Torys inspires local students through partnership with Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS)

April 14, 2010

Torys is pleased to announce our continued partnership with Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS).

The LAWS program, run jointly by the University of Toronto law school and the Toronto District School Board, operates in three Toronto high schools. The program provides interactive learning experiences to students who face obstacles to success through law and justice–themed classroom workshops, clubs, field trips, after-school tutoring and job shadowing.

LAWS programTorys participates in the Summer Job Program and we also run a Mentoring Program at the firm, in which more than 20 of our lawyers, law clerks and articling students regularly participate. Torys' mentors are matched with a high school student from Harbord Collegiate Institute, with whom they jointly attend monthly events at the firm.

The Honorable Frank Iacobucci recently presented to a group of 40 participants on his professional journey to the Supreme Court of Canada. Torys' lawyers have run workshops for the students on recent transactions and cases of interest and the structure of Canada's court system. For our 2010 year-end event, the mentors will take the students to the Hockey Hall of Fame to celebrate a successful and enriching year together.

The Summer Job program, in which Torys and more than 45 other employers participate, provides an excellent and encouraging early work experience. Participating employers include many leading Toronto law firms, the legal departments of CIBC and RBC, a number of the Crown law offices, Legal Aid Ontario, numerous government agencies and the City of Toronto.

Torys has employed LAWS students for the past three summers, with the goal of exposing them to a professional workplace and introducing them to positive role models. We urge other law firms, and the legal departments of companies and organizations to consider hiring a LAWS student for four weeks this summer, or to consider subsidizing a LAWS student to spend four weeks at a non-profit or government agency.

To learn more about the program and about hiring a LAWS student, please contact

Deborah Dalfen
Director Student Affairs, Torys LLP
ddalfen@torys.com

or

Sarah Pole
Director, LAWS program
directorlaws.law@utoronto.ca

We look forward to hearing from you.

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