High School Students

LAWS lets you learn more about justice and the law during high school (grades 10, 11 and 12). Being a LAWS student means taking regular classes, but also includes workshops with lawyers, law professors, law students and other legal profession and justice sector experts.  Workshops are designed to delve deeper into the your coursework—focusing on such topics as the death penalty, animal rights, family law, human rights law, social justice…and much more!

LAWS is right for you if your are thinking about a justice sector career (such as lawyer, judge, police officer, youth worker…) but that is not a requirement. LAWS might be right for you regardless of your career plans - understanding the law and knowing how to access the justice system is important in all jobs. LAWS might also be a good fit if you are interested in debating issues, care about our society, and want to be better at standing up against inequity or injustice.

Benefits of being a LAWS student include:

  • Exploring law and justice themed topics in your classes
  • Attending special events such as LAWS Bootcamps, the LAWS Global Citizenship Conference, the LAWS Intellectual Property Conference and the LAWS Postsecondary Conference
  • Participating in career carousels to meet and talk with justice sector professionals including lawyers, judges, parole officers…
  • Field trips to the U of T Faculty of Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, courthouses and other justice sector institutions
  • Job shadowing opportunities with lawyers and judges
  • After school clubs such as Mock Trial, Model United Nations, and Law & Society
  • Personal tutoring with law students (one-on-one or in small groups)
  • Mentoring with law firms and lawyers
  • Paid summer jobs with law firms, government legal departments, and corporate in-house counsel
  • A LAWS graduation ceremony at either the University of Toronto or York University
  •  The possibility of postsecondary bursaries
  • Ongoing help and support from LAWS staff

LAWS is only offered at our seven partner high schools. If you would like to participate in LAWS or want to learn more about how you can become a LAWS student, please contact LAWS Coordinator Justin Khan at jkhan@lawinaction.ca

The University of Toronto Youth Summer Program
The Youth Summer Program (YSP) is another way you can get involved.  The YSP is open to all students in grades 10-12, from anywhere in the world, who are interested in an intensive law and justice program during the summer. Presented by the University of Toronto, the YSP offers five different weeks - Criminal Law, International Law, Corporate Law, Tort Law/Medical Malpractice, and Rights and Freedoms Law. Participating students can spend between one and five weeks at the Faculty of Law learning advanced legal concepts and applying their knowledge in a variety of fun and stimulating ways—including a very engaging crime investigation and mock trial. Students live in a University of Toronto student residence during their YSP participation.

A limited number of full scholarships are available for individual YSP weeks. Visit the YSP website to learn more.