York University's Senate has approved a change in Osgoode Hall Law School's undergraduate law degree designation from Bachelor of Laws (LLB) to Juris Doctor (JD). The JD will take effect with Osgoode's graduating class of 2009 and will also apply retroactively to alumni who choose to convert their degree. Visit the Osgoode Hall web site for more information.

The law degree has two different roles. It is an academic discipline worthy of study in its own right as well as a necessary preliminary for entry to the legal profession. It is a fascinating subject, with a great tradition and dynamic future. Whether you are advocating the rights of an environmentally sensitive ecosystem or weighing up freedom of expression with the right to privacy, there will be something to challenge your interests.

Osgoode Hall Law School:

  • Is the largest, and one of the oldest, common-law law school in Canada.
  • Offers the most international opportunities - to gain international experience, you could go on an exchange program in your second or third year or take part in one of Osgoode's summer exchanges which include almost every city in the world.
  • Features the largest law library in Canada and is a pioneer in online legal research.
  • Has the only chapter of the Innocence Project in Canada.
  • Has the largest graduate program and the only Professional Development program for lawyers in Canada.

Important: Successful completion of the JD Program at Osgoode or any other law school does not itself admit students to the practice of law in any of the common law provinces of Canada.

For further information please contact Osgoode's Admission Office at 416-736-5712.

Did you know... fifteen of the 40 benchers elected in 2003 to the Law Society of Upper Canada, the self-governing body for lawyers in Ontario, are Osgoode alumni.

Osgoode Hall Law School was ranked amongst the top five Canadian law schools by a 2005 survey of recent graduates released by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. The survey results praised Osgoode for its wide variety of course offerings and its research centres, extensive library holdings and "impressive" use of technology. Osgoode Hall Law School is consistently ranked as one of the top law schools in Canada by Maclean's Magazine, ranking second among common-law schools in 2011 and 2012.

Possible Career Paths Include: 

A Juris Doctor (JD) degree provides a firm foundation for students wishing to train for careers in law. However, it is important for you to note that that there are a whole range of careers outside of private legal practice as a solicitor or barrister. Such careers include acting as Crown Prosecutor, working in the courts service, national and local government law departments and specialist niche areas of law (land registry, competition law or taxation).

More importantly, a law degree is one of the most well-respected undergraduate qualifications. It opens up career opportunities quite apart from the practice of law. This is because the study of law improves powers of reasoning, clarity of thought and the ability to analyze and express complicated ideas. Such skills are in demand in a wide variety of areas including commerce and industry, social services, politics, the media and the public services.