THUNDER BAY – Students will soon be able to study and practice law in Northern Ontario. “I am very pleased that the McGuinty Government is supporting the first law school in Northern Ontario. This announcement aligns with the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario, as it will provide training, education and employment opportunities for Northerner’s and Aboriginal people. The law school will provide benefits for all of Northern Ontario for generations to come,” enthused Michael Gravelle, the MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North.
Lakehead University Law School
Ontario is helping Lakehead University establish the first law degree program in Northern Ontario. The new program will begin in September 2013 with a strong focus on Aboriginal Law, legal issues relevant to practice in rural and remote communities and law relating to natural resource management. It will also support economic prosperity and help to attract a wider range of opportunities for Northern Ontarians.
“Ontario is putting students first by opening up access to students in the North to study law, and develop expertise needed to meet the needs of Northern Ontario. Lakehead’s law school will enable more students to learn closer to where they live, and go on to successful careers in their communities,” stated John Milloy
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
“Today’s announcement is another incredible achievement for Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, and exhibits the commitment of our government to Northern issues. It is another significant milestone for our community. We continue to evolve, grow and diversify our economy, and to provide even more knowledge-based jobs and opportunities for our young people to live, learn and work here at home,” stated Bill Mauro, the MPP Thunder Bay Atikokan
“I want to thank the McGuinty government for their unwavering support for the faculty of law at Lakehead University. The work they have done in approving the faculty of law is greatly appreciated,” concluded Brian J.R. Stevenson, the President and Vice-Chancellor of Lakehead University.