Benefits: Dean’s Forum Student Reflections

The Dean’s Forum initiative facilitates an environment for raising access to justice consciousness and related action among and between all participants.

Our Dean’s Forum students benefit from: 

  • Learning about access to justice in the local, provincial, national contexts, and beyond
  • Reaping experiential benefits and developing reflective practice skills
  • Gaining tools intended to help facilitate transformational change in improving access to justice

Our Dean’s Forum students have reflected on the benefits of their experience as key participants in the initiative:

“The most important learning moment was realizing who the gaps in legal services actually affected. I had worked at CLASSIC and seen some lower income groups come in. I was aware of the concept of legal aid, and those below a certain income bracket qualifying for that. However, I had never viewed this as a ‘middle class’ problem. I never considered that it would be members of my family or people I grew up with. I had never contextualized what legal fees would be compared to what the average family makes. That was an important moment for me, because it put the whole project in perspective. It has a direct impact on my life and the people in it. It is hard to dismiss a social issue such as that when it is literally staring you in the face.”

“I really enjoyed the experiential activity and view it as a very rewarding experience because I was a part of something meaningful, gained exposure to new experiences, built confidence within myself, and contributed to something that may have a huge impact on both the legal profession and peoples’ lives.”

“Participating in this class was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to be a part of a discussion addressing access to justice issues. This class has helped me realize that I can use my legal education and my position to help make changes for the better. I know I sound extremely optimistic, but as [the instructor] said, this ignorant optimism may just be what is needed.”