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Annual Events & Programs

OJEN runs many annual events and programs. OJEN’s annual events and programs give you the chance to connect with other teachers, lawyers, and students who share your interest in law, access to justice, and community-building. To get your class, community group or club involved in something larger, check out the following programs and contact us.

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Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

Bursaries are available to grade 12 students in Ontario, pursuing post-secondary studies related to the many careers in the justice system at an Ontario University or College. These bursaries have been created to assist students who demonstrate academic excellence and commitment to their studies and who are in financial need. Bursaries are offered by the […]

Charter Challenge

The Charter Challenge is Ontario’s only mock appeal for high school students. Each semester, OJEN releases a mock judicial decision in which complex Charter issues are raised on appeal. Students all over Ontario form teams and choose one side of the appeal to ‘represent.’ They research and write a factum with legal arguments in favour […]

Kingston Youth-Police Dialogue

The OJEN Youth-Police Dialogue (YPD) program is an interactive justice education series designed to promote positive interactions, build knowledge, challenge perceptions and enhance skills to foster greater relations between youth and police in communities across Ontario.  Over the course of this project, youth will meet with Youth Police Dialogue Facilitators, police officers, and lawyers to […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice

The goal of the “Braiding Diversity into Justice” event is to connect young women, who are marginalized and/or racialized, with members of the legal sector in order to motivate and empower them. Are you a young woman interested in a career in law but perhaps due to socio-economic status, disability, migration, sexual preference, ethnicity or […]

Legal Leaders Workshops for Newcomer Youth

Newcomers often experience unique legal challenges. Faced with unfamiliar laws and legal processes, and potentially unaware of their legal rights or mechanisms for enforcement, many newcomers also experience language barriers when seeking access to legal help. Newcomer youth often have a special and trusted relationship with their parents and other adult family members. They speak […]

Kitchener-Waterloo Youth-Police Dialogue

The OJEN Youth-Police Dialogue (YPD) program is an interactive justice education series designed to promote positive interactions, build knowledge, challenge perceptions and enhance skills to foster greater relations between youth and police in communities across Ontario.  Over the course of this project, youth will meet with Youth Police Dialogue Facilitators, police officers, and lawyers to […]

Twitter Moot

The OJEN Twitter Moot is an online debate. Students from across Ontario participate in the discussion by tweeting their opinions either individually or in teams/classes. The OJEN committee in Hamilton came up with this fun and engaging justice education initiative for Hamilton-area schools. In the fall of 2020, for the first time, OJEN ran the […]

Hamilton Twitter Moot

  A Twitter Moot is an online debate where students discuss a pressing legal issue.  On Thursday, April 16, 2015, the Hamilton committee organized its inaugural Twitter Moot to celebrate Law Day (a national event to commemorate the signing of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms). The committee has been offering this popular initiative […]

Experiential Mock Trials at the John Sopinka Courthouse in Hamilton

Each semester, the Hamilton Committee holds Experiential Mock Trials at the John Sopinka Courthouse. This program invites students from across Hamilton to sign up and participate in an amazing experiential learning opportunity! Using a mock trial case provided by OJEN, students prepare Opening and Closing Statements, along with questions for Direct and Cross examination of […]

OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials

The OBA/OJEN Competitive Mock Trials (OOCMT) is a partnership between the Ontario Bar Association (OBA) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN). A network of local mock trial tournaments use the OOCMT case and format for mock trials.

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