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Michelle Yung talks about first year

A day in the life

Michelle Yung talks about first year

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Dal was definitely a welcoming place from the very start—orientation week was exciting. The entire law school, from faculty to senior-level students, seemed to be coming together to welcome the new students.

A world of opportunity


Michelle Yung was at work in the BC Superior Court Judiciary when she learned of her acceptance to Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law. “The first person I told was a judge,” she laughs. “Then I called my mom.”

Dal was her top choice. “The Schulich School of Law has a wonderful reputation for both collegiality and a top notch academic program,” Michelle says. “Everybody I had asked at the Courts spoke highly of the program.”

And when she spoke with alumni from different law schools, “It was apparent to me that, across the board, Dal alum showed the most enthusiasm and support for their alma mater,” she adds.

Michelle’s first alma mater is the University of British Columbia, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a Major in History and a Minor in Political Science. “If you’re bright and motivated, with the objective of going to law school, it doesn’t matter what your undergraduate degree is,” Michelle states. “There is no one best route.”

Of her long-standing interest in law, Michelle says, “I was attracted by the challenges of the profession. And a law degree opens up many doors beyond the courtroom—even if you don’t think litigation is for you, a law degree still provides access to a world of opportunity.”

The challenges of first-year law provided Michelle with plenty of motivation. “You’re really forced to prioritize and, unlike many other studies, the true test is in the application of knowledge. It will certainly challenge you, and at the end of the year, it’s a remarkable feeling of accomplishment you share with your colleagues. It’s quite a journey.”

“There’s been something unique and enjoyable in all of the first-year courses,” she says. “In criminal law, for instance, it was extremely interesting to see the case law develop through the years, whereas in the small groups class—in my case, contract law—there was significant room for dialogue, and we could really dissect cases and discuss them in much more depth.”

However, Michelle is currently considering another area of specialization. “I’ve become interested in a corporate law career,” she explains, “though I won’t rule out practicing litigation any time soon.”