Grad profile: Helping others get oriented

Spring Convocation: Ryan Baker, Schulich School of Law

- May 23, 2014

Ryan Baker, Schulich School of Law graduate. (Danny Abriel photo)
Ryan Baker, Schulich School of Law graduate. (Danny Abriel photo)

Ryan Baker has come a long way in his eight years of studying towards two different degrees at Dalhousie.

When he first came to campus, Ryan, originally from Halifax, aspired to have a career in journalism.

“Sports broadcasting was my overall plan,” he says. When he started to rethink that plan, given his sense of the job market, he took some time off to study for the LSAT and applied to law school.

“I decided I would stay at Dal because I really liked the community, and Halifax is such a great city,” he explains.

He was accepted and, after his first year, Ryan had an inclination to help welcome new law students to his city and to the Dal community.

“I helped coordinate the Dal Law orientation week, which was perhaps one of my favourite moments at law school. It’s a week-long series of events introducing people from outside of Nova Scotia to the city and to the campus. It was really fun getting to see people’s expressions, and getting to see the way they absorb the Dal experience.”

Ryan also got involved with the Schulich School of Law admissions office where he helped to create an online career platform for law students, allowing them to streamline their job search process. He also contributed to the Dalhousie Gazette and other local publications.

When asked about his future, Ryan says, “It’s definitely going to be a big change from being a student for so long. I’m going to miss it. I’m going to miss the city as well as all the teachers, administration and faculty that have been around and supported me throughout my time here.”

He’ll be articling at a Toronto law firm when he graduates, but doesn’t expect to be gone too long.

“I will definitely be back to Dal at some point in the future.”

This article is part of a series on our newest graduates. These profiles are also published in the 2014 Spring Convocation Keepsake, which is distributed at Convocation ceremonies. For more on Convocation (including live webcasts), visit the Convocation website.


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