Artist rendering of what the new wing of the new Osgoode Hall Law School building will look like upon completion. The
new wing will be named the Ignat Kaneff building, in recognition of a $2.5-million contribution by Kaneff, a developer.
Artists rendering of the atrium that will form part of the renovated Osgoode Hall
Law School building, which is currently undergoing a $50-million facelift.
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“Previously when you went to
law school, stuff happened in the
classroom and you pursued outside interests, such as joining a
legal organization or volunteering
as a mentor at a high school, on
your own time,” says Sossin, who
holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in law from Columbia Law
School in New York.
“Increasingly, the lines are
breaking down, and what might be
a public interest or pro bono place-
ment is part and parcel of legal
“It’s like legal ethics. It’s not just
how you act as you put together an
essay or an assignment. It’s also
how you interact with recruiters on
the career front. The whole experi-
ence is a much more integrated
one—much livelier, more vibrant
than when I was a law student [at
Osgoode in the early 1990s].
From Oct. 22 to 23, the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of
Law will host the Canadian Clinical Legal Education Conference
that will look at the future of legal
studies in this country and feature
guest speakers, including Sossin
on whether articling should be
abolished (No. The experience
should be retained, but it should
not be the sole pathway to practising law, in his view).
The two-day workshop will also
highlight the 2007 Carnegie Foun-
dation for the Advancement of
Teaching report entitled Educating
Lawyers: Preparation for the Pro-
fession of Law, which endorses the
integration of three apprentice-
ships — cognitive, ethical and
practical — for law students in
Canada and the U.S., rather than
following an additive strategy.