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Lawyers in their initial five years of practice.
The AMP membership is divided into small groups of ten or fewer lawyers. Each group is led by one coach. We aim to group with similar years of experience together as needs and interests can change between the first and third years of practice.
The next cohort of the AMP program launches in the Fall of 2021.
Office hours with the coach are twice a month on weekdays. Each coach works with her cohort to choose a regular meeting day of the week and time that will generally work for the members.
The full membership of AMP meets one Saturday a month for about 1.5 hours.
We also hold a half day conference once a year.
You might wonder, why Saturday? (And yes, we like our weekends off as much as you!) The reason for a Saturday session is that as junior lawyers your time is not always your own to control and you can be too easily pulled into meetings or other work commitments during the week. By holding the meetings on a Saturday each month, you are most likely to be able to attend most sessions.
Yes, the meetings will be recorded, and we know that the biggest benefit is in attending live.
Yes! There will be more than 20 CPD credits over the year. We will be seeking CPD credits from the Law Society of BC for 11 of the 12 Saturday sessions plus the extra sessions on preapring for mediation, legal research and more. The session where we discuss marketing related topics is the only session that will not qualify for credit.
We will also work with members from other provinces or the US with obtaining CPD credit in their jurisdiction.
The AMP program is one year because there is a lot to talk about. Establishing a foundation for a flourishing legal career is a big project. We AMP coaches and mentors need a year with our members to share what we know, and you need time to try things out, shift mindset, ask questions, and learn because unlike a university program you are a practicing lawyer and that is going to already be taking a lot of your time!
Also, community is a BIG part of AMP and that takes time to build. Trust takes time to establish and deepen. A year gives the community enough time to take root.
There can be a variety of reasons why an associate might need to pause or discontinue membership, and so there is not one single answer to this question. This program is designed around the specific goal of giving you a solid foundation for your developing legal practice, and having a year to accomplish this is important. When you sign up, it is important you to do so with this one-year commitment in mind. AND we will work with any member who needs to pause or leave the program to arrange a solution that they are satisfied with. This program is built around serving the needs of junior associates so we will make it work for you if you have to leave before a year is up!