Instructor(s): Ronit Dinovitzer

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables (

This section of this course is offered on campus, for students who can attend in person. In order to safeguard the health and safety of students, there is a possibility that all sections of this class will convert to a remote format for all or part of the term. To enrol in this course all students must meet or exceed the tech requirements for enrolment in University of Toronto courses, which can be found here [].

Note: Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course.

This course examines empirical research on lawyers and the structure of the legal profession. We will draw on quantitative and qualitative research to examine what we know about legal education and law schools, the paths through which lawyers build their careers, lawyer satisfaction, and analyses of which lawyers choose to (and are able to) attain elite positions within the profession. The course will provide insights into the structures of inequality, focussing on the role of social origins, gender, and race in legal careers.

Students will be evaluated based on a final paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2021.
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Second Term



20 JD


In Class:

Monday, January 4, 2020: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, January 5, 2020: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday, January 6, 2020: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Thursday, January 7, 2020: 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Friday, January 8, 2020: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm