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  • Writer's pictureRidhey Gill

Rahul Gupta

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Ottawa but moved to Brampton when I was 9 years old, so I consider myself to be brought up in Brampton. I went to UTM for my undergrad where I did a Political Science specialist and I just recently completed my Masters in Political Science at UofT St George. I’ve been a part of the Brampton East Youth Council for a number of years where we point out local issues and try to allocate federal resources to address them. I think this club has a lot of promise. We did a lot of cool things, we volunteered at food banks, did park clean-ups and things like that. I’m currently working with the new MP on improving the Council and making it even better than previous years.

What area of law would you like to practice?

Eventually, I'd like to get into the venture capital/startup area. My goal is to one day have my own firm that incorporates both business and social justice. I think that impact investing is the best way to accomplish this goal and I hope to inspire other individuals and companies to focus on social justice as well.

Why did you choose Ryerson Law?

I remember studying for the LSAT and looking up requirements for different law schools. While I was going through different programs I was thinking to myself “Yeah, okay this is cool…But kind of dry”, and then I came across an article about Ryerson opening up a law school. When I was reading about this new program that Ryerson Law was launching I realized that it was reflecting everything that I would like to accomplish with my own law degree and my career - social justice, the business of law, entrepreneurship, etc... It felt like it was tailored towards me which really ignited a flame of passion. I’m very interested in the intersection of business and the law which is why courses like “The Business of Lawyering” at Ryerson Law really made me feel drawn to the program.

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

I consider myself very privileged to be going to law school which is, I believe, one of the most powerful degrees that you can pursue. I think the true impact of a law degree is that you can really change someone’s life. I hope to use my J.D. to build my own firm where I can practice in startup related areas as well as focus on social justice issues.

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

At Ryerson we are going to set the culture and really be the proof of Ryerson’s vision to change the legal industry. There are so many expectations for our cohort, which means we will be better trained I think. The challenge that comes with being in the first class of a brand new law school really intrigues me, and I’m incredibly excited to get started in September.


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