For young people whose first impression of the legal system might come from punitive actions in their community, it can be hard to imagine the other side of the coin—the law’s capacity to enlighten and empower. In order to realize the full potential of the law to serve society, it is essential to create a legal system populated by people from all backgrounds.

With this in mind, L.E.X. (Law – Éducation – Connexion) works with high school students who face significant hurdles in pursuing higher education, and who come from backgrounds that are under-represented in legal studies and practice.

Over the course of several visits each school term, McGill law students lead in-class discussions and activities. These serve to:

  • inspire curiosity about the law and develop an understanding of its everyday relevance.
  • demystify post-secondary and legal education.
  • provide an opportunity for students to exercise their reasoning and communication skills through interactive exercises.

High school students are also invited to visit McGill, where they participate in mock trials and get a real sense of life on campus.

For more information, see the L.E.X. Program on the McGill Law website.