Osgoode Hall Law School, founded in 1889 by the Law Society of Upper Canada, is Canada’s second-oldest law school and the country’s largest common-law law school. The School takes its name from Osgoode Hall, built on Queen St. in Toronto in 1829 as the home of the Law Society and also home to the law school until its affiliation with and move to York University in 1968.
OsgoodePD’s flagship academic programs include a course-based Professional LLM degree with 14 different specializations taught on campus or through distance learning by Osgoode’s award-winning professors, senior practitioners, judges and policymakers. The International Business Law LLM and Canadian Common Law LLMprograms are designed specifically for internationally-trained lawyers. If a degree isn’t your goal, you can choose from a selection of LLM courses offered each year as single courses.
Osgoode is a driving force in legal research.
With an impressive history of scholarship, Osgoode is regarded as one of the world’s top law faculties for excellence in research. The School is strongly connected to the legal profession, government and other law schools both nationally and internationally. With one of the largest full-time faculty complements of any Canadian law school, Osgoode is a hub of intellectual activity. Osgoode professors and students are active in taking their research out into the world. Putting this research into action often results in public policy changes, and benefits to the local and broader community.
Osgoode Hall Law School graduates are in high demand. They are employed at many of the country’s largest, mid-sized, and boutique law firms. Many have gone on to begin their own practices in diverse areas of law. Our graduates have clerked for the Supreme Court of Canada, and in a range of federal courts of appeal and trial courts. Many alumni serve the public by working in legal aid clinics and non-profit organizations and through a variety of other public sector employers.
With more than 800,000 volumes, the Law Library of Osgoode Hall Law School is the largest law library in Canada. The Library’s Balfour Halévy Special Collections in the John R. Cartwright Rare Book Room comprise a significant collection of early English and American law books and the largest collection of historical Canadian legal texts and primary law sources anywhere.
Osgoode offers computing services to support students with computing needs, and enhanced teaching and learning.