Introduction The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is one of Canada's oldest law schools. Through its world renowned faculty members and short-term visiting professors and its rigorous academic programs, which are reinforced 'by its many legal clinics and public interest programs,' the Faculty enjoys a reputation as one of Canada's foremost law schools. Moreover, the Faculty attempts to alleviate financial barriers to legal education for qualified students by making numerous awards, bursaries, and scholarships available that are awarded based on financial need. On average, the Faculty distributes more than $2 million in such funding per year. The Faculty is also home to the state-of-the-art Bora Laskin Law Library, which contains over 265,000 volumes of legal material including collections from virtually every major common law nation.
The Faculty also presents both undergraduate and graduate students a wide array of programs 'of special interest' of which many provide opportunities for intensive and interdisciplinary inquiry and study into 'important areas of legal activism and research.' Over 15 of these programs are offered. These include the Aboriginal Law Program, Advocacy Program (Moot Court), Capital Markets Institute, Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, Distinguished Visiting Professors Program, Exchanges with many universities around the world, Health Law and Policy Group, International Human Rights Program, Law and Economics Program, Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS), Pro Bono Students Canada, Summer Fellowships and Internships, Women's Human Rights Resources Program, Work in Japan Program, and Workshops.
The latter includes Feminism and the Law, Diversity, Legal Theory, Constitutional Roundtable, Health Law and Society, Law and Economics, Globalization, and Law and Justice. Many of these interest-based programs are primarily available via the various centres with which the Faculty is affiliated. These centres include the Capital Markets Institute, Health Law and Policy Group, International Human Rights Program, International Lawyers and Economists Against Poverty Initiative (ILEAP), The Centre for Innovation Law and Policy, The June Callwood Program in Aboriginal Law, and Women’s Human Rights Resources.