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Experience Guide

Make the most out of your university career by taking advantage of all that Laurier has to offer you. Volunteer work, campus clubs, leadership programs, studying abroad, work experience – there are so many ways you can extend your classroom experience into the real world.

Year-to-Year Experience Guides

The following is a year-to-year outline of the kinds of experiential learning activities that work well with your program.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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Middle Years

Final Year

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Years

  • Interact with professionals in government, private and non-governmental sectors in your classes or at department events.
  • Participate in the Students’ Union Elections and promote student voting.
  • Attend professional networking and information sessions such as Careers in Law and Careers in Government. 
  • Connect with local organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities.
  • Learn to write articles, draw illustrations or take photographs with Laurier’s weekly newspaper, The Cord.
  • Check out speaker series at the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Final Year

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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  • Learn about and get involved with diversity, equity and inclusion centres of activity and engagement.
  • Visit Laurier International to learn about international options available to you.
  • Complete the Intercultural Certificate with Laurier International.
  • Engage in training on consent, bystander intervention and disclosure related to sexual violence.

Middle Years

Final Year

  • Participate in Indigenous Education Week.
  • Visit Laurier International’s Global Kitchen
  • Earn your Certificate in Accessibility with Accessible Learning.

Be Inspired: Maximize Your Academic Opportunities

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Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Connect with the Sussex program coordinator at Laurier.
  • Take courses to gain skills in presenting legal arguments, client interviewing and negotiation, criminal advocacy and legal research.
  • Choose elective courses based on your interest in a particular area of law such as commercial, criminal, environmental, family, human rights, international, sports and many more.
  • Apply to the National Accreditation Committee in Canada to seek your Certificate of Qualification.

Final Year (Laurier)

Be Involved: Explore Work, Volunteer and Leadership Experience

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Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Apply for summer positions in legal firms in Canada or choose to stay in Europe for the summers.
  • Join the Canadian Student Law Society and other student clubs at Sussex.
  • Participate in moot court opportunities and competitions at Sussex.
  • Attend professional development workshops with faculty to increase your employability skills.
  • Participate in the Sussex Pro Bono scheme to develop and enhance your clinical legal education and deepen your skills for future employment.

Final Year (Laurier)

  • Apply for an executive/coordinator position with a student club or committee or run for a Students’ Union elected position.
  • Consider the Articling Program as part of the Lawyer Licensing Process and participate in recruitment activities (summer before final year).
  • Attend professional networking and information sessions such as Careers in Law and Careers in Government. 
  • Share your Laurier experience with prospective students at open house events.

Be Engaged: Broaden Your Perspective

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Middle Three Years (Sussex)

  • Learn about new perspectives and cultures through interacting with other students and opportunities available while in the UK (Sussex has students from more than 80 different countries).

Final Year (Laurier)

  • Participate in Indigenous Education Week.
  • Attend workshops, events or discussion groups to learn about diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Earn your Certificate in Accessibility with Accessible Learning.

Your graduate degree at Laurier will take you in many different directions and prepare you to be a leader in both your field and community. Your Laurier experience includes many opportunities to engage both in and outside the classroom.

The Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies provides academic leadership, administrative support and program advice to all graduate students. There are also scholarships and financial awards, fellowships and other teaching and research assistantship positions that you can access during your time at Laurier.

Graduate students gain knowledge about professional skill development through Laurier’s ASPIRE program. This program provides a framework for you to design an extracurricular learning plan for navigating your professional journey and entry to the workplace. There are also teaching certificates, career development workshops and other skill development opportunities.

The Graduate Students’ Association provides many services and supports with a focus on wellness. They provide various opportunities to be involved and contribute to the Laurier community.

The Laurier graduate school experience is more than research and scholarship – it’s about becoming an engaged citizen and applying your advanced knowledge to real-world problems.

Checklists

Completing the checklists below will also help ensure your academic, professional, and personal success during your time at Laurier – and beyond.

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