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OJEN Classroom Resources

OJEN has over 200 resources available for use in classrooms, community agencies and justice education programs. All OJEN resources are available for free in English or French. Resources are for general educational use and are not legal advice. Anyone dealing with legal issues should consult a lawyer for confidential, specific legal advice. OJEN retains the copyright over all OJEN resources and materials cannot be modified without prior written permission. There are four ways to search for a resource:

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A Foot in the Door

A Classroom Resource on Real Estate and Housing Law in Ontario This 6-module resource, produced by the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company (LAWPRO) and the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN), provides an introduction to real estate and housing law in Ontario, including the various considerations and processes involved in purchasing and renting a home. The aim […]

Small Claims Court Mock Hearing: Santiago v. Castillo (Contract Dispute)

Alex Santiago purchased a used car from his uncle, Enrique Castillo. After signing the bill of sale, Alex discovered a number of problems with the car, including faulty brakes and air conditioning. Alex is now bringing an action in Small Claims Court against his uncle for the cost of repairs. This mock hearing is designed […]

Small Claims Court Mock Hearing Role Preparation Package

This resource outlines the Small Claims Court process and includes a time chart, courtroom etiquette and preparation guidelines for students playing the roles of the plaintiff, defendant, judge, court clerk, court artist and members of the press. This resource can be used to prepare students for Small Claims Court mock hearing or as a handout […]

Top Five 2012

Each year at OJEN’s Toronto Summer Law Institute, a judge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on these comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. Summaries of important legal cases from 2012, as identified […]

Top Five 2012: Richard v Time, Inc

Each year at OJEN’s Toronto Summer Law Institute, a judge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on these comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. Richard v Time, Inc., 2012 SCC 8, [2010] 2 […]

In Brief: Contract Law

OJEN In Brief resources are designed to provide high school students with an introduction to basic legal concepts. Each resource includes a short lesson plan for the teacher; a plain language description of the legal topic; and activities that provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of the topic. This handout provides students […]

Top Five 2017

Each year at OJEN’s Toronto Summer Law Institute, a judge from the Court of Appeal for Ontario identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. This summary, based on these comments and observations, is appropriate for discussion and debate in the classroom setting. These summaries of important legal cases were presented by […]

Steps to Justice: Debt and Consumer Rights

This Debt and Consumer Rights resource is a collaboration between the Ontario Justice Education Network (OJEN) and Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO). OJEN’s Steps to Justice workshops introduce audiences to common legal problems and familiarize them with a specific area of law. Using hypothetical scenarios, workshop participants explore a legal topic by navigating the practical […]

Top Five 2020

Each year at OJEN’s Toronto Summer Law Institute, a leading jurist identifies five cases that are of significance in the educational setting. The 2020 cases were selected and discussed by Mr. Justice Lorne Sossin, then of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and currently of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. This summary, based on […]

Everyday Law – Preparing for Legal Issues in Your Life

The Understanding Canadian Law, Grade 11, Workplace Preparation (CLU3E) course is a valuable opportunity for students to build on the legal knowledge gained in grade 10 Civics, while enhancing students’ interest in the law. This teaching resource, developed by the Ontario Justice Education Network with the support of the Toronto District School Board and the […]

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