Thursday, June 23, 2005

Nunavut Lawyers - A Dime A Dozen!

So was Paul Okalik (Premier of Canada's northern territory of Nunavut) thinking ... Finally, a guy can get some help around here! or... Oh man, there goes the neighbourhood! Lawyers are a dime a dozen these days. Read on. :-)

An interesting story that I picked up via the USask LL Blog: the first graduating class from the Akitsiraq Law School, Canada's first Inuit law program, has multiplied the number of lawyers from one (Okalik) to an even dozen! Talk about being pioneers! And if a couple of the new graduates get along, they could even form the first law firm.

The law school is a joint project by the University of Victoria in western Canada and the Nunavut Arctic College. A brief description from the Akitsiraq Law School website:

"Inuit students are able to earn a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Victoria through the academic program offered in Iqaluit, Nunavut using the facilities of Nunavut Arctic College. Courses are taught by University of Victoria faculty members and law professors from other Canadian universities with assistance from local members of the legal profession. Graduates of this program will have exactly the same credentials to practice law as students graduating from southern law schools."

Congratulations to all the new graduates! Not everyone gets an opportunity in life to be a true pioneer. I know the Governor General of Canada never showed up to my graduation. :-)

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