The Anti-Discrimination Program is an exciting collaboration between Osgoode and the Human Rights Legal Support Centre. The Centre offer human rights legal services to individuals throughout Ontario who have experienced discrimination contrary to the Ontario Human Rights Code. The program offers students the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge of anti-discrimination law and to participate in the application process from beginning to end.
The Placement at the Centre in either the fall or winter term begins with intensive orientation training in the first week of the semester. During their placements, students work four or five days a week at the Centre in downtown Toronto. Each student is assigned a personal lawyer mentor. Skills-based training continues at the Centre on alternate Friday afternoons throughout the academic year for students doing both fall and winter placements.
Students participate in the Centre’s public inquiries service and are responsible for conducting detailed legal interviews on files that are referred from intake. In addition, students draft legal documents, partner with Centre lawyers at mediation, and on files scheduled for hearing by the Tribunal.
Seminar meetings for all students in the Program are held every other Friday commencing in September and ending in March. In the seminar, students develop perspectives that allow them to critically assess and think constructively about prohibitions on discrimination and how these exclusions impact society. Students also learn about the challenges experienced by disadvantaged communities in accessing remedies for violations of fundamental rights. Students complete a research paper over the course of the year which reflects their learning in the seminar and their experience in the Placement.