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DEAN’S MESSAGE Welcome to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law! Located in Edmonton – home to a spectacular river valley and a plethora of festivals – the Faculty is a community more than 100 years in the making; a community with a distinguished tradition of learning the law and engaging in public service locally, nationally, and internationally. Our distinguished alumni include Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and University of Alberta Chancellor Doug Stollery, in addition to a multitude of scholars, judges, business leaders, and legions of lawyers who make a difference to their clients and communities every day. My focus as Dean of Law is to preserve the best of our past while preparing students for a challenging future in a dynamic profession. This includes ensuring top quality curriculum, attracting and retaining outstanding faculty, investing in frontline student services, fostering student mental health and wellness, and supporting inclusiveness and diversity. Each of these priorities is driven by a desire to ensure that our students receive a transformative law school experience at the University of Alberta, one that prepares them to make their mark – not only in the legal profession, but also in the community. Our students are a diverse group, and we celebrate and value this diversity – of race, gender, Aboriginal or Indigenous status, sexual orientation, religion, or place of origin. The entering class this year ranges in age from 20 to 40, representing 34 post-secondary institutions across North America and the world. They include scientists, athletes, historians, musicians, and engineers, with one common denominator: excellence. Our students also come from a range of financial backgrounds, and we make it a priority to help lower financial barriers to a law school education by offering more than $1 million in scholarships and financial bursaries. As a law student at the University of Alberta, you will benefit from an excellent legal education delivered by faculty recognized amongst the country’s best scholars and teachers – turn to page 9 to see a few examples – that will help you to develop a solid foundation on which to build your legal career. Our faculty members are regularly consulted by governments, courts, and industry, and recognized with prestigious teaching and research awards. They also make important contributions to public dialogue on issues that matter to Canadians. As a law student at the University of Alberta, you will also benefit from tremendous opportunities – both inside and outside the classroom – to hone your advocacy, research, leadership, and writing skills. I encourage students to participate in extracurricular activities unique to law school, whether you choose to join the Alberta Law Review, compete in moot competitions, or volunteer with Student Legal Services, our student legal clinic that has provided critical support for those in need since 1969. In addition, our Career Services team will help you prepare for outstanding careers after graduation. For more information on our distinguished faculty, programs, and student resources, I encourage you to visit our website – www.ualberta.ca/law – or contact law.admissions@ualberta.ca. We look forward to helping you explore the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. PAUL D. PATON, JSD Dean of Law and Wilbur Fee Bowker Professor of Law

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WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA The University of Alberta in Edmonton is home to thousands of students, award-winning professors, and world-renowned researchers from across Canada and around the world. We are a diverse, vibrant, and welcoming community where great minds have been meeting for more than 100 years. The U of A acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the history, languages, and cultures of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people.

FAST FACTS UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

TOP 5

Canadian university

TOP 100 * Worldwide

38,733 students FROM 147 countries

5 campuses

100+ INSTITUTES AND CENTRES

CITY OF EDMONTON

325

DAYS OF SUN

0%

SALES TAX

#1 URBAN PARK IN NORTH AMERICA:

N O R T H S A S K AT C H E WA N R I V E R VA L L E Y

1.36 million people (METRO)

60+ FESTIVALS

*QS World University Rankings 2016/17

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ADMISSIONS As a law student at the University of Alberta, you will receive an excellent education taught by some of Canada’s best legal scholars and teachers; an education that will ensure you develop a solid understanding of the law and a foundation from which to build your legal career. Our rigorous program of study – both required courses and a wide range of options that allow you to tailor your studies – is well known among leading law firms for providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the profession. Each year, we admit approximately 185 students. With many more applications than we can accommodate, eligibility does not guarantee admission. Students apply in one of two categories: Regular or Aboriginal. •

Admission in the Regular category is based primarily on an applicant’s pre-law academic record and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score.

Admission in the Aboriginal category is also based on an applicant’s pre-law academic record and LSAT score, in addition to a number of special considerations designed to help address the traditional underrepresentation of Aboriginal peoples in the legal profession.

