by Gloria Welton
“I was always interested in how law shapes our world,” says Zach Geldert, Associate with Stewart McKelvey.
“I decided to follow this career path at a young age,” says Zach. “I always enjoyed helping people, and law always seemed like an enticing profession that I thought would allow me to live and work on PEI and have a great career.”
Zach, who is from PEI, started his post-secondary education at UPEI and earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in sociology before going on to study law at Dalhousie University.
He started with Stewart McKelvey in 2019 as a summer student, then joined as an articled clerk after law school and became an associate in 2022. “I am getting a broad sense of all aspects of the law. Over time, this experience will help me hone-in on a specialty.”
Stewart McKelvey has six offices in the Atlantic provinces, with 240 lawyers and more than 500 team members across the region. At the Charlottetown office, there are 24 lawyers and approximately 25 administrative staff.
They are the largest firm in the region, with a full-service corporate services group, a practice innovation department, litigation support, e-discovery services, and library services.
Zach says there are opportunities for careers in the legal profession on PEI because of retirements and because of the need for specialists in different areas of the law. “This profession is broader than most would expect. You could go into private practice or work within government. Also, a lot of businesses, institutes and organizations have their own legal departments.
“I would recommend law as an incredible career. However, it is important to research this career path to see if it suits your interest and preference. This career takes a commitment, so it is important to talk with people in the profession before you make a decision.
“I believe the legal community on PEI would be more than happy to talk with those interested in this field and answer questions. Before undertaking the time and financial investment, try to make sure it is a fit.”
Did you know….
- about 250 lawyers work on PEI
- 24 percent work in small firms of two to four lawyers; 60 percent work in larger firms
- 70 percent of lawyers are under 45 years of age
- almost half of law school graduates are women
- The Law Society of Prince Edward Island gives three scholarships each year to law students.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
about the law profession, visit www.lawsocietypei.ca/information-for-students
Open employment opportunities are posted at www.lawsocietypei.ca/employment-opportunities
For more details on areas of practice in law and various schools to attend, visit www.stewartmckelvey.com/our-team/
For more about Stewart McKelvey, visit www.stewartmckelvey.com