Welcome to the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law website! We hope this site conveys our dedication and enthusiasm for legal education and our three mandates: Aboriginal and Indigenous Law, Natural Resources and Environmental Law, and Sole/Small Town Practice with the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC).
We attract top students who seek to focus on our mandate areas and serve the communities in northern Ontario and beyond. Our law faculty members are distinguished learner-centered legal professionals delivering quality instruction on a daily basis. With a close-knit law school community, students benefit from personally engaging with faculty members in small group classes.
We are home to the Lakehead University Community Legal Services (LUCLS) providing learning and experiential opportunities in client representation. For more information on the LUCLS, please see this video. We are also part of a comprehensive university engaged in world-class research that prides itself on a dynamic, modern and unparalleled learning environment.
The law school is known for its innovative curriculum and mandates. At Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, students have the opportunity to learn practice skills integrated into the curriculum of substantive courses. The Law Society of Upper Canada approved the Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC) in 2013 for the law school to serve as a leader and model in providing real world legal skills as part of the J.D. program. Our graduates need not complete an articling term due to the IPC in their regular curriculum.
We are located in the picturesque city of Thunder Bay. With a view of Lake Superior and Nanabijou, the Sleeping Giant, from the upper classrooms of the law school, students can enjoy classrooms and study areas in the historic Port Arthur Collegiate Institute (PACI) building as the modernized home of the law school. There are ample activities between study sessions for students to visit the nearby Fort William First Nation Reserve, the Fort William Historical Park, hiking and biking trails, the city’s marina, and other sites of interest.
Our law school is named for a true hometown hero, Chief Justice Bora Laskin. He was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) and went on to become a lawyer, law professor, the first Jewish Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal in 1965, the first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1970 and Chief Justice in 1973. In the spirit of his trailblazing legacy, our law school seeks to inspire our students to answer the call to service on the local, regional and national levels.
If you are a prospective student, I welcome you to learn more about us and find out why Bora Laskin Faculty of Law is the right choice for you! I encourage you to explore our website and visit our campus.
(Wambdi A. Was’teWin)
Sisseton-Wahpeton Dakota Oyate
Dean and Professor of Law