Ryerson University is aiming to have a new law school up and running by September 2019 if it receives approval from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Ontario government. In June, the Ryerson University senate unanimously approved the proposal for the law school, bringing Ryerson one step closer to being Canada’s newest law school.
In a report sent to the Ryerson senate this summer, which outlines the philosophy and plan of the proposed law school, Ryerson pitches a law school more oriented to “practice readiness and change management” than what it argues currently exists in the legal academy. “Ryerson acknowledges and respects the important work of the law schools that now educate law students,” the report states. “However, Ryerson proposes a different kind of law school that trains lawyers differently.”
While the law school proposal includes the standard courses required by the Federation of Law Societies, it also includes courses and training in data management, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, financial literacy, network building, process improvement, strategic thinking and technological proficiency. Ryerson also stresses that the university’s “innovative and entrepreneurial” environment, including the Legal Innovation Zone legal incubator and the Law Practice Program, will help foster a different kind of law school.