CAPSLE is the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education. We are a national organization whose aim is to provide an open forum for the practical study of legal issues in education.

CAPSLE was established in 1989 and our membership is made up of individuals from all parts of the education spectrum. We include lawyers, school trustees, teachers, school and school board administrators, academics, teacher federations, government officials, and students. Over the years, our association has grown to represent all the regions of the country and all aspects of the legal and education communities. We welcome all who have an interest in the legal issues affecting education.

Our Goals

  • To assist in the professional development of its members.
  • To foster an appreciation for and understanding of the various perspectives members bring to common issues.
  • To provide national and regional opportunities for members to deal effectively with matters of mutual interest.
  • To facilitate communication between the sectors of Canadian society concerned with the interface of law and education.
  • To solicit membership of organizations and individuals which will provide the diversity essential to sustain a broad base for innovative thinking about the interface of law and education.
  • To promote an awareness of the availability of legal resources and to facilitate effective use of these resources.
  • To encourage research and publication in the field of law in education.

Our Objectives

  1. To sponsor an annual national conference on legal issues affecting education.
  2. To support the organization of regional and/or local workshops, seminars and meetings designed to meet the needs of members.
  3. To establish a speakers’ bureau on topics of interest to members.
  4. To publish annually the proceedings of the national conference.
  5. To publish periodically a newsletter:
    1. to inform members about the activities of the Association, laws and significant legal decisions relating to education; and
    2. to provide a vehicle whereby members can make contributions, raise concerns, identify issues and exchange information.
  6. To explore the development of a database including appropriate case law and grievance decisions, a topical bibliography of relevant publications and relevant legislation.
  7. To serve as a clearinghouse for information on relevant research and publications in the field of law in education.

You can contact us by e-mail at info@capsle.ca or by traditional means at:

37 Moultrey Crescent
Georgetown, Ontario
tel: (905) 702-1710; fax: (905) 873-0662