Our Student Ambassadors

The Student Ambassador Program connects admitted and prospective candidates with current McGill Law students. Student ambassadors, only some of whom are featured on this page, are keen to share their perspectives with you. They can answer your questions, show you around the Faculty, and tell you more about the advantages of studying law at McGill. To contact our Student Ambassadors, admissions.law [at] mcgill.ca (send them an email).

Nous avons aussi des ambassadeurs francophones: cliquez sur le lien Français en haut à droite pour les rencontrer.

Meet five recent graduates who were once ambassadors through a series of short videos on our YouTube channel.

Derek, 1L

DerekSpoken languages: English, French

Academic background: I hold a Bachelor of Arts with Honors, in Religious Studies, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I had a second major in Political Science and a minor in Arabic, and I wrote a thesis in the Religious Studies department.

I spent the summer after my third year studying Arabic in Morocco through the US Department of State Critical Language Scholarship Program.

Bio: I'm from a small, rural town in the southern United States, so my background is a bit different from that of many people here. I love to help people make informed decisions about their own education and serve as a resource to prospective students.

Hobbies: I'm passionate about long-distance running, cooking, and writing. Two personal goals of mine are to write essays for a cultural critique site someday, and to complete my second half-marathon in Montreal soon.

Rachelle, 3L

RachelleSpoken Languages: English and French

Academic Background: Bachelor of Social Work, McGill University

Bio: I am currently enrolled in the joint Masters of Social Work & BCL/LLB program. Before which I attended McGill University and obtained a Bachelor of Social Work. Outside of the faculty, I am involved in social justice related work, predominantly in Montreal’s Black community. I am relatively involved here at the Faculty. I am the VP Academic of the Law Students' Association (LSA) and Co-President of the Black Law Students' Association at McGill (BLSAM). I am also a representative of the Women of Colour Collective (WOCC) and the Christian Law Students' Association. Additionally, I enjoy weightlifting and dancing.

As you can see there are a lot of opportunities to get involved at the Faculty. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.

Linda, 2L

Photo of Linda, a student ambassador.Spoken languages: English, Mandarin, French

Academic background: Prior to law, I studied at Dawson College in their Commerce profile, where I was involved with the Hive Center for Gender Advocacy and the Marc Garneau Youth Council. I worked at Conseil Québécois LGBT this summer and I am currently a part of the McGill East Asia Law Students’ Association, the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and the 2018-2019 Deputy Returning Officer. I am a second year student at McGill and my interests include advocacy, international business, and information technology law.

Bio: I grew up in Montreal and speak fluent French, English, and Mandarin. I am a classically-trained pianist, and also work as a lifeguard and swim instructor.

Hobbies: I enjoy dancing, biking, and reading in my free time.

Zofia, 4L

Photo of ZofiaSpoken languages: English, Polish, French

Academic background: I have a BA in History from the University of Ottawa, 2010. At McGill, I've participated in a few immigration-related extracurriculars, like the International Refugee Assistance Project and a legal clinic with Action Réfugiés Montréal. I also went on exchange to Washington DC last year, which was a huge highlight!

Bio: I was born in Poland but immigrated to Canada at a young age. Growing up in Ottawa, I was always interested in the public sector and worked in the federal government for a few years before coming to McGill. As a youngish mature student, I love sharing my knowledge and experience with others!

Hobbies: In my spare time, I’m also a long-time swing dancer and budding klezmer clarinetist.

Zi Chen, 3L

Photo of Zi ChenSpoken languages: Mandarin, English, French

Academic background: I studied in Beijing, China, before I moved to Montreal. I learned French in eight months and went on to finish my high school studies at Collège Villa-Maria. I then went to Marianopolis College where I studied in the Honors Commerce Program. During my time at Marianopolis, I went on a study abroad in Germany. After CEGEP, I entered McGill Law directly, and I am currently completing my degree with a Major in commercial negotiations and dispute resolutions.

Hobbies: When I am not studying for my finals, I like to read books, play piano and explore the city.

