Droit Autrement / Legal Alternative (DALA) is a student-run group at the McGill Faculty of Law that seeks to empower law students and professionals through a conversation about the potential of a legal education. Beyond the conventional image of a ‘lawyer’, we seek to explore the career possibilities that have come under the designation of ‘alternative legal careers’. What does it mean to practice law today? What other options does a legal education illuminate?
By alternative, however, we do not simply have human rights, advocacy, or government work in mind. We look to the intersections and peripheries. We look to the alumni and jurists who have found themselves in the realms of entrepreneurship, diplomacy, consulting, management, entertainment, and the arts. For the record, this is not an exhaustive list.
Ultimately, what we love most is the story behind the career — the twists and turns that lead someone to where they are now.
DALA is a platform to bring those stories to students. Through our Lawfully Uncommon interviews and community-geared events, we hope to bring these inspiring stories to a broader audience and use them to create resources that students can use to shape their own career trajectories.
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