About the Peter A. Allard School of Law
The Peter A. Allard School of Law is recognized as one of the leading law schools in Canada, and has a reputation worldwide for innovative research, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates. Our students are academically outstanding, intellectually curious, and actively-engaged in using their new knowledge and skills to help others. Our faculty members are innovative teachers and scholars who have gained national and international recognition for their contributions in areas ranging from human rights to environmental sustainability to business law, and our alumni have achieved leadership in the profession as well as in the business, government and non-profit sectors.
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A transformational gift from Mr. Peter A. Allard, Q.C.
On January 22, 2015, UBC announced a transformational $30 million gift from law alumnus Peter A. Allard, Q.C. Mr. Allard’s gift is the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school. In recognition of his gift, which enables the faculty to build on its reputation for championing human rights, the university renamed the law school the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
Mr. Allard’s historic donation has brought unprecedented benefits to students and faculty, both now and in the future, by establishing permanent endowments to support: faculty recruitment and retention to ensure students learn from some of the world’s greatest legal minds; student initiatives such as entrance awards, summer employment and enhanced admissions practices; and student experiential learning programs and clinical opportunities for students to learn practical skills. The gift also enables the Allard School of Law to build on its reputation for championing human rights through the Allard Prize for International Integrity. The Allard Prize was launched in 2012 and became independent of the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia on June 21, 2019.
The announcement event included remarks from Mr. Allard (see Mr. Allard’s speech from the official announcement at Norman Mackenzie house, and Mr. Allard’s speech from the faculty and student celebration event at Allard Hall). The official announcement also included remarks from Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, President Arvind Gupta, and Andrea Fraser, President of the UBC Law Students' Society. View photos from the official announcement. View the video from the official announcement at Norman Mackenzie house, and the video from the faculty and student celebration at Allard Hall. Learn more about what inspired Mr. Allard's transformational gift from an interview that was conducted a few days in advance of the official announcement.