Osgoode Professional Development (OsgoodePD), is a division of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University – one of Canada’s largest, oldest and most prestigious legal institutions. We foster the career advancement of legal professionals worldwide with a wide range of study options that include LLM degrees, non-credit and preparatory programs.

Top 3 reasons to study here

  • OsgoodePD delivers the broadest variety of programs available in Canada (and online) for internationally-trained lawyers and experienced professionals.
  • Learn from top-tier faculty. Gain access to some of the leading minds in Canadian law and leverage their experiences to help your growth.
  • As an OsgoodePD student, you join a community that cares about your success. Find academic/professional support at every step of your journey.

About

History

OsgoodePD is a division of Osgoode Hall Law School, which has been shaping the future of legal education since 1889. From pioneering innovation in legal education, to our faculty's contribution as thought leaders, to the alumni who overcame barriers in the legal community and paved the way for others, Osgoode plays a central role in Canada's legal history and future.

Education

OsgoodePD offers the broadest range of programs available in Canada for internationally-trained lawyers. Whether you are looking to specialize with a professional graduate degree or start the process of qualifying to practise common law in Canada, there’s a learning option to suit your needs. From full-time professional graduate degrees to non-credit courses to help you prepare for the NCA Exams, OsgoodePD has your development goals in mind.

Students will complete their studies in two locations: at Osgoode Hall Law School on the York University campus, and at Osgoode Professional Development in downtown Toronto. This gives students access to the full range of campus services, and downtown Toronto amenities.

Career

Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and are attracted to OsgoodePD programs for different reasons. Our students include:

  • Individuals who have completed their law degree abroad, and want to undertake accreditation to be licensed to practice in Canada

  • Internationally trained lawyers and experienced professionals who want the expertise to take them further in their careers in their home countries

  • Recent law school graduates who want to specialize in a practice area to gain a competitive edge

Distance Learning Courses

Services

Student services

The International Programs Office at Osgoode Hall Law School provides students with academic support and career development support. This includes academic advising, CV/resume review, mock interviews and feedback from senior legal professionals.

Our Success and Wellness Counsellors, are professional counsellors and former practising lawyers.  Their role is to help students develop and fulfill their personal and academic potential while at Osgoode by providing confidential services: short-term individual counselling for stress, anxiety or depression; wellness groups and workshops; and referrals.

Library services

The Law Library of Osgoode Hall Law School is the largest in Canada. The library supports the intensive research and innovative teaching for which Osgoode Hall Law School is known. It strives to be the leader in the innovative provision of information and services on Canadian law and law in context.

ICT services

Osgoode offers computing services to support students with computing needs, and enhanced teaching and learning. Computer labs and loaner laptops with internet access and key software (Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, etc.) are available for student use at Osgoode Hall Law School. Printers and scanners are also available in the Law Library. 

Student Life

Campus life

OsgoodePD operates out of two locations: one in downtown Toronto, and the other at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University’s Keele Campus. Our international programs get the best of both locations with easy access to the city’s core at the downtown location, and the support services and campus facilities at the Keele Campus location.

Student clubs

Build your network with professionals from around the globe in and out of the classroom. These are your future friends, clients and colleagues.

There are four student committees for full-time LLM and non-degree students across all specializations, which are volunteer-basis to join and lead (depending on volume, leadership may be chosen through election):

1) Social Events

2) Professional Development 

3) Speaker Series 

4) Alumni Relations 

Accreditation

We offer pathways to accreditation through programs and courses specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada's National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).The NCA is the body responsible for assessing the legal education credentials of those trained outside of Canada.

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