Peter A Allard School of Law

Beyond 1L – Upper-Year Course Selection Advice

How do I choose my courses? What should I take? Will I be a successful lawyer if I don’t take course X, Y or Z?

Don’t worry, we’re here to help!  Below we’ve set out some links to key pages in the Allard Law Student Portal to assist you.  By reviewing all the linked info, you should have a better idea of options available to you. Additionally, the Law Students’ Society 1L Academic Representatives, working with the Assistant Dean, Students, approached lawyers in a number of practice areas to ask for their video advice on choosing courses

For one-on-one advising, please reach out to an academic advisor.

Key links to help you choose your courses

Degree Requirements

Review the JD degree requirements to help ensure you will meet all the requirements for graduation. The Degree Requirements also set out details about how to meet the experiential requirement.

Course and Registration Information 

Summer 2022 and Winter 2022 Course Registration Information.

  • Note the registration dates and times for Summer and Winter
    • Winter 2022 registration dates are from July 4-12, 2022. Your registration date will depend on your year (more details at the link above).
  • Review the detailed course descriptions  (at the Summer and Winter links above) rather than those on the Student Services Centre: these descriptions give you detailed information about each course section as well as describing the evaluation method
  • Consider timetables, schedule changes and exam dates to plan your course selection.
  • Review the detailed information about registration dates and tips to improve your registration experience

Further Reading: Course Selection AdviceFrequently Asked Questions for course selection and registration

Beyond Courses

Course Selection Advice from Alumni Lawyers

We are grateful to our lawyer alumni who have prepared short videos about their perspectives on course selection based on their experience and practice area and we hope they are helpful to our students. These videos should be viewed as part of the advice that a student may receive in considering their upper-year course selection.  Every student has unique goals and realities and the advice an individual lawyer’s (even if the student intends to practice in a lawyer’s field) may not be applicable to a student’s situation. 

We also recommend that students speak to professors, upper year students and seek advice from the Assistant Dean, Students or Manager, Student Experience.


Naomi Moses, Allard Law Class of 2016, Former Clerk of the BC Court of Appeal, Small Firm Lawyer (Aboriginal, Constitutional, Criminal, Administrative Law)

Patrick Chou, Allard Law Class of 2018, Business lawyer 

Maria Oswald, Allard Law Class of 2017, Former Clerk for the BC Court of Appeal, Government Lawyer (litigation)

Mark Iyengar, Allard Law Class of 2018, Former Clerk for the Supreme Court of Canada and BC Court of Appeal, Criminal Defence Lawyer

Tanya Thakur, Allard Law Class of 2018, Family Law Lawyer

Randy Robinson, Allard Law Class of 2016, Crown Prosecutor

Tyson Gratton, Allard Law Class of 2013, Business Lawyer 

Sabrina Spencer, Allard Law Class of 2016, Former Clerk for the BC Supreme Court, Vice President (Environmental / Regulatory / Aboriginal Law)


Please reach out to the Assistant Dean, Students or the Manager, Student Experience for one-on-one advising. They would be happy to meet with you! Appointments can be directly booked online via Calendly.


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