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Osgoode Hall Law School


Osgoode Hall Law School

Osgoode Hall Law School
Crest of Osgoode Hall Law School
Motto Per Jus Ad Justitiam
Established 1889 (1889)
Type Faculty (law school)
Parent institution York University
Dean Lorne Sossin
Academic staff 182
Students 905[1]
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Website .ca.yorku.osgoodewww
Osgoode Hall Law School Wordmark

Osgoode Hall Law School is a law school in Toronto, now housed at York University, and is the oldest law school in Ontario. Named after the first Chief Justice of Ontario, William Osgoode, the law school was established by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1889.

The law school is home to the Law Reform Commission of Ontario, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, the German Law Journal, and the largest law library in the Commonwealth. Osgoode Hall Law School students may participate in a number of clinical and intensive programs, including the Community and Legal Aid Services Program (CLASP), the Poverty Law Intensive at Parkdale Community Legal Services, the Criminal Law Intensive, the Innocence Project, and the Osgoode Business Clinic.[2] Osgoode also hosts the most well known Professional Development Program (OPD) in Canada, whose courses are taught at the satellite campus located at the Osgoode Professional Development Centre at 1 Dundas Street West in downtown Toronto. A variety of LL.M. and academic Ph.D. degrees in law are available.

The current dean of the law school is Lorne Sossin.[3]

Maclean's Magazine has ranked it second among common-law schools in 2011, 2012 and 2013.[4][5][6][7][8]


University rankings
York University
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Common Law[9] 2
The first year class of Osgoode Hall Law School in 1944

For its first seven decades, Osgoode Hall Law School was located at Osgoode Hall at the corner of Queen Street and University Avenue near the University of Toronto but it was not affiliated with the University. In 1969, after a decision by the Ontario Ministry of Education requiring law schools to be affiliated with a university, the Osgoode Hall Law School relocated to New Osgoode Hall, on the campus of York University.

The structures at Queen and University (the earliest dating from 1832) are still known as Osgoode Hall. They remain the headquarters of the Law Society of Upper Canada and house the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Renovation project

The law school is housed in a building named in honor of donor Ignat Kaneff

In May 2007, Dean Monahan announced plans for an extensive renovation and extension of Osgoode Hall Law School involving a renovation of the existing building, and addition of an additional wing.

The building was designed by architect Jack Diamond with construction of the renovated building beginning in the summer of 2009. The project has been majorly funded by a $2.5 million gift by Ignat Kaneff and the building will be renamed in his honor.[10]

Notable alumni

Osgoode Hall Law Library - Lower Level Stacks

Supreme Court of Canada justices

Other judges

Prime Ministers



Notable Professors

See also


  1. ^ LSAC - JD: Canadian Law School Profiles. 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Professor Lorne Sossin will return to Osgoode as Dean on July 1, 2010". 2010-03-04. Retrieved 2010-04-31. 
  4. ^
  5. ^
  6. ^ 2011 Rankings -
  7. ^ 2010 Rankings -
  8. ^ 2009 Rankings -
  9. ^ "2013 Common Law University Ranking". Maclean's. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  10. ^ York University: Harvest what has been sown, philanthropist tells grads, 2010
  • 5. Footnote. Lorne Sossin Accessed October 13, 2012.
  • 5. Footnote. Dean of Osgoode 2010 Accessed October 2012.

External links

  • Osgoode Hall Law School

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