But moratorium on
new law schools
remains in effect
THOMAS CLARIDGE TORONTO
Provincial approval for Lakehead University’s proposed law
school has become a virtual certainty, if not by Ontario’s
present government, then by its
successor following the October
6 provincial election.
Although a moratorium on
new law schools imposed by the
Liberal government three years
ago remains in effect, the issue
of whether the province should
have more than the six law
schools it now has is one element of a current study of post-secondary institutions.
A spokesperson for Ontario’s
Ministry of Training, Colleges
and Universities told The Lawyers Weekly that the ministry is
“aware that Lakehead’s Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree program has been approved by the
Law Society of Upper Canada”
(LSUC) and that the approval
in April had a proviso that it
receive government approval.
The official said the mora-
torium was “based on informa-
tion that they had at the time
that indicated there was no
need for more lawyers. As part
of the government’s Open
Ontario plan, they are in the
process of looking at a multi-
year post-secondary plan.…
They’re taking a look at the col-
lege and university system as a
whole to see how they want to
move it forward.”
She said that as part of the
study, a framework was being
developed “for how they want
to see Ontario’s post-secondary
system grow and what new
additions in terms of profes-
sional schools and other insti-
tutions should be added. In
terms of Lakehead’s proposal,
the Minister will continue to
work with the university to
make sure it is in a position to
support growth and economic
development for the people of
Thunder Bay and area in the
Asked when the study is
expected to be completed and a
report released, she replied,
“sooner, not later,” and sug-
gested it would likely be out
before the fall election.
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