The Art of Conversation

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Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program
2013–2014

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program 2013–2014

From the Dean
At the University of Toronto, we offer one of the world’s outstanding legal educations. To be a student at our law school is to join a wonderful community of the finest law teachers and scholars, and the most promising law students in Canada. As Dean, I believe our law school has an important public mandate. Our leadership position within Canada has enabled us to serve as a national forum for rigorous debate on domestic policy in a range of different contexts. Each year the Faculty is host to a plethora of conferences, workshops and public lectures that bring together scholars, policy-makers, jurists and students from around the globe to examine and comment on complex social issues. While our faculty are educating the leaders of tomorrow and our students are engaged in the learning and community building that they do so well, we’re also deeply engaged beyond the University. Our faculty members are regularly called upon to litigate at the 2 University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Supreme Court of Canada, draft important new legislation, head commissions of inquiry, advise countries around the world on the rule of law and constitutional issues, and work with our governments to produce policy papers with national and international reach and scope. A legal education at U of T reflects our belief that law is a powerful tool for social change, and that lawyers can— and should—make a positive difference in the world. You are about to embark on a fantastic journey. I wish you all the best and hope to see you at the law school next year.

Mayo Moran (S.J.D. ’99), Dean University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program 2013–2014

Experience the camaraderie of an academically gifted and engaged student body As a Faculty of Law student, you will quickly become part of our very special community. You will learn alongside an exceptional group of the country’s top students who bring a broad and complex set of life experiences to the study of law. Our students are highly educated, extremely diverse and deeply committed to justice at home and around the world. Academically, they are the strongest student body in the country and they rank among the top in North America. Students come to our law school with a unique and varied mix of racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and experiences, intellectual interests and political commitments. For a number of years, women have made up more than 50% of the student body. In the academic year 2012-2013, we have 25 Aboriginal students enrolled and 33% of the first-year class identifies with a visible minority group. The relatively small size of our student body, combined with its diversity of backgrounds, ages, experiences and ambitions, affords distinctive opportunities for the exchange of ideas among students and between students and faculty, and helps to foster a sense of community at the law school. Ours is a community institutionally committed to intellectual openness and collegiality, where students are constantly challenged by new ideas and experiences.

Profile of 2012-2013 First-Year Class 194 students
49% women 33% visible minority students, including Aboriginal students 21% with graduate degrees 1 1% mature students (five or more years of non-academic experience) Photos: Jeff Kirk

61% from Ontario universities 24% from universities in other provinces 14% from universities outside of Canada

University of Toronto Faculty of Law 3

Juris Doctor (J.D.) Program 2013–2014

Left to right: Professors Yasmin Dawood, Jutta Brunnée and Douglas Sanderson

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