Osgoode Professional Development will celebrate internationally trained lawyers in Toronto’s legal community at its fifth annual Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day (OITLD) on June 12 at York University.
This forum provides a unique networking opportunity for legal employers, lawyers, law graduates from different countries and those who may otherwise be going through the process of accreditation or licensing alone. At the same time, OITLD allows Canadian legal employers to increase their visibility among an array of law graduates from around the world. A highlight of the day will be the keynote address delivered by Charlene Theodore, second vice-president of the Ontario Bar Association.
“This year’s OITLD will be one of the largest in the event’s history and is one of the only events of this type and purpose in Canada,” said Meghan Thomas, director of professional graduate and international programs for Osgoode Professional Development. “This opportunity brings Toronto’s diverse, internationally trained talent face-to-face with legal employers who appreciate and embrace the benefits of hiring from various cultural and professional backgrounds.”
The OITLD provides sessions for professionals and students to learn and have questions answered regarding the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) process for accreditation, licensing and the legal job market. Employers will learn how to assess credentials to best manage the hiring process.
The afternoon program, called Session for Legal Employers, is eligible for an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Professionalism Hour for Continuing Professional Development and is open to all lawyers in Ontario.
The day-long event will start with registration at 9 a.m. in front of the Moot Court (Rooms 1005/1006) in Osgoode Hall Law School at York University’s Keele Campus. Full details on the sessions, speakers and registration can be found on Osgoode’s Internationally Trained Lawyers Day’s website.
About Osgoode Professional Development
Osgoode Professional Development (OsgoodePD) is a world leader in law school lifelong learning. Part of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, one of the oldest and best law schools in Canada, it offers credit and non-credit programs for Canadian and internationally trained lawyers, paralegals, professionals, firms and organizations. It offers the broadest range of programs for internationally trained legal professionals in Canada and online – from LLM degrees to non-credit and preparatory programs – to help them achieve their academic and professional goals. A total of 250 students are enrolled in OsgoodePD’s credit programs and more than 375 students are enrolled in the non-credit and preparatory programs.