Frederick Phillips Summer Program

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The Frederick Phillips Summer Program is named after McGill Law’s first Black graduate and the first Black lawyer in Quebec. It was created to introduce Black youth in Montreal, who are near the end of their High School studies as well as those in CEGEP, to various parts of our legal education and system through interactive activities, field visits, lectures and more.  

The legal field and law schools are institutions that have a long history of excluding Black people and so it can be difficult for young Black students to find a network of people to support their hopes of pursuing a legal education. So, we hope, through the Frederick Phillips Summer Program, to play a small part in bridging said gap by demystifying what it takes to pursue a legal education and welcoming Black students into McGill's Faculty of Law so they can experience it for themselves. 


The program aims to promote access to higher education and mentorship opportunities. Participating students will also work on a personal project, throughout the program, focused on how they envision their path to law school/higher education and build the following skills; 

  • Critical thinking 

  • Oral advocacy 

  • Writing and research  

  • Teamwork  

How to Apply 

*Deadline extended until April 30th, 2022* 

We are currently accepting applications for the summer 2022 cohort. To apply follow these steps: 

  1. Consult the application package and eligibility requirements PDF icon EN FPSP Application packagePDF icon French - FPSP Trousse de demande

  1. Complete the application form in either French or English  

English -  

French -  

  1. Record and submit your video response to the 3 required questions  

Contact Persons 

For any questions related to the program or submitting the video response please contact Ommu-Kulsoom J. Abdul-Rahman, the lead student coordinator for the Summer Program.  

Assistant Dean, Black and Indigenous Flourishing - kimberly.lee-louis [at] (Kimberly Lee-Louis )

Student Coordinators to Assistant Dean Lee-Louis

ommu-kulsoom.abdul-rahman [at] (Ommu-Kulsoom J. Abdul-Rahman )

chloe.kemeni [at] (Chloe Kemeni )

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