Via UVic Law, the Rural Education and Access to Lawyers (REAL) program – a joint project of CBABC and the Law Society of BC — has released its five-year report. The program seeks to “address the current and projected shortage of lawyers practicing in small communities and rural areas of British Columbia.”
In REAL’s 2009-2013 Five-Year Summary Report, the program’s accomplishments are evident. Since its inception in 2009, REAL has:
- Provided summer opportunities for 79 students in the province – 39 of whom returned to complete their articles.
- Captured the attention of justice system organizations across Canada as well as received national media coverage.
- Established an active presence on Twitter and Facebook.
The report describes how REAL has met its goals through engagement with the profession, law schools, and the media; networking; and resource development, and shares what REAL summer students and participating law firms had to say about their experiences with the program.