Human Rights Lawyer

Human rights lawyers deal with issues that are related to human dignity, equality, and civil rights. The main work of a human rights lawyer involves defending those who have experienced human rights violations and working to shape laws so that they ensure equality and civil rights for all.


Law Degree

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Lavinia Latham  B.A. (Hons.), JD

Human Rights Lawyer and Equity Advisor

As a young child, I was always preoccupied with reading, writing, and making sure that everything was fair and right for all. By the tender age of 5, I inherently knew that I was going to become a lawyer later in life. 13 years later, I worked hard towards obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Carleton University. 

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I went on to successfully pursue my Juris Doctor degree at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. Throughout my studies, I spent a lot of time mentoring younger students as well as volunteering my time with various interest groups and organizations.  For example, I organized the first-ever residence-wide multicultural festival at Carleton University; and during law school, I became the National President of the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada where I cured the organization’s historical financial deficit.

Today, I am a successful human rights lawyer with a passion for justice, fairness, and equality. As a human rights lawyer, I help people obtain justice when they’ve been wronged. Each and every day, I work hard to ensure that justice and equality are served regardless of a person’s race, creed, sex, economic status and/or sexual orientation.

I continue to mentor aspiring legal professionals, and I also present public motivational speeches about achieving one’s goals, staying persistent, and overcoming failures in life regardless of one’s circumstances.

Core Responsibilities


Mediating disputes and negotiating on behalf of their client.


Preparing legal documents.


Providing legal advice to clients.

Typical Workplace

  • Private practices, Court Room, various offices as legal counsel
  • Often work  around the clock
  • Lawyers are required in almost every industry
  • Review and write contracts for clients

Attributes & Abilities 

Creativity Skills
Analytical and problem-solving skills
Organized & detail-oriented
Negotiation skills
Collaborative Skills
Grade 11

English (ENG3C/U)
Mathematics (MCR3U/MBF3C)
Elective courses vary depending on what area of law you are interested in. 
Cooperative Education (Recommended)

Grade 12

English (ENG4U/C)
Elective courses vary depending on what area of law you are interested in. 

*Additional 4U/M Courses For University Candidates*

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