Educating business students about law
Facilitating connections with the legal community
Promoting law as a promising career path
Emphasizing the impacts of law on the business environment
Queen's Commerce Law Association ("QCLA") is a student-run organization at Queen's University dedicated to educating business students about law.
We provide educational resources and guidance for those interested in law school and legal careers. More generally, we work to emphasize the far-reaching impacts of law and legal processes on virtually every aspect of business.
We promote law as a strong career path for Commerce students beyond the typical avenues of finance, consulting, marketing, and accounting. Skills gained in business school are highly transferable to legal professions.
We strive to facilitate connections with the Canadian legal community. This affords students the opportunity to network and gain insight from industry professionals.
One in every ten CEOs for Fortune 5OO companies have a law degree.
QCLA is determined to host events that are not only engaging and interactive, but are also highly relevant to Commerce students. Check out some of our past events:
In association with the Mentor & Alumni Committee, QCLA is proud to announce its first-ever participation in the Day on Bay event. On March 21st, members spent the day touring the Toronto offices of Goodmans (and then Ernst & Young in the afternoon), interacting with executives and learning about the legal profession. This is an unparalleled opportunity to experience and network at such an internationally reputable firm.
Goodmans LLP is recognized internationally as one of Canada's premier transaction law firms because its lawyers and clients are industry leaders. Goodmans excels in its fields to help clients excel in theirs – both ensuring ever-higher levels of service and business success. Further, Goodmans offers a unique combination of skills – spanning business law and litigation; public and private; tradition and innovation. With a strategic entrepreneurial history and deal-making mindset, Goodmans lawyers deliver intelligent solutions, responsiveness, energy, talent, and determination to get the deal done. It’s more than just legal services; it’s strategic business advice.
For those that are interested in pursuing law as a career upon graduation, this is the session for you! Professor Kissick will be sharing his insights in the value of going into law with a Commerce background. He will also outline ways to get involved in law throughout your time here at Queen's! Additionally, he will discuss the ins and outs of law school applications, the LSAT and what skills are needed for a successful career in law. Having worked at a Bay street firm and in-house, Professor Kissick has a wealth of knowledge about the legal profession to share, so make sure to attend!
QCLA had the pleasure of welcoming the Honourable Gloria J. Epstein back to Queen's University for an installment in our speaker series. Gloria has had an incredibly successful career both as a litigation lawyer and justice in Ontario, and we are very excited for her to shed light on her career progression in a field that was once considered a “man’s world” and what influenced her along the way.
Gloria, a Queen's Commerce Alumna, began her law career at a big Toronto firm after graduating from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She worked at two large Toronto law firms before starting her own firm, Gloria Epstein and Associates in 1985 and was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) in 1993. Justice Epstein has served as a Judge of the Court of Appeal for Ontario since her appointment in 2007.
This is an event you won't want to miss!
Tory's LLP, one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in Canada, are sending two associates to talk to us: Jamie Becker, who specializes in corporate law, and Rob Shaw, a first year associate who focuses on mergers and acquisitions.
They will be discussing:
We offer students the opportunity to get involved with QCLA by becoming an association member. Queen's students from any year can apply at any time throughout the Fall and Winter semesters.
A member is someone who is actively involved with and dedicated to QCLA without partaking directly in the internal executive's responsibilities. Member status is similar to that of a "delegate" for a conference or competition.
While members must fulfil certain requirements to (1) become a member and (2) retain membership status (see “How do I become a Member?”), membership is generally not an intensive time commitment. As such, it allows curious students to experience QCLA and law on an exploratory basis.
Membership is ideal for those who are interested in QCLA, Canadian law, and/or legal careers.
There are a number of benefits and perks to becoming a QCLA member:
The best part:
Those interested in membership must fulfil several simple requirements to (1) become a member and (2) retain their membership throughout the academic year.
We are proud to announce the most talented and ambitious team that QCLA has ever seen.
Benjamin Fenech is a 4th year Commerce student from Toronto, Ontario. This is his 2nd year of involvement with the QCLA, as he was an Events Coordinator last year and is currently a Co-Chair. He is interested in a wide array of law disciplines including corporate law, sports law, environmental law, and international law. After completing his Commerce undergraduate degree, he plans on pursuing a J.D. degree in Canada. Benjamin’s interest in the law began after he recognized how the Law impacts the lives of Canadians, and its ability to improve society and the lives of those within it. Additionally, Benjamin also realized that a greater knowledge of the Law is relevant to numerous professions that he is interested in. Other than Law, Benjamin is an avid sports fan (Go Leafs Go!), and is a member of the Queen’s Men’s Soccer Team.
Rachel Adams hails from Brantford, Ontario and was previously Speakers Coordinator for QCLA before becoming Co-Chair. Rachel will be on exchange in Nantes, France during the fall but looks forward to experiencing international business and law while abroad. She loves to read, hike and is looking forward to the exciting things this executive has planned for this year!
Khalif is entering his final year of Commerce and while the idea of graduation is slightly frightening, he’s incredibly excited about entering the next chapter of his life. Khalif’s from a very small town on the border of Ontario and Quebec called Hawkesbury. He spent this past summer working for CIBC and hopes to potentially continue a career with them before pursuing further education in the law. Khalif spent a semester in France, where he developed a love for the law through his various experiences with mock trials and arbitration along with a love for travel and adventure. This is Khalif’s first year on the QCLA and he could not be more excited to move into the role of Logistics Director. He’s looking forward to helping create and organize plenty of events and activities to share his passion and love for the law with the rest of Queen’s.
