Grad Profile: Indigenous background fuels law grad's passion for change

Armand Paul, Schulich School of Law

- May 29, 2020

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This article is part of a series focusing on the grads of the Dalhousie Class of 2020. Visit our Class of 2020 virtual space to share in the excitement with our newest graduates.

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

I wanted to attend the Schulich School of Law because it is a well-established school in our province and it also offered the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq program. I'm originally from Cape Breton and staying close to my community and family was a plus. I knew that Schulich Law would be a place that would understand Indigenous culture because there is a rich history between the Mi'kmaq and Nova Scotia. Growing up on a reserve, I wanted to help people within my own community on a level that would result in change and improvement for the Mi'kmaq overall.  

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

I was involved in the Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students' Association as a co-chair for three years. I helped with the Law Hour society. I was also involved in preparing Gladue Reports for Indigenous offenders. It was nice to engage with the student body and staff at Schulich Law. Through my involvement in these societies, we held various fundraisers for the local community as well as engagement events such as screenings and panel discussions.

What is your favourite law school memory?

My favourite memory of law school is the fact that the students are so involved in addressing issues within society. There are a large number of student groups who work tirelessly alongside school obligations. They work on fundraisers, service provision, potential changes in law, and a variety of other things. It was always so inspiring to see what people could do when they worked towards a goal.  

What will you miss most about Schulich Law?

I will miss my fellow students and staff. Law school quickly becomes a new family for those who are new to the area. These are people I have interacted with on a day to day basis, year after year.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I've been hired as an Articling Clerk for the Nova Scotia Legal Aid Commission. I'll be working out of the Sydney office in Cape Breton and will finally be able to provide legal services to those in my hometown and neighbouring communities.


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