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Award lessens the financial burden for lawyer-to-be Claudio Rojas

September 4, 2009

Claudio Rojas is proud to hold a professional designation, a combined business and law degree from Western.

He says because the 3-year concurrent JD/MBA program costs about $84,000, the Alex R. McIntyre Award which is worth $2,300, helped offset some of the costs and allowed him to concentrate on his studies.

“This award significantly contributed to assisting me achieve my long-standing academic goals,” says Claudio who is currently a Student-at-Law at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP in Toronto. “I appreciate not only the financial support but also the recognition that I worked hard to succeed in my academic endeavours – it is very meaningful.” The Alex R. McIntyre Award was established in 2007 by Alex (Sandy) McIntyre (LLB’78).

The award goes to a full-time student in any year of Law who demonstrates financial need and academic achievement.
Sandy says he created this award because he wanted to help deserving students who might otherwise not be able to attend Western Law because of high tuition costs.

“Without some financial help, a number of individuals may be prevented from going to law school because they couldn’t afford it or may feel daunted by the high debt load when they graduate,” says Sandy. “We can’t restrict this education to the rich.”

Claudio says working on his Law and MBA degree allowed for opportunities to interact and connect with a number of legal and political figures, whom he has admiration for. “These experiences have certainly left alasting impression on me and I believe continue to motivate me as I move forward in my career,” he says. “As far back as I can remember it was my intention to go to Law school. It has been a long road but I feel fortunate to have been able to accomplish what I have and to have been given many opportunities throughout my seven years at
Western.”

Claudio is training in litigation, corporate and tax law practice groups before he decides which one he wants to concentrate in. He notes the generosity he has seen from donors like Sandy has strengthened his belief in supporting others.

“I am inspired by this support and look forward to having the opportunity to helping other students in a similar capacity in the future.”


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