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Law Institutes for Teachers – Summer Law Institute (SLI)

OJEN’s Summer Law Institute is our flagship professional development event. This two-day conference has been held in historic Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto since the first SLI in 2002.

The SLI has become a late-summer staple for many teachers as they prepare to return to classes.

“The Summer Institute was excellent. The topics covered were of real interest to high-school students. I would definitely recommend the Summer Institute to my teacher friends.” — Teacher Law Institute participant

Past Law Institute Programs

2021 Summer Law Institute Webinar Series

Historically, the SLI is a two-day conference, held in Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto. Because COVID-19 is still active in Toronto, we are offering a summer webinar series for law teachers in its place. Like the SLI, this webinar series features leaders from a wide range of law and justice areas, talking about emerging areas of law and key issues facing the justice system in Ontario.

The 2021 SLI will be held online between:

  • August 16 – August 20 and
  • August 23 – August 27

Look out for some of your returning favourites, including the Top 5 Cases 2020 and What’s New From OJEN! (It’s a lot.)

2021 Summer Law Institute Registration

This webinar series features leaders from a wide range of law and justice areas, talking about emerging areas of law and key issues facing the justice system in Ontario.  Please check back regularly as we update information. All webinars are one hour in length. There is no cost to attend.

Register for all webinars

Use this link to register for ALL sessions. 

Register here

Registration will be available for more individual sessions soon. 

For information about the Summer Law Institute please contact Kristy Pagnutti at or

Registrations for Individual Sessions and Recordings

Please check the links below for the individual registration link for each webinar. Recordings will be added once they are available. For more webinar recordings, also visit our Workshops and Webinars page.

“Every year I look forward to the OJEN Summer Law Institute and although we weren’t able to physically gather, OJEN went above and beyond to prepare. As usual, the webinars addressed topics in law that are both current and relevant and the speakers shed light on the critical issues. The delivery of the sessions was seamless. The links to the webinars were delivered in a timely fashion and I particularly  enjoyed receiving the link to the recording right after. I used the recordings at my first History Department meeting in September and shared the Environmental Law webinar with the Geography Department.” — Lora Gillies, York Region District School Board, about the 2020 Summer Law Institute webinars.

OJEN offers special thanks to the Law Foundation of Ontario, whose funding made this webinar series and so many other crucial projects possible.

2021 Summer Law Institute Webinar Series

Register for all webinars in the series.

Going from Student to Staff: Issues facing young workers in 2021

[August 16] In this session, expert employment lawyers Joshua Mandryk (Goldblatt Partners LLP) and Ryan White (Cavalluzzo LLP) explore two of the most pressing topics facing young people in workplace law: unpaid internships and work-credit programs, and the uncertain rules around Uber and other “gig apps.”

How OJEN Helps Make Teaching Law a Breeze

[August 17] Join OJEN staff in this webinar to learn about how our programs and resources engage your students and meet curriculum expectations. We will walk you through our Courtrooms & Classrooms program, some of our most popular resources, and our annual events.

Child Witnesses in the Criminal Courts

[August 18] Panel discussion about the how child witnesses are supported throughout a criminal case, from the early stages of the police investigation through to court preparation, testimony in the courtroom and at sentencing hearings.

Three Areas of Law Impacting Your Student Outcomes

[August 19] Many areas of law intersect with and impact a young person’s access to, and pathway through, our education systems. In this session Justice for Children and Youth, Ontario’ speciality child rights legal clinic, will explore three such intersections – immigration law for young people with no or precarious immigration status, special education systems and their legal framework, and youth criminal justice.

Canada and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – Child Rights in Action

[August 20] Learn about and receive resources on the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and how it’s implemented in Canada. This workshop will cover the UNCRC’s interaction with various federal and provincial laws (eg. human rights, education, criminal, the Charter of Rights and Freedoms), as well as its place within Canada’s international obligations. We will use an upcoming Charter challenge seeking to lower the voting age in Canada as a case study (complete with a teacher curriculum resource).

So, You want to Be a Paralegal: Exploring Careers in Law

[August 23] Are your students interested in a career in law? This webinar will cover what paralegals and law clerks do, recent changes in paralegals’ scope of practice and the training required to enter this exciting profession.

OJEN’s New Resources

[August 24] A long-time favourite of the Summer Law Institute, OJEN staff present new resources available for your classroom. This year’s webinar will feature a number of online resources and plans for program delivery throughout the year!

Black Legal Action Centre: Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in the Education System

[August 25] The Black Legal Action Centre was created in 2017 to address anti-Black racism in Ontario. In this session, they join OJEN to talk about anti-Black racism in schools, the Ontario school to prison pipeline, and other issues facing Black youth.

Top 5 Significant Cases of the Past Year

[August 26] The Ontario Justice Education Network is offering a free online session for secondary school teachers on ‘The Top 5 Cases’ of the past year. This webinar features Professor Sonia Lawrence from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.

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