UAlberta Law 2018 Prospectus

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#mypathlawFORWARD. THINKING.2018 PROSPECTUSWELCOME TO UALBERTA LAW 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 reputation for producing leading legal thinkers and for engaging in a shared commitment to public service. 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 communities in which they will lead and serve. Our students are a diverse group, and we celebrate and value this diversity — of race, gender, cultural background, sexual orientation, religion and place of origin. The entering class this year ranges in age from 21 to 43, representing 35 post-secondary institutions across North America and the world. They include athletes, authors, politicians and members of the Canadian Armed Forces, 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. For more information on our distinguished Faculty, programs and student resources, I encourage you to visit our website — — or contact 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 1FACULTY OF LAW | University of Alberta1YUKON TERRITORY1NORTHWEST TERRITORIES20BRITISH COLUMBIA1145ALBERTAMANITOBA2SASKATCHEWAN1QUEBEC81ONTARIONEW BRUNSWICK5INTERNATIONALGENERAL STATISTICS 201790185160INCOMING STUDENTS3.8AVERAGE LSATAVERAGE GPAINCOMING STUDENTS14GRADUATE DEGREES161UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES2595WOMENHOLISTIC REVIEW ADMITSMEN21-4325 YEARSAGE RANGEAVERAGE AGEUNDERGRADUATE DEGREES 5Accounting8Biological Sciences 7Business Administration9Business Economics and Law9Criminology Education3Engineering/Technology3English5History5 27Other Bachelor of Arts 16Other Bachelor of Commerce17Other Bachelor of Science10THREE YEAR ADMITS03ManagementTWO YEAR ADMITS6Marketing 3Music Social Work/Child and Youth Care2 11Sociology Philosophy7 23Political Science Psychology13The 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. PROSPECTUS2HOW TO APPLY Admissions 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 OffersAs 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, which includes both required courses and a wide range of options that allow you to tailor your interests, 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. As a quota faculty 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 based on an applicant’s pre-law academic record and LSAT score, as well as 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: 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 the University of Alberta or 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: 4. A personal statement meeting the criteria set out in the application checklist, available at: 5. A completed online application, available at: Students must submit their online application to the JD program BEFORE November 1 and all required documentation BEFORE February 1. *In special circumstances, the Admissions Committee will consider applications from applicants without a degree who have completed two years (60 credits), or equivalent, of a full program of study that would be accepted for credit towards any degree at the University of Alberta. Please email for more information.3FACULTY OF LAW | University of AlbertaPLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE Get InspiredAwards Our awards and bursaries program provides more than $1.2M to law students each year, thanks to funding from our generous donors and with Faculty support. We are committed to making law school accessible and ensuring that the cost of a legal education is not a barrier to entry: in 2016-17, all students who applied and met the prescribed financial need criteria received an award. In addition to the Faculty’s financial aid, the University of Alberta has a bursary awards program where students can apply for up to $8,000 per year in funding.$360,000in academically based scholarshipsAWARDED APPROX.$620,000in financial need based bursaries$100,000AVERAGE FIRST-YEAR BURSARY:$2,500in leadership service awardsFinances The 2017-2018 fees estimate for a Canadian or Permanent Resident, full-time first-year law student at the University of Alberta is as follows. Please note that this is an estimate only, and that all fees are subject to change.Tuition and mandatory fees for a first-year, full-time student:$10,221Estimated books and supplies:$1,500Non-instructional Fees:Notable Alumni: THE RIGHT HONOURABLE BEVERLEY MCLACHLIN, PC Class of 1968 • Chief Justice of Canada • Elevated from County Court of Vancouver to a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in less than 10 years • First female Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada DARYL KATZ Class of 1985 • Chairman and CEO of the Katz Group • Owner of the Edmonton Oilers WILTON LITTLECHILD, OC, QC Class of 1976 • Member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues • Member of the Truth & Reconciliation Committee$1,702ESTIMATED COSTS FOR