Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Welcome Day for new admits, lunch time in the Osler Atrium

By Lucianna Ciccocioppo 

A busy, energetic schedule greeted 145 new admits plus their guests to the Faculty of Law this Welcome Day, Feb. 23, 2018, as faculty, alumni and current students presented the very best of what the law school offers in the spectacular new Jackman Law Building.

Guests came from almost every province across Canada, except for Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island, and many were from the US: Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Illinois and North Carolina.

Kicking off in the Rosalie Silberman Abella Moot Court Room, and after a greeting from Dean Ed Iacobucci and Assistant Dean, JD Program Alexis Archbold, the new admits heard from Professor Anthony Niblett. His was an engaging lecture on the case of someone who tried to purchase a fighter jet with Pepsi points in the 1990s.

Breakout sessions alternated with information sessions throughout the day, so future students could hear straight from current law students and staff about law school life.

Dean Iacobucci opening Welcome Day in the Moot Court Room

“This was an amazing day and it was really special to have current students and faculty present [and] involved,” said Keely, a McGill University graduate. “The school definitely put its best foot forward and I came away with such a great impression of the program. Thank you!!”

In-class sessions included information on the JD curriculum, careers, student financial aid, and student clubs, which were presented in an info fair. The day ended with an informal night at a local pub to wrap up knowledge–packed day.

Clubs and info fair at Welcome Day, crowd of students in Atrium

The post-event survey, filled out to date by 45 guests, indicated 95% of respondents rated it an ‘extremely or very worthwhile’ event to attend.

“On behalf of our admissions team (Jerome, Rejeanne, Tammy and Patrice), I am writing to thank the dozens of students, staff faculty and alumni who helped out with our annual Welcome Day event for admitted students,” said Archbold. “We’ve heard very positive feedback from many of our attendees, who were especially impressed with how nice and welcoming everyone was, and how lovely the Jackman Law Building is. It was terrific to see such a collaborative effort come together so well.”