Lakehead University

Region: Ontario Answer # 923

Opened in 2013, the Faculty of Law, Lakehead University is the newest law school in Canada, and the newest law school in Ontario in more than 42 years. The Faculty is located about 10 minutes from the main Lakehead University campus in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

The three-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree focuses on access to justice in non-metropolitan communities by preparing graduates to practice in both smaller firms and in smaller centers.

The school opened with a charter class of 60 students, and takes full advantage of its small size, giving students hands-on opportunities to apply the law that they learn in class. Emphasis is placed on legal skill training including: written and oral communication, legal research, drafting, negotiation, interviewing and trial advocacy. The goal is to develop students with leadership and critical thinking abilities who are aware of the social and ethical responsibilities of the legal profession and who are lawyer ready.

The curriculum reflects the reality of non-metropolitan lawyering with special focus on aboriginal law and natural resource law and what students need to practice law effectively.



To be considered for admission, applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of three (3) years of full-time undergraduate studies at a recognized university, and preference will be given to applicants with an undergraduate degree. Applicants may apply in the third or final year of their undergraduate degree program. An applicant’s LSAT score, personal statement, and references are also considered.

Tuition is approximately $15,000 per year, and scholarships and bursaries are available.

For more information, visit the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University.

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