Upcoming meeting of the CCLD and new President

The Law deans will be meeting at the University of Victoria on May 5 and 6, 2016.  At this meeting the CCLD members will be welcoming their new President, Dean Camille Cameron of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University .



The CCLD answers to the Call to Action formulated by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its historic report.

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




There are 23 law schools across Canada: seven in the Western Region, eight in Ontario, five in Quebec and three in the Atlantic Region.

All of the law schools in Canada offer a professional degree in one or both of Canada's two systems of law. These systems are the "Common Law" derived from the British legal system and the "Civil Law" inspired from French law. Common Law is the system of law in place in all of Canada's provinces and territories other than Quebec. Civil Law regulates the private law of Quebec.

Canadian law schools offer a variety of programs: the juris doctor (J.D.) and traditional bachelor of laws (LL.B); professional degrees leading to the practice of law, graduate studies in law, and various joint programs. Some offer their programs in English only, others in French only, while others offer partially or fully bilingual programs. To learn more about the programs and admission criteria of the various law schools, click on the name of a university listed below.

University of Alberta - Faculty of Law
University of British Columbia - Faculty of Law
University of Calgary - Faculty of Law
Dalhousie University - Schulich School of Law
Lakehead University - Faculty of Law
Université Laval - Baccalauréat en Droit
University of Manitoba - Robson Hall Faculty of Law
McGill University - Faculty of Law
Université de Moncton - Faculté de Droit
Université de Montréal - Faculté de Droit
University of New Brunswick - Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa - Common Law
University of Ottawa - Droit civil
Université du Québec - Faculté de Science Politique et de Droit
Queen's University - Faculty of Law
University of Saskatchewan - College of Law
Université de Sherbrooke - Faculté de droit
Thompson Rivers University - Faculty of Law
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law
University of Victoria - Faculty of Law
University of Western Ontario - Western Law
University of Windsor - Windsor Law
York University - Osgoode Hall Law School




“ 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.