Lakehead University Faculty of Law One Step Closer to Reality - Curriculum Approved

(February 15, 2011 – Thunder Bay, ON) Lakehead University is pleased to announce that it has received curriculum approval from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, the first approval for a new law degree program in Ontario in 42 years.

The curriculum approval from the Federation of Law Societies is one of the final steps in the approval process, which will culminate in submission of the proposal to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).

President of Lakehead University, Dr. Brian Stevenson, commented: "We are delighted with the Federation’s approval. The addition of a law school will position Lakehead University to better achieve its strategic priorities, including serving Northwestern Ontario and the special needs of Aboriginal communities. The new law degree program will enhance access to justice in the region."

Lakehead University Chancellor Arthur V. Mauro, a vigorous proponent of a Faculty of Law for Lakehead University, said, "We are gratified by the approval of our proposal for a law school dedicated to the North; this is a dream that has been held by many people in Northwestern Ontario for so long. The approval of the curriculum takes us one step closer to the realization of this dream, and we thank the numerous organizations and private citizens who have helped move this project forward. It is also worthy of note that a university located in the hometown of former Chief Justice Bora Laskin (1912-1984) become the most recent university in Ontario to receive approval for a new law degree program from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada."

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Media:
Dr. Brian Stevenson is available for interviews. Please contact Janine Chiasson, at 807-343-8177 or email commun@lakeheadu.ca to arrange interviews.

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 8,280 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit www.lakeheadu.ca

Last updated February 15, 2011

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