FIRST YEAR:$13,423(CAD)PROSPECTUS4EXPLORE THE JD CURRICULUM The Faculty’s rigorous program of study is well known among leading law firms for providing students with the knowledge to succeed in the legal profession. Through the Faculty’s targeted program of required courses and a wide range of options, you’ll receive a strong foundation in the law and its origins, meaning and limits, while also having flexibility to customize your studies. The end result is a degree that opens doors. In addition to offering the JD program, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law also has a Master of Laws (LLM) and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.First Year Mentorship Program Every first-year student is provided two mentors — one faculty member and one upper-year student. The mentorship program is intended to help first-year students successfully transition into law school. Faculty members and students meet for lunch at the beginning of the school year, and students have the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed atmosphere. Upper-year student mentors also help first-year students by using their law school experience to offer guidance and support.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 to Law Legal Research and Writing Property Law Torts5FACULTY OF LAW | University of AlbertaUpper Years Exchange ProgramUpper Year Compulsory Courses: Administrative LawEvidenceCivil ProcedureProfessional ResponsibilityCorporations LawJurisprudence or Legal HistoryOptional Courses: During the upper years, optional courses allow you to explore your 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 Faculty members• Participating in internships with the courts or public agencies• Developing skills in negotiation, conflict resolution, client counselling, drafting or advocacyLaw 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.Optional courses fall under the following categories: Aboriginal LawIntellectual PropertyThe Administrative Process / Public LawInternational LawAdvanced Private LawLabour & EmploymentCorporate / Commercial LawLand LawCriminal LawLegal TheoryEstatesLitigation & Lawyering SkillsThe FamilyMootsHealth Law / Law & MedicineNatural Resources / Environmental LawHuman RightsTaxationPROSPECTUS6LEARN FROM THE BEST Our Faculty members strive for excellence. They have research interests in a broad array of Canadian and international law subject matter and can provide outstanding guidance in many areas of legal scholarship. Some Faculty members work in research clusters, including those associated with our Health Law Institute and the Centre for Constitutional Studies. See below for a selection of instructors and their areas of expertise.Dr. Eric AdamsTamara BuckwoldDr. Hadley FriedlandTeaching & Research Constitutional Law and Theory; Legal History; Labour and Employment LawTeaching & Research Contracts; Personal Property Security Law; Judgment Enforcement Law; Commercial TransactionsTeaching & Research Indigenous Laws; Aboriginal Law; Restorative Justice; Therapeutic Jurisprudence; Family Law; Indigenous Child Welfare; Legal Theory(BA, LLB, SJD)Awards & Accolades 2016-17 Killam Professorship (awarded to academics who have demonstrated a record of outstanding scholarship and teaching).Annalise Acorn (BA, LLB, BCL)Teaching & Research Jurisprudence, Professional Responsibility; Private International Law Awards & Accolades From 2014-2015, Prof. Acorn was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. She is also the author of Compulsory Compassion: A Critique of Restorative Justice (UBC Press, 2004).Barbara Billingsley (BA, LLB, LLM)Teaching & Research Insurance Law; Civil Process; Class Actions(LLB, LLM)Awards & Accolades The Hon. Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award (2016).Timothy Caulfield (BSc, LLB, LLM)Teaching & Research Health Law and Policy; Biotechnology and Science Policy; Bioethics Awards & Accolades Prof. Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. He writes frequently for the popular press on a range of health and science policy issues, and is the author of The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin, 2012), as well as Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Viking, 2015).Awards & Accolades Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2016). 