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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 three appointments (two at the rank of Assistant Professor and one position at any rank).  Subject to final budgetary approval and Osgoode Faculty Council approval, these appointments will be effective July 1, 2018.

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):

Business Law

Osgoode is seeking a scholar to deepen its teaching and research capacities and presence in business law broadly conceived, including in one or more of the following areas: commercial transactions, taxation, real estate, and competition/anti-trust.

Economic and Social Justice

Osgoode is seeking a scholar to deepen its teaching and research capacities and presence with respect to law’s intersections with economic and social justice, including in one or more of the following areas or contexts: poverty law, family law, workers’ rights including employment law, rights of migrants, community lawyering, social assistance / social welfare law, Indigenous peoples, individual and community health, and administrative law as it engages with some of these areas. Connected to this field of particular interest, applicants are asked to indicate whether they would like to be considered for an appointment that would include joining Osgoode’s roster of faculty members who serve terms as Academic Director at Parkdale Community Legal Services, which includes serving on the Board of Directors at the clinic.

Scholars of Special Distinction

Osgoode is also open to the appointment of exceptional candidates (at any rank) who are already recognized as, or have the 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 emerging or projected approaches to legal research and legal education from candidates themselves.  So too is Osgoode interested in hearing from candidates not only about interests in teaching in their area/s of research expertise but also about their willingness to support the curriculum as a whole, including through teaching courses that do not currently overlap with their research as well as in terms of clinical pedagogy and life-long professional learning.  As such, the recruitment committee places considerable emphasis on candidates’ ability to contribute to the enrichment of Osgoode’s academic community and intellectual life — as well as to wider societal debates.

Strategic Commitments

In preparing their applications, candidates are encouraged to take into account and to address, if and 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 deepening Osgoode’s long-standing leadership in this area of scholarship.
  • being a faculty with a passion for teaching that includes a learning environment that values both experiential education and exposure of students to a variety of theoretical perspectives on law, that understands the instructional needs of JD students.
  • expanding the breadth of research methodologies brought to bear on research and teaching, whether new methodologies or existing methodologies that Osgoode seeks to have better represented.  Areas of ongoing interest include quantitative empirical research methods and various interdisciplinary perspectives on law, such as economic analysis of law.


All qualified candidates 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.  The Law School’s Employment Equity Plan aims to increase the representation of members from these 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)
  • three signed confidential letters of academic reference
  • copies of law and graduate transcripts
  • a detailed research plan
  • a teaching dossier (including teaching evaluations)
  • three sample publications

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).

Reference letters should be submitted directly by referees to:

Official transcripts (signed and sealed) may be sent to the attention of:

Tanya Bowes
Secretary, Faculty Recruitment Committee
Osgoode Hall Law School
York University
2026B Ignat Kaneff Building
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON  M3J 1P3

Applicants who currently hold faculty positions and are concerned about confidentiality are invited to contact Professor Stephanie Ben-Ishai, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee at:

Deadline for Application:  Friday, August 11, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. E.S.T.

Applications are now closed.