Ori, 3L

photo of Ori, student ambassadorSpoken Languages: English and French

Academic Background: I completed a BA in Arts with Distinction from Concordia University, obtaining a major in Human Relations and minors in Adult Education and Law & Society.

Bio: I was born in Guatemala and grew up in Kelowna, B.C. In recent years, I have been living in Montreal, working in the aviation sector as an inflight crew member for a major Canadian airline while pursuing a commercial pilot license.

I volunteer at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill in two roles; as a case worker providing free legal information to the community, and as a Student Advocate, advising and representing McGill students in disciplinary hearings, grievances, negotiations, and other advocacy situations under the university framework. Additionally, I have had the privilege to work on various enriching projects, including UN sponsored humanitarian initiatives in Africa and Central America, and facilitating educational legal right workshops in various local organizations.

Hobbies: Having called Montreal home for several years, I can attest that there’s no other city quite like it. I enjoy canvassing new “foodie” or café study spots, biking around the unique Montreal Quartiers, and taking advantage of the many festivals the city offers.

Iradele, 1LIradele

Spoken languages: English, French

Academic background: I graduated with a B.Sc (‘13) in Psychology at Concordia University and an MPH (’16) in Health Promotion from the University of Toronto with a concentration in sexual diversity studies. I also part of in an exchange program at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands in the winter of 2012.

Bio: Hi! I am a health researcher, an evaluation nerd, a white settler and a cis femme (she/her) living with an invisible disability. In a past life, I’ve been lucky enough to have worked in LGBTQA+ diversity and inclusion for over five years. I pride myself in being a logistics master, scheduling wizard, and I love exploring all things process, design and institutional accountability. On my spare time, I’m either reviewing masters applicants for the Dalla Lana School of Public Health or publishing papers about the role of the internet for community building among LGBTQA+ youth. If you were to spot me at an event, I’m probably hanging around the free food.

Hobbies: Living in the Netherlands really sparked a big love for cycling. Otherwise, I love going for walks with my dog (a retired greyhound), and geeking over astrology memes.

Anton, 3L photo of Anton, student ambassador

Spoken Languages: English, French, Russian and Ukranian

Academic Background: I studied at Vanier College, and obtained DEC in Social Science program and certificates of Honours Social Science and Law and Society major. I graduated from both with distinction and received the program award for each (Honours Social Science and Law & Society major). I was awarded with the Cedric Kunicek Memorial Scholarship for excelling in my major.

Bio: I was born in Ukraine and moved to Canada in 2008. I know how hard it is to learn foreign languages and to adapt to a new environment. While living in Canada, I was exposed to bilingualism and multiculturalism, which I think are essential elements of Canadian culture. I am proud to be a member of Canadian society, for it welcomed me and provided me with opportunities to pursue my own interests.

Hobbies: I enjoy ancient history (especially ancient Roman history!), geopolitics, astronomy and sociology. I have a telescope that I often use to observe the stars. I also play flute, which helps me to relax after a long day at school! I love boxing, reading, trying new restaurants, and meeting new people.

Diana, 1L

Photo of DianaSpoken languages: English, French

Academic background: I graduated from the Desautels Faculty of Management on the Dean's Honour List, with a double concentration in Accounting and International Business.

I also took part in an exchange program to Thailand's Chulalongkorn University in Winter 2016.

Bio: Born and raised in Montreal, I am a classic McGillian. In the summer months, you can always find me at a music festival, food festival... or maybe backpacking on a different continent!

Once the winter sets in, McGill is the perfect place to cozy up in the library with my textbooks, and join some awesome extracurricular activities. I enjoy peer tutoring,

Lara S., 1L

Photo of LaraSpoken languages: English, French

Academic background: DEC in Creative Arts, Languages and Literature from John Abbott College (CEGEP), and a BA in Communication Studies degree from Concordia University.

Bio: I grew up in the West Island of Montreal, although my family is originally from the Huron-Wendat reserve of 'Wendake', located near Quebec City. I've always loved to read, write and argue, so law school seemed like a good fit!

