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Luis Canales ’17 Among National Jurist’s 2017 Students of the Year

Credit: Center for Migration Studies of New Yor


Luis Canales ’17 has been named one of The National Jurist’s 2017 Students of the Year. Canales is one of 25 students from across the nation to receive the honor.

The Law Students of the Year were nominated by their law schools and chosen by a selection committee at the magazine.

According to National Jurist, “Not only are these students tackling law school, which is immensely challenging in itself, but also they are already looking to right wrongs and fight for society’s most vulnerable.”

Canales is a former Honduran refugee who traveled to the United States three times before being admitted and granted asylum on his fourth attempt. He sought refuge in order to escape gang violence in his native country. Now a citizen, Canales is paying it forward as through his advocacy work. He shared his story at the United Nations as part of its Summit for Refugees and Migrants in September 2016. He also was a student representative in Villanova Law’s Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services.

To read more about Luis Canales, please click here.