When you log onto ACORN to pay your 2019-20 tuition & fees, please consider the benefits of your student society to the law school community.
We ask that you remain opted in to your SLS Membership Fee. The $20/semester fee significantly impacts your experience in law school, including:
• Clubs funding for all law student-run clubs and their events.
• Free lunches, events, and speaker panels for all students throughout the year.
• SLS website, which provides access to a database of past exams and study materials.
• Law school-wide events, including the Halloween party and Law Ball (and subsidizing students’ tickets to those events).
• Consultation with students throughout the year to ensure that you have a strong voice in the law school’s policy and operations.
• Weekly student newsletters and resources through email and Facebook groups.
• For an additional $15/semester fee, funding summer employment for 2-3 students to do Public Interest work each year.
The SLS and its executive are unpaid.
SLS acknowledges this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.
This is the homepage of the Students’ Law Society (“SLS”), the student government for academic and social affairs at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.
The Branches of SLS
Student affairs and Governance
The Student Affairs and Governance (StAG) branch of SLS consists of 4 representatives from each year of students at the law school. StAG is responsible for advocating on your behalf to members of the faculty and administration. The StAG Committee will meet weekly in the SLS office. All students are welcome to attend and participate in all meetings. Tentative agendas (or a link to the them) will be posted in each week’s SLS Weekly.
Matters discussed at Student Affairs and Governance include anything that requires a bridge between students and the administration whether or not it is strictly related to the academics of the law school. To that end, if you have an issue that you would like to bring up and you’re not sure who to get in touch with, do not hesitate to contact an Student Affairs and Governance member who can, at the very least, point you in the right direction. You can also contact the SLS generally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the weekly meetings mentioned above, each Student Affairs and Governance member sits on Faculty Council, which is the governing body of the law school, to ensure that students maintain a strong voice in the administration of the school. Student Affairs and Governance members also sit on faculty committees (such as Financial Aid and Tuition, Admissions, Mental Health and Wellness, and Gender, Accessibility and Diversity to name a few) which traditionally submit reports to Faculty Council at the end of the year.
The Social Affairs branch of SLS is the overarching organization that manages the social lifeblood of the school. In addition to planning weekly pub nights, coffee houses, and Law Ball, the student affairs committee also oversees funding for all student groups at the law school. The SLS Social Affairs Committee will meet weekly at 12:30 in the SLS office. All students are welcome to attend and participate in all meetings. Tentative agendas will be posted in each week’s SLS Weekly.
If you are a student group representative or if you would like to get a student group off the ground, feel free to contact any member of the Social Affairs committee and they will get you on your way.
Treasurers play a vital role managing the SLS’ budget. Their responsibilities include:
• Assisting and advising Social Affairs in its annual budgeting (law ball, pub nights, Halloween, etc.).
• Processing reimbursement requests from student groups whose expenses have been approved by SLS (e.g., for events, food for meetings).
• Managing and documenting the SLS’ finances, including preparation of financial statements.
The Treasurers can be contacted here.
Equity Officers hold ex-officio positions within the SLS. Broadly, their mandate is to serve students who are facing discrimination, barriers to success, or require support accessing accommodations.
• Policy – Bringing equity-related issues to the attention of the SLS by attending meetings when relevant.
• Resource for Students – Offering support to students who have equity-related issues.
Communications Directors maintain communication between the SLS and the student body.
Administrative Director makes sure SLS can maintain and expand its online resources and its institutional memory.
Chief Returning Officer manages and oversee SLS elections, and elections-related events. The CRO also hears complaints about violations of the elections By-Law 500.
The CRO can be contacted here.
Morgan Watkins, President – 3L
Morgan is from Toronto and received her undergraduate degree from McGill University. Before law school, Morgan worked as a policy advisor for the Attorney General of Ontario. Throughout law school Morgan has volunteered with Advocates for Injured Workers, and was Co-Director of the clinic last year. She is summering at McCarthy Tétrault this summer.
Morgan believes students should be involved in decisions about their education that are otherwise being made for them. This year she will work with the SLS team to serve students through community-building and advocacy that reflects our values of excellence, inclusion and respect.
Robert Nanni, VP Student Affairs and Governance – 2L
Robert is a third-year JD/MBA student, having graduated with a B.Sc. in chemistry and psychology from Western University (#GoMustangs). Robert loves fostering community in the law school, which is why he is involved in Out in Law, First Generation Network, O-Week, and wherever else he can actively make a difference. He is currently a summer student at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.
When not texting, Snapchatting, scrolling through Instagram, or otherwise caught up in his phone, you can catch Robert "studying" at the law library – feel free to say hi!