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Law 1000 Canadian Constitutional Law View Details
Examines the distribution of legislative powers between the federal parliament and the provincial legislatures and the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. IPC skills components: factum for appeal and oral arguments.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 2-1; 2-1

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Law 1020 Contract Law View Details
Explores the basic principles of contract law from formation of a contract to remedies available for breach of contract. IPC skills components: negotiation and contract drafting
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 2-1; 2-1

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Law 1030 Legal Research and Writing View Details
Foundational to the law school curriculum, provides instruction in factual and legal analysis, issue determination, applied legal research, basic citation and the development of sound legal argument. IPC skills component: research memorandum
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in year 1 of the JD program

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Law 1040 Criminal Law View Details
Criminal Law is a survey course intended to introduce students to substantive and procedural aspects of Canadian criminal law. The "substantive" portion of the course is concerned with defining "criminal" conduct and the recognition of defences. The "procedural" portion provides a broad overview of the criminal process, examines the impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and explores protections for individual rights under criminal law. IPC skills component: oral submissions.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 2-1; 2-1

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Law 1060 Tort Law View Details
Examines the law of torts, with particular focus on the law of negligence, as well as looking at other legislative systems intended to compensate persons for damage and injury. IPC skills components: client interview and memo to file.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 2-1; 2-1

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Law 1510 Foundations of Canadian Law View Details
Provides an introduction to foundational principles and skills such as the sources of Canadian law including Indigenous law, common law, equity, statute law and international law, principles of statutory interpretation, as well as essential skills related to the study of law. IPC skills component: case brief.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 2-1; 0-0

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Law 1530 Indigenous Legal Traditions View Details
Introduces students to world views from the perspective of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and how these perspectives fit within the legal system. IPC skills component: sharing circle with a negotiation focus.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; 0-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only

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Law 1535 Indigenous Perspectives View Details
Indigenous Perspectives will introduce students to Indigenous culture, traditions and perspectives through speakers, dialog and experience-based opportunities.
Credit Weight: 0.0
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: A non-credit required course.

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Law 1570 Property Law View Details
Examines law associated with real and personal property with special emphasis on Aboriginal and natural resource law issues.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 2-1

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Law 2000 Aboriginal Legal Issues View Details
Examines Aboriginal rights under the Common Law, Constitution and relevant legislative provisions that affect Aboriginal peoples. IPC skills component: negotiation.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only.

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Law 2010 Professional Responsibility View Details
A general introduction to the issues and problems of professional responsibility and the ethics of lawyering.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 0-0; 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in year 2 of the JD program

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Law 2020 Civil Practice View Details
A skills based course that requires students to carry a civil action from the commencement of an action through to trial and appeal. IPC skills component: drafting various litigation documents and oral advocacy.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only.

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Law 2030 Wills and Estates View Details
Instruction on substantive law related to estate planning, administration from the initial interview to drafting and file management skills. IPC skills component: drafting an instrument.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in year 2 or 3 of the JD program

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Law 2035 Real Estate Law View Details
Instruction on a basic residential real estate transaction from start to finish and the legal requirements for the transaction. IPC skills components: review of an agreement of purchase and sale.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in year 2 or 3 of the JD program

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Law 2510 Administrative Law View Details
Examines the statutory and Common Law procedural protections governing the manner in which administrative decisions are made.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in JD program only.

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Law 2511 Human Rights and International Law View Details
Provides an introduction to human rights law in Canada and under international law.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only

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Law 2512 Environmental Law View Details
Designed to familiarize students with various legal regimes and legal issues concerning the environment.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only.

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Law 2513 Labour and Employment Law View Details
Employment law is concerned with regulation of the individual employment relationship through the Common Law and statutory regimes. Labour law deals with the law governing the collective bargaining relationship between unions and employers, as well as the rights and duties arising under a collective agreement.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only

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Law 2516 Alternative Dispute Resolution View Details
Provides students with an opportunity to learn about and develop conflict management skills. It will focus primarily on the theory and practice of negotiation, and to a lesser extent mediation and arbitration. The course will involve skills development exercises and discussion of issues related to dispute resolution processes.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 2nd or 3rd year.

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Law 2530 Business Organizations View Details
Provides an introduction to the various ways of structuring a business and examines legal issues surrounding business practices. IPC skills component: opinion letter.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in JD program only.

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Law 2531 Special Topics in Aboriginal Law View Details
Special topics in Aboriginal law will be explored.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in JD program only.

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Law 2532 Land Use Law in the North View Details
Examines legal issues specific to mining, forestry and economic development in the North.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in JD program only.

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Law 2533 Tax Law View Details
The introductory tax course is primarily concerned with personal income taxation.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only

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Law 2536 Insurance Law View Details
Insurance law is the underlying foundation of Tort law in Ontario. Examines the principles that govern insurance contract disputes and focuses on how Insurance law works from a practical perspective (including acting for and against insurers). Specific topics to include: automobile, liability, property, life, broker liability, and the duties of both insurers and insureds.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 2nd or 3rd year.

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Law 2550 Evidence View Details
Examines the admissibility of evidence in civil and criminal cases.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only.

