Why the Allard School of Law?

A Message from the Dean

Every year we attract some of the brightest minds across the country and around the globe. Our students are academically outstanding and intellectually curious, and our faculty members are passionate, innovative and internationally recognized.

Why do these individuals choose the Peter A. Allard School of Law? Because the Allard School of Law provides the opportunity to learn and teach at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world while joining a community that has produced outstanding scholarship with local, national and global impact.

This is an exciting time to be considering a legal career. The national and world economies are becoming increasingly interconnected by complex rules for governing matters that range from international trade to human rights, while new methods of commerce and advances in science and biotechnology challenge traditional legal categories and policies. Our faculty, students and graduates look forward to taking leadership roles in responding to these global challenges while also helping shape the future of our society.


At the Allard School of Law your academic options are many, thanks to one of the largest and most diverse course offerings in the country. Please click here for a full list of programs and courses.


The Allard School of Law is large enough to offer you many choices, but that doesn't mean you'll get lost in the crowd. Most first-year courses are taught in small classes; our Assistant Dean, Students offers one-on-one academic advising and support; and our dedicated Career Services staff will help guide you in pursuing your career, whether your plans include practising at a national law firm, returning to your hometown as a sole practitioner, or seeking a career in public interest.  Indigenous students will receive additional dedicated support from the Associate Director of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program.

Global Reach

At the Allard School of Law your opportunities are many, from formal participation in joint legal education or exchange programs, to informal conversations with visiting scholars, guest speakers, exchange students and classmates from other countries and cultures.

Learn more about our Joint Legal Education Program with the University of Hong Kong and the University of Melbourne or our exchange opportunities with over 80 law schools worldwide.

Student Experiential Learning and Specializations

The Allard School of Law offers a broad range of student experiential learning opportunities: provide legal advice to clients of low to moderate income who identify as women with a focus on family law matters, spend a term clerking at a provincial court, provide legal advice to indigenous clients in a supervised clinical setting in the downtown eastside, take a course with a leading expert in tax law, participate in an intensive course with a visiting scholar.  Students may complete academic specializations. We offer a Specialization in Natural Resources and Environmental Law, a Specialization in Aboriginal Law, a Specialization in Law & Social Justice and a Concentration in Business Law.

Internationally Recognized Faculty

Our faculty members are leaders in their fields. Broad-ranging in their interests and experience, they are passionate and inspiring teachers who produce some of the most innovative legal scholarship in the country. Theoretical and interdisciplinary approaches to law are well represented among our faculty, as are doctrinal work and law reform research and advocacy. Each year we invite top-rated practitioners to teach in their areas of expertise, and these adjunct professors offer an excellent connection to the profession. 

Outside the Classroom

Law school is much more than classes and seminars. It offers incredible opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom through student-run publications, student government, student clubs, community advocacy and outreach, and numerous social and academic events and activities held throughout the year.  There is a strong sense of community at the Allard School of Law. Learn more.

Living in Vancouver

Consistently rated one of the best places in the world to live, Vancouver offers wonderful balance between bustling city life and the great outdoors. Bordered by mountains and beaches, Vancouver is a city of energy and new ideas. Our stunning Vancouver campus is situated in a park-like setting of over 1,000 hectares across a forested peninsula overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Coast Mountains.  Learn more.

UBC Law Library

The library at the Allard School of Law is one of the largest in Canada, meeting the study, reference and research needs of faculty, students, the legal profession and members of the larger community. Learn more