Presenting the 2015 Dean for a Day Contest (and tickets to Maroon 5!)

2016 Dean for a Day Contest

Have you ever thought about how Osgoode could be a better, more excellent, more amazing, more responsive, more fair, more modern, more fun, more rigorous, more relevant, more engaging, more meaningful, more influential, and more socially just Law School? If not, what have you been doing with your spare time? If so, here’s your chance to bring your vision to life and walk a day in Osgoode Dean Lorne Sossin’s shoes!

The 2015 Dean for a Day contest, which was officially launched on January 26, is open to all Osgoode students. Continuing a tradition originally established by former Dean Harry Arthurs back in the 1970s, the winner of the 2015 Dean for a Day contest will trade places with Sossin on Thursday, March 5 and serve as Dean of Osgoode for a day. Sossin, in turn, will attend the student’s classes and do the various things that students at Osgoode do!

To enter the contest, students should submit a written essay (maximum 500 words) – or better yet, a short video – by the deadline of 11:59 EST on Tuesday, February 24 on the following topic: “If you were Dean of Osgoode, what new ideas would you pursue to build on Osgoode’s 125-year legacy in diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility?”  Essays or videos must be submitted to Virginia Corner in IKB 1016-B or by e-mail to

Contest judges (Associate Dean Trevor Farrow and Assistant Dean, Students Mya Rimon) will choose the winning Dean for a Day entry, and that person will be able to:
• Occupy the Dean’s office
• Chair meetings of the Law School’s senior administration
• Enjoy a free lunch with a guest
• Star in a Dean for a Day video that will be posted to Osgoode’s YouTube channel
See Maroon 5 on Monday, March 16 at the Air Canada Centre with a friend

The winner will be announced on Friday, February 27 and the winning essay will be published in Obiter Dicta.  Follow #ozdean4aday for updates – and good luck to the contestants!