Wondering what it would be like as a Legal Studies student at Ontario Tech University? Hear from one of our students from the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
Let me introduce myself and give you a bit of info about me. My name is Erin Humphries, and I am a second-year Legal Studies Major in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities.
Today I will be telling you all a bit about my current academic career at Ontario Tech, and a bit about my experiences and involvement at the school. I chose this school because of the unique and specialized programs and course opportunities they provide for students. I have always had a passion for learning about the law, and no other universities I saw had a specific Legal Studies program like Ontario Tech. One thing I love about my program is that I am able to do both a specialization and minor— which is absolutely amazing in my opinion. I am currently doing a specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution and a minor in Criminology and Justice. To me, it’s like getting the best of both worlds, I get to deepen my knowledge of Criminology and Law.
Another reason I love my program is because of how small it is. Personally, I only know a handful of people in the Legal Studies program and that makes it even more special to me. I am a student who excels in smaller lecture-style settings, so to be in a program where I have 30 to 50 people in a class is exactly why I love my program.
In terms of course selections, I would say in my first year my favorite course was Foundations of Legal Studies with Thomas McMorrow, where I learned the foundational knowledge of the law. Currently, in my second year, my favorite course would have to be Criminal Law with Sasha Baglay or Canadian Human Rights Law with Sheila Jennings. All the classes are intriguing and really push my critical learning and theory skills, I have gained important research skills that have allowed me to become a stronger writer and I am so thankful for that.
Last but certainly not least, the thing that I love most about my program is the professors and TA’s I have had. I think it is very important to try and get to know your professors both professionally and personally, there are only positive benefits to doing so. I have personally gotten to know a number of my professors, and they are such kind and genuine people who want their students to succeed and accomplish their goals. I am so thankful for all my professors as they have helped me achieve my goals in my first and second year so far.
When going into university, one of my goals was to get involved in as many clubs and societies as possible. Ontario Tech succeeds any expectations regarding the numerous clubs and societies they have, they have a club for anything and everything. I am very involved and have met so many amazing people and have made some close friendships that I will have for the rest of my life.
A picture of my brother and I during ice hockey intramurals last year.
As I mentioned previously, I have a passion for the law— therefore I joined the Ontario Tech Student Law Association where I hold the position of Events Director. I am also an executive member of my schools World University Services of Canada (WUSC) local committee, where I work as an Events Coordinator alongside some outstanding inspirational women and I am so happy I get the chance to make a change. I am also a student ambassador, peer leader, a member of the Elections committee, and a mentor for the new Ridgeback Mentoring Program.
Joining these clubs and societies I have not only made many friends, but I also feel like I have gained leadership skills and time management skills. Overall, my experience at Ontario Tech has been more than I could have ever imagined, I cannot wait to see what the future holds and what I can accomplish.
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