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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: Aneesah Choudhury

Name: Aneesah Choudhury Title: Head of Communications (2020-2021) School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of 2023 Background: I did my undergraduate studies in Political Science. I worked part-time as a Community Animator and I interned at a leading law firm during the summer months. I am the first in my family to attend university and […]

Staff Introductions: Chanel Pabla

Name: Chanel Pabla Title: Head of Events (2020-2021) Law School: Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law, Class of 2022 Background: I am an Indo-Canadian born and raised in Vancouver, BC. My family immigrated to Vancouver in the 1970s, and worked very hard to ‘flip the script’ on raising and educating daughters within our family and […]

Staff Introductions: Vanessa Colton

Name: Vanessa Colton Title: Head of Student Initiatives Law School: University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Class of 2022 Background: I grew up in a small rural town called Schomberg. My father is a business owner and my mother is a dental hygienist, therefore I am not first-generation student by its basic definition, as my […]

Latest Events

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Mentorship Kickoff

The First Generation Network is excited to announce its first event of the 2020-2021 academic year, “The Mentorship Kickoff.” Join us for a fun-filled night and a chance to (virtually) mingle with other mentors and mentees! Please click the “Tickets” link below to register for this event.

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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.