LAWS Law in Action Within Schools
LAWS is Canada’s leading law school youth outreach program, recognized in its field across North America. As a model of collaboration that has a transformative impact on high school students facing personal or systemic barriers to success, LAWS’ activities …
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Law Student Volunteers
(3 days ago) Law student volunteers provide the people power for the majority of our program activities, providing LAWS high school students with repeated positive interactions with keen and engaged role models. Law student volunteers bring their diverse backgrounds, expertise and personal paths to law …
Inspired by LAWS
(4 days ago) Earler this year Joseph Visconi became the second LAWS graduate to attend law school. At 22 years of age, he alreay knows he wants to use the law to help others. “My most vivid memory was the first time Danielle came into my classroom and pitched the LAWS. She said something along the lines of ‘with law you can actually make a change.
LAWS Engages Youth
(6 days ago) Modeled after programs in two law themed high schools in New York City, the LAWS program – Law in Action Within Schools – is an initiative of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and the Toronto District School Board. The program targets students who have academic potential, but who may face barriers to succeeding in school.
LAWS Program Raises the Bar
(5 days ago) This year, one of the highlights of the program’s expansion is an interactive website designed by the Faculty of Law that will feature program information and dates, teaching resources, blogs, as well as student projects. Finally, the response of parents to the Grade 11 LAWS program has been enthusiastic and positive. Mr.
Spotlight On: Amita Persad-Ford
(8 days ago) Working in a full-service law firm at the age of 16 is not an experience a lot of high school students can say they’ve had. This was an impactful experience for me as I was able to see what lawyers actually did on the day-to-day, and I learned that I enjoy the rush of a fast-paced environment.
News & Stories
(2 days ago) COVID-19 has drastically changed the LAWS Summer Job Program this year, with far fewer placements…. edimitrova August 19, 2020. News. LAWS Mentioned in U of T News Story about the Launch of BFL. Black Future Lawyers (BFL) aims to engage Black-identified undergraduate students, helping demystify the pathways to…. edimitrova January 10, 2020.
First LAWS C.W. Jefferys Grad Begins 1L at Osgoode
(7 days ago) First LAWS C.W. Jefferys Grad Begins 1L at Osgoode. Following LAWS’ expansion to Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011, students from both C.W. Jefferys and Westview Centnnial Secondary School had the opportunity to join the program for the first time. Both schools are composed of students who reside primarily in the Jane-Finch corridor and are
Spotlight On: Ashley Harripersad
(9 days ago) My name is Ashley Harripersad and I graduated from the LAWS Program back in 2012. What makes me, me are my experiences to-date! I did not go straight into law school out of undergrad, I worked at the Ontario Justice Education Network for 3 years as I figured out my next steps and awaited acceptances from law schools in Ontario.
(4 days ago) LAWS staff and law student volunteers deliver legal information workshops as part of our ESL students’ classroom learning. These workshops focus on youth criminal justice, employment law, immigration law and human rights and are specifically designed to be relevant and accessible to newcomer youth.
LAWS Tour of the LIZ
(8 days ago) On Friday, August 9th, we received a group of high school students participating in the Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) program for a tour of the LIZ!Students learned about our incubation program, initiatives and partnerships, while visiting our space and the DMZ.
On Graduating from LAWS
(4 days ago) On Graduating from LAWS – Dejah’s Story. When I was in grade 9 at Central Tech, I was unsure of whether to join LAWS. I was a quiet and timid, but unmotivated student. I loved school and learning, but serious thoughts about doing well and about my future were very separate from my reality; I didn’t see a future in academia, and especially
Why Volunteer for LAWS
(6 days ago) There are many meaningful opportunities at law school. As you make your own decisions about which you will pursue this year, I wanted to share a brief glimpse at my experience with one of these, the LAWS (“Law in Action Within Schools”) program. Three reasons I volunteer with LAWS: 1. I LOVE working with young people/youth/kids.
Court House of the Future
(5 days ago) By Law in Action Within Schools October 5, 2015 March 20th, 2019 No Comments. This year’s Justice by Design challenge at Osgoode Hall Law School saw three LAWS Alum participating. Check out one of their collaborative projects, and start to envision the court house of the future.
Spotlight On: Tushar Sharma
(4 days ago) The LAWS program’s impact didn’t stop after I left the program however, as I was able to benefit from so many alumni initiatives, such as the mentoring program and the LSAP program, which were imperative in obtaining an entrance to Osgoode Hall Law School. I can genuinely attribute my drive to pursue a legal career to the LAWS program.
