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 “Lawyering Across Borders”. Each in-class session is three hours in length, for a total of 39 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 “Lawyering Across Borders”. Students have the option to select either a Legal Ethics or Legal English course option.

Course 1: Students choose to take either Legal Ethics Across Boarders or Business Legal English
Course 2: Business Law Across Borders

What You Can Expect

Osgoode’s 2023 Summer Study Abroad Program runs over three weeks from July 9 – July 29, 2023. Classes will be held at the York University Keele Campus. 

Each in-class session is three hours in length, for a total of 39 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 Option A:
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 1 – Option B:
Business Legal English

Instructor: Yuliya Miakisheva

Mastering the terminology and style of legal English is key to success in business law endeavours.  This course will focus on discussing, reading, and writing business law materials.  Classes will be engaging and interactive with reading material and exercises drawn from your Business Law Across Borders modules.  You’ll leave this program with greater skill and confidence for your future contacts in the business law world.

About the instructor:  Yuliya Miakisheva is an ESL instructor at YUELI and has designed and delivered a variety of ESP and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses. She also participated in assessment and training of IENs as part of the Post-RN for Internationally-Educated Nurses Program at York University. In addition to her teaching experience, Yuliya held the position of the coordinator for ESP programs and the coordinator for the Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) at YUELI. At present, she is involved in teaching and curriculum development of YUELI’s Intensive Advanced Legal English (IALE) program for internationally-trained legal professionals in collaboration with Osgoode Professional Development.

Course 2:

Business Across Borders

Instructor: Germán Morales Farah

Business law is, increasingly, a necessarily international and transnational area of practice.  Few corporate law practitioners deal exclusively with parties and transactions that are confined to local or even national borders.  It follows that any law student interested in business law practice needs a comparative and transnational perspective.  This course will introduce you to cases, current topics and relevant issues involving comparative legal systems.  The instructor will stimulate the exchange of ideas and active debate about topics relating to comparative law in an international business and commercial context. Topics of particular focus will include key differences and similarities between Common Law and Civil Law, comparative contract law, corporations in an international context, the role of international corporate counsel, corporate social responsibility, equity and diversity in an international context. 

About the instructor:  Germán Morales Farah is an experienced international legal counsel and business advisor with extensive experience in negotiating complex international agreements in various industries and languages worldwide. He advises major corporations and institutions on their legal matters and business transactions and assists companies to successfully navigate the business, legal, cultural, and political landscape in North America, Latin America and the rest of the world.  Germán has acted as in-house counsel for prestigious companies and has worked at leading international law firms. Prior to joining Osgoode, Germán held the position of Vice President, Corporate Counsel of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and worked at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City and the law firms of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto.

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 (based on deadlines advertised by the professor at the beginning of the first day of class).
  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

Applications for this program are now closed.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition (including accommodation)

$4,000 + HST

Tuition Fee Includes:

Residence accommodation on-campus at York University

Cost of social events

Breakfast and lunch on days when classes are held

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

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

How to Apply

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