Western Law students can enjoy a renovated space to gather and relax thanks to the support from the law firm Norton Rose Canada LLP. The international firm’s $200,000 gift to the Faculty of Law will support a range of initiatives including significant upgrades to the student lounge, now named The Norton Rose Canada LLP Student Common Room.
“We’re very committed to giving back to the law student community,” says Michelle Gage, a Western Law graduate and national director of legal talent at Norton Rose. “We want to support students in as many ways as we possibly can.”
Gage said it was important for Norton Rose to provide students with a comfortable space to relax, interact and engage in informal learning. “Law school is challenging,” Gage added, “and a balanced approach to school will make you a better student and person.”
“Student collegiality is strong at Western Law,” Western law Dean Iain Scott said. “And this generous gift from Norton Rose greatly enhances that sense of community.”
Stephanie Sugar, Student Legal Society president, agrees. “Being a law student can be stressful,” she said. “The lounge is a place for students to have a respite during the day, to share ideas and enjoy the company of others.
“Thanks to Norton Rose our lounge is now a more welcoming and comfortable place for students.”
Norton Rose Group, a leading international legal practice with more than 2,900 lawyers worldwide, offers a full business law service to many of the world’s top financial institutions and corporations.