Thumbnail sketches of common-law schools across the country
University of Alberta (1912)
(403) 492-3067/3062 Dean: Lewis Klar http://www. law. u alberta, ca Full-time students: 505
The faculty’s affiliation with the Health Law Institute offers opportunities to study and research in such hot areas as genetic engineering and health-care cost containment. In addition, the faculty has numerous courses in constitutional law. The indigenous law program has steadily grown since it was established in 1991 to rectify the underrepresentation of aboriginal lawyers in Canada. And increasing emphasis is being placed on alternative dispute resolution: in addition to three sections of seminars, the faculty has recently introduced an ADR field experience program. Distinguished professors: Christine Davies (family); Dick Dunlop (creditor’s remedies, law and literature); David Percy (contracts, natural resources).
University of British Columbia (1945)
Vancouver, B.C. (604) 822-6303 Dean: Joost Blom http://www.law.ubc.ca/
Full-time students: 616
Located on Canada's Pacific Rim, UBC houses the Centre for Asian Legal ; Studies with courses in Japanese and Chinese law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Other strengths include feminist legal studies, international criminal law and criminal justice policy. First Nations legal studies is also an area of intensive scholarly and curricular focus. UBC’s unique law and computers program is internationally renowned for its work applying technology to the legal profession.The law students’ legal advice program helps members of the community under the supervision of volunteer lawyers. Distinguished professors: Bertie McClean (law of pensions, law of trusts); Pitman Potter (Chinese law, international business law); Douglas Sanders (aboriginal law,
constitutional law, international aboriginal rights law); Lynn Smith (feminist theory, equality theory, constitutional equality rights).
University of Calgary (1976) Calgary, Alta. (403) 220-8154 Dean: Michael Wylie www.ucalgary.ca Full-time students: 200
Calgary’s admissions committee considers maturity, work experience and community involvement as equal to or more important than grades and LSAT scores. The faculty is regarded as a pioneer in the teaching of legal skills training, making extensive use of oral advocacy exercises and clinical seminars. Grades are based on a combination of assignments and examinations, rather than the 100-per-cent final exam.Through its Institute of Natural Resources, the school also provides a focus in environmental and energy law. Distinguished professors: Alastair Lucas (natural resources, energy and environmental); Kathleen Mahoney (equality rights).
Dalhousie University (1883) Halifax, N.S. (902) 494-2068 Dean: Dawn Russell http://www. dal. ca/la w/
Full-time students: 430
Dalhousie is a truly national law school: roughly 60 per cent of its 157 firstyear students come from outside the province. A leader in marine and environmental law, the school is home to the law program for indigenous blacks and Mi’kmaqs, and a strong clinical legal education program. Dalhousie offers joint master’s degrees in law and business administration, public administration, library and information sciences, and health services administration. The school has one of the strongest clinical legal education programs in the country. Distinguished professors: Esmerelda Thornhill
(human rights, critical race theory); Leon Trakman (jurisprudence in constitutional law); David VanderZwaag (environmental).
University of Manitoba (1885) Winnipeg, Man. (204) 474-8808 Dean: Arthur Braid http://www. umanitoba. ca/ faculties,/law Full-time students: 264
Manitoba requires all students to take a balance of doctrinal, clinical and socalled perspectives courses.The faculty also has an ambitious trial advocacy program, which starts in first year with legal methods, and continues with courses in pretrial process and advocacy. The legal aid clinic and small-business law clinic benefit both students and the greater Winnipeg community. One of the first law schools to offer a part-time program, Manitoba has taken a leadership role in improving access to less advantaged groups, particularly the aboriginal population. Distinguished professors: Janet Baldwin (contract, gender issues); Bryan Schwartz (constitutional, charter, international, international trade).
