A Broad and Diverse Curriculum

There is no better place to study law. We are proud of our outstanding law program which provides our students with a first rate legal education, balancing traditional areas of practice with emerging fields of specialization.

First-Year Curriculum

**Allard Law's Faculty Council has approved changes to the JD curriculum which, if approved by the UBC Senate, would apply to all JD students entering first-year of the JD program in September 2020 or later. The paragraph below reflects these changes.**

Our students receive a first-rate legal education that balances traditional areas of practice with emerging fields of specialization. First year consists of a common curriculum with classes in Indigenous Settler Legal Relations, Contracts, Criminal Law & Procedure, Property Law, Torts, Transnational Law, Public Law & the Charter, Legal Research & Writing, and Aboriginal & Treaty Rights. Most classes are taught in groups of approximately 50, providing students with more opportunities to receive detailed feedback from their professors than is possible in larger classes. Diverse evaluation methods are used to accommodate a broad range of learning styles.

For more information, see First-Year Course Descriptions.

Upper-Year Curriculum

The Allard School of Law offers a wide range of courses and many opportunities for student experiential learning, specialization, and international exchange.

Student experiential learning is an important part of the J.D. program at the Allard School of Law.  A significant part of the law school’s experiential learning curriculum is based in clinical programs. The opportunities available are broad: 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.

We also offer our students the opportunity to apply in their second year of studies to participate in a Joint Legal Education Program with the University of Hong Kong. Students accepted into this program complete their first two years of study at UBC and then a further two years at HKU.

For more information about upper-year courses please visit Academic Services

Strengths, Programs and Research Centres

The Allard School of Law is at the cutting edge of contemporary legal knowledge with strengths in many fields, including: