Peter A Allard School of Law

Experiential Learning

Our experiential learning program plays a significant role in the JD curriculum at the law school, while also addressing barriers to legal services in BC.

We offer a wide-range of programs, from community-based clinics that foster critical lawyering skills and expose students to access to justice issues, to competitive moots that build essential advocacy skills.


Clinics and Externships

Legal education scholarship has demonstrated that the hands-on, real-world training of experiential education is an invaluable supplement to classroom learning. Following from our strategic plan commitments, students are now required to complete an experiential program as part of the JD program, ensuring that all of our students graduate with the skills and experience necessary to serve the public interest.

Students can work directly with clients in a number of areas, including family law, Indigenous law and business law. Visit our experiential learning page to learn more about all of our clinics and externships. 


We have had a long history with competitive moots and our students have won numerous national and international competitions. A committed community of volunteer judges, alumni and faculty provide students with the supportive network they need to ensure their success in each competition. The benefits of mooting include intensive training in written and oral advocacy, the opportunity to work with other students, and the chance to meet law students from other universities. Explore the many moot competitions offered at Allard Law. 


Other Experiential Opportunities

Kiera Stel works at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic

Making a difference

Allard Law students at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic take extraordinary steps to continue pro bono legal work during outbreak.

Women's Legal Clinic

Rise up: Free women's legal clinic opens in Vancouver

After years of cuts to legal aid, free legal clinic hopes to help women with family law matters (via CBC News).

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