McGill University (1848)
Montreal, Que. (514) 398-6602 Dean: Stephen Toope www. law. mcgill. ca Full-time students: 195
Canada’s oldest law school, McGill offers both civil and common law; most students choose to earn both degrees concurrently through McGill’s National Program. Understandably, comparative law is a strength, with course offerings and research projects in aboriginal law and Islamic law, among others. Another area of specialty is international law, which encompasses both human rights and international business law. At the graduate level, international aerospace law is offered through the Institute of Air and Space Law. McGill offers five joint degree programs, including an LLB and BCL (civil law),
and master’s degrees in business administration, and social work. Distinguished professors: Irwin Cotier (human rights law and advocacy); Roderick Macdonald (constitutional, commercial, administrative); Margaret Somerville (comparative health, bioethics).
Université de Moncton (1978)
Moncton, N.B. (506) 863-2132
Dean: Michel Doucet
http://www. umoncton. ca/droit/
Full-time students: 114
At Canada’s youngest and smallest law school, all students pursue common law in French. Moncton offers two joint degrees, LLB/master of public administration and LLB/master ol business administration. As well, it currently offers some graduate courses in environmental studies and is considering creating a joint LLB and master of environmental studies degree, Perhaps best-known for its work in linguistic law, Moncton is home to the legal translation and terminology centre, and the international centre for the study of common law in French Distinguished professors: Andrée Boudreau-Ouellet (property); Pierre Foucher (constitutional and language) Donald Poirier (family, law pertaining to senior citizens).
University of New Brunswick (1892)
Fredericton, N.B. (506) 453-4693 Dean: Anne La Forest www. unb. ca/web/law/UNBLAW. htm Full-time students: 229
A small, close-knit law school, Nev Brunswick accepts only 80 students : year. Similar to most schools, the first year curriculum is compulsory; howev er, at UNB there are requisite course: in the upper years, including commer cial law, public law and business. Also offered are courses in legal writing, oral presentation and alternative dispute resolution. In 1991, the law school created the country’s first chair in women and law. Distinguished professors: Patricia Hughes (feminist theory and practice, constitutional, dispute resolution); Edward Veitch (contracts, torts, civil procedure); Catherine Walsh (private international law, secured transactions, real and personal property).
Osgoode Hall Law School (1889) North York, Ont. (416) 736-5712 Dean: Marilyn Pilkington http://www.yorku. ca/osgoode Full-time students: 911
Canada’s largest common law school, Osgoode has been a leader in offering a comprehensive curriculum, greater access to legal services, and addressing the need for the reform of legal institutions. Its intensive clinical programs integrate study and work placement in such areas as advanced business law, criminal law, poverty law, and immigration and refugee law. Students can take joint master’s degrees in business administration and environmental studies; the graduate program offers a full-time degree and 10 part-time programs. Osgoode also houses four research centres: in public law and policy, feminist legal studies, refugee law, and organized crime and corruption. Distinguished professors: Peter Hogg (constitutional, taxation, trusts); David Vaver (intellectual property, contract law); Sharon Williams (international).
University of Ottawa (1957)
Ottawa, Ont. (613) 562-5794
Dean: Sanda Rodgers
www. u Ottawa, ca/academic/
Full-time students: 492
Ottawa is Canada’s only law school to offer common law in both French and English. It also offers a combined common law and civil law program, preparing students for careers in the country’s two legal systems. Its location puts law students within walking distance of the National Library, National Archives, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. The school places a strong emphasis on alternative dispute resolution: firstyear students take introduction courses to enhance their mediation skills, and in second or third year they have an opportunity to do a work placement in this area.The law school is home to centres on human rights research and education, trade policy and law, tax research, and linguistic rights. Distinguished professors: Vern Krishna (domestic and international tax); Donald McRae (international, international trade); Ruth Sullivan (statutory interpretation).
Queen’s University (1957) Kingston, Ont. (613) 545-2220 Dean: Donald Carter http://qsilver.queensu.ca/law/ Full-time students: 465
Queen’s has a broad spectrum of clinical offerings that provide opportunities to learn in real-life settings. Its unique first-year resource program provides a foundation in ethics and professional responsibility, diversity and perspectives, and in research, legal writing and advocacy. Queen’s strengths are in criminal, labor,family and public law, and in feminist legal studies, complemented by strong programs in constitutional and corporate law.The faculty has pioneered two joint degree programs, in planning and industrial relations, each
offering a co-operative work element. Distinguished professors; Kathleen Lahey (feminist law, tax law, law and sexuality); David Mullan (administrative); Don Stuart (criminal).