For detailed information on the admissions process, visit: www.ualberta.ca/law/admissions For detailed information on the Aboriginal admissions process, visit: https://www.ualberta.ca/ law/admissions/juris-doctor/aboriginal-applicants 3

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FAST FACTS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS

of full-time study at a recognized institution COMPETITIVE GRADES (see Admitted Applicant Profile)

COMPETITIVE LSAT SCORE (see Admitted Applicant Profile) —————

FINANCES Tuition and mandatory fees for a first-year, full-time student:

$12,691

Estimated books and supplies:

$1,600

MORE THAN $1.1M AWARDED to JD students annually


CALENDAR Early July

Application Opens

November 1

Application Deadline

December

Last LSAT

December 1 – March 1

First Round Offers

February 1

Document Deadline

Mid-March

Dean’s Welcome for Admitted Students

March 31

First Round Acceptance Deadline

April

Second Round Offers

Admission Requirements 1. An undergraduate degree, or at least the first three years (90 credits) of a program leading to an undergraduate degree. The degree or credits must be from an institution recognized by the University of Alberta, and it must have been completed prior to the September in which admission to law school is sought. 2. A valid LSAT score written within the five-year period prior to the September in which admission is sought. The last acceptable LSAT writing date for September admission is December of the previous year. Multiple LSAT scores within the period of validity will be averaged. 3. If English is not your first language, you must meet the University of Alberta’s English language proficiency requirement. For more information, visit: www.studyincanada.ualberta.ca. 4. A personal statement meeting the criteria set out in the application checklist, available at: www.ualberta.ca/law/admissions. 5. A completed online application, available at: www.ualberta.ca/admissions. Students must submit their online application to the JD program BEFORE November 1 and all required documentation BEFORE February 1.

“With its abundance of seminars, extra-curricular opportunities, and ongoing contact with practicing lawyers in the community, U of A Law allowed me to choose courses that would be both interesting and practical, and assisted me in creating a career plan that complements my personality, knowledge, and abilities.” – JACKIE BRUNDELL, Class of 2016

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NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

25

BRITISH COLUMBIA

4

129

ALBERTA

MANITOBA

3

SASKATCHEWAN

2

QUEBEC

7

2

ONTARIO

2

NEW BRUNSWICK

NOVA SCOTIA

9

INTERNATIONAL

GENERAL STATISTICS 2016

88

184

161

INCOMING STUDENTS

3.8

AVERAGE LSAT

AVERAGE GPA

INCOMING STUDENTS

24

GRADUATE DEGREES

153

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES

36

96

WOMEN

HOLISTIC REVIEW ADMITS

MEN

20-40

25 YEARS

AGE RANGE

AVERAGE AGE

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES 6

Accounting

10

Biological Sciences 3

Communications

9

Criminology & Justice Studies 6

Economics 5

Engineering

9

English

11

Finance Fine Arts Health & Medical Sciences

2 7 14

History and Classics

6

THREE YEAR ADMITS

1

13

Other Humanities

TWO YEAR ADMITS

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Other Sciences Philosophy

7 23

Political Sciences 21

Psychology Sociology

5

18

Other Business

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JD CURRICULUM: FIRST YEAR All first-year JD students at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law take the same seven core courses designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge of the law.

First Year Compulsory Courses: Constitutional Law Contracts Criminal Law Foundations of Law Legal Research and Writing Property Law Torts

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JD CURRICULUM: UPPER YEARS Exchange Program Law students can enhance their academic and personal experiences through global exchange programs. Our students have studied all over the world while earning credit towards their JD degree. Students pay University of Alberta fees and there are extensive scholarship opportunities to fund studies abroad.

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Upper Year Compulsory Courses: Administrative Law

Evidence

Civil Procedure

Professional Responsibility

Corporations Law

Jurisprudence or Legal History

Optional Courses: During upper years, optional courses allow you to tailor your studies by exploring areas of interest. Optional courses involve a wide variety of learning opportunities, including: •

Participating in a competitive moot

Working on the Alberta Law Review

Conducting directed research with a faculty member

Participating in an internship with the courts or public agencies

Developing skills in negotiation, conflict resolution, client counselling, drafting, or advocacy

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Optional courses fall under the following categories: Aboriginal Law

Intellectual Property

The Administrative Process / Public Law

International Law

Advanced Private Law

Land Law

Corporate / Commercial Law Criminal Law Estates The Family

Labour & Employment Legal Theory Litigation & Lawyering Skills Moots

Health Law / Law & Medicine

Natural Resources / Environmental Law

Human Rights

Taxation

JD/MBA The University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the Alberta School of Business offer a program of joint study which permits students to earn both the MBA and JD degrees in four years. Students in the first year of the regular MBA program or the JD, as well as new entrants, are eligible to apply for the joint program.

