Ryan Plener
I am extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to be enrolled in two fantastic programs at Queen’s. I look forward to my future career, with the support of both the MIR and JD programs.

Ryan Plener

JD/MIR '14
Bio

"The dual Master of Industrial Relations/Juris Doctor program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my academic career.

A few months after beginning the program, I thought to myself, ‘what have I gotten myself into’? Juggling the many group and individual assignments from the MIR portions with the seemingly endless barrage of readings from the JD program I began to question my choice. Attempting to balance the academic requirements of both programs while having an active social life proved extremely difficult. It is quite true that both the MIR and JD portions are demanding separately and combined, they create a difficult program in which to excel. However, with all of that said- I wouldn’t change a thing.

The MIR program has provided me with the tools and skills to become a competent professional- not to mention the fantastic colleagues I had the opportunity to work with and become friends. The program emphasizes and prides itself on creating realistic working scenarios in order for graduates to seamlessly enter the workforce. An abundance of group work forces you to become proficient in organization and effective communication. The benefits of the MIR degree in combination with the JD are boundless. Seen as an incredibly desirable set of skills and attributes in the workforce, MIR/JD’s are trained to integrate both legal and workplace concepts into a single analysis. I have found this extremely beneficial in both my professional and academic practices.

At the beginning of the program you are faced with choosing a three or three and a half year route in which to graduate. I chose the former and completed a certificate in the Global Law program at the Bader International Study Centre. Studying international business law at the Herstmonceux Castle in the UK for eight weeks was an experience that I will never forget. Having never been to Europe, it was a chance to experience and engage with the local culture and travel to world landmarks. The program is designed to give students both an academic and practical perspective of international law. Not only is this an opportunity to graduate in the typical three-year JD timeline and study international law; but you also have the opportunity to meet new colleagues and form long lasting bonds.

The program has provided me with the tools and skills necessary to secure employment in the labour & employment area of the legal profession. This summer I will be employed as a summer law student at a management side labour & employment law firm and am ecstatic to begin.

It is important to also mention the fabulous administration of both the MIR and JD programs. Inevitably conflicts arose as between the two programs and I knew, without hesitation that I could always count on their help in solving the matter.

I am extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to be enrolled in two fantastic programs at Queen’s. I look forward to my future career, with the support of both the MIR and JD programs."