University of Saskatchewan (1912)
Saskatoon, Sask. (306) 966-5874 Dean: Peter MacKinnon http://law.usask.ca Full-time students: 280
Saskatchewan’s College of Law has developed several strengths related to its location: the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives and the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment have enhanced its academic programs and interdisciplinary initiatives. The school is also home to the Native Law Centre, which offers the Program of Legal Studies for Aboriginal People. That program is a prerequisite for admission to law schools across Canada for native students who lack more traditional educational credentials. In recent years, the college has increased its emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, offering it as an integral part of several courses. Distinguished professors: Alan Cairns (constitutional affairs and reform); Ronald Cuming (domestic and international commer-
cial); Donna Greschner (constitutional, human rights).
University of Toronto (1887) Toronto, Ont. (416) 978-3716 Dean: Ron Daniels www. law. utoronto. ca Full-time students: 497
Toronto affords a broad grounding in domestic, international and comparative law. It does so both through its core curriculum and the distinguished visiting professors program, which draws experts from a variety of international law schools. All first-year students must take Perspectives on Law. During one-week periods throughout the year, the full-credit course provides intensive study in four of the fol-
lowing areas: legal history, legal institutions, law and economics, law and philosophy, feminist analysis of law, and race and cultural difference. In upper years, students must do a substantial legal research and writing project under faculty supervision. Toronto offers six joint degrees. Four combine an LLB with a master’s degree in business administration, social work, political science or economics; two combine the law degree with a doctorate in economics or philosophy. Distinguished professors: Michael Trebilcock (law and economics, international trade, contract and commercial); Catherine Valcke (contracts, torts, comparative law and legal theory); Stephen Waddams (contracts).
University of Victoria (1974) Victoria, B.C. (250) 721-8151 Dean: David Cohen http://www.iaw. uvic. ca Full-time students: 292
One of Canada’s youngest law schools, Victoria has developed a reputation for innovation: in 1989, it became the first in the country to offer a co-operative legal education program, allowing students to alternate study terms with terms of paid learning in the workplace, sometimes overseas. Taking advantage of its location, the faculty has
developed expertise in Asia-Pacific legal studies, and conducts exchange programs with several Asian institutions, including Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.The school also offers a large selection of specialized courses in alternative dispute resolution and intellectual property law, and features an Environmental Law Centre. Distinguished professors: John McLaren (compensation, Canadian legal history); Michael M’Gonigle (environmental); Mary Anne Waldron (real estate, commercial)
The University of Western Ontario (1959)
London, Ont. (519) 661-3347 Dean: Eileen Gillese http://www.uwo. ca Full-time students: 445
The law faculty has strong programs in business, labor, family and constitutional law. Its tax program and National Tax Centre attract students and researchers from across the country. Students can also take advantage of the Diplôme de Français Juridique, a three-year concurrent program that aims to give students a high level of fluency in French. Western offers several joint programs, including a common law-civil law degree, as well as a common law degree combined with a master of business administration, a master of law and philosophy, or a doctorate in philosophy. The NAFTA exchange program allows students to spend a semester at one of several universities in the United States or Mexico. Distinguished professors: Constance Backhouse (feminist legal history); Nathalie DesRosiers (constitutional); Richard McLaren (personal property security, international arbitration and dispute resolution).
University of Windsor (1969) Windsor, Ont. (519) 973-7014 Dean: Juanita Westmoreland-Traoré http://www.uwindsor. ca/faculty/la w/index.htm Full-time students: 437
Windsor encourages students to integrate concerns about justice and social well-being into their legal studies. It has developed programs in legal aid, community legal education and alternative dispute resolution. As well, its admissions policy takes into account each applicant’s community activities, artistic skills, personal accomplishments, work experience and career goals. Windsor has a focus on Canadian/American issues, and operates Canada’s only joint JDLLB program. Distinguished professors: Maureen Irish (international trade); Lakshman Marasinghe (law and development, international business transactions); George Stewart (intellectual property).