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As an educator or adviser working within or with a private or independent school, you know that many of the laws applicable to publicly funded educational institutions don’t apply to you, and yet, you face many of the same challenges, plus more. It is critical that you have a clear understanding of the laws that govern you and the best practices that should guide your actions.

Completion of this program counts towards
The Osgoode Certificate in Education Law

Developed in consultation with private & independent school operators/owners/associations as well as lawyers representing private & independent schools, this comprehensive day will look at the usual school law issues from this different perspective, while also addressing those issues unique to private and independent schools, including:

  • Human rights and accommodations: school obligations
  • Privacy issues around student health including consents and the sharing of information
  • Communicating with parents and the public when there is an emergency/crisis at the school
  • Child protection issues in the school: the role of educators
  • Current issues around student vaccinations: what are the exemptions and when do they apply?
  • Student discipline: what is the process?



  • Eric Roher, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP



Fees include attendance, program materials, lunch and break refreshments for each of the days of the program. The price does not include accommodations. Please inquire about group discounts and financial assistance. Fees paid by individuals are eligible for a tuition tax credit. Dress is business casual.

Program Changes

We will make every effort to present the certificate program as advertised, but it may be necessary to change the dates, location, speakers or content with little or no notice. In the event of program cancellation, York University and Osgoode Hall Law School’s liability is limited to reimbursement of paid fees.

Substitutions, Cancellations and Refunds

Substitution of registrants is permitted at any time. If you are unable to find a substitute a full refund (less $75 administration fee) is available if a cancellation request is received in writing 14 days prior to the program date. No other refund is available.

Technical Support

In the event you experience technical difficulties, please contact opdsupport@osgoode.yorku.ca for assistance.


Have questions? Read our FAQs.

Program Details

Questions on program registration?
Please contact the Registration Team at osgoodepd@osgoode.yorku.ca

Questions on the program content?
Please contact the Program Lawyer:
Myrsini Zacharakis at MZacharakis@osgoode.yorku.ca

Program Details

Date & Time

November 4, 2019

Online Replay
December 2, 2019
Register for Online Replay


Osgoode Professional Development Centre,
1 Dundas St. W., 26th Floor Toronto, ON

Fee per Delegate

$545 + HST

Newly Licensed (2016-2019): $272.50

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Printable Registration Form

Eligible CPD Credit Hours

Who Should Attend

  • Private and Independent School Administrators
  • Teachers
  • Representatives from Federations, the Ministry of Education, and Ontario College of Teachers
  • Advocates for students and parents
  • Legal practitioners – education law practitioners

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Hotels & Parking

If you require accommodations in downtown Toronto, OsgoodePD has arranged Corporate Rates with several hotels within walking distance of our downtown conference centre.

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