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Meet Dakota Bernard, Class of 2021

Posted by Stephanie Hurley on May 4, 2021 in News, Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initative, Students
Dakota Bernard ('21) (Photo Provided)
Dakota Bernard ('21) (Photo Provided)

Congratulations to the Schulich School of Law’s Class of 2021! In the coming weeks, we’ll feature Q&As with graduating law students who will reflect on their time at Weldon. Today we're talking to Dakota Bernard.

Why did you want to attend the Schulich School of Law?

I wanted to attend the Schulich School of Law because of the Indigenous Blacks and Mi’kmaq Initiative. I also wanted to attend the law school because of the outstanding reputation the Schulich School of Law has. I was born and raised in Cape Breton and having the opportunity to attend a law school in my home province was a dream come true.

In what ways were you involved with the law school community?

During my time at the law school, I acted as a representative for the Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students Association for the Law Students Society during my first and second year. In my third year, I became co-president of the Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students Association. During this time, I had assisted in hosting events and some fundraising initiatives. This also allowed me to advocate for Indigenous students and the community, which has always been a goal and driving force in my journey before and during my time at the Schulich School of Law.

What is your favourite law school memory?

My favourite law school memory is the interaction between students and the faculty. The law school is a community and having the opportunity to discuss different issues within society with fellow students and the faculty allowed for a greater learning environment. This allowed me to see issues from many different perspectives. These perspectives are something I will always keep in mind going forward.

What will you miss most about Schulich Law?

I will miss walking into the front doors of the Weldon Building. It was always a pleasure to interact with classmates and other students within the walls of the law school. I will miss being able to enjoy a coffee in the morning in the student lounge while discussing classes or just life in general.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I have accepted an articling position with the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service. I will be working in Halifax, and I am very excited to be able to continue my goal of achieving change for my community and Indigenous peoples across Canada.