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SELECT FACULTY PROFILES Awards & Accolades Canadian Bar Association’s Ramon John Hnatyshyn Governor General’s Gold Medal (2012) recognizing outstanding contributions to law and legal education in Canada

Enforcement Law; Commercial Transactions Awards & Accolades The Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award (2016)

Dr. Eric Adams (BA, LLB, SJD)

Teaching & Research Constitutional Law and Theory; Legal History; Labour and Employment Law Awards & Accolades 2016-17 Killam Professorship (awarded to academics who have demonstrated a record of outstanding scholarship and teaching)

Dr. Joanna Harrington Barbara Billingsley (BA, LLB, LLM)

Teaching & Research Insurance Law; Civil Process; Class Actions Awards & Accolades Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2016)

Catherine Bell

(BA, LLB, LLM) Teaching & Research Indigenous Legal Issues, Cultural Heritage Law; Interdisciplinary Collaborative Community-based Legal Research; Access to Justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution; Property Law

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Tamara Buckwold (LLB, LLM)

Teaching & Research Contracts; Personal Property Security Law; Judgment

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(BA, JD, PhD)

Teaching & Research International Law; International Human Rights Law; International & Transnational Criminal Law; Constitutional Law; Comparative Constitutional Law Awards & Accolades A past recipient of the Martha Cook Piper Research Prize and a Killam Professorship, Prof. Harrington spent the Winter 2016 term as the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Policy Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.


Dr. Cameron Jefferies

Dr. Ubaka Ogbogu

Peter Sankoff

(BSc, LLB, LLM, SJD)

(LLB, BL, LLM, SJD)

Teaching & Research International Environmental Law; Energy Law; Natural Resource Law; the Law of the Sea; Science and the Law; Animal Law

Teaching & Research Law of Torts; Law and Medicine; Jurisprudence (Law and Science Policy); Pharmacy Law and Ethics; Public Health Law; Legal History of Medicine; Health Law and Science Policy Studies

Teaching & Research Law of Evidence; Substantive Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process; Animal Law; and Legal Pedagogy

Awards & Accolades Prof. Jefferies earned both his LLM and SJD at the University of Virginia, where he studied on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Awards & Accolades Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations’ Distinguished Academic Early Career Award (2015)

(BA, JD, LLM)

Awards & Accolades Brightspace Innovation Award in Teaching and Learning from the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2016) – the first professor from the University of Alberta to earn this honour.

Did you know? Prof. Timothy Caulfield has been named to Prof. Rod Wood was admitted to the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law in July 2016. The Academy is composed of approximately 100 leading academics in the field of commercial and consumer law from around the world.

Alberta Venture magazine’s “50 Most Influential Albertans” list not once – but twice. (2014, 2016)

Prof. Anna Lund was honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from the Edmonton Community Legal Centre in April 2016 for her pro bono work for the organization.

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OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS Competitive Moot Program

Alberta Law Review

Mooting gives students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with legal work, arguing hypothetical cases before trial and appellate moot courts at competitions across the country. Students learn essential legal skills, including how to conduct legal research, and prepare written and oral submissions. In 2016, our students earned victories at the Sopinka Cup – the national trial advocacy competition – the Bennett Jones Cup in Health Law Advocacy, and at the Alberta Court of Appeal moots.

Founded in 1955, the Alberta Law Review is published quarterly by the Alberta Law Review Society, an organization consisting of law students at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. The editorial board is comprised of upper-year students who develop exceptional skills in legal research and writing and receive academic credit for their service.

“Mooting was the highlight of my law school experience. Not only was it a lot of fun, but I also had the opportunity to learn trial and appellate advocacy skills from more than 50 professors, practitioners and judges.” – FRASER GENUIS (JD ’16, 2016 Sopinka Cup participant)

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“I’ve been asked about my experience with the Alberta Law Review in every interview I’ve had since joining the editorial board, and it also helped me secure both articling and clerkship positions.” – BROOKLYN LECLAIR (3L, Co-Editor, Alberta Law Review)


Student Legal Services

Health Law Institute (HLI)

Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low income individuals with legal issues in the Edmonton area. SLS is the largest student legal services organization of its kind in Canada and provides unique opportunities for student volunteers. These volunteers regularly appear before the Edmonton Provincial Court on behalf of individuals and also gain a wealth of experience in advocacy, interviewing and counselling, file management, and solicitor/ client relationships.

