Study Abroad this Summer at Osgoode Hall Law School

Students will take two courses on topics of interest within the special expertise of Osgoode Hall Law School faculty under the umbrella theme of “Governance Through Law”. Each in-class session is three hours in length, for a total of 36 in-class hours between the two courses. Students will complete final assignments for each course in the final week of the program.

Who Should Apply

Current JD/LLB students who are over the age of 18

Recent JD/LLB graduates

Experience the City of Toronto

Join us for this exciting summer program and benefit from all that Toronto and Osgoode have to offer. While you’re here, we’ll discover some great events and attractions, including:

  • Toronto Sightseeing Excursion
  • Blue Jays Game
  • Toronto Island
  • Toronto Tour of Legal Sites of Interest
  • Niagara Falls
  • Toronto Beaches Festival
  • Shakespeare in High Park
  • Toronto Cultural Fest

Course Requirements

Students will take two courses on topics of interest within the special expertise of Osgoode Hall Law School faculty under the umbrella theme of “Governance Through Law”.

Course 1: A General View: The Rule of Law
Course 2: Legal Ethics Across Borders

What You Can Expect

Osgoode’s 2024 Summer Study Abroad Program runs over three weeks from July 8 – July 27, 2024. Classes will be held at the York University Keele Campus. 

Each in-class session is three hours in length, for a total of 36 in-class hours between the two courses. Students will complete final assignments for each course in the final week of the program.

Courses

Course 1:
A General View: The Rule of Law

Instructor: Professor François Tanguay-Renaud

This course aims to introduce students to the ideal of the rule of law at both domestic and international levels: its value, limitations, relationship with distinct (related or countervailing) social aspirations, as well as possible costs, benefits, and moral/legal defenses for those who choose to ignore or defy it. The teaching will be based on a core of leading theoretical texts on the subject, comparative domestic and international case law, as well as relevant video documentaries and written journalistic pieces. The course is divided in six modules, each addressing broad aspects of the rule of law problématique: (1) The meaning and value of the rule of law in stable and transitional societies, (2) the rule of law and emergencies, (3) the rule of law and the obligation to obey the law, (4) the rule of law and international law: the Nuremberg Legacy, (5) the rule of law, corporations, and democracy, and (5) moral and legal defenses for disobedience.

About the instructor: François Tanguay-Renaud has been a professor at Osgoode since 2008. He is currently the Program Director of the Osgoode Certificate in the Laws of Emergency, and of the Professional LLM in Canadian Common Law. Professor Tanguay-Renaud holds degrees in both civil and common law from McGill University, where he was both a Loran Scholar and a Greville-Smith Scholar. He also studied at the National University of Singapore, and completed his graduate work (BCL, MPhil, DPhil) at the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. His current academic interests span a wide range of subject areas — but notably, criminal law, criminal procedure, constitutional and public law, emergency law, AI and the law, and public international law — viewed mostly through the lens of analytical legal theory.

Course 2:
Legal Ethics Across Borders

Instructor: Dr. Emanuel Tucsa

Ethics, access to justice and professionalism—locally and globally—have increasingly become foundational topics of attention over the past several years at all levels of the justice community. This course is designed to look directly at those issues. Specifically, this course provides an introduction to the rules governing the legal profession, norms and values, regulatory institutions and processes, and the practical ethical issues that lawyers face. It focuses on the context of the lawyer’s many and varied roles: as advocate, advisor, employee, employer, entrepreneur, and public servant. It considers the various contexts in which lawyers work: in solo practice, firm practice, government practice, and in-house. It also examines lawyers as members of a profession with collective responsibilities in relation to the public interest and access to justice. The course situates these issues within their modern-day context; that is, within a context characterized by local diverse communities, normative pluralism, globalization, and transnationalism.

About the instructor: Emanuel Tucsa is a scholar of the legal profession. His work focuses on legal ethics in Canada and the United States. He earned his PhD and LLM in legal ethics from Osgoode Hall Law School, writing about the role of lawyers in knowledge production and applying his model to the problem of client perjury. Emanuel’s research and teaching emphasize professional formation and skills development. He is a member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics and has given numerous presentations about legal ethics and legal education at Canadian and international conferences.

Course Evaluation

EACH COURSE WILL BE SEPARATELY EVALUATED AS FOLLOWS:

  1. 30% – Student participation/commentaries: To get full participation marks, students are expected to attend class, do the readings, come prepared to discuss them and actively take part in class discussions. They are also expected to produce two short commentary pieces on the readings during each course.
  2. 70% – Take-home exam: After the end of the program, students will be assigned two take-home examinations, to be submitted within three weeks following the conclusion of the program. All materials covered in the courses may be subject to examination.

Application Dates

APPLICATION DEADLINES:
Final Deadline: May 25, 2024

Tuition and Fees

Tuition (including accommodation)

$4,000 + HST

Please Note

Tuition is due on June 3, 2024

Tuition Fee Includes:

Residence accommodation on-campus at York University

Cost of social events

Lunch on days when classes are held

Transit to and from the airport and a transit pass for events within Toronto

Many facilities on campus including food service and libraries

Admission Requirements

Law students who are over 18 years of age and have studied law in a common law jurisdiction

English language proficiency level of 7.0 IELTS (or equivalent) or a law degree taught in English

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