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November 2020

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Page 18 of 43 17 those were your fundamental constitutional principles that you were building the struc- ture around, was completely unusual." What is also unusual but completely unplanned by Ryerson is starting from scratch during a pandemic. "All of a sudden, those hallway, spontaneous conversations end. Going into someone's office and brainstorming end. We have to do all of this by appointment and by video chat, which is extremely artificial," says Young. "With all the challenges that all of us have had during the pandemic, I think that the challenge of building Ryerson law was more acute. Having said that, I cannot believe how well we've done." Even after the pandemic has passed and students are able to return to in-person classes, though, Young is hoping Ryerson will still be a law school outlier. Young's response to critics who say there are already too many lawyers in Canada exemplifies this hope. Most Canadians who are going through the justice system as self represented "don't have lawyers. So, if we have too many lawyers, then why is it that our population is not being is not being served by them? "What Ryerson can do that no other legal institution can do is do the kind of hiring right now from the beginning that will address many of [these] concerns." For Young, that was worth returning home to do. "I've seen law schools commit themselves to [equality, diversity and inclusion]. But to begin a law school, where those were your fundamental constitutional principles that you were building the structure around, was completely unusual." Osgoode's Part-Time Professional LLM To dig deeper and truly excel in your area of practice, the commitment goes beyond billable hours. Immerse yourself in an environment that groups you with peers who are as passionate about what they do as you are. Choose from 7 specializations starting in Fall 2021: · Administrative Law · Business Law · Constitutional Law · Dispute Resolution · Energy & Infrastructure Law · Securities Law · Tax Law Available via distance learning Attend class via videoconference and complete your degree from your home or office. Register for an info session to learn more at: FALL 2021 APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN.

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