The HLI hires law students as research assistants for full-time summer employment and part-time employment during the school year. These positions are grant funded and provide students with the opportunity to become involved in health law and science policy research. Responsibilities include various research activities, in addition to co-authoring posters, presentations, and academic peer reviewed publications.

Centre for Constitutional Studies (CCS) The CCS hires full-time summer law student researchers and part-time student researchers during the school year. Responsibilities include editorial assistance to CCS’ academic publications, in-depth research projects on current constitutional issues, and writing articles for the CCS website.

“My experience at the U of A has been shaped by the amount of time I involve myself in the school community. Whether through my involvement in clubs, rugby, or the LSA, the more I put myself out there and meet people, the more I enjoy the law school experience.” – ASHTON MENUZ (3L, Dean’s List)

“Law rugby is a great way to meet students in different sections and years. As a first year, it was comforting to know I had a team behind me, ready to offer support whenever needed.” –B  RENDAN DOWNEY (3L, President, Golden Bearristers Rugby)

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“The LSA’s goal is to ensure that every student succeeds both academically and personally during law school by promoting a supportive and collegial student culture. Join us!” – NICK TODD, President Law Students’ Association (2016-17)

Ferris Buellaw’s Day Off: Law Show 2016

STUDENT LIFE The University of Alberta Faculty of Law is known for its collegial atmosphere and immersive student experience. With more than 30 clubs and associations for you to join – see below for a sample – we encourage you to get involved during law school. Active participation is what makes the student experience at the Faculty among the best in the country. For a comprehensive list of our student clubs and associations, visit: www.ualberta.ca/law/student-resources/get-involved •

Aboriginal Law Students’ Association

Canadian Bar Association – Law Students Section North

Golden Bearristers & Panda Bearristers (Men’s and Women’s Rugby)

Litigators, Tortfeasors (Men’s Hockey) & Swift Justice (Women’s Hockey)

Canadian Lawyers for International Human Rights

Law & Business Association

Mental Health & Wellness Committee

Law Show

OUTlaw Alberta

Christian Law Students’ Association

Law Students for Access Together

Student Animal Legal Defense Fund

Energy Law Club

Women’s Law Forum

Environmental Students’ Association

Law Students for Inclusion & Diversity

Campus Living: Alder House Located in a scenic neighbourhood on the eastern edge of campus, Alder House is a co-ed, on-campus residence for law students. Alder House offers modern, fully furnished rooms, a community kitchen, and common living space where you can spend time with your classmates.

“Living in Alder House was a great beginning to law school. It allowed me to meet a huge number of friends, was steps away from the Law Centre, and it was comforting to know that we were all going through the same experiences together.” – PETER MOORMAN (2L)

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CAREER SERVICES Career Services offers guidance and practical support in all aspects of your career search. Our two full-time Career Development Officers provide opportunities for students, from career seminars and fairs to individual career counselling. Career Services hosts numerous events and provides services throughout the academic year, including: •

On-Campus Interviews (OCIs) with firms from several cities across Canada

Firm hops

Career fairs

Individual career counselling with each first-year student

Non-traditional legal career information sessions

Job application and interview skills workshops and counselling

Exclusive access to job postings

In addition, our extensive alumni network helps students prepare for and secure positions in private practice, government, industry, and non-traditional settings.

AWARDS & FINANCIAL AID Our awards and bursaries program provides more than $1.1M to law students each year. We are committed to making law school accessible and ensuring that the cost of a legal education is not a barrier to entry: in 2015-16, all students who applied and met prescribed financial need criteria received an award. In addition to the Faculty’s financial aid, the University of Alberta has an awards program where students can secure an additional $6,000 per year.

2015-16:

AWARDED APPROX.

$600,000

AVERAGE FIRST-YEAR BURSARY:

in financial need based bursaries

$2,317

“My involvement with the Women’s Law Forum has been transformative. It has helped me grow in my knowledge of gender issues in our profession and given me the strength and courage to advocate for change.” –K  AYLA THOMPSON, (3L, Co-Chair, Women’s Law Forum)

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Phone: 780-492-3067 Fax: 780-492-4924 Email: law.admissions@ualberta.ca www.ualberta.ca/law

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