Hello 0Ls,

As we are in full on summer mode now, I know how tempting it can be to completely disregard the Facebook posts, emails and constant notifications coming from your soon-to-be law school and classmates. I have to admit that initially, I was confused by it all- why do I need to meet up with these people before I start law school? Aren’t I going to see enough of them once September rolls around? This in fact is true, but here’s my two cents on why I think it’s a good idea to meet your fellow classmates before law school begins:

Pre law vball team
“0L” Beach Volleyball Team

I decided to set aside my doubts and decided to dive right into the law community early in the summer and it paid off. Not only did I attend all the formal pre-orientation events (the Welcome Day, the Vancouver Icebreaker, and the Vancouver Adventures), but I also made an effort to attend the less formal events.

In June, one of my classmates posted a message on the Facebook group asking if anyone wanted to make a “pre-law/0L” summer beach volleyball team and reluctantly I joined. Little did I know it was one of the best decisions I could have made. All the people on that team are still my good friends to this day. We even gave our team a cheesy law

O-Week registration
Orientation Week Registration (aka first day of law school)

-nerd name (“We’ll see you in Court”). And although our volleyball skills were sub-par, we had a ton of laughs and bonded throughout the summer. We would go for food/drinks after the games and cliff jumping/hiking on the weekends. Making these friends before I started law school really eased some of my anxiety entering Orientation Week. Arriving on the first day can be intimidating and overwhelming, and already knowing a few people allowed me to feel comfortable and really digest the information that was being presented to me.


Sophie and elise
Sophie was the very first person I met on Welcome Day in March. We were put in the same small group and have been best friends ever since.

So I would encourage all of you to attend the icebreakers, reach out to your new classmates, attend all the optional sessions, and make connections before starting law school. You never know, some of these people could end up becoming your best friends.


Here is the information you will need to RSVP to the Icebreakers and the Mature Students Picnic:


Gee Icebreaker
2015- Icebreaker


Trivia Night: Get to know some of your future classmates from Vancouver while participating in fun trivia!

Hosts: Sophie Marshall (2L), Madison Grist (2L), Elise Kohno (2L) and Erin Kotz (2L)

When: July 22nd, 7:00pm

Where: Bismarck, 526 Abbot Street https://www.yelp.ca/map/bismarck-vancouver

RSVP to Sophie Marshall sophmarsh@gmail.com



Head to Interactivity at 4:30pm to play some board games, and then if you’d like head over to Canoe afterwards (roughly 8:30pm) for some drinks and appetizers*!

Hosts: Brandon Manhas (2L) and Kelly Gale (2L)

When: July 15th, 4:30pm, 8:30pm

Where: Interactivity (board game café) 723 Yates St. http://www.ibgcafe.com/; Canoe Brewpub*, 450 Swift St. http://canoebrewpub.com/

RSVP to Brandon Manhas B44manhas@shaw.ca




Meet at the Knox Mountain Parking lot for a picnic and then a walk to the lookout point! Some snacks may be provided*

Hosts: Sasha Platz (2L), Cait Fleck (2L), and Lisa Guidi (3L)

When: August 7th, 1:00pm

Where: Picnic at Knox Mountain Lookout Point (meet in parking lot) http://apps.kelowna.ca/CityPage/Docs/PDFs/Sport%20and%20Recreation/Outdoor%20Events/FactSheet_KnoxMountain_Park.pdf

RSVP to Cait Fleck at cait.fleck@gmail.com



Enjoy some food and beverages at the National on 17th with some of your fellow classmates from Calgary!

Hosts: Edmond Chen (2L) and Seamus White (2L)

When: July 28th, 7:00pm

Where: The National on 17th, 550 17TH AVE, Calgary http://ntnl.ca/national-17th/contact-ntnl17

RSVP to Edmond Chen edmondchen@gmail.com




Enjoy some food and beverages at the Mercer Tavern with some of your fellow classmates from Edmonton!

Hosts: Ryan Antonello (2L)

When: July 28th, 7:00pm

Where: Mercer Tavern, 10363 104 St NW, http://mercertavern.com/

RSVP to Ryan Antonello @ ryan.antonello@gmail.com



Enjoy some food and beverages at the Duke of York with some of your fellow classmates from Toronto!

Hosts: Steph Willsey (2L) and Justin Manoryk (3L)

When: July 21st, 8:00p

Where: Duke of York, 39 Prince Arthur Avenue http://dukepubs.ca/york/

RSVP to Steph Willsey steph.willsey@gmail.com


vancouver icebreaker
2015 Vancouver Icebreaker



Meet at Miniature Railway #2 in Stanley Park for the opportunity to get to know some of your fellow classmates and their family. Friends and family (+ kids) are welcome and encouraged! All students of all ages are welcome.


Hosts: Hailey Graham (2L), Kelly Gale (2L) and Manbeen Saini (2L)

When: August 28th, 4:00pm

Where: Miniature Railway Picnic Site #2*, Stanley Park http://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/stanley-park-picnic-areas.aspx

RSVP to Hailey Graham at hhailey.graham@gmail.com