at UBC's

Vancouver Campus

At the Peter A. Allard School of Law, you'll receive a first-rate legal education that balances traditional areas of practice with emerging fields of specialization. Your first year will cover common curriculum – with classes in Canadian Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Property Law, Torts, Legal Research and Writing, Public Law and Transnational Law – and your second and third years offer a wide range of courses and many opportunities for specialization.

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Program information

  • Campus: Vancouver
  • Faculty: Peter A. Allard School of Law
  • Degree: Juris Doctor
  • Length 3 yrs
  • Co-op No
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

Admission to the Juris Doctor program at the Peter A. Allard School of Law requires a minimum of 90 credits of approved university-level study (i.e., admission generally no earlier than fourth year). This is a three-year degree that usually follows a bachelor’s degree in another field.

The Law program introduces you to the Canadian legal system, provides you with a solid grounding in legal methods and processes, and prepares you for a career in law. In the first year of the Law program, you will take a fixed set of courses. In the second and third years, there are few requirements and you may tailor your program to suit your interests, choosing courses from among the widest array offered at any law school in Canada.


Campus features

The Peter A. Allard School of Law’s more than 10,000 alumni include:

  • Kim Campbell, former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Ujjal Dosanjh, former Premier of British Columbia and former Canadian Minister of Health, currently serving as MP for Vancouver South
  • Mike Harcourt, former Premier of British Columbia
  • Lance Finch, Chief Justice of British Columbia
  • Frank Iacobucci, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Wally Oppal, former BC Supreme Court Judge
  • Steven L. Point, BC Lieutenant-Governor
  • Kim Baird, former Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation
  • Alfred Scow, the first Aboriginal lawyer called to the BC bar

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

UBC stories

"My UBC legal training has made me a more astute journalist. The Aboriginal students I met at UBC Law School continue to be some of my closest friends and have been invaluable contacts for reporting on First Nations issues."

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