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Fatima Ahmad

I am a lawyer and project coordinator at a non-governmental organization dedicated to educating the public about the law. As a lawyer, I conduct research and develop legal information tools that explain the law in simple and everyday language. As a project coordinator, I manage all stages of a project: seeking funding to develop new projects, writing the contract with the client, supervising the project team, managing finances, and delivering the product.

I firmly believe that my undergraduate studies in computer science at McGill gave me the skills necessary to succeed in the legal world. Although law and computer science appear somewhat unrelated, the analytical and problem-solving skills that I acquired while writing algorithms have been invaluable in helping me understand a particular area of the law and find a solution to a legal problem. While I took many interesting and excellent courses, designed to instill a thorough understanding of the subject matter, I particularly enjoyed courses on object-oriented programming. I also learned a lot working as a teaching assistant for Introduction to Computing (CS 202) and Introduction to Computer Science (CS 250).

During my undergraduate studies, I experienced the rich extra-curricular scene at McGill. In addition to participating in the many social events organized by the Computer Science Undergraduate Society, I was actively involved in the International Relations Students Association of McGill. I organized several model United Nations conferences at McGill and participated as a delegate in conferences organized by other universities.