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Hometown: Port Hope, Ontario
Undergrad/Major: Classical History and Biology at Queen's University.
When applying to law school I wanted to find a school that was going to be challenging, innovative, and have a strong sense of community. I found that here at the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.
Being a small faculty all of the students and staff know each other well and work together for our joint success. The students here are supportive of each other and there is a real sense of camaraderie within the student body.
Personally, I have been moved by the greater community's acceptance of our program, especially the Aboriginal Law component of Bora Laskin's mandate. This commitment has given me the opportunity to engage with complicated issues facing Canada as a whole and to engage on a personal level with local Elders and community leaders in a way I never imagined. These are lessons I will carry with me for years to come.
We are also very fortunate to have experienced legal practitioners teaching at Bora Laskin which provides a practical perspective on what true lawyering is like day to day, not just the theory of law.
I have had the wonderful opportunity to work with two such practitioners at their firm in Thunder Bay for both my 1L and 2L summers. This allowed me to get a feel for what private practice is truly like and was an invaluable learning experience. Starting in January of 2017 I will be finished all of my courses and starting my Placement training at a different local firm.
I have come to really enjoy living in the North and hope to practice here after graduation in Family Law and Wills/Estates.
To students considering Bora Laskin, I would urge you to be ready for change and opening your mind to new perspectives. Embrace this opportunity to learn and grow, both personally and professionally. There is no other school like it.
We hope to see you soon, and Good Luck!