CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW TEACHERS
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Update: Lakehead

In Fall 2020, the Lakehead Faculty of Law moved most classes online. Generally, the online instruction has gone well. The experience of switching to online in March provided useful lessons in how to adapt. So too did teaching two Spring courses, a new option that was over-subscribed.

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Update: Queen's

Queen’s Law has adopted a hybrid model for the 2020-21 academic year. All large upper-year lecture classes are online. Many 1L classes and a select number of upper-year seminars and clinical courses meet partly in-person and partly remote. This model provides students, especially 1Ls, some opportunity for in-person classes. All students have the option to take classes fully remotely.

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Update: Montréal

When the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal resumed classes this fall, most classes were online. However, a small number of classes were taught in person. In addition, several first-year courses used a hybrid format, with some proportion of students attending in person, on a rotating basis. Professors who adopted this hybrid format reported that in-person attendance was below capacity, raising questions about whether the effort to offer such a format had been worthwhile.

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Update: Windsor

In Fall 2020, the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor moved online for all but select clinical and experiential learning opportunities. This will remain essentially the same in Winter 2021, with some important smaller group work occurring in person with a priority on the first-year experience. 

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Update: Osgoode

Classes this fall are online. Instructors were told in May to prepare for online teaching although there were still questions about whether some in person teaching would be encouraged/allowed. There were some efforts to hold some in person classes earlier in the term, mainly to give our 1L students at least one chance to meet with some classmates. All in person meets had to have options for those students who are attending from elsewhere or who preferred not to attend in person.

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Update: Alberta

In the fall of 2020, the CALT website is featuring updates from law professors about how their institutions are responding to the challenge of teaching during a pandemic.

The University of Alberta Faculty of Law has moved to largely online delivery of the curriculum, with some exceptions for approved seminars, clinic courses, and a handful of lecture classes which could be taught in a safe environment or with rotating small group sessions. 

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Update: Ottawa (Common Law)

In the fall of 2020, the CALT website is featuring updates from law professors about how their institutions are responding to the challenge of teaching during a pandemic.

At the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law, planning for the move to fully remote learning started last spring. The Faculty convened a team of staff and professors with experience and expertise in online pedagogy to “lead the charge” to online learning, and support professors transitioning to online teaching. That team put out a survey to assess the needs and concerns of faculty and help establish priorities.

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Update: Schulich

In the fall of 2020, the CALT website is featuring updates from law professors about how their institutions are responding to the challenge of teaching during a pandemic.

The Schulich School of Law is offering primarily online courses, with very limited exceptions for some clinical courses. The first-year curriculum includes some large group classes and some as small group seminar-style classes.  The small group format is a unique feature of Schulich’s first-year law program and it was important to us to retain it even in the online environment.  

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Update: Ryerson

In the fall of 2020, the CALT website is featuring updates from law professors about how their institutions are responding to the challenge of teaching during a pandemic.

Ryerson has moved to a fully online 1L curriculum (with some small, optional exceptions for integrated practice curriculum components). Intensive sharing of teaching and pedagogical ideas during the summer has led to a fairly consistent model: a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching. The balance varies, with some teaching predominantly through synchronous sessions, while others use more of a flipped classroom model. All faculty co-teach 1L courses with practitioners, who provide weekly one-hour synchronous sessions for each course.

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Update: McGill

In the fall of 2020, the CALT website is featuring updates from law professors about how their institutions are responding to the challenge of teaching during a pandemic.

The McGill Law community has been resilient and hopeful in the face of our uncertain times. Onboarding the incoming class began much earlier than usual, with Zoom Town Halls in June and contact with incoming students continued throughout the summer. Professors have adapted to teaching remotely, drawing on lessons learned from the last two weeks of the Winter 2020 term when we began teaching online as COVID-19 emerged in Montreal.

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