For Toronto native Daniel Albahary, MSU College of Law offered an opportunity to experience American college life while readying himself for a career practicing law in Canada.
Albahary earned a dual J.D. from MSU Law and the University of Ottawa after spending 10 years working in the film industry and as a technical writer. He now works for Canada’s newest territory as legal counsel for the Nunavut Department of Justice Legal and Constitutional Law section.
“It was a great opportunity to get two law degrees,” Albahary says of the dual degree program. “Much of the basis of the Canadian and U.S. legal systems is the same, but I realized how different the systems are as I became more educated It helped me, both from an intellectual perspective and from a practical one.
“Canada and the U.S. have very good ties, and my education is a good differentiator that I can offer to a prospective employer,” he adds. “It’s also diversified my own experience.”
Albahary spent two years of the four-year program in East Lansing and two in Ottawa. He says East Lansing’s culture and community was “absolutely fantastic.” A sports fan, he especially enjoyed attending football and basketball games.
The learning environment at MSU Law was “incredible,” says Albahary, who completed a highly competitive clerkship with a U.S. Court of Appeals judge in Lansing. “The faculty is intellectually diverse and exceptionally committed to educating their students,” he says. “The curriculum is fantastic—the way it’s taught and organized and the standards to which you’re held are really valuable. The general commitment the law school has toward its law students’ success says a lot.”