Instructor(s): Jim Phillips

Students cannot take more than one workshop for credit in a given year.

In the 2020-2021 academic year the workshop will be offered exclusively remotely. 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: The Quercus program will be used for this course. Students must self-enrol in Quercus as soon as confirmed in the course in order to obtain course information.

The Legal History Workshop takes place on Wednesday evenings throughout the year. It meets seven times a term, on roughly alternate Wednesdays. The schedule for the first term will be available in July. The schedule for the second term will be a work in progress, finalized during the first term. Topics for each workshop may be on any aspect of the legal history, from any jurisdiction or time period. 

Attendees at the workshop in addition to J.D. students are graduate students and faculty in law and history from many Canadian and non-Canadian universities, as well as members of the profession and other interested parties. Paper presenters are mostly University faculty or graduate students, both Canadian and international.

All members of the law school community are welcome to attend any workshop. JD students wishing to register in the workshop for credit may do so.

Students who register for the workshop for credit must attend a brief orientation session held before the first workshop; students will be notified of the time and place for this session in early September. Students must attend a minimum of 10 (ten) of the workshops. In addition, they must prepare a minimum of 5 (five) commentaries on the papers, of c. 1,000 words each. The commentaries must be submitted before the workshop session, and the five commentaries must be about papers given at sessions that the student attends. Students will also write a paper of approximately 2,500 words on any legal history topic. The topic for these papers must be approved by the instructor. Evaluation will be based on the paper (80%) and workshop participation 20% (10% comments on papers, and 10% contributions to discussions). Students must pass both the paper and the participation component to receive credit for the workshop.
Credit note
1 credit per term
Academic year
2020 - 2021

At a Glance

Both Terms
Perspective course



10 JD


W: 6:30 - 8:15 pm (AV Conference)