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Meet Onye Njoku, Class of 2024

Posted by Amanda Kirby-Sheppard on May 8, 2024 in News, Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initative, Alumni & Friends, Students
Onye Njoku (Provided Photo)
Onye Njoku (Provided Photo)

Congratulations to the Schulich School of Law’s Class of 2024! 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 Onye Njoku.

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

Attending the Schulich School of Law was an obvious choice for me—its impressive reputation within the legal community preceded itself. Still, this was not the sole attraction that drew me to the law school. Having grown up in New Brunswick, I was comforted by the fact that I was able to study close to home. Being able to stay connected with my family and support system while pursuing my legal education added an extra layer of convenience. 

Another core reason behind my decision to attend the Schulich School of Law was my acceptance into the Indigenous Blacks & Mi’kmaq (IB&M) Initiative. It was very important for me to attend a law school that fosters a tight-knit and supportive community. The collaborative atmosphere and camaraderie among students and faculty are incomparable here. Specifically, the support that I received from the IB&M Initiative provided me with a profound sense of belonging, enhancing my overall experience as a law student.

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

Throughout my time at Schulich Law, I’ve been deeply involved in community-building efforts primarily through the Dalhousie Black Law Students’ Association (DBLSA). In my first year, I served as the Black Law Students' Association of Canada representative for our Dalhousie chapter. In my second year, I served as DBLSA’s Vice President of Communications, and DBLSA’s President in my final year when I had the privilege and honour of leading several collaborative initiatives that have contributed to the law school community. One example of this was when I was invited to join a small group of students who were asked to assist in revising the Dalhousie Student Code of Conduct to address anti-Black racism at Dalhousie University.

What does the Weldon Tradition mean to you?

The Weldon Tradition embodies a commitment to excellence, integrity, and community. In being given an opportunity to obtain a legal education, the Weldon Tradition serves as an important reminder of the responsibility we carry to lead beyond the self, in service of others. It’s a reminder to move through life confidently while drawing strength from our neighbours by asking, sharing, and learning. In essence, the Weldon Tradition highlights the work that can be accomplished when we take strides together.

Such a belief has certainly been a cornerstone of my personal and academic journey, from my efforts in community service to the lifelong relationships I have formed over the course of my three years at Schulich Law.

What is your favourite law school memory?

While it is hard to choose one, my favourite law school memory will always be the collective sigh of relief shared among students after a tough exam, right at the front entrance of the Weldon Law Building. There is no sound more affirming—or more relatable!

What will you miss most about Schulich Law?

What I will miss the absolute most about law school is sitting in the atrium outside of the library. It was always the better part of my days—feeling the sun filter in through the glass ceiling or hearing the light tapping of rain while taking in the hustle and bustle of student life. 

What are your post-graduation plans?

Following graduation, I am looking forward to spending some time connecting with family and friends before I begin articling with Stewart McKelvey in their Halifax office.