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Dalhousie Law Graduate Society's Virtual Research Transition Conference, May 2021

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The Research Transition Conference seeks to provide research-oriented graduate law students from across Canada and beyond with some practical insights on ways to usher their academic research into the so called ''real world''. Renowned academics who have demonstrated through their careers a departure beyond academia, will share their perspectives on how academic research can prepare graduate law students for a career beyond the academic community. The conference aims to both equip and inspire graduate law students in this regards, as well as providing a platform for this class of students to present their work and get feedback from crossover academics.

Through our speakers we aim to facilitate useful discussions around subthemes such as: 

- Aligning your research agenda with your career goals.  

- Shaping government/industry policy through academic research.  

- Making strategic publication choices and harnessing new media for research visibility.   

- Monetizing academic research.  

We are determined to ensure that the conference’s participants leave this initiative with a better understanding on how their research can serve them and their communities.  

Schedule and Structure of the Conference 

Barring a compelling need for change, the conference is planned as a one-day virtual event scheduled for Friday, 21 May 2021.   The conference will take place in two sessions. 

Session 1 (breakfast) opens with a welcome address by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Schulich School of Law. After this, the speakers will present for 20-25 minutes each. The floor will then open to questions and discussion for a further hour.  


- Jocelyn Downie (Professor of Law and James S. Palmer Chair in Public Policy and Law at Schulich School of Law)

- Michael Geist (Professor of Law, University of Ottawa and Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law)

- Ilana Dodi (Executive Director at Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia.

Session 2 (afternoon) is a platform for participating graduate law students to present on their current or recent papers and to speak about their research objectives, motivations, ideologies, achievements, and transitional methodology. This session is 25-30 minutes per presenter (including question time) and will be moderated by faculty members of Schulich School of Law.  


Both graduate students who wish to present or just attend the conference must register through Eventbrite in order to receive all further information (including Zoom links).

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