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Helping the Supreme Court resolve the toughest legal issues

When a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada calls you, it might be a sign you did something wrong. But for UNB law student Curtis Doyle (MA'13, JD'20), it was long-awaited good news.

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Moldaver called Curtis to tell him he had been chosen to serve as his clerk for a year beginning in the summer of 2021.

The Supreme Court has jurisdiction over disputes in all areas of the law, including constitutional law, administrative law, criminal law and private law. It has made decisions on such important matters as medically assisted dying, Indigenous rights, interprovincial trade and immigration.

The ultimate experiential educational opportunity for law students

As a clerk of the Supreme Court, Curtis will be putting his legal education into action by researching cases, preparing memoranda and generally assisting Justice Moldaver in his work on the highest court in the land.

Being selected for a clerkship is no small achievement. Every year, just 36 recent law graduates are selected from among hundreds of applicants. The application process is exhaustive and the qualifications, from academic excellence to interpersonal skills, teamwork and legal experience, are demanding. Just getting an interview is an accomplishment.

Practical focus leads to success

Curtis was supported every step of the way by UNB’s Clerkship Program in the faculty of law. His professors coached him and put him in touch with other lawyers who told him what to expect during his interview.

UNB Law is known among the law schools of Canada for preparing students well for the workplace. Here you will find one of the strongest career-oriented JD programs designed to ensure graduates are ready to take their place in the profession.

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