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 two appointments at any rank. This ad is with respect to an appointment in the priority area identified below. Subject to final budgetary approval, this appointment will be effective July 1, 2021. Subject to Faculty Council approval a second position will be advertised separately. More information about that position will be forthcoming.

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

Fields of Particular Interest

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor

We hope to make one appointment in one of the following priority areas, which for recruitment purposes is broadly defined as Business Law, including Commercial Law, Tax Law and Contract Law.

Approach to Recruitment

Throughout the recruitment process, Osgoode is eager to learn about candidates’ innovative approaches to legal research and education. Osgoode hopes to hear from candidates about their interests in teaching, both within and outside their area(s) of interest, and their willingness to support clinical and professional education. As such, the Recruitment Committee places considerable emphasis on the demonstrated ability of candidates to enhance all dimensions of Osgoode’s academic community, and to participate in wider societal debates. Osgoode also places great value on commitment to service – at the law school, university, and community level – and seeks candidates who share this commitment.

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 our diverse JD student community;
  • 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 and feminist theory;
  • engaging with comparative and bijural approaches to law, including Civil Law traditions and approaches that promote Osgoode’s leadership in global debates and research on globalizing social, political, economic, and cultural relations and related to associated transnational, international, and comparative legal processes and norms;
  • 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; and
  • 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.  Applicants who currently hold faculty positions and have any concerns are invited to contact Eric Tucker, Chair, Faculty Recruitment Committee at:

Administrative questions related to the process or applications should be addressed to: