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Shawn Singh and the President’s Student Leadership Program

A law student’s summer adventure in experiential learning

This summer was unusual for 3L Shawn Singh. For one thing, he worked as a research assistant for Assistant Professor Brandon Trask, published three articles including two in the Manitoba Law Journal, and one in a book published by Springer Nature. He got married – that was huge. Oh yes, and he was the only law student to be selected to take part in the University of Manitoba President’s Student Leadership Summer Program.

Singh returns to class this fall as Robson Hall’s Thomson Reuters Representative and is an active member of the local student chapter of the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers (C.A.R.L.). In the midst of his busy schedule, Singh graciously took time out to report in to Law Communications about the incredible experience that was the President’s Student Leadership Summer Program in the hopes of encouraging other law students to try for it next year.

The President’s Student Leadership Program is the flagship program of the James W. Burns Leadership Institute, which is run under the auspices of the Asper School of Business. Students from almost all other UM Faculties and departments ranging from undergraduate to master’s to doctorate degree levels took part. Participants hail from outside UM as well, including University College of the North, Red River College, and the University of Winnipeg. Singh’s Summer Project Team alone was comprised of UM students from Agriculture, Astrophysics, Logistics and Supply Chain Management and Civil Engineering. And him, the law student.

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