Peter A Allard School of Law

Upper Year Courses & Exams

Allard Law will be offering the majority of upper year courses and seminars remotely this autumn term. The only exception is that a small number of our clinical or experiential programs will have a mandatory in-person requirement (assuming that public health directives continue to permit this).  We are also hoping to be able to arrange for some small group meetings of upper year students and classes, but these gatherings will be optional.  We are sticking with a Vancouver time-zone schedule, but are willing to work on options for anyone who is completely on the other side of the globe.

The bottom line is: you can be a full-time student this autumn without coming to campus if you pay attention to just a few exceptions when you register. These exceptions are indicated in the Upper Year Course Descriptions (2020 Winter Session) - see the link below.  As instructors develop plans for remote learning, there may be some variations in assessment, all of which will be finalized prior to the start of term.

Visit the JD LLMCL Summer Program page for 2021 Summer Course Information. (2021 Summer Course Information is not yet available.)  First-year students should visit the first-year program page.

Upper Year Course Descriptions (2020 Winter Session)

2021 WINTER SESSION (Fall 2021 and Spring 2022) course descriptions, course listings, timetables, and exam schedules will be available at this website in June 2021.)

Lists all Allard Law course offerings. Includes instructor details and a brief description of the course including the method of evaluation. These course descriptions are more detailed and take priority over the course descriptions in the UBC Calendar or listed on the SSC.  Upper Year Course Descriptions (2020W)

FALL 2020 TERM 1

Fall Term Classes: September - December 4
Fall Term Break: November 9 & 10 (November 11 is a holiday)


Spring Term Classes: January 6 - April 8 (some clinics and externships may begin January 4)
Spring Term Reading Week: February 16-19 (February 15 is a holiday)

    Changes to Schedule

    Lists changes to schedules, new courses and course cancellations. Consult this document regularly, particularly before registering. Course schedules are subject to change.  Download the Changes to Schedule.


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    • First-Pass Registration for third-year students will be 10 am, July 5, to 4 pm, July 6, 2021.
      • You will be allowed to register for up to a total of 18 credits for terms 1 and 2 combined during that time.
      • Please Note: Third-Year students should use their Pass 1 Registration Priority (July 2-3) to register for any remaining required courses (Administrative Law, Ethics & Professionalism, Jurisprudence & Critical Perspectives, Federalism (for students who commenced law studies in September 2020), a 3-credit Seminar, and an experiential course (if you are not fulfilling this requirement through a clinic/externship or moot).
    • Second-Pass Registration for third-year students takes place onwards of 10 am, July 13.
      • You will be allowed to register for additional credits to bring your total credits for the year (terms 1 and 2 combined) up to 34 credits.


    • First-Pass Registration for second-year students will be 10 am, July 8, to 4 pm, July 9, 2021.
      • You will be allowed to register for up to a total of 18 credits for terms 1 and 2 combined during that time.
    • Second-Pass Registration for second-year students takes place onwards of 10 am, July 13.
      • You will be allowed to register for additional credits to bring your total credits for the year (terms 1 and 2 combined) up to 34 credits.


    • First-Pass Registration for exchange students will be 10 am, July 8, to 4 pm, July 9, 2021.
      • You will be allowed to register for up to a total of 6 credits for terms 1 and 2 combined during that time. If you are only attending Allard for one term, register for 6 credits for that term only.
    • Second-Pass Registration for exchange students takes place onwards of 10 am, July 13.
      • You will be allowed to register for additional credits to bring your total credits for a term to 18 credits or up to 30 credits for the year (terms 1 and 2 combined).


    You must make a REGISTRATION DEPOSIT on the SSC for 2021W in order to activate your registration privileges. Registration deposits are:  $100 for continuing JD students, $600 for new to UBC domestic JD transfer students, $600 for returning to UBC domestic JD transfer students, $500 for new domestic JD visiting students, and $100 for returning to UBC domestic JD visiting students.  Exchange students do not pay a registration deposit. You can do this through the SSC beginning two weeks prior to the first day of the First Pass of registration for your year.  The registration deposit will be deferred for students who have self-identified as Aboriginal through the Student Service Centre website in the Personal Information menu. All registration is done through the SSC.

    Students must have all registration holds (i.e., financial holds) cleared prior to registration. Please contact a Law ES Advisor  for financial advising or assistance.

