Ské:noh, Boozhoo, Hello, Bonjour,
Greetings of Peace to all of you. As Acting Dean until June 30, 2021, I am excited to lead the law school that I graduated from and I look forward to working with students, faculty, and staff to build a creative and supportive place in which to study and work. I truly believe in the values of Windsor Law: being people-centred and community-engaged. Although we are having to live in and through a pandemic, as well as with the construction of a new building, I am hopeful that we will have positive learning and work experiences despite it all.
The students who choose to come to Windsor Law are smart, hard-working, intellectually curious and creative. They demonstrate a commitment to their communities and they bring that commitment with them to our law school and our community. If this describes you, then I hope you will explore all that Windsor Law has to offer.
A Windsor Law degree will open up a world of career possibilities for you, and our curriculum reflects that. From the day you arrive, you will be immersed in a learning experience that focuses on law in the books and law in action. You will develop legal research, writing, dispute resolution, and advocacy skills and challenge yourself through a broad selection of courses, seminars, internships, supervised research projects as well as experiential learning through new clinical and place-based learning opportunities.
Our rich academic programs and exciting opportunities for experiential learning produce alumni who enjoy challenging and rewarding careers. For more than 50 years, our graduates have gone on to become lawyers and managing partners of national and international law firms, legal aid lawyers, corporate in-house counsel, human rights advocates, government and policy advisors, sports executives, and entrepreneurs. They carry on the Windsor Law ethos of giving back to their communities – and to their law school. One of our strengths is the loyalty of our graduates who continue to participate in the life of the law school as teachers, guest lecturers, student mentors, advisors and donors. As a Windsor Law student, you will learn from professors who are talented teachers and respected researchers. They are national and international leaders in their fields. They write books, advise governments and law reform bodies in Canada and abroad and organize and lead national and international conferences on diverse topics such as access to justice, Canada-US legal issues, intellectual property law, environmental sustainability, law and technology and Indigenous legal orders.
Windsor Law offers a variety of hands-on experiences that prepare you to practice law outside of the school. You might take advantage of our Social Justice Fellowships, which provide funding for our students interested in obtaining exposure to social justice advocacy in either a domestic or an international context and to enhance the capacity of future social justice lawyers to work towards the protection of human rights and the pursuit of social justice goals. Or you might join Windsor Law’s Externship Program which places our students in law firms, non-profit or non-government organizations, courts, and community collectives under the supervision of a licensed lawyer. Or you might consider being a student intern at our Transnational Law and Justice Network and work with faculty and practicing lawyers on current transnational legal and advocacy projects. Maybe you will choose to work in one of our many clinics, advising and assisting clients and working on community advocacy projects. Or perhaps you will choose a judicial internship in a local court, or with our Northwest Territories Clerkship program. If your interests lean toward legal research, you might take advantage of an opportunity to work with a Windsor Law professor as a Research Assistant or work on a law journal.
You will find life as a Windsor Law student to be intellectually challenging, collaborative, and fun. We look forward to welcoming you here!
Dr. Beverly Jacobs, C.M.
Acting Dean, Windsor Law