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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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OJEN 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 […]

Poster Challenge

The Poster Challenge invites grade 5 students to create posters that express what they value about Canadian democracy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It meets Grade 5 Ontario curriculum expectations in Social Studies in a fun and effective way. A selection of posters will be included in OJEN’s Art in the Courts […]

TwitterX Moot

The OJEN TwitterX 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 […]

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.

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 […]

Sistahs-in-Law

The Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) is pleased to partner with the Black Female Lawyers Network (BFLN) to sponsor 30 Lil’ Sistahs— BIPOC women (ages 16-22) to attend BFLN’s Sistah’s in Law annual retreat. Retreat Information: Date: Monday, November 13, 2023 Location: York University – Second Student Centre, 15 Library Ln, North York, ON M3J […]

Trailblazers: Meeting Women in Law

  Thank you for your interest in this program! OJEN’s Trailblazers program for high school girls is taking a hiatus.  OJEN has partnered on this popular program commemorating Person’s Day with Law In Action in the Schools (LAWS) and Women’s Legal and Education Action Fund (LEAF) over the past several years.  The program, which introduces […]

Architects of Justice

Architects of Justice is an initiative of the Action Group on Access to Justice (TAG) that increases public participation in the development of access to justice solutions. Over the last two years, TAG has conducted applied research and outreach at public events across the province, sharing public legal education materials and inviting people to imagine […]

Braiding Diversity into Justice

For many young people, a career in law may feel out of their reach. Braiding Diversity into Justice and other OJEN career modelling programs help young people of all backgrounds “see themselves in law” by introducing them to legal professionals with whom they share similar experiences. The goal of these programs is to show that […]

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