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Law Centre: Innovation, Experimentation, Research

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Innovation. Learning. Community.

 

The Law Research Centre at Ryerson University is a forum for innovation, learning and partnership with the legal community.

 

The Law Centre organizes conferences and events on a wide range of legal issues, supports legal research and runs a free legal clinic in partnership with Miller Thomson LLP. Infused with the energy and resources of the legal community in downtown Toronto, the Centre also provides networking opportunities for students and is designed to propel learning about law through student-focused workshops, volunteer opportunities and events.

 

The Law Centre was launched in the fall of 2009 and has proven to be an evolving success story, with remarkable results in its short history and an extremely promising future.

 

SELECT SUCCESSES

Development of a Tamil-English Legal Glossary

Law Centre Researcher Dr. Marco Fiola, Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, and the Ryerson Law Research Centre received funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario to develop an online Tamil-English legal glossary. The bilingual glossary will include a standardized collection of legal terms, and will assist court interpreters and front-line workers in community organizations and legal clinics in their work.

The project could also pave the way for the establishment of standards and practices in language interpretation and can ultimately help reduce language barriers for many newcomer communities.

Press Freedom in Canada

In partnership with the Ryerson Journalism Research Centre, the Law Centre hosted a conference on the state of press freedom on the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The conference attracted 300 people and buzzed with energy and new ideas, that are reason to ongoing collaboration. For example, in partnership with Lisa Taylor from the School of Journalism, the Law Centre is editing a collection of papers on the state of Press Freedom in Canada that have attracted the interest of U of T Press.

Legal Research Workshops

The Law Centre and the Ryerson University Library & Archives have partnered to offer introductory, hands-on workshops designed to provide participants with a basic understanding of the strategy and tools to conduct effective legal research. This workshop helps students become a more valuable research assistant.

Legal Clinic

As part of our legal services to the Ryerson community, Miller Thomson law firm and the Law Centre host a free legal clinic for students. Click here to watch Law Times' coverage of the Law Clinic. 

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Lawyer-Student Speed Networking Event

This event is part of our ongoing series of events to introduce students to various aspects of legal practice. Through one-on-one meetings with lawyers working in areas ranging from criminal defence to international business law, students are able to ask the questions they always wanted to ask.


+  INNOVATION

The Law Centre supports and provides ongoing research and events for a different and bold take on law.

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+  LEARNING

As a catalyst for debate, learning and teaching, the Law Centre prepares students for a future in law and looks at law in the future.

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+  COMMUNITY

Law is an integral part of the professional programs that make Ryerson an innovative university. The Law Centre builds on this strength and is the bridge between Ryerson University and the legal community.

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