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Linda Gardner

| Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Australia National University | Commerce and Economics
“I felt privileged to be admitted to the college and, with it, I felt a sense of duty. I am receiving an excellent and rigorous training from a school that is interested in my success in law school and beyond.”
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What is your experience with MSU Law?
The Professors are extremely knowledgeable and approachable. They take complex legal problems and make them a manageable set of legal issues for students to discuss and analyze.

Describe your relationship with fellow classmates and faculty.
Our appellate brief in advocacy was due on Monday, April 1st, and after weeks of working on it, I was still wrestling with a theme. The professor made herself available 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning to work with me. She had young children at home and her parents were visiting for the weekend, but she went the extra mile to meet me. That's the kind of dedication that sets the Law College apart!

You have just finished your 1L year. What was your experience?
Prior to coming here, I worked on corporate reports and interpreting financial statements, so legal writing and analysis was an entirely new set of skills for me. Thankfully, the support system provided by the Academic Success Program (ASP) ensures that people who completed undergraduate degrees a while ago can have a smoother transition into law school.

Tell us about your involvement in Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) and Canadian Legal Association (CLA). How has participation in these organizations contributed to your education or employment?
Women’s Law Caucus is an organization devoted to providing female law students with a fulfilling law school experience. In my first year, I had an upper-level student mentor who was a great sounding board. WLC hosts events like panel discussions with female lawyers to get their insight on what it is like to practice law as a woman.

There is also a good network of Canadian students. Members of the CLA enjoy a range of events such as hockey games and Canadian Thanksgiving dinner. It is a great forum to exchange ideas and keep in touch with our Canadian roots.

What is your advice for prospective students?
I remember how excited I was being accepted here. I felt privileged to be admitted to the College and, with it, I felt a sense of duty. It was a privilege to be selected to study with some very bright people from all walks of life. My duty was to work hard, challenge the way I thought, and further my career goals. I am receiving an excellent and rigorous training from a school that is interested in my success in law school and beyond.


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