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McGill University Faculty of Law
Faculté de droit de l'université McGill  (French)
TypePublic
Established1853; 166 years ago (1853)[1]
DeanRobert Leckey
Academic staff
98
Students652[2]
Location, ,
Canada
CampusUrban
Languages
  • English (predominantly)
  • French
Websitemcgill.ca/law Edit this at Wikidata
Old Chancellor Day Hall is one of the buildings which house the Faculty of Law of McGill University.

The Faculty of Law is one of the professional graduate schools of McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. It is the oldest law school in Canada, and continually ranks among the best law schools in the world.[3][4][5] Its civil law degree is ranked as the best in Canada,[6] and consistently outranks Europe, Asia, and Latin America's top civil law schools.[7][8][9]

The Faculty offers the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) degrees, concurrently, in three to four years, allowing graduates to practice in the Canadian, US and UK common law system as well as Quebec, continental Europe, east Asia and Latin America's civil law system. The Faculty also offers the Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) degrees.

Graduates of the Faculty consistently account for one quarter of Canada's Supreme Court clerkships[10] ,[11][12][13] more than any law school in Canada.[14] One of the small number of elite law schools internationally that may submit International Court of Justice (ICJ) clerkship applications, it also consistently places graduates at the ICJ,[15][16] and has a better placement record than any other Canadian law school.

Its flagship law review, the McGill Law Journal, is the most cited law faculty review by Canada's Supreme Court, and was ranked the best overall student-run law journal in the world outside of the United States. It also publishes the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, the standard reference work for almost all Canadian law reviews, Canadian law schools, and courts.

Notable alumni include Prime Ministers John Abbott and Sir Wilfrid Laurier, eleven Justices of the Supreme Court, as well as numerous Members of Parliament.

History[edit]

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The Faculty of Law was officially created in 1853, after a petition signed by young men studying law in Montreal was made to McGill in 1848.[1] With the incoming class of 1969, the Faculty added a stand-alone common law degree, suitable to the practice of law in other Canadian provinces, which could be taken individually or jointly with the traditional civilian curriculum. The joint degree was then referred to as the National Programme, and taught common law and civil law in separate courses, but combined their study in a year-long introductory "Foundations" course and in some upper-year seminars.[17]

With the incoming class of 1999, the Faculty eliminated its civil, common, and national programs, and replaced them with a single program, which includes some mandatory first-year courses and some upper-year courses which integrate both common and civil law. This joint and bilingual degree, which all students must take, is now referred to as the transsystemic program.[18] This program underwent slight revisions during a curriculum renewal unrolled in 2016. Under the newly revised program, criminal and property law are taught differently; incoming students also undergo two "integration weeks" (one in the fall and winter).[19]

The Transsystemic program was created under the direction of former Dean Stephen Toope, whereby every student graduates with degrees in both civil law and common law. This means that, from the first year, courses now explore civil and common law concepts in close comparison. Students analyse and critically evaluate the two traditions, their histories, and their social, political, and cultural contexts.[20] Undergraduate students may participate in international exchange programs, and in the International Courts and Tribunals Program, which in 2006 received a Scotiabank-AUCC Award for Excellence in Internationalization.[21]

The Faculty of Law, through the Institute of Air and Space Law, publishes annually the since 1976 the first and only bilingual publication in the field of air and space law, the Annals of Air and Space Law.[22] Other bilingual publications of the Faculty of Law include the McGill Law Journal and the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law.[23]

Deans of the Faculty[edit]

The study of law at McGill began in 1844 when William Badgley was appointed lecturer in law within the Faculty of Arts. While informal classes began earlier, the Faculty of Law was officially established at McGill in 1853, with William Badgley appointed its first dean. Over the years, the following people have served the Faculty of Law as deans.[24][25][26][27][28]

  • 1853-1855 William Badgley, DCL 1870
  • 1855-1876 Sir John Abbott, BCL 1854, DCL 1867
  • 1876-1881 William W.H. Kerr, BCL 1872 (Acting Dean)
  • 1881-1888 William W.H. Kerr, BCL 1872
  • 1888-1896 Norman W. Trenholme, BCL 1865, DCL 1887
  • 1896-1897 Leonidas Davidson, BCL 1864
  • 1897-1914 Frederick Parker Walton, LLD 1915
  • 1914-1915 Charles Peers Davidson, BCL 1863, DCL 1875, LLD 1912 (Acting Dean)
  • 1915-1921 Robert Warden Lee, DCL 1877
  • 1921-1923 Robert A.E. Greenshields, BCL 1885, LLD 1929 (Acting Dean)
  • 1923-1928 Robert A.E. Greenshields, BCL 1885, LLD 1929
  • 1928-1936 Percy Ellwood Corbett, DCL 1961
  • 1936-1946 C. Stuart Lemesurier, BCL 1912
  • 1946 John P. Humphrey, BCL 1929, PhD 1945, LLD 1976 (Dean Designate)
  • 1946-1949 C. Stuart Lemesurier, BCL 1912
  • 1949 Gérald Fauteux, LLD 1955
  • 1950 A. Sydney Bruneau, BCL 1917
  • 1950-1960 William C.J. Meredith
  • 1960-1961 Maxwell Cohen, LLD 1994 (Acting Dean)
  • 1961-1964 F.R. Scott, BCL 1927, LLD 1967
  • 1964-1969 Maxwell Cohen, LLD 1994
  • 1969-1974 John W. Durnford, BCL 1952
  • 1974-1979 John E.C. Brierley, BCL 1959
  • 1979-1980 William Foster (Acting Dean)
  • 1980-1984 John E.C. Brierley, BCL 1959
  • 1984-1989 Roderick A. Macdonald
  • 1989-1994 The Hon. Yves-Marie Morissette
  • 1994-1999 Stephen Toope, BCL 1983, LBB 1983, LLD 2017
  • 1999-2003 Peter Leuprecht
  • 2003-2009 The Hon. Nicholas Kasirer, BCL 1985, LLB 1985
  • 2009 Shauna Van Praagh (Acting Dean)
  • 2009-2010 Daniel Jutras (Acting Dean)
  • 2010-2016 Daniel Jutras
  • 2016- Robert Leckey, BCL 2002, LLB 2002

Controversies[edit]

In 2018, the Faculty, along with the McGill Office for Students with Disabilities, were sued by a blind law student who alleged that he was systematically denied access to accommodation measures. His lawsuit was covered by local and national media outlets.[29][30][31]

Notable alumni[edit]

Justices of the Supreme Court[edit]

Jurists[edit]

Politicians[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Notable previous faculty members[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ "Cinq McGillois pour la Cour suprême du Canada". McGill Faculty of Law. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
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  12. ^ "Seven Clerks for Seven Judges". McGill Faculty of Law. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
  13. ^ "Six Supreme Law Court Clerks". McGill Faculty of Law. Retrieved 28 July 2017.
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  18. ^ Morissette, Yves-Marie, "McGill's Integrated Civil and Common Law Program" J. Legal Educ., 2002: 52: 12-28.
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  20. ^ Strauss, Peter, "Transsystemia—Are We Approaching a New Langdellian Moment? Is McGill Leading the Way?" J. Legal Educ., 2006: 56: 161-171.
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