Innovation and Accessibility

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Osgoode’s reputation for innovation and accessibility continues to grow as the Law School capitalizes on new ways of thinking to meet a changing legal world.

New experiential education initiatives such as the Environmental Justice and Sustainability Clinical Program and the International and Transnational Law Intensive Program, along with compelling new courses such as the Justice Design Project; Beyond Bay St.: Starting up a Small or Solo Practice; and the Online NCA Exam Prep Program, are equipping the next cohort of lawyers to lead.

Not only is the Law School taking bold action in adapting to new information and communications technologies, it is finding new ways to collaborate and bring diverse knowledge to our students.

The School’s Artist in Residence program is an innovative program that brings together artistic creativity with the exploration of justice and law. The McMurtry Visiting Clinical Fellowship sees leading practitioners at Osgoode for all or part of a term to provide mentorship to students engaged in experiential education initiatives.

Our LLM in Canadian Common Law, launched in the fall of 2013, and our Learning and Leading Series courses are further examples of innovative teaching and learning paths developed by the Law School that are contributing to our culture of innovation.

To achieve our goal of increasing the range of students who are able to attain an Osgoode education, we have implemented a number of programs to support students physically, mentally and financially. Osgoode’s renovated building is barrier free and the law school offers accommodations for students with different physical and learning needs.

These programs include:

  • Just Balance is a website aimed at promoting the well being of law students. It offers resources for students and those who support them.
  • Access to Law & Learning is a free LSAT preparation program for low income, high potential students. Not only will students gain LSAT preparation skills, they will be introduced to law school and the legal profession through guest speakers, mentoring round tables and panels.
  • The Osgoode Opportunities Renewable Entrance Award covers the tuition of one full JD student with high financial need, with preference given to a sole support caregiver
  • Osgoode is the first Canadian law school to offer an Income Contingent Loan Program, which will allow five eligible JD students to attend law school without paying tuition until they graduate and earn a certain level of income.
  • Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award is given to a student(s) graduating from the JD program with significant debt.