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Osgoode Hall, Toronto

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4.4/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
Osgoode Hall Law School, formally the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, is the faculty of law of York University in Toronto. Despite its name, the school is located on the Keele Campus of York University and not at Osgoode Hall in downtown Toronto (having relocated in 1969). Named after the first Chief Justice of Ontario, William Osgoode, the law school was originally established by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1889.The law school is home to the Law Commission of Ontario and the Osgoode Hall Law Journal. Osgoode also hosts Professional Development Programs (OPD). A variety of LL.M. and academic Ph.D. degrees in law are available. The current dean of the law school is Lorne Sossin.Rankings and reputationMaclean's magazine has ranked Osgoode second amongst Canadian common law schools in 2011, 2012 and 2013. In the 2008 rankings published by Canadian Lawyer Magazine, Osgoode was ranked first in Canada, and was awarded high marks for the quality of its professors, flexible curriculum, and the diversity and relevance of course offerings.For its first seven decades, Osgoode Hall Law School was located at Osgoode Hall at the corner of Queen Street and University Avenue near the University of Toronto but it was not affiliated with the University. In 1969, after a decision by the Ontario Ministry of Education requiring law schools to be affiliated with a university, the Osgoode Hall Law School relocated to the campus of York University that is now called the Ignat Kaneff Building, while retaining a small downtown campus in central Toronto. Since its absorption as a faculty of York University, it has been known as the Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.
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  • On Queen Street West between the city hall and university avenue you will see a tree shaded compound enclosed by a cast iron fence. The fence is an early design that does not permit access to the area...  read more »
  • We visited after reading about it in a guide book. The whole building was beautiful, especially the library. It could do with better signage though at the front door. 
  • Went here today for a tour after lunch. I was blown away by the history and architecture of this place. I had walked by it on the sidewalk numerous times years ago and never realized what a treasure l...  read more »
  • A beautiful example of architecture housing the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC). This historical building contains the Great Library and a cafe that offers delicious meals. The Law Society Foundation also helps elevate hunger by providing free hot meals and breakfast to the homeless. An influential and beautiful addition to the City of Toronto.
  • Osgoode hall contains the law society for lawyers in Ontario, the great library and an incredible restaurant. I have eaten here several times and the food is outstanding. Their butter tarts sing in your palate. A Richard Trus review
  • Law society well developed. Interiors are mind boggling.
  • This is a beautiful piece of Toronto and Ontario history. Would recommend a look see.
  • Its like temple... where the spirits of past prisoners and judges roam...
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