Black law students push for increased diversity at UBC law school

January 29, 2021

By Vancouver Sun |

The handful of Black law scholars among approximately 600 students in the law school want to ensure other Black students have access, opportunity and support to pursue careers in law.

Rebecca Barclay Nguinambaye always had a keen interest in social justice — and she was lucky enough to have the family support and mentorship that made a career in law seem possible.

“It’s not the reality for many students,” Nguinambaye said at UBC’s Peter A. Allard School of Law.

Nguinambaye, one of a handful of Black law scholars among approximately 600 students in Allard’s program, wants to ensure other Black students have access, opportunity and support to pursue careers in law.

The 27-year-old is the co-president (with Dinah Holliday) of the Black Law Students’ Association at Allard, and this year the duo — who make up half of Allard’s four Black law undergrads — is organizing the first Black Pre-Law Conference to invite Black undergraduate students to consider law school.

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