7FACULTY OF LAW | University of Alberta(LLB, LLM, PhD)Awards & Accolades Vanier Scholar and recipient of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Talent Impact Award (2013). Prof. Friedland is also a recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal for her PhD dissertation (2016).Dr. Joanna Harrington (BA, JD, PhD)Teaching & Research International Law; International Human Rights Law; International and 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 (BSc, LLB, LLM, SJD)Teaching & Research International Environmental Law; Energy Law; Natural Resource Law; the Law of the Sea; Science and the Law; Animal Law Awards & Accolades Prof. Jefferies earned both his LLM and SJD at the University of Virginia, where he studied on a Fulbright Scholarship.Dr. Eran Kaplinsky (LLB, LLM, SJD)Teaching & Research Land Use Planning and Regulation; Municipal Law; Expropriation; Property Law; Law and Economics Awards & Accolades Prof. Kaplinsky is a research affiliate of UAlberta's City-Region Studies Centre and Research Director of the Alberta Land Institute.Dr. Anna Lund (BA, LLB, LLM, PhD) Teaching & Research Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law; Judgment Enforcement Law; Civil Procedure; Corporations Awards & Accolades Edmonton Community Legal Centre’s Distinguished Service Award for pro bono legal work (2015), 2015-16 Western University Student Council Teaching Honour RollDr. Erin Nelson(BScPT, LLB, LLM, JSD) Teaching & Research Health Law; Health Care Ethics; Health Policy; Women's Health Law and Policy; Reproductive Health Law and Policy; Tort Law; Law and Medicine Awards & Accolades Prof. Nelson is a Fellow and member of the Advisory Board of the Health Law Institute. From 2012-2013, Professor Nelson served as Senior Legal Counsel to the Honourable Catherine Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta.Steven Penney(BA, LLB, LLM) Teaching & Research Criminal Law and Procedure; Evidence; National Security; Substantive Criminal Law; Privacy; Law and Technology Awards & Accolades Prof. Penney is co-author of Criminal Procedure in Canada (LexisNexis, 2011), and co-editor of Evidence: A Canadian Casebook (Emond Montgomery, 2011). He has written several book chapters and his articles have appeared in numerous publications, including the American Journal of Criminal Law and the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.Peter Sankoff (BA, JD, LLM)Teaching & Research Law of Evidence; Substantive Criminal Law and the Criminal Justice Process; Animal Law; Legal Pedagogy 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. PROSPECTUS8ENRICH YOUR EXPERIENCE Competitive Moot ProgramAlberta Law ReviewMooting helps students build the core skills required of lawyers, including research, advocacy, writing, communication, negotiation and consensus building skills. The practice of oral and written advocacy – with the help of coaching by teams of peers, Faculty and senior lawyers – is a tremendous opportunity for students to “perfect the practice of law” as they prepare and present opposing sides of a legal argument to a panel of judges. These simulated court proceedings also provide students the opportunity to network with Faculty and senior members of the bar and bench. Some moots involve client consultation and non-litigation dispute resolution, skills that are essential to a well-rounded legal education.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.“Competing in a trial moot with live witnesses and a full jury box is about as real as it gets. The competition itself was a great experience, but the numerous practices were where I really improved many important skills that will be put to the test in years to come. I have no doubt that I will be a better trial lawyer because of this mooting experience." – CALVIN PATTERSON (JD '17)Sunny Mann (left) and Calvin Patterson, who placed third at the 2017 MacIntyre Western Canada Trial Cup Moot.9FACULTY OF LAW | University of AlbertaCentre for Constitutional Studies (CCS) The Centre for Constitutional Studies hires up to three law student researchers who work full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year. These students engage in in-depth research on current constitutional issues and write plain-language articles for the CCS website which are aimed at the general public. Students are also hired to provide editorial assistance to the Centre’s publications, the Review of Constitutional Studies and Constitutional Forum.Student Legal Services (SLS) Student Legal Services of Edmonton is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals with legal issues in the Edmonton area. SLS is the largest 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.“Through Student Legal Services, I have had the opportunity to advocate for Principals in court, mediation and tribunal appearances, and I have learned a great deal about client management and legal research. The practical experience I have gained through Student Legal Services has been invaluable, and will be beneficial as I move forward with my legal career.” – DANIELLE MOUSSEAU (third-year law student and Family Law Coordinator at SLS)Health Law Institute (HLI) The Health Law Institute 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.“The Health Law Institute was one of the key reasons why I decided to study law at the University of Alberta. As a student with the HLI, I am
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