THUNDER BAY – Lakehead University is pleased to announce that it has received curriculum approval from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the first approval for a new law degree program in Ontario in 42 years.
The curriculum approval from the Federation of Law Societies is one of the final steps in the approval process, which will culminate in submission of the proposal to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
President of Lakehead University, Dr. Brian Stevenson stated, “We are delighted with the Federation’s approval. The addition of a law school will position Lakehead University to better achieve its strategic priorities, including serving Northwestern Ontario and the special needs of Aboriginal communities. The new law degree program will enhance access to justice in the region.”
Lakehead University Chancellor Arthur V. Mauro, a vigorous proponent of a Faculty of Law for Lakehead University said, “We are gratified by the approval of our proposal for a law school dedicated to the North; this is a dream that has been held by many people in Northwestern Ontario for so long”.
“The approval of the curriculum takes us one step closer to the realization of this dream, and we thank the numerous organizations and private citizens who have helped move this project forward”.
Chancellor Mauro added, “It is also worthy of note that a university located in the hometown of former Chief Justice Bora Laskin (1912-1984) become the most recent university in Ontario to receive approval for a new law degree program from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada.”