Journalists head to law schools

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Journalists in residence are no strangers to Canadian universities. Concordia University in Montreal recently announced a New York Times managing editor as its first journalist in residence, and former Al Jazeera English bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy — who was famously held with two colleagues for more than a year in a Cairo prison — joined the University of British Columbia in a similar role last fall.

Now, Canadian law schools are also looking to attract journalists in residence, with Osgoode Hall Law School at York University recently announcing the establishment of such a program for the upcoming academic year.

“There are a lot of stories that, through a journalistic lens, will help us understand justice better,” says Lorne Sossin, dean of Osgoode Hall, who refers to recent stories in daily newspapers such as the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail that have examined issues of access to justice and more.