Raise the Black Bar helps young Black Canadians access opportunities in the legal profession.
The program was initiated by members of Osgoode’s Black Law Students’ Association to give Black secondary school students the opportunity to learn more about the diverse career options in law, enhance their understanding of legal education, and connect directly with Black law student mentors. It is open to all Black students across the Toronto District School Board’s 110 secondary schools, with a focus on those in Grades 10, 11 and 12.
Among other things, students will learn about diverse career opportunities in law, pathways to law school and financial aid. Mentors will help students navigate barriers unique to Black students and will debunk myths about law, law school and legal careers. They will also coach them on how to build a winning resume and cover letter and how to network in professional and academic areas of interest prior to entering law.
In addition, RTBB organizers are planning law firm and court tours to showcase a typical day in the life of a lawyer, judge or court clerk. Other activities will include a mock trial to help develop skills such as written and oral advocacy and a panel event with select Black lawyers at the annual Know Your Worth youth empowerment conference, which is open to all Black students.