Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day to bring together diverse legal community members for professional development & networking


TORONTO, May 17, 2021Osgoode Professional Development will celebrate internationally trained lawyers among Canada’s legal community at its seventh annual Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) on May 27. This year’s event will be held online.image of internationally trained lawyers at Osgoode Hall Law School

OITLD provides a unique opportunity for lawyers and law graduates from around the world, the accreditation and licensing bodies, and legal associations devoted to internationally trained lawyers to connect with internationally trained talent in Canada. A highlight of the day will be the keynote address delivered by Sahil Shoor, Partner, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP.

"Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day is one of the only events of this type and purpose in Canada," said Meghan Thomas, Director, Professional Graduate and International Programs for Osgoode Professional Development. "And this year, participants can join from around the world, from the safety of their home or office. It’s an exceptional networking opportunity for internationally trained talent looking to stand out within Canada’s competitive legal landscape."

OITLD sessions enable professionals and students to learn about the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) process to become a licensed lawyer, and the supports available.

Two afternoon sessions have been designed for legal employers and recruiters and are eligible for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.

The day-long event will start at 9:30 a.m. and will provide attendees the chance to network virtually during the lunch break. Full details on the sessions, speakers and registration can be found on the website for Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day.

About Osgoode Professional Development

Osgoode Professional Development (OsgoodePD) is a world leader in law school lifelong learning. Part of Osgoode Hall Law School, one of the oldest and best law schools in Canada, we offer credit and non-credit programs for Canadian and international trained lawyers, paralegals, professionals, and firms and organizations. We offer the broadest range of programs for internationally trained legal professionals in Canada and online – from LLM degrees, non-credit and preparatory programs to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. A total of 600 students are enrolled in OsgoodePD’s Professional LLM degrees, and more than 375 students are enrolled in the non-credit and preparatory programs.

About Osgoode Hall Law School

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University has a proud history of 130 years of leadership and innovation in legal education and legal scholarship. A total of about 900 students are enrolled in Osgoode’s three-year Juris Doctor (JD) Program as well as joint and combined programs. The school's Graduate Program in Law is also the largest in the country and one of the most highly regarded in North America. In addition, Osgoode Professional Development, which operates out of Osgoode’s facility in downtown Toronto, offers both degree and non-degree programming for Canadian and international lawyers, non-law professionals, firms and organizations. Osgoode has an internationally renowned faculty of 60 full-time professors, and more than 100 adjunct professors. Our respected community of more than 18,000 alumni are leaders in the legal profession and in many other fields in Canada and across the globe.

 About York University

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. York U's fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario's Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

Media Contacts:

Stewart Laszlo, Director, Marketing & Enrolment Management, Osgoode Professional Development, 416-597-9729, slaszlo@osgoode.yorku.ca

Gloria Suhasini, York University Media Relations, 416-736-2100 ext. 22094, suhasini@yorku.ca