LAWS is an innovative collaborative academic and extracurricular education program aimed at supporting, guiding and motivating high school students who face challenges in engaging successfully with school and accessing postsecondary education.  These challenges include: 

  •  Living in low-income neighbourhoods;
  • Facing difficult personal/family circumstances and/or systemic barriers;
  • Being the first in their families to consider postsecondary education.


LAWS’ goals are to:

  • Provide a positive and engaging exposure to legal issues, the justice system and the legal profession;
  • Use legal education as an academic tool to encourage students to graduate high school and access postsecondary education; and
  • Increase the diversity of the legal profession in order it better reflect, serve, shape and strengthen Canadian society.  

Increasing the Diversity of the Legal Profession and Justice Sector

DiverseCity Counts 3: A snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the GTA 2011,  the third annual research report by the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University that measures diversity among the GTA’s leaders published in June 2011 included a focus on the legal sector.  It found that just 6.8% of leaders in the GTA legal sector (judges, governing bodies and law school leaders and law partners and crown attorneys) are visible minorities compared to 14.4% of a talent pool of practising visible minority lawyers in the GTA. Only 6.6% of partners at the biggest law firms and 8.3% of judges are visible minorities.

LAWS’ successes in working to diversify law school admissions was recognized by DiverseCity Counts 3, and was cited as a progressive program that helps minority students overcome social barriers to success.