Law Students Recognised for Contributions to LAWS
(7 days ago) The efforts of LAWS law student volunteers from both of our partner law schools have been recognized over recent months! LAWS congratulates the outstanding achievements of the Osgoode Hall Law School 2012 Dean’s Gold Key Awards recepients. Among the twelve graduating students who received recognition for their fantastic contribution to the
Law in Action Within Schools, Author at LAWS
(6 days ago) Law in Action Within Schools August 11, 2015. News. Congratulations Helen Zhou – LAWS Student and 2015 Loran Scholar! LAWS is thrilled to announce that one of our students, Helen Zhou, has been named…. Law in Action Within Schools August 4, 2015.
Justice Sector Collaborators
(9 days ago) LAWS pioneered Canada’s first law-focused youth Summer Job Program (SJP), which has quadrupled since its inception in 2007. The SJP is a particularly transformative LAWS experience, which places students in paid employment across Toronto’s legal sector.
Spotlight On: Radhika Sharma
(5 days ago) While I worked at the Law Commission of Ontario as a LAWS summer student, and then subsequently while pursuing my undergraduate degree, I encountered various mentors – many of whom I still keep in touch with today. To name a few, Patricia Hughes, Laura Caruso, Amanda Rodrigues, Nye Thomas, and Ryan Fritsch.
LAWS Program Tushar featured in The Law Foundation of
(9 days ago) The Law Foundation of Ontario provided the seed funding for LAWS and continues to be a primary funder of the program since its inception in 2006. The Foundation also supports the summer job program, enabling LAWS to offer summer placements for high school students at law-related public interest organizations, including legal aid clinics.
LAWS’ first graduate to attend law school, a win for
(6 days ago) Ten years ago, Ron Daniels, then-dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, realized attending law school was a privilege. He approached Toronto District School Board associate director Gerry Connelly, and the two agreed to level the playing field for students facing barriers to success in school.
Spotlight On: Presila Mason
(4 days ago) The kind of law that I would like to practice is undetermined. However, I am passionate about human rights. As an individual who was raised in the Jane and Finch community, I have watched as my peers and those close to me have been labelled and stigmatized solely based on where they grew up. I can empathize with people who perceive the Jane and
LAWS Mentioned in U of T News Story about the Launch of
(7 days ago) Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS) has since had a transformative impact on high school students facing personal or systemic barriers to success. The award-winning access program is designed to support and motivate students by exposing them to law and justice through workshops, mentorship and employment programs.
Court Experience Program Celebrated!
(3 days ago) LAWS was recently featured on the Toronto District School Board’s website. LAWS was recently featured on the Toronto District School Board’s website:. More than sixty grade 10 and 11 students, their parents, teachers, and principals met with several Crown Attorneys, Justices of the Peace, Duty Counsel and Judges on June 5, 2007 to celebrate the successful first year of the Court …
LAWS Welcomes New 2020 Summer Job Program Employer
(8 days ago) LAWS Welcomes New 2020 Summer Job Program Employer: Counter Tax Lawyers. COVID-19 has drastically changed the LAWS Summer Job Program this year, with far fewer placements being available to students and the majority of those placements operating virtually. As such, we are grateful to those employers who have continued with the program in 2020
Two LAWS Volunteers Win Osgoode Gold Key Awards
(5 days ago) "The Dean's 'Gold Keys' are awarded annually to students graduating from the Juris Doctor (JD) program at Osgoode Hall Law School. Recipients are those students who have made an outstanding contribution to the life of the law school, either to the academic program of the school or other activities that are integral to the community.
LAWS Awarded a Vital People Grant from the
(9 days ago) By Law in Action Within Schools January 30, 2014 February 13th, 2019 No Comments LAWS Director Sarah Pole has been awarded a 2014 Vital People Grant from the Toronto Community Foundation. The Vital People grant program recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations.
LAWS Volunteer Tariq Remtulla Wins Distinguished Alumnus
(Just Now) By Lucianna Ciccocioppo, U of T Faculty of Law Newsroom. Under the soaring Tudor ceiling of the Hart House music room, amid the long harvest tables filled with family and friends, three notable alumni were celebrated at the 2014 Distinguished Alumnus Award dinner event April 2: Justice James Farley, LLB 1966, Linda Rothstein, LLB 1980, and Tariq Remtulla, JD 2005.
LAWS Partners with BLG to Launch a New Mentoring Program
(4 days ago) LAWS Partners with BLG to Launch a New Mentoring Program. LAWS and BLG have launched a brand new mentoring program specifically for undergraduate students on their path to law school. Each year fifteen students will be mentored by BLG lawyers while developing their skills, networks and potential for growth. Through this partnership, BLG joins a
LAWS Graduation Increases Diversity in the Justice System
(5 days ago) By Law in Action Within Schools August 11, 2015 February 13th, 2019 No Comments June 5th and June 11th saw clear markers on the way to diversifying Canada’s justice system, as LAWS graduated its 10th cohort in as many years.