Safia Thompson has completed her first year of study in the JD Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) program at Ryerson University’s Lincoln Alexander School of Law. Prior to law school, Safia studied Law and Society at York University and received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree. She graduated from York University on the Dean’s List and as a member of the Golden Key International Honours Society which recognizes students across the globe who graduate at the top of their Faculty. In undergrad, Safia served as the Vice-President and Chair of the Student Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies as well as a York University Senator.
Before beginning her legal studies, Safia worked in a plethora of business management roles for a well-renowned cosmetics company and international leader in the beauty industry.
Currently, Safia is one of the Founders and Co-Presidents of the Black Law Students’ Association (BLSA) at the Lincoln Alexander School of Law. In this role and with her team, she has created and launched the first student-initiated financial award in the Faculty, the BLSA Black Excellence Award. She continues to work alongside the Executive team to increase access to legal education for prospective Black law students. Safia is also the Vice-President of Finance for the First-Generation Network chapter at Ryerson Law, an organization that aims to remove barriers to accessing legal education and the legal profession for those who are the first in their family to pursue higher education. Safia represented Ryerson Law at the Canadian Client Consultation Competition hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School. Additionally, Safia has been selected by her Faculty to serve as an Editor for the Wrongful Conviction Law Review and was recently elected to sit on her Faculty’s Associate Dean, Academic Search Committee.
In her spare time, she enjoys fitness, ice skating and writing for the Lawyer’s Daily website.