Post-Secondary Partners

 

 

Post-Secondary institutions often bridge high school level interest in the law with career options and workplace opportunities. Ontario universities and colleges are reaching out high schools to deliver justice education in innovative ways. Information on each of these programs, and links to program templates, are organized as follows:

Law Schools

Unique programs at law schools have connected law students with high school students. Some of these programs incorporate tutoring and mentorship opportunities and they all share the same goal of sparking students’ interest in the law and its impact on social issues.

McGill University, Faculty of Law

The L.E.X. Program (Law - Éducation - Connexion) at McGill University brings law students together with local high school students to talk about law, social justice, and post-secondary pathways.

Queen's University, Faculty of Law

 

Law students from Queen’s University deliver a justice education program to various youth audiences in Kingston. Since 2010, law students have been delivering OJEN on the Air to youth from a local high school – Kingston Collegiate and Vocational Institute. Radio segments are recorded and aired on Queen’s University’s campus radio station, CFRC 101.9 FM.

In 2011, the program expanded to include a mock hearing project for young people in Kingston’s Youth Diversion Program. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the program expanded to include the delivery of OJEN’s Active Citizens project to francophone youth in Kingston’s French schools.

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

University of Ottawa’s Public Legal Education Initiative

OJEN has been working with students at the University of Ottawa's Faculty of Law since 2012 to deliver justice education programs in neighbouring high schools.

In 2014-15, U of O law students will be facilitating "OJEN on the Air" radio projects with high school law classes in both French and English. This project is generously supported by CHUO 89.1 fm in Ottawa.

University of Toronto, Faculty of Law

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

 

LAWS is an innovative partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the Toronto District School Board that delivers a comprehensive collaborative education program that supports high school students facing challenges to engaging with school and in accessing and succeeding at postsecondary education.  It brings high school students together with law students, legal professionals and other members of the justice sector to provide a wide range of interactive learning experiences that expose students to legal issues, the justice system and the legal profession. Program activities include mentoring, tutoring, workshops, mock trials, court visits and summer jobs with law firms.  LAWS currently has three program streams and six partner high schools – Central Technical School, Harbord Collegiate Institute, Monarch Park Collegiate, Danforth Collegiate & Technical Institute, CW Jefferys Collegiate Institute and Westview Centennial Secondary School.  

Click on the links below for some examples of LAWS resources:

Careers information developed by the LAWS Program

Citizenship presentation developed by a law student in the LAWS Program:

University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Law

2008 Resources prepared by Community Legal Services at Western Law School:

Employment Law (Classroom Presentation)

International Law (Classroom Presentation)

Restorative Justice (Classroom Presentation)

Youth Criminal Justice (Classroom Presentation)

University of Windsor Faculty of Law

Since 2010, students in the Faculty of Law have been delivering a justice education program to youth in two local Windsor high schools – Assumption College Catholic High School and Vincent Massey Secondary School.  Law students lead classroom workshops that have involved a courtroom building exercise, visits from legal professionals, and discussions about current legal issues like capital punishment. The program culminates in a visit to the law school where the youth get to experience being law students for the day.

In 2014-15, the program will continue with two mock trials, a law symposium, and Canada's Next Top Law (part of provincial Law Day celebrations).

ESL Workshop templates have also been developed by OJEN with assistance from a University of Windsor Faculty of Law student:

York University, Osgoode Hall Law School

Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

 

LAWS is an innovative partnership between the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and the Toronto District School Board that delivers a comprehensive collaborative education program that supports high school students facing challenges to engaging with school and in accessing and succeeding at postsecondary education.  It brings high school students together with law students, legal professionals and other members of the justice sector to provide a wide range of interactive learning experiences that expose students to legal issues, the justice system and the legal profession. Program activities include mentoring, tutoring, workshops, mock trials, court visits and summer jobs with law firms.  LAWS currently has three program streams and six partner high schools – Central Technical School, Harbord Collegiate Institute, Monarch Park Collegiate, Danforth Collegiate & Technical Institute, CW Jefferys Collegiate Institute and Westview Centennial Secondary School.  

Post-Secondary Institutions with Law-related Initiatives

These post-secondary institutions engage in programming connecting students enrolled in paralegal studies, court administraion and criminal justice programs with high school students studying Law and Civics.

Seneca College

 

Students from the School of Public and Legal Administration have been delivering a justice education program to students from Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute since 2010. The program is made up of two classroom workshops that focus on a mock landlord and tenant scenario. The program culminates in a day-long symposium at Seneca College, where high school students participate in various interactive sessions, learn about a range of careers in the justice sector and receive information about admissions.

Community Groups

Association des Juristes d’expression Francaise de l’Ontario (AJEFO)

 

AJEFO is a not-for-profit organization that aims to promote access to justice in French. Since 2009, AJEFO has been operating the Cencentration en Justice initiative, through which law students in the University of Ottawa’s common law program deliver justice-themed workshops to high school students in a variety of classes – History, French, Science, Civics and Law. The program also includes educational outings and opportunities for youth to meet justice sector professionals. AJEFO has also developed cliquezjustice.ca, an interactive website that strives to educate the public on the legal system through games and activities for children; resources for teachers; rights-based information for the public and information about the many careers in the justice system.  

Click on the links below for an example of a justice education resource developed by AJEFO (Mock Bail Hearing Scenario): 

Canadian Civil Liberties Association

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) delivers classroom presentations to high school students using the framework of the Canadian Charter to get students thinking about balancing rights and thinking critically about the law.

Community Legal Education Ontario

YourLegalRights.on.ca provides legal resources to community workers and advocates as well as low income and disadvantaged communities. It offers information on every-day legal issues which individuals might encounter.

Pro Bono Students Canada

This program matches law student volunteers with community agencies with a need for legal services but with insufficient resources to compensate legal counsel. Law student volunteers usually work for public interest and non-profit organizations, tribunals, legal clinics and lawyers working pro bono on a particular case. Students take part in many types of law projects, public legal education being one of them.

Pro Bono Students Canada - Osgoode Hall Law School

Pro Bono Students Canada - Queen's University

Pro Bono Students Canada - University of Ottawa

Pro Bono Students Canada - University of Toronto

Pro Bono Students Canada - University of Western Ontario

Pro Bono Students Canada - University of Windsor

OJEN Initiatives to expand Post-Secondary Partnerships

A Guide for Establishing an OJEN Committee of Justice sector Volunteers in Your Area

Courtrooms & Classrooms: A Manual for Organizing Fun and Engaging Justice Education programs for Students

Justice Education Symposium (May 24 – 25, 2007)

Reaching out to High Risk Communities

Templates for delivering introduction to the justice system programs for high risk communities for youth

Other Justice Education organizations in Canada

B.C Law Courts Education Society

The B.C Law Courts Education Society aims to make the justice system accessible to everyone through hands-on, targeted, two-way education between the public and the justice system.

Éducaloi

Éducaloi is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inform youth in Quebec of their rights and obligations by providing legal information in everyday language.

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