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Osgoode LLM

We are gearing up now for a new cohort of students in our Osgoode Hall Law School specialist LLM degree in labour and employment law, which will begin in Winter 2016.  The 2016-2017 line up is our best yet.

I am back as Director, along with my Co-Director John Craig, a Partner at Fasken Martineau in Toronto. This round, we have an exciting line up of top Canadian and international labour law scholars.  At the risk of tooting our own horn, I think this is now the top specialist graduate law program in the field in North America, if not (dare I say) the world. I wish I could have taken it.

This year, we have an unprecedented component of international scholars joining the faculty, including Alan Bogg from OxfordBruce Kaufman from Georgia State, and Ruth Dukes from Glasgow .  Also added to the faculty roster this time round is Dean Daphne Taras of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business (who by the way is also a graduate of the program).  Here is the course lineup:

Theory and Perspectives in Labour & Employment Law (Professors Eric Tucker, York)

Contemporary Issues in Labour Law (Professors David Doorey (York) and Ruth Dukes (Glasgow))

The Charter and Human Rights in Labour Law (Professor Michael Lynk, Western)

Contemporary Issues in the Common Law of Employment (Professor Gillian Demeyere, Western)

Contemporary Issues in Employment Regulation (John Craig, Fasken Martineau)

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)

Special Topics in the Law of Work:  The Role of Economics in Labour Law & Alternative Forms of Collective Representation (Professors Bruce Kaufman (Georgia State) and Daphne Taras (Saskatchewan))

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 requested that we offer the option of attending some courses by video-conferencing.  We just finished our first experiment with video-conferencing, which enabled us to have students from across Canada, as well as abroad, including Santiago, Chile.

We’ve already received a bunch of applications, so if you are interested, you should be putting together your application now.  Most students are practicing lawyers, but in the past senior HRM professionals and union officials who regularly engage the law have also be accepted.  Here is the program website.  Direct any questions to the folks at Osgoode Hall.