Our Mission:
Elevating Student Success

LAWS is a collaborative education program designed to support, guide and motivate high school students who face barriers to success by exposing them to law and justice through workshops, mentorship and employment programs. We’re levelling the playing field in education by helping students find a pathway to success.

— Why It Matters

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The legal system is one of the core institutions in a democracy. Only 6.8% of legal leaders in the GTA are visible minorities. (DiverseCity Counts 3: A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the GTA. 2011)

— Our Goals

To provide a positive and engaging exposure to legal issues, the justice system and the legal profession.

To use legal education as an academic tool to encourage students to graduate from high school and access post-secondary education.

To increase the diversity of the legal profession in order to better reflect, serve, shape and strengthen Canadian society.

LAWS was recognized as one of Ontario’s leading access to justice organizations by The Law Foundation of Ontario.
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— Since 2005: Our History

LAWS was the innovation of Ron Daniels, the former Dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. It was developed in response to Daniels’ recognition that although the law school was a well resourced institution with considerable expertise and engaged staff, faculty and students, it was located in the same community as high schools with diverse student bodies who faced significant challenges to succeeding in high school, accessing post-secondary education, attending law school and joining the legal profession. LAWS expanded to Osgoode Hall Law School in 2011.