While we are unaware of whether actual witches ever frequented the Great Library (or still do), we do have several books in our collection that cover the topic of witchcraft. All these books are thanks to one man, William Renwick Riddell. In honour of All Hallows’ Eve, we thought we’d take a look at these items.Continue reading “Witches in the Great Library!”
Category: Special Collections
The Law Society’s Archives
Paul Leatherdale, Archivist
Some readers may be surprised to learn that the Law Society of Ontario has an archives. For almost 40 years, the Archives of the Law Society of Ontario has been documenting the heritage of the legal profession in Ontario.Continue reading “The Law Society’s Archives”
Legal Examinations in the 19th Century
COVID-19 has changed many aspects of professional life for those in the legal world, especially licensing candidates who planned to take their licensing examinations this year. The Law Society of Ontario announced early in the pandemic that in-person examinations would be cancelled. They have moved forward with a plan for online examinations, which are ongoing until the end of December.
In light of the many recent changes to licensing exams, we decided to have a look to see how prospective lawyers were examined in the 19th century and how it compares to what licensing candidates need to know now in order to pass the bar.