Our commitment to equity
At the McGill Faculty of Law, we are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. We believe that it is essential to our excellence as an institution that our community reflect the diversity of the society our students will serve as jurists after they graduate. Our efforts to meet this commitment evolve as we identify new issues and ideas for advancing equality.
The McGill Law Equity Committee
The Equity Committee is composed of members from faculty, staff and students in the BCL/LLB and graduate programs at the Faculty of Law.
Its mandate is to advance equity, diversity and an inclusive learning environment for all students at the Faculty, particularly those from groups that have historically encountered or continue to face systemic barriers.
To advance its mandate, the Equity Committee:
- liaises with student organizations and individual students regarding equity issues and concerns;
- works to identify systemic barriers to equity and inclusion;
- works to identify institutional solutions to advance diversity and inclusion;
- liaises with Faculty committees on issues related to equity, inclusion and diversity; and
- promotes diversity at the Faculty in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Student & community engagement
Our students are drivers of change, highly involved in their communities and committed to promoting social justice and equality. Through student groups and associations, they help advance equity and diversity both within and beyond the walls of the Faculty. Below are some active students groups, faculty initiatives, and community resources that are tied to equity and diversity both here and on campus.
McGill Law student groups
- Black Law Students Association of McGill
- Contours: Voices of Women in Law
- Healthy Legal Minds
- Human Rights Working Group
- Indigenous Law Association
- Jewish Law Students’ Association
- Law Needs Feminism Because
- McGill Radical Law Student Collective
- Muslim Law Students’ Association
- Outlaw at McGill
- Women of Colour Collective
- East Asian Law Students Society
- Latin American Student Association
For more information on student governance and activities, see the Law Students Association website https://www.lsa-aed.ca/
Community engagement for social justice
- The McGill Faculty of Law Admissions Office strives to attract a diverse and talented pool of applicants to the program through various outreach, recruitment and admissions initiatives.
- The Faculty’s Student Affairs Office offers a range of student support resources and advising services, as well as workshops on student wellness. Students can book appointments with the two Student Wellness Advisors assigned to the Faculty.
- We have a number of initiatives to support Indigenous students at the Faculty, and as well as Indigenous applicants.
- The Faculty and McGill offer scholarships and financial support. Our belief is that no person who meets our standards of excellence should ever have to select out of studying at McGill Law for financial reasons. The Faculty strives to break down barriers and broaden access to legal education. Bursaries play a pivotal role in allowing for equal opportunity among candidates of all backgrounds. For more, see our Tuition and Financial Support page.
- The Career Development Office oversees a mentorship program that pairs students with alumni working in a wide range of practice areas and settings (from “traditional” legal careers, to public service and advocacy). This individualized support helps our students build their careers and connect them with diverse opportunities.
- Professor Angela Campbell, McGill’s Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies), is responsible for academic policies and procedures, as well as the oversight of all equity matters.
- The Office of Students with Disabilities provide accommodations to students in need.
- McGill University’s Human Resources has an Employment Equity group.
- The Joint Board-Senate Committee on Equity (JBSCE) recommends policies that strive to promote fair access to academic and employment opportunities at the Univresity
- The Branches Program at McGill is committed to being a reliable partner in co-creating responsive and sustained relationships with First Nations, Inuit, and Métis youth, families, schools and organizations.
- The Office for Sexual Violence Response, Support and Education (OSVRSE) provides confidential, non-judgmental and non-directional support to those who have been impacted by sexual or gender-based violence.
- The McGill Sustainable Events program is an initiative from the Office of Sustainability that provides consultations, trainings, resources, and certification to encourage and support more responsible events at McGill.