Name: Shantel Perry
Title: Head of Student Life (2019-2020)
Law School: Osgoode Hall Law School, Class of 2020
Background: I was born in Toronto but grew up in Mississauga. I am the daughter of parents who immigrated to Canada from a small Caribbean island known as Grenada.
Memorable Moment in Law School: My most memorable moments in law school are closely tied to the opportunities that I’ve had to build a community and meet like-minded students through the national conferences held by the Black Law Student’s Association. Having the opportunity to meet Black law students from all across Canada and build a larger sense of community has proven to be an invaluable experience for me.
Current Plans: Currently in 3L, wrapping up my final year in law school and hoping to make valuable contributions by way of a new charitable clothing drive initiative at Osgoode.
Future Plans: I plan to work in personal injury or insurance defence. While the two might operate on opposite ends of the spectrum and seem contradictory in nature, neither can function without the other. I would love to work at a firm that practices in both of theses areas of the law simultaneously.
Advice for Incoming Law Students: “Comparison is the thief of joy”. During your law school journey you’ll meet many amazing people, doing amazing things. It is easy to compare their experiences to your own and feel as though you may fall short, but no two individual law school journeys are exactly the same. Remember that you aren’t here by mistake and you are destined to do great things even if you may take a few stumbles along the way.