantel Perry Title: Head of Student Life (2019-2020) Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of 2020 Background: I was born in Toronto but grew up in Mississauga. I am the daughter of parents who immigrated to Canada from a small Caribbean island known as Grenada. Memorable Moment in Law School: My most memorable moments in law school are […]

Staff Introductions: Jordan Crocker

Name: Jordan Crocker Title: Head of Sponsorship and Finance (2019-2020) Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of 2022 Background: I was born in New Westminster and raised in Maple Ridge, British Columbia. I come from a mixed family, with both of my grandfathers being born in Europe and other parts of my family immigrating […]

Staff Introductions: Deniz Samadi

Name: Deniz Samadi Title: Head of Events (2019 – 2020) Law School: Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Class of 2021 Background: I was born and raised in and around the Toronto area. I come from a proud Iranian-Canadian family, who have instilled in me the classic Persian spirit of hospitality, kindness, and respect for a well-brewed cup […]

Latest Events

Take Your Parents to Work Day Advertisement

Bring Your Parents to Work Day

You don’t want to miss this! Bring Your Parents to Work Day, generously hosted by McCarthy Tétrault LLP, is back. This event gives first-generation students an opportunity to offer their parents/mentors/friends an insider’s look at a Bay St. law firm and life in law more generally. We appreciate that student attendees will have many different […]

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Interviewing for Success

The First Generation Network is excited for our first event of the academic year, “Interviewing for Success”. This event is generously sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright and led by TellPeople.ca’s Chris Graham.

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.