Welcome, class of 2022!
My name is Olivia Oszkiel and I have the pleasure of being your Director of Clubs this year. First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on your acceptance to Allard! It’s quite the accomplishment so make sure to take the time to reward yourself this summer. It seems like it was only yesterday when I was in your shoes – feeling both excited and nervous at what the next chapter had in store. Well let me tell you, you are in for quite the ride!
One of the best things about Allard is the community that will be there for you during your journey. Upper years and staff are an invaluable source of both academic and emotional support – I can’t stress this enough. And what better way to get involved in the community and meet your fellow classmates than by joining a club and/or sports team.
There is a variety of both law and non-law related clubs that you can join. If you are interested in gaining some hands-on legal experience, then I would recommend looking into the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP) and Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). If you are looking to explore niche areas in law, then consider the Intellectual Property, Criminal Law or Environmental Law Clubs. Interested in learning legalese en français? Then check out the French Club. And yes, there’s also the Allard Wine Appreciation Club, because wine not? (I had to). For a complete list of clubs, check out: http://allardlss.com/student-affairs/sports-and-clubs/clubs.
If you are feeling like getting involved in something more active and competitive, then consider joining a sports team. Throw on a ‘Legal Eagles’ (men’s hockey), ‘Serving Justice’ (co-ed volleyball) or ‘Dead Precedents’ (co-ed basketball) jersey, among others, and represent Allard by competing against other UBC faculties in an intramural league. I would also like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the ‘Illegal Beavers’ and ‘Honey Badgers,’ our rugby teams… basically the heart and soul of Allard. If you don’t end up joining them on their away games against other law schools or attending one of their social events, do take the time to ask one of the members about the Beavers’ outfit – it’s quite something to say the least. For a complete list of sports teams, check out: http://allardlss.com/student-affairs/sports-and-clubs/sports.
If you don’t see anything that interests you or if you want to start your own club or team, you can do so at the start of each semester: http://ubclss.com/student-affairs/sports-and-clubs/creating-your-club.
There will be a clubs/teams fair in September where you will be able to learn more about them, meet the current executives and members, and sign up.
I look forward to meeting you all. Please feel free to reach out about anything and everything.