Graduating with a Juris Doctor degree
How did you pick your major of study, and why did you choose the University of Windsor?
I always knew that I wanted to further my education after my undergrad and law school seemed like the next natural step for me. I’ve always wanted to be in a career where I knew that I would have the freedom to do many different things. I love politics and I love to argue – so this was the right fit for me. I chose Windsor because… well, they let me in!
What were your expectations of university? Has the University of Windsor met those expectations?
I did my undergrad (International Relations & Development Studies) at the University of Windsor, so I knew what I was walking into. I did not know, however, that the law school was a community within itself, and with this I was pleasantly surprised. Law school at Windsor was a great experience – and I would recommend that students interested in law school seriously consider coming here to do it.
What would you say is the most important thing you have learned at university: about yourself, about other people, about your field of study, or about the world?
Law school does a phenomenal job at shaking your confidence and really question what directions you are taking – well, at least it did this for me. The most valuable thing I learned was how to think about what my personal interests were, and what my personal career goals were, and to focus on that. At the beginning it was very easy for me to get caught up in the “hype”, but over time I learned to ignore the periphery and hone in on what I was interested in. This really helped me to enjoy my experience.
What would you say has been the most memorable part of your UWindsor experience?
Activities outside of the classroom – social events, sports, and in general, student life.
Please tell us why you are proud to be part of the University of Windsor’s graduating class of 2011.
I’m happy to finally be graduating and finished with school – it will be nice to finally start work and become a contributing member of the real world!
Did you have a course, professor or classmate who inspired you?
Jill Makepeace – Advanced Criminal Law – she made the class incredibly enjoyable and treated all of the students in the class as equals. There was no Professor/Student divide – we all called her by her first name. It was the ideal seminar class for second semester third year – she is so passionate about Criminal Law and really made efforts to teach us what was relevant.
What are your plans following graduation?
Articling at the Crown Attorney’s Office in Hamilton.