Hobbies: When I'm not studying, I like to paint, draw, listen to music, and go on walks with my dog.

Natacha, 2L

Photo of NatachaSpoken languages: English

Academic background: I completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Kinesiology from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario). As an individual who went from taking courses in the sciences (including: organic chemistry, biomechanics, physiology, anatomy) to law courses, I am happy to answer questions about the transition!

Bio: I was born in Quebec, but I grew up in Toronto. Currently, I am in the second year of McGill's BCL/LLB program and exploring my interests in the tax and technology fields. When I am not in class, I work as a research assistant and volunteer at the Legal Information Clinic at McGill.

Hobbies: Outside of school, I enjoy staying active by taking martial arts courses, horseback riding, or walking my dog!

Bryan, 2L Photo of Bryan, a student ambassador.

Spoken Languages: English and Spanish

Academic Background: I was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, but moved to the United States as a teenager. I moved to Canada a few years later, and earned a Specialization degree in Film Studies and a Major in Political Science at Concordia University. During my undergraduate program, I also had the opportunity to study abroad at Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea, where I focused on Global and International Studies.

Bio: Having grown up and lived in different countries, I am familiar with some of the challenges that people face in their communities and personal lives, such as being a stranger to a new culture and language. These experiences have inspired me to work with others in a variety of settings, including educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

Hobbies: When I’m not studying or working, I enjoy staying active, playing soccer, discovering new movies, or planning my next travel adventure.

Handi, 2L

Photo of HandiSpoken languages: English, Mandarin, French

Academic background: I previously studied Health Sciences at Marianopolis College.

Bio: I was born in China and followed my parents to Montreal at the age of four. I am actively involved in Montreal's Chinese community by acting as a master of ceremonies during various Chinese festivals and multicultural activities.

At the Faculty, I am the Internal Managing Editor of the McGill Journal of Law and Health, and I’m VP-Intern of the McGill East Asia Law Students' Association. I also volunteer at the Legal Information Clinic.

Samuil, 3L

Spoken languages: English, Bulgarian, French

Academic background: I hold a DEC/IB degree in economics from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf.

Bio: I was born in Shumen, Bulgaria, and I moved to Montréal when I was 8.

At the Faculty, I was the Executive Editor of the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law (Volume 13) and an executive of the McGill Business Law Association. I am also involved in student associations outside the Faculty, including the International Relations Students' Association of McGill and the Students' Society of McGill University. Last summer, I worked at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP.

Hobbies: During my free time, I enjoy reading political memoirs and Bulgarian literature. I also enjoy swimming, playing tennis, and yoga.

Geneviève, 1L

Photo of GenevieveSpoken languages: English, French

Academic background: I studied at Marianopolis College and completed my DEC in Social Sciences in the stream of Law, Society & Justice. I then completed a BA with Distinction at McGill University, obtaining a major in International Development and a minor in Environment.

Bio: I was born and raised in Montreal. I am currently in the first year of McGill's BCL/LLB program, where I am pursuing my passion for environmental law. I am interested in the interaction between law, social justice and sustainability.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact me!

Hobbies: I love to play soccer, go to music shows, travel, and hang out at restaurants downtown!

Photo of MahwishMahwish, 2L

Spoken languages: English, French, Hindi, Urdu

Background: I was born and raised in Pakistan. I did my first bachelor degree in Human Rights from Bard College, a liberal arts college in New York. I then moved to Montreal to do a Masters at McGill, focusing on international human rights treaties.

I have worked in the US, Pakistan, and Montreal in the past few years.

Emma C., 1L

Spoken Languages: English

Academic Background: I have a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing and Art History and I also have a degree in Graphic design and Marketing.

Bio: I was raised in Montreal and I have attended schools in French and in English throughout the island. I run a small graphic design business on the side and have worked for the administration of McGill University for the past 4 years. I am very resourceful, and I know both Montreal and McGill extremely well so it would be a pleasure to help in any way I can.