Beverley McLachlin Helps Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Carleton’s Law and Legal Studies

Carleton University’s Department of Law and Legal Studies marked the launch of its 50th anniversary, coinciding with Carleton’s 75th anniversary celebrations, on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

In 1967, the department emerged as the first unit in Canada to study law within an interdisciplinary context. Since then, it has grown to offer the largest and most extensive undergraduate and graduate programs in legal studies in the country.

50 years of excellence in Law and Legal Studies

The anniversary launch reception was held on campus with department staff, faculty, contract instructors, students, alumni, and esteemed guests gathering to pay tribute to 50 years of excellence and innovation.

As guests mingled, the Carleton University Law and Legal Studies Society (CULLSS) released its latest issue of the Carleton University Journal of Legal Studies.

President Roseann O’Reilly Runte was also in attendance to reflect on the department’s achievements with a few opening remarks. She welcomed to the stage a special guest, the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, who imparted her best wishes for the department’s continued success.

Commemorative scholarships

In honour of this important milestone in the history of the department, Chair Ron Saunders announced a fundraising campaign toward commemorative scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students in law programs at Carleton.

The department wishes to extend gratitude to its guests for joining the celebrations, and to the Carleton community and beyond for its ongoing support.

For information on upcoming events, and to learn more about donating to the 50th anniversary scholarships, please visit the Law and Legal Studies website.

The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin speaks during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Law and Legal Studies Program.Department Chair Ron Saunders cuts a cake during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Law and Legal Studies Program.Attendees gathering during the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Law and Legal Studies Program