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Law 2553 Remedies View Details
A study of the law relating to damages and various equitable and Common Law remedies.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the JD program only.

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Law 2555 Special Topics in Law View Details
Special topics in law will be explored.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Special Topic: Yes
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in JD program only

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Law 2573 Law Journal Editor View Details
Involves undertaking the position of Managing Editor of the Lakehead Law Journal, subject to the direction of the Co-Editors-in-Chief, which will include secondary edits on papers accepted for publication.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Offering: Hours as required
Notes: Elective in second or third year.

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Law 2593 Clinical Law View Details
Experiential learning opportunities for students in year 2 or 3 of the program who are approved by the Director of the Clinic.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Offering: Minimum 6 hours per week for 12 weeks in either the fall or winter term
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 2nd or 3rd year who are approved by the Director of the Clinic.

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Law 2601 Clinical Law View Details
Experiential learning opportunities for students in year 2 of the program who are approved by the Director of the Clinic.
Credit Weight: 1.0
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Offering: Minimum 6 hours per week for 12 weeks in the fall term and 12 weeks in the winter terms
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 2nd year who are approved by the Director of the Clinic.

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Law 2610 Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law View Details
Provides a comprehensive overview of the insolvency regimes in Canada, focusing primarily on the study of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (“BIA”) and the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (“CCAA”). It considers the various insolvency regimes available under both statutes, including personal and corporate bankruptcies, consumer and commercial proposals under BIA and the CCAA’s restructuring and liquidation proceedings. The course strives to illustrate the theoretical framework that establishes the Canadian insolvency scheme, while emphasizing recent developments to the scheme through case law and statutory amendments.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the second or third year of the JD Program.

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Law 2611 Advanced Criminal Law Advocacy View Details
Combines learning the nuts and bolts of advocacy skills, with practicing the use of those skills, from the start of a criminal jury trial to its conclusion. The curriculum includes advocacy training in examining and cross-examining witnesses, addressing juries, making motions, conducting bail hearings and appeals, as well as written argument. Each student will be marked on their participation in class and the presentation of practicums for each stage of the criminal trial.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the second or third year of the JD Program.

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Law 2612 Public Health View Details
Focuses on the health of the general population as opposed to individual health and health care choices arising in a doctor/patient relationship. This aim is to introduce students to contemporary issues impacting on Canadian public health. The course begins with an introduction to the Canadian health care system (including the use of public and private health insurance) and will then examine selected topics in public health, including issues related to environmental law policy and public health, the role of genetics in public health, infectious diseases, reproductive rights and death, dying and decision-making. The course will parse how constitutional law and the right to personal autonomy impact on public health law and policy.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the second or third year of the JD Program.

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Law 2613 Trusts Law View Details
The law of trusts is concerned with relationships where one person, called a trustee, is compelled by equity to hold property for the benefit of another person or persons. It examines the equitable obligations binding the trustee as well as the concept of a fiduciary and fiduciary duties, including the fiduciary obligation of the Crown to Indigenous Peoples. Other topics may include the comparison of trusts to other legal relationships, express trusts, purpose trusts including charitable trusts, administration of trusts, liability of trustees; remedies related to trusts; resulting trusts, constructive trusts, the taxation of trusts, and evolving uses of trusts.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the second or third year of the JD Program.

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Law 2614 Animals, Environment & Law View Details
Serves as an introduction to the multiple legal issues affecting the legal status and future of non-human animals in Canadian society. It surveys a wide spectrum of legal issues (such as anti-cruelty, industrial agriculture, and climate change) that affect non-human animals and the human animals with which they interact.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the second or third year of the JD Program.

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Law 2615 Rule of Law View Details
An introduction to the intellectual history of the rule of law as a concept in Western modernity that contextualizes ongoing challenges to this paradigm within common-law jurisdictions.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: Restricted to students in the second or third year of the JD Program.

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Law 3510 Essentials of Small Firm Practice: Family Law View Details
An overview of key legal issues regarding familial relationships and family breakdown in Canadian society including child custody, support and protection. IPC skills component: drafting an affidavit.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Offering: 3-0; or 3-0
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 2nd or 3rd year.

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Law 3513 Law Competitions View Details
Participating in academic competitions approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Selected students would engage in a range of law related activities associated with the particular competition.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 2nd or 3rd year.

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Law 3533 Directed Research Paper View Details
On approval of the Dean, in appropriate cases, a student may be permitted to do a substantial research paper. The topic can include new research or may build upon research done for another purpose. Minimum 10,000 words, excluding footnotes and bibliography.
Credit Weight: 0.5
Notes: Upper year students are eligible to take this course with permission of the Dean of the Faculty.

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Law 3800 Practice Placement View Details
A full time practical placement for a period of 15 weeks in which students have extended opportunity to observe and practice under the supervision of an authorized lawyer. The practice placement is recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is intended in part to fulfil the Law Society’s articling requirements. At all times students on placement will be required to act in accordance with professional standards of practice. IPC skills components: file management, legal research, drafting, oral advocacy.
Credit Weight: 3.0
Grade Scheme: Pass/Fail
Offering: A 15-week full-time practical placement
Notes: May only be taken by students in the 3rd year.

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