The University of Toronto Faculty of Law is offering a new media law externship for students to explore legal and policy issues facing journalists in a real-world environment. Beginning in fall 2021, students will be immersed in the work of IJB reporters as they uncover and report ground-breaking public interest stories.
This part-time, full-year program challenges students to work in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment and examine issues facing journalists in a critical way. The course is taught by media law luminaries Iris Fischer, a partner at Blakes, Cassels & Graydon LLP; Emma Carver, legal counsel at the Toronto Star; and the IJB’s director, Robert Cribb.
Students will also work alongside investigative reporters at the Toronto Star, with guidance from esteemed media lawyers providing a legal lens to the work of our public interest investigative reporters.
Specific assignments and tasks will vary between terms and students but, generally, students can expect to assist with conducting legal research related to specific projects and investigations, providing insight to journalists and assisting with access to information requests and appeals.