The University of Toronto Faculty of Law (UofT Law) believes that legal education should be accessible to talented students from all segments of Canadian society.
Black Future Lawyers (BFL) is a groundbreaking collaboration between UofT Law, our Black Law Students Association, members of our Black alumni community, and the broader legal profession. BFL offers supports and engagement opportunities to Black undergraduate students who aspire to go to law school and become lawyers. BFL’s goal is to increase the number of Black students who attend law school and join the legal profession.
BFL’s programming for Black undergraduate students includes:
- Mentoring and job shadowing with Black lawyers, judges and articling students
- Invitations to attend special workshops, lectures and other events at UofT Law
- Admissions and financial aid info sessions for Black students
- Our annual Black Future Lawyers conference
- Access to our free LSAT prep course, where eligible
- A special application process to UofT Law for Black candidates
To sign up to participate as a BFL undergraduate student, or volunteer as a mentor or job shadowing host, please see below.
Black Future Lawyers thanks our generous donors who have invested in the long-term stability of our program. Our Partners ensure that BFL will grow and expand in strategic and thoughtful ways. A 2021 partnership of 14 leading Canadian law firms — Blakes, BLG, Cassels, Davies, Dentons, Fasken, Goodmans, Gowling WLG, McCarthy Tétrault, McMillan, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, Osler, Stikeman Elliott and Torys — through their combined $1.75 million commitment, will provide operational funding to BFL over 10 years. BFL also thanks Scotiabank, UofT Division of the Vice-President & Provost, UofT Faculty of Law and La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso.
- To donate to BFL please visit https://donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/617