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Message from the Dean

Dean Donna E. Young
Donna E. Young

Welcome to Ryerson Law, Toronto’s first new law school in over a century. As the inaugural dean, I’m delighted to return to my hometown from the United States to be part of this exciting new approach to legal education. 

I’m thrilled by the Faculty of Law’s commitment to entrepreneurship, the integration of technology with law, the creative use of law to further equity, diversity, inclusion, and rigorous and innovative academic programming. My 26 years in the legal academy tells me that Ryerson Law’s vision of progressive legal education is exactly what’s required to meet the changing demands of the new legal economy. And I’m confident that our graduates will be ideally placed to capitalize upon the professional opportunities created by this new economy.

The core values that make up our vision will be interwoven in all that we do at Ryerson Law, from faculty teaching and scholarship to student participation in clinics, externships, moot court competitions, and student-led research projects. We will cultivate our students’ talents and encourage a culture of advocacy and adventurousness. Social justice will be our touchstone as we educate our students to be innovators and leaders in a rapidly evolving legal landscape. 

Our interdisciplinary approach to legal education will enhance our program as will our emphasis on experiential learning. We’re one of only two Ontario law schools (and the only one in Toronto) to offer an integrated practice curriculum, which means Ryerson Law graduates can become members of the practicing bar without first apprenticing as articling students. 

Ryerson’s downtown location will give our students easy access to a vibrant legal community, the financial industry, a rapidly growing technology sector, and important opportunities to engage with those who have often been underserved by the legal community. Our law students and our future alumni will play a central role in establishing new ways of delivering legal services. The legal profession exists to serve the public and our program of legal education is what the public deserves. 

I look forward to working with our inaugural faculty and student body and the rest of the Ryerson community to make Canada’s newest law school a unique and innovative environment that inspires meaningful change and provides abundant professional opportunities to our graduates.

Donna E. Young
Dean - Faculty of Law

"The core values that make up our vision will be interwoven in all that we do at Ryerson Law, from faculty teaching and scholarship to student participation in clinics, externships, moot court competitions, and student-led research projects."