Criminal and Civil Litigation

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminars


In 2020, during the COVID pandemic, Professor Sankoff decided to start a new educational initiative. With so many lawyers at home, it seemed like an ideal time to provide them with learning opportunities at a very reasonable price.

In March 2020, he launched Professor Sankoff’s Seminars, a program that now provides learning seminars on a host of different topics. The seminars are delivered by Professor Sankoff and other experts. The focus is criminal and civil litigation, though anyone can sign up to watch and learn.

Seminars are both topical and practical, geared towards helping lawyers navigate issues that arise in before trial and in the courtroom. Professor Sankoff always focuses on information and strategies that you need to make the courtroom experience more effective. Every seminar goes through problems you might face in court, and Professor Sankoff designs them to be interactive. He regularly poses hypothetical problem questions to the audience, and every problem is then dissected in detail to make sure the answers are understood. At the end of each seminar, Professor Sankoff stays on line to answer your questions – providing advice about matters that you might be facing right now.

The seminars cover core litigation issues (like the hearsay rule, and what constitutes improper cross-examination) and occasionally delves into the substantive law as well. The popular “Top Cases” series looks at recent developments in the law that are relevant to your practice. Seminars also focus on trial preparation (eg. Witness Communication) and questions of advocacy.

Take a look at these sample videos to get a sense of how our seminars work!

Examples of videos available


Professor Peter Sankoff

BA (Concordia), JD (Toronto), LLM (Osgoode)


Missed a seminar? You can now order on demand.