This blog is intended to provide prospective students and the public generally with a candid glimpse into the law student experience.  Blog posts are contributed by current Allard School of Law JD students, and are not edited or reviewed by the Faculty of Law at UBC.


Nikki Bakes

Nikki is a visiting student to UBC’s Faculty of Law. She is working towards her Masters in International Studies at Simon Fraser’s Downtown Vancouver campus.  To supplement her program she has chosen to take her elective at UBC’s Faculty of Law and is studying International Law.

Before graduate school, she completed a B.A. in Legal Studies, with a minor in Psychology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. She has over five years of work experience working in the public sector, during which time she worked in university administration and for Statistics Canada.  Currently, Nikki volunteers on Granville Island at a non-profit international fair trade organization called Ten Thousand Villages.

Nikki is involved in the executive of her student government as Treasurer. She is also a student member of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. As a new transplant to Vancouver, Nikki enjoys using her spare time to explore the city with her pup Winston.


Robyn Goldsmith

Robyn Goldsmith is a second year student at UBC. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC in 2007, after spending two years at the University of King’s College in Halifax, and a year abroad at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Prior to coming to law school, Robyn worked as an outdoor instructor and guide both in New Zealand and BC. She came to law school with the intention of exploring legal issues in the adventure tourism industry. Robyn continues to be active in the outdoors throughout law school, escaping to ski, hike, and climb whenever possible. She is looking forward to returning to New Zealand on exchange next semester.


Rebecca (Becky) Rock

Becky is in her second year at UBC Law. After completing two years of her undergraduate degree at UVic, she transferred to UBC and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology (yes: definitely a weird path to take, the full story of how she ended up in law may be found here). She worked in two different labs during her undergrad and feels very lucky to have had the opportunity to adapt this research experience to a legal context this past summer.

When she isn’t in the library, Becky likes playing soccer with the very talented Law Humbugs, writing legal-themed song parodies, and cycling in Pacific Spirit Park. She is looking forward to getting involved with the Women’s Caucus this year and is excited to be continuing on with her summer research project under the direction of Professor Mosoff.


Negar Jalali

Negar is a third-year JD student at UBC Law. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree, double majoring in Psychology and Political Science from UBC. Currently, she volunteers as a Peer Tutor at UBC Law and as a research assistant at the Responses to Environmental Stress and Trauma Lab at UBC. She has a passion for traveling, reading and good food.