How this Bay Street partner became a top constitutional lawyer

It all started when he enrolled in the Osgoode Professional LLM
Ranjan Agarwal
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Portrait of Ranjan Agarwal, Bennett Jones LLP

Ranjan Agarwal

Partner at Bennett Jones LLP
Osgoode LLM: Constitutional law, 2011
Year of call: 2004

Ranjan Agarwal was frustrated. He was a fifth-year associate at Bennett Jones LLP and he wanted to work on a big constitutional case. That was the reason he went to law school in the first place.

But he had a problem: his firm didn’t have a constitutional practice group. Which meant that a case was never going to fall in his lap. “I had no way to master the subject matter,” says Agarwal. “Without experience, I wouldn’t be able to market myself.”

So he decided to be proactive. He signed up for the constitutional law specialization of the Osgoode Professional LLM. And, over the next two years, he completed the rigorous graduate program on a part-time basis.

When Agarwal graduated, in 2011, he had acquired the know-how and the credentials to reach out to both clients and fellow lawyers to let them know he was ready to take on constitutional files. “The LLM gave me the confidence to pick up the phone,” he says. “Over the course of the program, I had also published several papers. That made it easier to demonstrate that I had expertise in the area.” It worked. Now a partner, Agarwal is his firm’s leading lawyer in constitutional law. He’s been to the Supreme Court of Canada 17 times. “The program helped me build the career I have.”

Fast facts about the Osgoode Professional LLM

1. Flexible: The program is designed for professionals. Evening and weekend classes let you earn a degree while working.

2. Specialized: Dive deep into one of 14 areas of specialization, including tax, securities, constitutional, criminal, labour, and dispute resolution.

3. Rigorous: Throughout the program, you’ll complete detailed papers on a complex area of law, honing your legal writing and analytical skills.

Osgoode’s Professional LLM is designed with the working lawyer in mind. To learn more, visit the program’s website or call (416) 673-4670.

This story is from our Fall 2018 Issue.