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Friday, September 23, 2011

Student Research Assistants sought for History of Ontario Court of Appeal Project

The Osgoode Society has a grant to produce a history of the Ontario Court of Appeal. Historian Christopher Moore has been engaged to do the research and writing. He will need some research assistants to do some basic digging in case reports. The project would like to hire RAs from all Ontario law schools.

Here's the call for applications:

Ontario Court of Appeal History
Research Assistantships in Ontario Legal History
October 2011-March 2012

The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History is supporting a research and publication program on the history of the Ontario Court of Appeal.  Up to twenty Ontario law students may be hired to contribute to the research effort in 2011-12

Work Assignment:  To research published Law Reports on cases heard in the Ontario Court of Appeal, 1870s to date.  Using a reporting form (provided) to assemble quantitative legal/historical data on the cases.  To write Case Briefs summarizing issues in each case.  To assess the historical interest/significance of the cases.  Other legal-historical research as needed. Student contributions will be credited in publications that result.

Supervision:    General direction will be by historian Christopher Moore of Toronto, principally through email and/or a web-based network.  Completed reporting forms and statements of hours worked will be expected regularly by email.

Hours of Work and Pay: About 120 hours (6 hours weekly) in the October 2011-March 2012 academic term, at $20.00/hour including benefits.

Eligibility: Students should be enrolled in an Ontario Faculty of Law for the 2011-12 year.  If there are more applications than places, preference will be given to students who have some experience with Canadian history. However, this is not a pre-requisite.

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, October 7, 2011.

To Apply: Email a short statement of interest with an attached brief CV to Christopher Moore <

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