Are you a person who’s interested in learning more about how our legal system works? Are you someone who’s thinking about becoming a lawyer or paralegal? Or are you representing yourself at court, and want to learn the foundations of the court process? If so, these private tutorials are for you!

Fees collected for all tutorials are donated to charity. Please see bottom of page for instructions to register.

After the Covid-19 situation is over, we will be directing this fundraiser to other health-related charities, such as the Ontario Cancer Society.


1. How to Read Case Law ($25.00)

This tutorial guides you through 2 examples of judge’s reasons for decisions.

This tutorial explains the basics in our “common law” system

Assignments are given to each participant to encourage interactive learning

2. Intermediate Level Tutorial on CanLII ($25.00)

*“note-up” of case law

*researching legislation

*advanced syntax techniques

*other fancy ways to use CanLII

3. Common Assumptions about the Legal Process (Fundraiser: $25.00)

Many people who have gone through litigation say, “The justice system is not about justice!”

This tutorial explains why many people who go to court end up being surprised by what the legal process is really like.


1. Understanding the Rules of Civil Procedure (2 one-hour sessions. $50.00)

This tutorial gives you a detailed introduction to Ontario’s Rules of Civil Procedure. You will learn the main stages of a lawsuit. You will learn the basic concepts, such as “stare decisis” (precedents), “res judicata” (you can’t keep litigating the same issue), the principle of indemnity (costs), what an appeal really is (not a do-over) and much more! You will learn how to navigate the rules online using CanLII quickly and efficiently.

2. Case Study mini-course (2 one-hour sessions, to be offered starting September 1, 2020): Introduction to Reading Supreme Court cases (Fundraiser: $50.00.)

We will walk through 2 Supreme Court cases on assisted suicide, Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General), 1993 CanLII 75 (SCC), and Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 (CanLII), [2015] 1 SCR 331

We will review the legal arguments (facta) filed by counsel for each case, as well as the judges’ reasons for decision

Application Instructions

Anyone interested can email Heather at To reserve a spot, please donate to the Sunnybrook Hospital using the link below.

Please send proof of donation to Heather Hui-Litwin at, specifying which tutorial you would like to attend. We will arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. (Due to the Covid-19 situation, all meetings will only be available on Zoom.)