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  • Writer's pictureRidhey Gill

Michelle Kosarnia

Tell us about yourself.

I’m from Toronto, Ontario and I am a B.A. (Hons) Psychology Graduate from York University. I believe that my decision to pursue a legal education is truly a reflection of who I am as an individual, my innate desire for helping others, and my unique life experiences.

Throughout the duration of my undergraduate degree, I worked part-time as a Lifeguard and Swim instructor where I taught swimmers of all ages and capacities, as well as trained and certified future lifeguards in leadership courses for the City of Toronto. In addition, I had the opportunity to volunteer with the largest student-run organization at York, Amnesty International, where I served as an executive, and was responsible for organizing and facilitating various activities to raise public awareness about human rights abuses around the world. Over the last year, I have worked in various fields including psychology, the service industry, and private equity which have helped me gain new knowledge and insight in different disciplines. I have a passion for learning and look forward to my future as a graduate of Ryerson University’s Faculty of Law.

What area of law are you interested in?

I would definitely say I’m going into law school open-minded. However, I am very passionate about social justice, particularly aiding those who have been wrongfully convicted, and working with vulnerable communities. My areas of interest include but are not limited to Criminal Law, Corporate Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Environmental Law.

Why did you choose Ryerson Law?

The reason I am so passionate about Ryerson Law is due to its recognition as a progressive, entrepreneurial, and technologically innovative law school that equips students with the necessary skills to create a new 21st century kind of lawyer. The dynamic nature of new technologies has unquestionably transformed the future of the legal field and it is imperative for lawyers to be adaptable and embrace these changes. Being built from the ground up, Ryerson Law not only addresses change, but strives to build a diverse community of passionate leaders who will have the knowledge and resources to assist a broad range of communities and ultimately help increase accessibility to justice.

What do you hope to accomplish with your J.D.?

I hope to utilize my J.D. degree to promote greater accessibility to legal aid, challenge social divisions and inequalities, and help empower the disadvantaged. My innate desire to promote belongingness and assist underprivileged communities has directly translated to my choice of career as law enables me to achieve my long standing goals of helping others. I aspire to make a positive difference in the legal profession and strive to be a role model for others who also belong to minority groups in society.

As a part of the inaugural cohort of Ryerson Law, what are you most looking forward to?

As part of the inaugural class of Ryerson Law, I believe we have the unique opportunity to shape the law school as students. I would say I am looking most forward to meeting my fellow classmates and working together to set precedence for the success of our program and build on its uniqueness in comparison to other law schools. In addition, I am excited to gain more insight and knowledge in finance and technology through hands-on mentorship opportunities provided by the incorporation of the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) that is uniquely offered at Ryerson Law.


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