New President for the CCLD!

On May 2nd, 2014, Daniel Jutras was named as the new President of the CCLD. Daniel has been the dean at the McGill University faculty of Law since January 2010. 



The CCLD is pleased to be supporting the FLIP YOUR WIG FOR JUSTICE awareness and fundraising campaign! The campaign asks members of the profession to wear a wacky wig for a day, in support of access to justice.

Dean Lorne Sossin of Osgoode Law School, "In Praise of the CCLD!"

The CCLD's Fall 2015 meeting will be held on November 5 and 6, 2015 in Toronto and will be hosted by York University


Welcome to the Council of Canadian Law Deans website

The Council of Canadian Law Deans (CCLD) brings together the heads of the various law schools across Canada and provides them with a forum to discuss matters of mutual concern.


Canadian Law Deans at the Fall meeting hosted by York University, Osgoode Hall Law Faculty, in Toronto in November 2013 .


Canadian Law Deans in Calgary (May 2013) following the White Hat Ceremony; a tradition to honor dignitaries and special guests who visit the City.






“ Justice delayed is justice denied.” A familiar refrain which is increasingly relevant in today’s justice system. Criminal courts face mounting backlogs and a shrinking public appetite to fund provincial legal aid programs. Family litigants, faced with increasing and often unrealistic costs of litigation are frequently turning to the daunting task of self representation. The continued vitality and viability of our justice system will be measured by how we face and overcome these challenges. 


As a key justice system stakeholder, the CCLD membership works to inspire students to develop a commitment to making justice services available to the widest possible constituency. The CCLD views this as a unique opportunity to assist in shaping the views, agendas, and commitments of the future leaders of the legal community. All of the member faculties are committed to addressing these issues in a concerted and proactive manner and the undertakings and programs presently offered by the various member faculties are both diverse and impressive and include important financial commitments to clinical programs and courses, and scholarships and financial aid for diverse students. By ensuring diversity within our faculties, we can best ensure that our graduates are well positioned to understand and effectively represent diverse interest groups in society. Please see the complete list of ACCESS TO JUSTICE INITIATIVES IN CANADIAN LAW SCHOOLS 

Recognition must also be given to the excellent work overseen by Justice Cromwell and his committees investigating access to justice issues in the areas of family and civil law. The efforts of the Canadian Bar Association to highlight these issues must also be acknowledged. The CBA report “Reaching Equal Justice Report: An invitation to Envision and Act” outlines 31 targets with milestones and immediate action to be taken. 

The CCLD is dedicated to being an active partner in these undertakings and a number of our faculties have jointly committed an additional $60,000 in funding for new access to Justice Initiatives within their faculties. Working together with other stakeholders offers hope for the most promising outcomes for a more effective and responsive justice system.