Graduates from our Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law

Diverse career paths – let the alumni tell you about the value of our program

 

Qasid Iqbal - Legal Assistant

Present Job Title: Legal Assistant
Degree Earned: Professional Certificate in Public Administration & Law
Year Graduated: 2016

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?

Currently I am working at a law firm where I assist with files from a variety of clients and conduct groundwork before submitting them to lawyers. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, I will be moving forward with my own legal education and attending Osgoode Hall Law School.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.

Though my major was Law & Society, I decided to expand the scope of my studies and enrolled in the Public Administration & Law Certificate program. As I am interested in the relationship between the law, government and policy, I wanted to explore this relationship to a deeper extent. I was extremely lucky to take a few courses in the program, which have had a tremendous impact on my professional and academic development. I was fortunate to be taught by Professors who were very passionate about the material and their extensive knowledge made this obvious. AP/PPAS 4130 6.0 Politics, Law and the Courts is a perfect example of a course that really pushed me to new limits. Taught by Professor Danny O'Rourke-Dicarlo, I learned to conduct legal research with regard to Supreme Court decisions and how they affected future law, as well as the relationship between the Court and the government. I am certain these skills will help me succeed at the law school level.

Through my affiliation with the School of Public of Public Policy and Administration I was also able to take part in a practicum placement at the Corporate Services Unit of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing. At this placement, I was given the opportunity to work independently on a variety of projects which allowed me to improve my research and communication skills while also gaining professional experience in a corporate environment. I am thankful for the skills I learned throughout the certificate program and I am confident I can translate these skills to my law school studies.

Fay-Anne Herod - Masters Student (LLM in International Law, specialization in International Relations)

fay-anne-herodPresent Job Title: Masters Student (LLM in International Law, specialization in International Relations)
Present Employer: University of Kent, Brussels, Belgium
Degree Earned: Professional Certificate in Public Administration & Law
Year Graduated: 2016

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?

I am currently a Master's Degree student at the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies where I am enrolled in the International Law LLM program with a specialization in International Relations. With this, I aim to work as a policy analyst in public service but I wish to do so in an international environment such as the United Nations, NATO or Global Affairs with the federal government. My background includes working with marginalized youths in an effort to rehabilitate and re-integrate them back into society. This experience allowed to me to see first-hand how policies have a life time of consequences on those with socio-economic barriers.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.

My studies at York University were a significant contributor to helping me get to where I am today. I graduated with distinction in Law & Society and the Professional Certificate in Public Administration and Law. The Certificate included courses such as Public Law I, Public Law II, Sociology of Law and Public Administration. All of these courses required a deep understanding of law and policies both nationally and internationally. The high level of academic excellence at York University played a vital role in helping me to obtain a scholarship at the University of Kent. Additionally, my tenure at York enhanced my time management, networking, communication and prioritization skills which have proven to be vital in this new academic environment at the University of Kent.

Muhammad Wajahat Faizan - Masters Student (LLM Oil Gas & Energy Law)

Muhammad Wajahat FaizanPresent Job Title: Masters Student (LLM Oil Gas & Energy Law)
Present Employer: Robert Gordon University Aberdeen
Degree Earned: Professional Certificate in Public Administration & Law
Year Graduated: 2014

Tell prospective students a bit about the work you do?

After graduating in April of 2014, I worked for a Law Company based in Mississauga as a Legal Expert on Immigration Issues. Since I completed my Immigration Practitioner Certificate in 2013, I worked in an advisory role with this company. In my position I went through the files and provided feedback to the senior lawyer. I was directly involved with research knowledge in regards to legal and policy matters affecting our cases.

I am also appearing for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council Membership Exam in February after which I will be licensed to conduct my own practice.

Starting January 2015 I am pursuing a Distance Learning Master's degree in Law with specialization in Oil, Gas & Energy Law at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen UK. My ultimate goal after earning my Master's is to begin a career in the Oil & Gas Sector, dealing with legal issues related to contracts, agreements and internal management.

Tell prospective students a bit about how your studies at York helped you to get where you are today.

Even though I was at the School of Public Policy and Administration for one year only, there was considerable guidance about my career and education path from the faculty and administration. I would like to mention and thank the instructors of PPAS/POLS 3135 and 3136: Public Law I & II; POLS 3900 on politics and globalization - they were of great support to me.

It was a great opportunity for someone like me who was a new immigrant to Canada at that time to delve into the the exposure of university life in Canada. The classes were amazing, professors were very helpful and gave a through account of their skills with in-depth discussions and debates about important issues at hand and administration supported at their very best.

I enjoyed my classes and the year long program gave me a good pedestal to work at a law firm in immigration and administrative law field. My eventual target to work in Oil & Gas industry will be further strengthened by the experience of this program when I complete my masters in 2016.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the administration and faculty at the School of Public Policy & Administration for giving me the chance to learn and my experience was truly amazing .