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    Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, is a Canadian law school, located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Named after the first Chief Justice of Ontario, William Osgoode, the law school was established by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1889 and was the only accredited law school in Ontario until 1957. The school was at the centre of the debates over the principles of modern legal education in the 1950s. Osgoode Hall Law School provided many of the founding members of the bar in the prairie provinces. Today, the law school offers a professional degree in law that is accepted for bar admission in every province with the exception of Quebec, as well as Massachusetts and New York, three joint degree programs, as well as Canada's largest graduate program in law. It also offers a United States JD degree in conjunction with New York University School of Law. While Osgoode Hall Law School currently refers to its degree as a Bachelor of Laws, students are admitted only after undergraduate studies. To reflect this reality, the school is currently in the process of adopting a Juris Doctor degree designation. This initiative received 77% support from current students in a March 20, 2008 plebiscite.

    The law school is home to the Ontario Law Reform Commission, the Osgoode Hall Law Journal, and the largest law library in the Commonwealth. The law school houses a student clinic (the Community and Legal Aid Services Programme), the Innocence Project, and according to the Official Guide to Canadian Law Schools, the most extensive range of clinical programs in Canada.

    Osgoode Hall Law School is particularly known for its leading role in the areas of constitutional law, the Charter and human rights, and international law. (Peter Hogg, Brian Slattery, Patrick J. Monahan, Jean-Gabriel Castel)

    Some of the world's most important legal scholars teach at Osgoode, including Leslie Green who holds the University of Oxford's statutory Chair in Philosophy of Law. The current UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former judge at the Supreme Court of Canada, Louise Arbour taught at and later became the associate dean of Osgoode Hall Law School.

    Other world-class leading scholars at Osgoode include Michael Mandel and Sharon Williams (Public International Law, International Criminal Law, Private International Law), Alan Hutchinson (Torts, Public law, Legal Theory), Robert S Wai (International Trade Regulation), Benjamin Geva (Commercial and Banking Law), Ian MacDougal (Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions), Jinyan Li (International Taxation Law), Kent McNeil (Native Law), Eric Tucker (Labour Law), Mary Jane Mossman (Feminist Legal Theory, Family Law, Law Reform), Gary D Watson (Civil Litigation), Stepan Wood and Benjamin Richardson (Environmental Law), Brian Slattery (Constitutional Law).

    The current dean of the law school is Patrick J. Monahan. He succeeds Peter Hogg who is a leading Canadian constitutional expert and the author of Constitutional Law of Canada, the single most-cited book in decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada.

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    Osgoode Hall Law School - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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