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University of Ottawa to offer five new scholarships to Black law students

Wednesday, February 03, 2021 @ 3:07 PM | By John Chunn

The Common Law Section of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa announced that it is launching new entrance scholarships for Black law students. These scholarships will provide $10,000 to up to five entering Black law students each year. The scholarships will be renewable for $5,000 in each of the second and third year of law school for a total value of $20,000 for each student.

According to the law school’s press release, it recognizes that systemic anti-Black racism has had, and continues to have, adverse effect on Black communities. The new scholarships are part of the Common Law Section’s efforts to deepen its commitment to racial justice and improving access to justice.

“We need to do more to recruit and support Black law students in their legal studies and we hope that these scholarships will help,” said dean Adam Dodek. “Attracting and supporting more Black law students will help enhance the diversity of the legal profession and better serve the legal needs of the public.”

In September 2020, the faculty appointed Samantha Peters as its first-ever Black Legal Mentor-in-Residence to provide one-on-one and group academic and career mentorship to Black law students.

“It is fantastic to see the ways in which the law school is actively responding to calls made by Black law students. This scholarship is one important step toward increasing access to justice for Black law students,” said Peters.

The new entrance scholarships will be available to students who are accepted to the faculty beginning in the 2021-22 academic year.

For more information on this initiative, click here.