We are wrapping up the 2010-12 cohort of the LLM program at Osgoode Hall Law School’s Executive centre, and we’re gearing up now for the new cohort, which will begin in January 2013.
I am back as Director, along with my partner and Co-Director John Craig, a Partner at Heenan Blaikie in Toronto. For the next cohort, we’ve introduced some great new courses based on student feedback, including Public Sector Labour and Employment Law and Issues in Employment Regulation. The success of our Comparative Labour & Employment Law course last time on the American Model (taught by Professor Paul Secunda, Marquette) has encouraged us to teach the comparative course again. This time, it will deal with British labour & employment law and will be taught by none other than Professor Alan Bogg of Oxford University. Hell, I wish I could enrol in this program as a student again!
We are also introducing a video-conferencing option for the first time in some of these courses to make it more accessible for high quality students from outside of the Toronto area.
I think we’ve created here the best LLM program in labour and employment law ever offered in Canada. Check out the tentative lineup for the 2013-2015 cohort:
The Charter and Human Rights in Labour Law (Professor Michael Lynk, Western)
The Common Law of the Employment Contract (Professor Gillian Demeyere, Western)
Issues in Employment Regulation (John Craig, Heenan Blaikie)
International Labour Law and Globalization (Professor Kevin Banks, Queens)
Public Sector Labour & Employment Law (Chris Rootham, Nelligan O’Brien, Payne)
Comparative Labour & Employment Law: The British Model (Professor Alan Bogg, Oxford University)
Industrial Conflict: Common Law and Labour Board Remedies (Professors Sara Slinn (Osgoode) and Tim Bartkiw (Ryerson))
This program is not a continuing education program for practicing lawyers. It is taught as a challenging academic LLM program, but one that works around the busy schedules of practicing lawyers. Most courses are scheduled for three hours on a Thursday night (7-10 p.m.), and then from 9-5 on the following Friday and Saturday. All classes are held at Osgoode’s downtown location, at Yonge and Dundas above the Eaton Centre. As noted above, since this program has had pretty high demand from out of province practitioners, Osgoode has requested that we offer the option of attending some courses by video-conferencing. This is something already offered in every other academic stream in Osgoode’s part-time LLM program, so what the hell! We will give it a try.
I’m not sure when applications will be due, but if you are interested in the program, pay attention to this page here, and contact the Osgoode administrators listed there for information. The page will be updated shortly with information pertaining to the 2013 start.