Sunday, April 27, 2008

Law Society Approves Law School in Thunder Bay

Last week, the Law Society of Upper Canada approved the addition of a Law School at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The Toronto Star reports:

The school would be the first in Northern Ontario and would cater to aboriginal students. It has the support of former prime minister Paul Martin and Michael Bryant, Ontario's minister of aboriginal affairs, among others.

Before it can be launched, the Lakehead law school still needs to win approval from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and from the provincial ministry of colleges and universities. But barring some major change of heart, approval seems likely.

The approval for a seventh law school in Ontario comes just 2 months after the Law Society's task force review of the Ontario bar admission and articling process, which included a proposal to abolish the articling requirement as a result of job shortage.

- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto

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