Peter A Allard School of Law

Strategic Plan

Message from the Dean 

Welcome to the Peter A. Allard School of Law’s Strategic Plan. Our law school developed this plan during a significant moment in time – under the leadership of a new dean, following a global pandemic, and in the midst of questions about the role of institutions and individuals to establish and safeguard the rule of law. We have carried these lessons forward, and the resulting plan builds on our strengths in legal education, with an emphasis on leadership and on strengthening our community bonds. 

Our law school continues to push boundaries and set new standards of excellence. We are innovators in legal education, and our plan sets out to advance groundbreaking research and create opportunities for our community to exchange ideas and meaningfully collaborate, beyond the law school. We recognize our responsibility to question our legal systems and are committed to leading Indigenization and reconciliation at our law school and enhancing access to justice.

We are dedicated to excellence in teaching, learning and research, and are among the top law schools in Canada and throughout the world. Our values of community, decolonization, diversity and inclusion, global citizenship and leadership reflect the culture and reputation the law school has built over many decades. We immerse students in this culture from their first day, and they graduate to become leaders on the bench and in the bar.

As we imagine the future of our institution, we have organized our goals and actions within our plan into four areas, in alignment with the University of British Columbia’s strategic plan, Shaping UBC’s Next Century. These areas – People and Places, Research Excellence, Transformative Learning, and Local, National and Global Engagement – will organize our collective efforts over the next five years.

At the heart of our institution lies a commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive community. I am excited to work with the law school community to reach the aspirations we have set out in this plan, and I look forward to your participation and partnership. 

Ngai Pindell
Dean, Peter A. Allard School of Law

Ngai Pindell


Empowering people and communities to advance law and justice.


The Peter A. Allard School of Law serves our diverse local, national and global communities through:

  • Education: Engaging students in a broad and rigorous education that prepares them for legal practice and for careers in advanced research and as academics, and develops a critical awareness of the role of law in society;
  • Legal Practice: Partnering with the profession to create and mentor the next generation of lawyers;
  • Knowledge: Generating and disseminating research that leads scholarly inquiry and public discourse and addresses pressing social and policy issues;
  • Engagement: Intentionally engaging academic, professional, advocacy and higher education communities to collaborate around topics such as ethics, access to justice, law reform, reconciliation and decolonization, and to support the empowerment and inclusion of equity seeking groups;
  • Community Building: Creating an inclusive and respectful culture that encourages and values the diverse perspectives, experiences and contributions of our membership.


As a Faculty within the University of British Columbia, the Peter A. Allard School of Law is committed to the values of excellence, integrity, respect, academic freedom and accountability specified in the UBC strategic plan. In addition, we strive to uphold and embody the following five values:


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