CALT has restarted paid membership, at a reduced rate, after a hiatus during the pandemic. Our system now allows for easy, online purchase of memberships using a credit card. Membership lasts for 12 months from date of purchase. Prior to expiry, and upon expiry, you will receive reminders to renew your membership.
CALT has three categories of membership:
- Regular membership is open to anyone who is a full or part-time member of a faculty, school or department of law at an institution of higher learning in Canada. This includes full-time faculty, sessionals, contract faculty and postdoctoral researchers.
- Graduate student membership is open to anyone who is a full-time or part-time student studying towards an advanced degree in law in a faculty, school or department of law at an institution of higher learning in or outside Canada.
- Associate membership is open to anyone who occupies, in an institution of higher learning situated outside Canada, one of the positions required for regular membership.
Becoming a member of CALT means supporting the organization and its works. It means we will continue to have an organization which can coordinate across schools and bring us together around teaching, learning, and scholarship in the legal academy.
Membership is not expensive. Membership for law teachers in Canada is $50, for law teachers outside Canada it is $70, and graduate students in law will be asked for the nominal fee of $10. More information about the categories of membership is available at the sign-up link.
Our membership process should take approximately 5 minutes - you select the appropriate level of membership, enter your name, institutional affiliation and areas of scholarly concentration and pay with a credit card online, using a secure process.
Once purchased, your membership lasts a year.
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AN IMPORTANT COMMUNITY
CALT is focused on legal higher education in Canada. Alongside related organizations including l’Association des professeures et professeurs de droit du Québec (APDQ), the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) and the Canadian Council of Law Deans (CCLD), we work to bring law teachers together across institutions and disciplines to address questions and controversies of mutual interest.
Membership fees ensure CALT has funds to hold events, give prizes, offer a website and email list for dissemination of news related to legal education, including job postings, new hires, and other major developments. Fees also help support our scholarly publication, CLEAR. For more on these activities, scroll down.
EVENTS and CONFERENCES
CALT holds online events and (when possible) an in-person conference every year. Sometimes our conference is held with the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress, at their Congress, sometimes we hold it in conjunction with the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, ACCLE, and sometimes in conjunction with the Canadian Law and Society Association (CLSA). Membership is required for conference attendance and presentation. In 2023, we plan to be part of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences Congress.
Our workshops and conferences engage with issues relevant to legal education in Canada, including but not limited to scholarship about teaching and learning. Our website includes notices for our 2022 and 2021 workshops on a variety of topics.
The organization awards three academic prizes every year: a Scholarly Paper Prize, a prize for a paper in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and a Prize for Academic Excellence. All members are eligible to nominate people for a prize, and to be nominated for a prize. More information about prizes can be found here. The Call for Nominations usually goes out in early Spring.
CALT also publishes the Canadian Legal Education Annual Review (CLEAR) a peer-reviewed annual publication. Past volumes are available via CanLii, here. Calls for contributions are issued regularly. The co-Editors-in-Chief of CLEAR are Sara Ross (Schulich Dalhousie) and Wendy Parkes (Lakehead).A SHARED SPACE
CALT is an important and rare place for Canadian law teachers to come together. Here we can share information about new colleagues, new projects, and new challenges. Members of CALT can contribute items- for instance, conference announcements - to our monthly newsletter, which is sent to more than 800 people and institutions. Members can also propose workshops on issues of mutual interest.
AN IMPORTANT VOICE
CALT has contributed to national conversations in areas of expertise and concern for law teachers, including for example the process of appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, and lawyer licensing and accreditation of law schools across the country.
CONTRIBUTE TO CALT
As we exit the restrictions of the COVID 19 pandemic, CALT will be thinking about the possible roles and activities of a national organization such as ours in meeting the needs and aspirations of our members, going forward. We are always looking for people interested in being more engaged, and joining the Board or our advisory board. We invite you to send your thoughts and suggestions to us at [email protected], or via the suggestion box which appears after your membership is purchased.
The Directors of CALT
Sonia Lawrence (Osgoode Hall, York University), Sara Ross (Dalhousie Schulich School of Law), Patricia Barkaskas (UBC Allard School of Law), Angela Cameron (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law), Richard Devlin (Dalhousie Schulich School of Law), Pippa Feinstein (Graduate student, Osgoode Hall, York University), Anna Lund (University of Alberta Law) Sarah-jane Nussbaum (UNB Law), Graham Reynolds (UBC Allard School of Law), David Wiseman (University of Ottawa Faculty of Law)