Your success is our priority. Osgoode has developed several new and innovative approaches for providing students with better access to and support throughout their legal education.
- Income Contingent Loans
- Extended Time Program
- Research Assistant Positions for High Need Students
- Back- End Debt Relief – Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award
- Free LSAT Preparation Course
Income Contingent Loans
As part of our commitment to promoting the financial accessibility of law school, Osgoode has designed an innovative income contingent loan program (ICLP) that provides recipients with bursary and loan funding to cover the entire cost of tuition. In each year of the pilot program, Osgoode will select five eligible students to participate in the ICLP. Recipients will not pay any tuition while they are law students, but will agree to repay the entirety of their loan after graduation over a 10 year period. Contingent on their income level in any of the years of the repayment period, the loan repayment for those years may be forgiven in whole or in part. Dean Lorne Sossin describes his vision for this program in his Blog. For more information on the program, the application and selection process, and repayment features, please visit our Financial Services page.
Extended Time Program
Osgoode is committed to enhancing the accessibility and flexibility of the JD Program to a wide range of students. The Extended Time Program (ETP) allows students, whose life circumstances prevent them from engaging in a full-time study program, to reduce their courses to approximately half the required course load. Such circumstances would include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Pregnancy and childbirth
- Family obligations such as childcare, or care of elderly, ill or disabled family members
- Temporary or long-term illness or disability
- Financial hardship
Research Assistant Positions for High Need Students
Students can apply to work with an Adjunct Faculty member on a course development. Positions are available in the summer and the hours are flexible.
Back- End Debt Relief – Wendy Babcock Social Justice Award
This award will be given to a student(s) graduating from the JD program who have: incurred significant educational debt in order to pursue their legal education; demonstrated a commitment to serving the public interest (e.g. relevant academic, work and volunteer experience); and intend to pursue a career in social justice.
Free LSAT Preparation Course
ALL: Access to Law and Learning is a free LSAT prep course for high potential undergraduate students with limited financial resources.
Students will gain free comprehensive LSAT preparation, including study materials, practice tests and online support. In addition, students will have the opportunity to get the inside scoop on life at law school and in the legal profession through discussions, panels and roundtables with current law students and legal professionals.
To qualify students:
- must be in 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate studies or be recent university graduates (within the last two years);
- have a cumulative (all years combined) undergraduate average of at least 77% (B+); and
- must be recipients of the Canada Student Grant for Persons from Low Income Families through a provincial government student assistance program or be able to demonstrate low family income.
Academic Support Programs
Recognizing the important relationship between academic, professional and personal success, we offer a full complement of resources and support to ensure you maximize
your potential in all of these realms. Our Associate Dean (Students) will help to ease your transition into law school and encourage your academic achievement through:
- An Academic Success Program comprised of skills sessions such as exam writing and note-taking
- The Dean’s Fellows Program which matches an upper-year student mentor to each first-year course
- Individual consultation to address personal, academic concerns
We offer necessary in-class and exam accommodations to ensure an equitable learning environment for those who face challenges because of physical, medical, sensory, mental health or learning disabilities. One example is our Dean’s Scribes Program which was created to pair anonymous scribes with students who, because of their disability, required the assistance of a note-taker. Our Student Success and Wellness Program will nurture your personal growth and support your emotional well-being.