    Students seeking guidance on registration may wish to view the UBC step-by-step video on how to register including how to create a worklist.

    Upper-Year Law Courses will be viewable and the timetable worklist function is available to you on the Student Service Centre (SSC) one week prior to the first day of registration.  The timetable worklist will enable you to pre-select your Law courses and timetable preferences for registration (you will NOT be able to actually register until registration opens).

    In order to successfully save changes to your worklist when selecting a course to add to your worklist, make sure that you click the course code with the specific section number that you want – even if the course has only one section – before you click Save to Worklist.

    If you experience any technical difficulties with the timetable worklist function or with online registration, assistance is available through Enrolment Services (604-822-2844).  If you have any non-technical questions regarding registration, please email Susan Morin, or if you have advising questions contact Kaila Mikkelsen, Assistant Dean, Students, or Lee Schmidt, Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies (Indigenous student advising).


    Review the Degree Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions; they answer the most common questions Academic Services receives about registration and advising. If your question is not answered by an FAQ, then please follow up with the relevant Academic Services staff member.

    Make sure not to register for any courses that have exams that conflict.

    Make sure to have backup courses planned in advance in case you are not able to register into the courses that are your first choice.

    After you register, log completely out of the SSC, then log back into the SSC and check your personal timetable to make sure that you actually are registered in the courses in which you think you are registered.

    CREDIT/D/FAIL - not available in Law

    When viewing the details about Law courses on the SSC, you may notice a generic message stating, "This course is eligible for Credit/D/Fail grading." Students in the Law programs are not eligible for this grading option.


    You will notice that there are TBAs for some courses listed in the SSC while there are instructor names listed in the course listings above. This is because these instructors are new and are still being setup in the University's human resources and course scheduling systems. Once they have been setup in these systems, their names will be reflected on the SSC. For now, you can rely on the course listings documents above for those instructor names.


    There are no hard pre-/co-requisites set on any of our courses in the SSC that will prevent you from registering. You may receive messages about pre-requisites or co-requisites, but you will not be prevented from registering for any courses because of the messages. Please see the FAQs for more guidance on pre-requisites.

    Please make sure to check the timetables, course listings, exam schedules and “Changes to Schedule” documents above prior to creating your registration worklists and again just prior to registering in July as the information is subject to change. Do not rely on old copies of documents that you may have saved or printed!


    Request forms to apply for directed research, audit a law course or register in a non-law course are available online.  Please email if you have any questions.


    If you attempt to register in a course that has the same numeric code as another course or in which you previously registered, such as 343C.001 and 343B.001, you will need to be registered into a Directed Research for one of the courses. For technical reasons, we cannot register you in the same course number more than once. In this case, please contact Dayna Payette or Susan Morin, and they will attempt to save a seat for you in the course during your registration date and time and will later register you in a Directed Research if they are able to save a seat for you.


    This means that there are no seats open for self-registration.  The Section Comments on the course section number at the SSC will explain why.


    Students taking part in moots, clinics and other “by permission only” courses will be contacted through email by Student Services staff about their registration into those courses prior to July 2. Student Services staff will register those students into their moot, clinic, and other "by permission only" courses after July 13.


    If a course that you wish to take is full, then you should monitor the SSC regularly to see if a space opens up in a course. No waitlists will be kept.


    Students are required to complete a 3 credit seminar or directed research as a graduation requirement.  Courses worth 3 credits and identified as seminar in the course listings, meet the seminar requirement. Workshops and courses do not meet the seminar requirement


    We allow time conflicts for intensive courses only (those are the 1-2 credit courses held over a 1-2 week period with visiting professors) where the online course description clearly states conflicts are allowed, however you will not be able to self-register in an intensive course that conflicts with another course. If you have such a time conflict, contact Susan Morin ( or Dayna Payette ( in advance of registration so that she can attempt to register you in the intensive course when registration opens.


    If you require academic advising, please contact Kaila Mikkelsen, Assistant Dean, Student ( or 604-822-0676) or Lee Schmidt, Associate Director, Indigenous Legal Studies (Allard 157, or 604-822-2177). 

    If you have registration questions, please contact Susan Morin, Director of Student Academic Services (Allard 151, or 604-822-6731) or Dayna Payette, Academic Services Coordinator (Allard 149, or 604-827-5728).

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