Cara is a fourth year Commerce student from North Vancouver, BC. She is excited to be spending her second year on the QCLA executive, this time as the Speakers Director, where she hopes to be influential in attracting interesting and insightful individuals to share their passion for law. While overseeing the Speakers Coordinators, Cara is looking forward to building on QCLA’s reputation in the commerce program and connecting with others in the legal field. Following her passion for law, she hopes to pursue her JD after graduating from Queen’s Commerce. Cara also has a keen interest in sports, and is a member of the women’s soccer team at Queen’s.
Saroop Peetamber is a 4th year Commerce student currently involved with Queen’s Commerce Law Association as Marketing Director. Although this is Saroop’s first year on QCLA, he has continuously expanded his knowledge and interest in Law through a variety of courses during his time here at Queen’s. His additional involvements include Commerce Executive on Orientation and Queen’s Sports Industry Conference. Saroop hopes to attend law school in future years with aspirations to work in Corporate or Environmental Law.
Riley is entering his third year of the Commerce program. He currently serves as an Events Coordinator for QCLA. In this capacity, Riley will plan, organize, and assist in the execution of events hosted by QCLA. After Queen’s, Riley plans to attend law school. Upon graduation, he hopes to leverage the combination of business and law to pursue a career in sports law. Riley attended Malvern Collegiate in Toronto, where he played hockey, rugby and soccer. He became interested in law at an early age, and further developed this passion through his high school coursework. When he is not studying, Riley passionately follows many sports, especially his beloved Leafs. As well, he is an avid traveller, and will complete a four-month exchange at the University of Zurich this coming spring.
Ellen is a second-year Commerce student from Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is excited to bring fresh, new ideas to the QCLA team this year as Events Coordinator. Next year, she will also be involved with the Queen’s Women in Leadership Conference and the Queen’s University Business Engagement committee. Ellen’s interest in law first sparked during a summer term at McInnes Cooper, and she now hopes to pursue a J.D. degree upon graduation. She spent this past summer back home on the East Coast working in National Accounting for Sobeys Inc. In her free time, Ellen enjoys running, listening to country music, and spending time by the sea.
Joshua is a second year commerce student from Waterloo, ON and is aspiring to pursue a career in management consulting/international law. Joshua’s interest in law stems from within his family, as his grandmother and uncle are practicing lawyers in El Salvador. Josh enjoys learning about the different types of cases his relatives work on, specifically the complexities and hurdles they face practicing in a developing country. During the summer, Josh worked for an international English school at the University of Toronto. He loves to spend time travelling and learning languages (fluent in Spanish and French and learning Italian). He hopes to do his exchange in either Denmark or Spain. Josh is looking forward to making a positive impact in this year’s QCLA as the Membership Coordinator.
Erik is a second year Commerce student at the Queen’s School of Business. Having always been interested in economics and litigation, a natural curiosity of capital markets has been fledged since coming to Queen’s. Erik intends to pursue a career in Mergers & Acquisitions, drawing on both his business, and hopefully, legal education. After being hired as a First Year Representative in the fall of 2013, Erik has since been promoted to the role of Speakers Coordinator. In this position, Erik recruits industry professionals to present to bright and motivated students, bridging the gap between current and future practitioners. In addition to his work with QCLA, Erik is a Metals & Mining Analyst for Limestone Capital, a student-run investment fund with $100,000 in assets under management.
In addition to his academic endeavours, Erik has a keen interest in international politics, is a voracious reader, and has previously been a member of the AAAA Etobicoke Rangers Baseball Organization, which has produced a Major League Baseball National League MVP.
Vanessa, a second-year Commerce student from Vancouver, BC, is excited to create and strengthen bridges between Commerce and Law as Speakers Coordinator. With a passion and keen interest in corporate law, she hopes to pursue a JD degree upon graduation. In addition to serving on the executive team for Queen’s Commerce Law Society, Vanessa is also involved with the Queen’s Commerce Performing Artists and Queen’s Commerce Service Initiatives. Fifteen years from today, amidst her mergers and acquisition case, Vanessa hopes to be admiring the scenery outside while rolling around in her big office chair surrounded by photos captured from her tour around the world.
All the way from Vancouver, BC, Samantha has brought her passion and enthusiasm from the west coast to the Queen's Commerce Law Society as one of Marketing Coordinators. Starting her second year in the Queen's Commerce program, she has a great interest in law and marketing, but hopes to pursue a career in commercial law upon graduating. Aside from extracurricular activities and studying, as an ex-gymnast, Samantha loves to stay active, so you will find her in the ARC in her spare time. Believe it or not, she has not seen a single episode of Suits, but alongside the QCLA Executive, she is excited to work towards fulfilling the mission of QCLA to show students that law is a viable career to pursue especially for business students!
Daniel is a second year Commerce student from Toronto. He is proud to serve as one of the Marketing Coordinators for the Queen’s Commerce Law Society in 2014-2015. Daniel has been interested in law since a young age, and hopes to pursue law following his graduation. He plays intramural hockey and football, and loves all sports. After high school, Daniel took a year off to travel the world, visiting 10 countries over 276 days. In his free time he loves to listen to music, watch movies, and read. This year Daniel is looking forward to taking QCLA to new heights, while cementing its position as one of the most influential clubs on campus.
Raised in Toronto, Ontario with a passion for business that was fostered at a young age, Queen’s Commerce was the obvious choice for Qing to complete her post-secondary education. Law was also an available path to pursue, however, Qing’s knowledge of law as a career did not extend far beyond what she had learned watching Suits. She joined QCLA in hopes of exploring the opportunities available to her and helping her classmates do the same! In her spare time, Qing enjoys playing rugby and practicing guitar.
Originally from Vancouver, Jake moved to Kingston to pursue a Bachelor's of Commerce at Queen’s University. He aims to pursue law school after graduation, and hope to have a career in labour or anti-trust law. Outside of academics, Jake is an avid mountain biker and skier, is a competitive hockey player, and enjoys hiking and camping.
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