Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 02, 2010 10:53 ET

Canadian Forces Member First to Enrol at University of Western Ontario Law Through Special Program

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - The Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario is pleased to announce that Captain Trevor Pellerine is the first successful applicant to a special program which facilitates law school admission for Canadian Forces (CF) personnel released for medical reasons.

"Western's support has turned my situation into a very exciting opportunity," said Capt Pellerine. "This is a great offer, for which I am truly grateful."

Capt Pellerine is a married father of three from Middleton, N.S. During his career, he received a Canadian Forces' Decoration and a Mention in Dispatches. Capt Pellerine is currently a member of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Shilo, near Brandon, Man., and will begin his studies at Western Law this fall.

"This is just one of many opportunities available to our members when they leave the Canadian Forces," said Major-General Walter Semianiw, the Chief of Military Personnel, in Ottawa. "This show of support from Western Law will allow former CF personnel to transfer their skills to a rewarding new career."

The program provides CF personnel who are being released for medical reasons with an opportunity to transition from the military to a civilian legal education, in recognition of their service. Western Law will provide both a simplified application process and special consideration for admission. Prospective candidates for the special program will have at least two years of university or the equivalent and be required to successfully complete the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and an admission essay.

"We are delighted to have Captain Pellerine join our program," said Ian Holloway, Dean of Western Law. "With his life experience and the leadership skills acquired during his years of service, I am sure he will make a great contribution to both Western Law and the legal profession. We encourage all qualified CF candidates to apply under this program."

The Western Law initiative adds to a growing list of educational and vocational-rehabilitation programs across the country lending additional support to military personnel and their families.

Note to Editors / News Directors:

For more information, see the News Release of June 5, 2009:

More information on the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, including its various programs, can be found at

Contact Information

  • Department of National Defence
    Media Liaison Office
    Susanna Eayrs
    Communications Officer for Western Law