Adam Schenk
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RB 2051
Academic Qualifications: 

Professor Schenk has taught in the Department of Political Science since 2018. He was appointed an External Adjunct Professor of the Department in 2020. He received an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Lakehead University, double-majoring in History and Political Science, and a Juris Doctor degree from Lakehead’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law in 2016. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2016 and practiced law in Thunder Bay before transitioning to teaching and academia. He is currently completing his Master of Laws degree at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, with anticipated completion in Summer 2023.

Professor Schenk’s teaching and research interests span a wide range of legal and political topics, with a particular focus on the instances where law and politics overlap. He is especially interested in the relationship between religion and law (see the link to his recent publication below). Professor Schenk primarily teaches courses in the Department of Political Science’s Pre-Law stream. His teaching philosophy emphasizes exploration of Canadian case law and the development of reading, writing, and oral skills to facilitate complete engagement with the issues and challenges that cases present.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Law, Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Criminal Law, Mass Media and Politics, Religion and the Law, Canadian Constitutional Politics, Canadian Political Thought, Freedom and the Law, Public Policy and the Law


JD, Lakehead University, 2016

Called to the Bar of Ontario, 2016

HBA, Lakehead University, 2013

Currently completing LLM in General Law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, specializing in Administrative, Constitutional and Criminal Law


"Insulated from Justice? Religious Expulsion Before Canadian Courts in the post-Highwood Era" (2021) 44:2 Dal LJ 585.