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Osgoode's Internationally Trained Lawyers Day 2017

Join us on Thursday, June 15, 2017 to celebrate, network and reconnect with international legal talent in Toronto.

This is a unique opportunity for a diverse array of lawyers and law graduates from different countries, who may otherwise be going through the process of accreditation or licensing alone, to meet others and to build upon their own networks.

It also provides an opportunity for former students, new students, and prospective students to network with supportive and experienced members of the legal profession.

Join the conversation on Twitter #OITLD17

Sessions for Internationally Trained Lawyers and Law Graduates

12:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Benefit from sessions that will answer questions you may have about the accreditation and licensing process. Receive help with career-building skills and engage in discussion with panelists, focused on identifying and capitalizing on unique strengths/experiences.
Registration for the afternoon sessions/panels includes attendance at the evening Reception.

Registration for this event is $25 plus HST (non-refundable).
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Networking Reception

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

An evening reception celebrating legal scholarship and diversity. Attendance at the networking reception is complimentary, however, registration is required.


Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights
York University

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Full Agenda*
12:00 Opening remarks
12:30 National Committee on Accreditation – Information Session and Updates

Deborah Wolfe, P .Eng, Managing Director, National Committee on Accreditation

1:00 Law Practice Program – Informational Session and Updates

Gina Alexandris, Senior Program Director, LPP

1:30 Law Society of Upper Canada – Informational Session and Updates on the Licensing Process

LSUC Representative – TBD

2:00 Career Coaching Session

  • How to build your career in Canada as an internationally trained lawyer
  • Highlighting your unique strengths and international experience/education
  • How to navigate the Canadian legal job market

Paulette Pommells, Lawyer Coach
York Career Services Representative – TBD

3:30 Osgoode LLM Alumni Panel

This panel will speak about their individual experiences of how they focused on their international experience/education to navigate the Canadian legal job market:

  • How they used their connections to home jurisdictions to their advantage
  • How they are being innovative in their approach to practicing law
  • How they used the LLM to position themselves where they are
4:30 Practice Area-Specific Panels

  1. Alumni from Civil Law Backgrounds (e.g., Russia, China, South America)
  2. Alumni from Common Law Backgrounds (e.g., India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, U.S.)
  3. Alumni from UK Law Backgrounds (i.e., Canadians who studied abroad)

These will be an open discussion between participants and alumni on any questions or concerns they might have, specific to these legal backgrounds.

6:00 – 8:00
(Keynote at 6:30)
Networking Reception

The evening networking reception will bring together the panel participants and members of the profession for a networking event and celebration of diverse international talent.

Michael Charles
Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights
York University

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Thursday, June 15, 2017


Osgoode Hall Law School
Ignat Kaneff Building, York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON Canada
M3J 1P3

*Speakers will be updated as they are confirmed. Agenda and
speakers are subject to change without notice.

All tickets are final sale – no refund is available for this event.