Greetings from Dean Lorne Sossin
Welcome to Osgoode Hall Law School and our website. As the School’s 18th Dean, I am thrilled to have come home to Osgoode. So much of what I have been able to accomplish in my professional life, I owe to this Law School. It has been a source of pride and recognition since I arrived as a first-year student more than 20 years ago.
Osgoode is not just where I first encountered the study of law, but is also where I first developed a thirst for legal scholarship, and where I began to develop my own perspectives and, ultimately, my own voice.
I hope every student who walks through our doors experiences the intellectual stimulation, enduring friendships and invaluable mentorship that characterized my years at the School.
What are the advantages of studying at Osgoode? Simply put, they are our people and our programs.
Our full-time faculty members are internationally recognized for their excellence in teaching and research and leadership in law reform. Together with a talented group of adjunct faculty drawn from the Toronto Bar, our professors are the backbone of our outstanding academic programs, which include the Juris Doctor (JD) Program; the Graduate Program, offering Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees; and the Osgoode Professional Development Program, with its various Professional LLM and non-degree continuing legal education programs.
The life of the Law School, which moved back into new, state-of-the-art facilities in August of 2011, is enriched by a number of research centres and units including the Hennick Centre for Business and Law, the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, IP Osgoode, the Innocence Project, the Collaborative Urban Research Laboratory, the Institute for Feminist Legal Studies and the Law Commission of Ontario, just to scratch the surface.
Of course, students are quite simply the lifeblood behind who we are and what we do in a great law school. Our students bring intelligence, diversity, creativity and leadership to Osgoode. They leave with a drive to excel, and a commitment to improve their communities.
Assisting our students so that they can focus on their academic experiences is an unparalleled staff. From our Student Services offices to our on-site IT support and our exceptional Law Library, our staff put the students’ needs first.
Every year, a new group of Osgoode graduates joins the ranks of our respected alumni. The Law School takes enormous pride in the leadership and service demonstrated by Osgoode alumni within the legal profession and in the community at large, in our city, across the country and around the world.