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Spotlight On: Amita Persad-Ford

By April 12, 2021 No Comments
Let’s start with the basics. Tell us about yourself. What makes you you? 
My name is Amita and I’m a soon-to-be lawyer!
Why did you decide to join LAWS? 
I knew some upper-year students in the Program who spoke highly of the field trips and extra-curricular activities. I thought it sounded fun.
What are some of your favourite or most valued moments from the program? 
Working in a full-service law firm at the age of 16 is not an experience a lot of high school students can say they’ve had. This was an impactful experience for me as I was able to see what lawyers actually did on the day-to-day, and I learned that I enjoy the rush of a fast-paced environment. In addition to the unique extra-curricular opportunities, the small size of LAWS classes enabled me to form tight bonds with many of my fellow classmates, many of whom are still my close friends to this day.
What are you up to now? 
I have finished law school and am currently articling with the Ministry of the Attorney General at the Crown Law Office – Criminal.
What are your future goals and aspirations? 
Get called to the bar, remain open-minded, and continue to support other students seeking a path to the legal profession.
How did LAWS impact your life/career choices? 
The after-school tutoring and firm mentoring programs allowed me to form relationships with strong women who worked incredibly hard to achieve their successes. They gave me people to look up to, network with, and ultimately build the confidence that propelled me to enter undergrad with an eye to law school.
Did you meet any mentors or role models that inspired you along the way? 
My formal mentor from Torys was incredibly supportive of my lofty goal to pursue a career in law. She provided invaluable study and stress-management tips, and continued to make herself available to me after high school. Later in undergrad when I started working with LAWS, the Program Director and Facilitators continued to provide guidance and support that motivated me to keep up the momentum necessary to get in to law school.
What advice would you give to students who are considering signing up for LAWS? 
You have nothing to lose, but so much to gain. Tutoring, mentorship, summer job opportunities, critical thinking skills, and copious pizza to name a few!