Academic Employment Opportunities

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Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, one of the world’s leading law faculties, is committed to setting the standard for excellence in — and pushing the boundaries of — legal scholarship and legal education.  In the coming year, Osgoode expects to make one appointment at any rank. Subject to final budgetary approval and Osgoode Faculty Council approval, this appointment will be effective July 1, 2020.

Osgoode invites applications from individuals with excellent records of academic accomplishment related to any field/s of law.

Fields of Particular Interest

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following broad categories are of particular interest this recruitment cycle (in alphabetical order):

Administrative Law

Osgoode seeks a scholar who will add to its teaching and research capacities in Administrative Law. The successful candidate will be expected to teach “Administrative Law,” a large upper year course, and should preferably have a demonstrated record of teaching and researching this subject.

Contract Law

Osgoode is seeking a scholar to add to its teaching and research strengths in Contract Law, understood as including the role of contracts in structuring complex commercial transactions and economic relations. We are interested in scholars who have demonstrated teaching and research interests and records in the Contract Law, including those who have a current and deep technical or doctrinal understanding of the subject and those who situate the subject in its wider social, political and economic contexts.

Tort Law

Osgoode seeks a scholar who will add to its teaching and research capacities in Tort Law and the law governing accident compensation schemes. We are interested in scholars who have a demonstrated teaching and research interest and record in the area, including those with a current and deep technical or doctrinal understanding of the subject, or an ongoing engagement with Tort Law’s interrelation with the political, economic and social environments in which it operates, considered in domestic and/or international contexts.

Scholars of Special Distinction

Osgoode is also open to the appointment of highly exceptional candidates (at any rank) who are already recognized as, or have the demonstrated potential to become, top scholars in their field(s), where the field or fields need not be one of the above-listed categories.

Osgoode approaches recruitment with an openness to learning about innovative approaches to legal research and legal education from candidates themselves. So too is Osgoode interested in hearing from candidates about interests in teaching in their area/s of research expertise and their willingness to support the curriculum as a whole, which may include teaching some courses that do not currently overlap with their research as well as being involved in clinical and continuing professional education.  As such, the recruitment committee places considerable emphasis on evidence of the candidates’ ability to contribute to the enrichment of all dimensions of Osgoode’s academic community — as well as to wider societal debates.  Osgoode recognizes the importance of a commitment to service at the Law School and wider University level on the part of its faculty members and seeks candidates that share similar values.

Strategic Commitments

In preparing applications, candidates are encouraged to take into account and to address, as relevant to their application, the following general strategic commitments. Osgoode is committed to:

  • deepening the integration of Indigenous Law and the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous peoples and persons throughout the Law School’s curriculum and community life, as well as strengthening Osgoode’s long-standing leadership in this area of scholarship;
  • innovations in pedagogy and legal education, including a learning environment that values both experiential education and student exposure to a variety of theoretical perspectives on law, and that understands the instructional needs of JD students;
  • expanding the breadth of research methodologies brought to bear on research and teaching, whether these be new methodologies or existing methodologies.  Areas that Osgoode seeks to better represent include quantitative empirical research methods and various interdisciplinary perspectives on law, such as economic analysis of law;
  • engaging with comparative and bijural approaches to law, including Civil Law traditions and approaches that promote Osgoode’s leadership in global debates;
  • examining temporal contexts in law and legal transformation including, but not limited to, studies in legal history and digital and technological transformation which will shape the future of law and legal terrains;
  • faculty research intensification through supporting faculty in building strong scholarly research and publication records, successful external funding applications and effective knowledge mobilization activities.


All qualified candidates with a graduate law degree (with a preference for a doctoral degree) are encouraged to apply. However, in accordance with government regulations, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Osgoode Hall Law School is furthermore committed to equality and diversity, including socio-economic status, and is responsive to family needs of faculty.

The Law School’s Employment Equity Plan aims to increase the representation of members from the following five groups: women, racialized persons, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.  The employment equity provisions apply to applicants who self-identify as members of one or more of these groups using the form provided.

Interested individuals should submit an application online consisting of the following:

  • a cover letter identifying their areas of specialization and their areas of interest for both research and teaching, as well as discussing how they might help advance any of Osgoode’s strategic aspirations
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • copies of law and graduate transcripts
  • a detailed research plan
  • a teaching dossier (including teaching evaluations)
  • three sample publications (or writing samples)

The teaching dossier should be no more than 15-20 pages and should include teaching evaluations, a statement of teaching philosophy, an account of teaching experiences and related responsibilities (list of courses taught/course outlines, examples of print and digital teaching materials and how they are used), a summary of commitment to professional development (participation in teaching workshops; supervision of masters and doctoral students; mentoring new faculty), and other evidence of teaching effectiveness (student letters of support; teaching awards).

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure that three signed confidential letters of academic reference are submitted by the deadline directly by referees to:

All applications will be kept confidential to the committee and faculty colleagues who provide reviews of files.

Administrative questions related to the process or applications should be addressed to: Substantive questions can be directed to the Chair of the Faculty Recruitment Committee, Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai, at: