Friday, September 14, 2018
Wide shot from third level of the Clubs Fair, part of back to school programming at the Faculty of Law

It’s been a busy start to back to school here at the Faculty of Law, as the Dean welcomed 213 new first-years, plus returning students, graduate, transfer and executive students of the Global Professional LLM for the 2018-19 academic year. Once again, the law school has very strong cohorts from across Canada, and more than 16 countries represented in the graduate program alone. Among the 1Ls, 58 percent are women, 35 percent are students of colour and nine percent identify as LGBTQ.

Meet some of our 1Ls: From far and wide

The annual Dean’s Welcome Back BBQ was as popular as ever, as students, faculty and staff participated and enjoyed the warm sunshine on the back lawn. And the law school had three successful orientations – for JDs, graduate students and executive students – to help launch their programs and foster new connections among classmates.

Dean's welcome BBQ

View the orientation slideshow

Back to school also included the annual Clubs Fair, held in the Jackman Law Building Atrium. Forty-five student clubs and organizations participated. It didn’t take very long to fill up quickly with law students keen to add that ‘extra’ to their curricular programming.  There were a variety of opportunities for students to consider, in areas such as law journals, clinical legal advocacy, discussion panels participation with specialized practice area clubs, or simply socializing with other law students. There were sign-up booths for sports, alongside artistic pursuits, such as singing in a choir (the Supreme Chords) or performing in theatre (Law Follies).

The Faculty of Law Athletics Association, which runs the law school’s involvement in intramurals, was part of Clubs Fair. This is their second year in existence and with support from the law school, more than 150 law students last year participated in intramurals and they landed some of U of T's top awards.

Clubs fair 2018