Michael Smith

Michael Smith

J.D. Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School B.A. Honours (High Distinction) in Economics & Political Science 2020

Current Position

No official job title as of yet, but I am involved with numerous student associations and clubs on campus! I am currently a junior editor for the Journal of Law and Social Policy, a journal dedicated to publishing scholarship about access to justice concerns from disadvantaged communities. I am also a staff writer for the Obiter Dicta, Osgoode’s student newspaper, and the 1L representative for the Osgoode Advocacy Society. I am also an active member of Osgoode’s Black Law Students Association, where I am on the Black History Month committee.


Field of Study 

I am currently studying at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, with hopes of working in either employment & labour, intellectual property or municipal planning law.


Favourite Memories at UTM

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at UTM! From playing intramural volleyball to organizing some of the great events and community outreach initiatives that the UTMSU was responsible for, I had a ton of memories and experiences that I will be eternally grateful for. Easily the highlight of my time at UTM was participating in the Summer Abroad program, where I studied the intersection between human rights and international relations at the University of Oxford. While there I took field trips to the Museum of Liverpool, watched Tottenham Hotspur play at Wembley Stadium, and participated in a traditional high table dinner. From an academic and personal standpoint, it was a wholly enriching experience, and I could not recommend participating in a summer abroad or exchange program during your undergraduate studies enough. My favourite course at UTM was POL401 (Senior Major Research Paper), where I wrote and presented a 40-page research paper under the supervision of the outstanding Dr. Andrea Olive. Anyone looking to pursue graduate studies must take this course, as the skills you will develop from this course (learning how to write a literature review, data collection), will be invaluable post-graduation!


J.D. Candidate, Osgoode Hall Law School