University of Alberta Faculty of Law
|University of Alberta Faculty of Law|
|Parent school||University of Alberta|
|Dean||Dr. Paul Paton|
|Location||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
The University of Alberta Faculty of Law is the graduate school of law of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Established as an undergraduate faculty in 1912 it is the third oldest law school in Canada, and often considered the oldest law school in Western Canada.
The Faculty of Law is widely respected for the breadth and depth of instruction it provides in the fundamentals of Canadian law. 92-95% of students at the Faculty of Law find an articling position or pursue graduate studies  and the school is ranked second nationally for 'elite firm hiring'.
The Chief Justice of Canada, The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin; and the Chief Justice of Alberta, The Honourable Madame Catherine Fraser, are both graduates of the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.
The entrance average is traditionally around 3.7/163 (GPA/LSAT). The male:female ratio is approximately 49:51. The average age of admitted students is 25 years of age. In 2010, 14% of applicants successfully gained admissions to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law (171/1200). For purposes of grouping, the law school looks primarily at your last two years of study or the equivalent there of.
DUAL JD: The University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School (Colorado, USA) offer a dual degree program that enables students to obtain an Alberta law degree and a Colorado law degree within four years. University of Alberta students take the first two years of their legal studies at the University of Alberta and the latter two at Boulder.
Most students at the faculty are Juris Doctor candidates. This is a three-year program. Previously, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law has granted the Bachelor of Laws to graduating students, following the British naming tradition despite structurally being similar to the American graduate education structure. This ended in 2011.
The Faculty of Law is ranked #2 in Canada for "Elite Firm Hiring" by Maclean's (2014).
The John A. Weir Memorial Law Library, with approximately 390,000 volumes, is the second largest law library in Canada (after the Osgoode Hall Law School library).
Institutes and Centres of Excellence
- Alberta Law Reform Institute
- The Alberta Law Reform Institute is the official law reform agency for the province of Alberta.
- Centre for Constitutional Studies
- The Centre for Constitutional Studies is an academic centre of excellence dedicated to study of constitutional issues.
- the Health Law Institute
- Canada's preeminent Health Law research institute, home to leading health law scholars Gerald Robertson, Timothy Caulfield, Erin Nelson and Peter Carver, among others.
- International Ombudsman Institute
- Student Legal Services of Edmonton
Alberta Law Review
There are 37 clubs, groups and other student led organizations at the Faculty of Law. Alberta Law Review, Canons of Construction (student newspaper), Environmental Law Association, Law & Business Association, the Law Students Association, OutLaw, and Women's Law Forum are just some examples.
Student Legal Services
Each year approximately 250 law students from the Faculty of Law volunteer with Student Legal Services, a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low income individuals with legal issues in the Edmonton area.
Student Legal Services was founded in 1969 and is one of the largest legal clinics in Canada.
Unlike similar initiatives at other universities, at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law all students who want to volunteer with SLS are accepted and assigned shifts and cases.
Since 1991, law students have presented a large scale variety show with all proceeds going to charity. Since its inception, Law show has consistently been the most popular club within the faculty. The show features an entertaining law-themed play written by students interspersed with dancing, singing, and videos.
- Law Show 2011: Draculaw
- Law Show 2012: The Wizard of Laws
- Law Show 2013: Charlie and the Law Factory
- Law Show 2014: Alawddin
- Law Show 2015: Harry Lawter
- Law Show 2016: Ferris Buellaw's Day Off
- Law Show 2017: Alice in Wonderlaw (to be presented February 3rd and 4th, 2017)
- The Right Honourable Madame Beverley McLachlin, current Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
- The Honourable Mr. W.A. Stevenson, former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
- The Honourable Mr. Ronald Martland, former Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
- The Honourable Madame Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta
- The Honourable Mr. William A. McGillivray, former Chief Justice of Alberta
- The Honourable Mr. Allan Wachowich, former Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
- The Honourable Mr. Ron Stevens, former Deputy Premier of Alberta and Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations; Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
- The Honourable Mr. L. S. Tony Mandamin, first Aboriginal Canadian Judge appointed to the Federal Court of Canada
- The Honourable Peter Lougheed, former Premier of Alberta
- The Honourable Mr. David Hancock, former Premier of Alberta, Alberta Minister of Human Services and Government House Leader
- The Honourable Ron Ghitter, former Senator and Alberta MLA
- Clarence Campbell, former President of the National Hockey League
- Chief Wilton Littlechild, first Treaty Indian in Canada to serve as a Member of Parliament; elected Regional Chief of Alberta
- Daryl Katz, CEO & Chairman of The Katz Group and owner of the Edmonton Oilers
- Eldon Douglas Foote, founder of HomCare Inc
- Frank T. MacInnis, former CEO & Chairman, EMCOR Group; President, MES Holdings Corporation
- Robert E. Pelzer, President, Novartis North America
- David McLean, CEO of The McLean Group; Chairman, Canadian National Railway Company
- Ron Cummings, retired litigator known for liability cases
- Violet King Henry, the first black woman lawyer in Canada.
- LSAC - JD: Canadian Law School Profiles. 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
- "International Ombudsman Institute". Retrieved 2010-12-14.
- Alberta Law Review
- "ABORIGINAL COURTS IN CANADA" (PDF). THE SCOW INSTITUTE.
- U of A Faculty of Law receives unprecedented $2.5 million donation - ExpressNews - University of Alberta
- Official website
- Canons of Construction - University of Alberta Faculty of Law Student Newspaper
- Faculty Profiles
- History of the Faculty of Law written in 1955