Core Programming

Through its Core Program Stream LAWS works with classes of students at its partner high schools in a three-year cohorted program that is integrated throughout the students’ course curricula and enriched by a wide range of extracurricular opportunities.

Participating students are enrolled in LAWS during grades 10, 11 and 12. In grade 10, LAWS works in five courses - English, Science, History, Careers and Civics. In grades 11 and 12, we work in two courses Law and English.  All LAWS courses are at the academic level (except for grade 10 Civics and Careers, which are open courses).

While students take the same courses as their peers, LAWS infuses its students’ curricula with law and justice themes—encouraging students to see every subject through a law-focused lens.  LAWS staff and teachers collaborate to build and expand cross-curricula links across LAWS courses. Students benefit from unique learning opportunities developed through LAWS’ partnerships with members of the legal community, including professors, students and alumni from U of T Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School, judges, lawyers, justices of the peace, paralegals, law enforcement officers, court staff, and public interest organizations. Many of our partners participate in in-class sessions as guest workshop facilitators, bringing students’ classroom learning to life through interactive examinations of pressing legal and social issues.

Students also take part in LAWS boot camps, conferences and fieldtrips to law schools and courthouses.

Coursework is complemented by a wide range of extracurricular activities, including:

  • Weekly afterschool tutoring programs. Law student volunteers provide LAWS students with weekly support and mentorship with respect to personal, academic, and career issues;
  • Opportunities to interact with legal professionals. LAWS students observe the law in action and spend time with positive role models through job shadowing experiences, mentoring programs, and paid summer placements with legal employers;
  • Exposure to postsecondary education. LAWS students frequently attend events held at the law schools, and visit other local college and university campuses.