Future JD Students

University of Alberta Faculty of Law

Admissions Office Room 128, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H5
Phone: 780.492.5587 | Fax: 780.492.4924
Internet: www.law.ualberta.ca | E-mail:

Introduction

Outstanding Faculty – Transformative Experiences – Inspired Graduates

The University of Alberta (U of A) is one of Canada's largest research-intensive universities. The university serves more than 35,500 students in more than 200 undergraduate programs and 170 graduate programs.

The university is comprised of five campuses (Rutherford—Main Campus, Augustana Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, South Campus, and Downtown—Enterprise Square).

Rutherford Campus, which houses the Law Centre, is located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in vibrant Edmonton, Alberta, Canada—a thriving and diverse city with a population of nearly one million. Edmonton was recently recognized as a cultural capital in Canada.

Here you will enjoy an outstanding arts scene, world-class sporting events, a wide range of recreational activities, and great international cuisine. Edmonton is also close to the magnificent Rocky Mountains—a perfect venue for skiing, camping, and hiking.

The Faculty of Law continues a 99-year tradition of excellence, which includes

  • a collegial environment and student-focused support systems that facilitate student success,
  • being taught by faculty members who are leading legal scholars and exceptional teachers, and
  • providing students with a strong foundational legal curriculum, leading to a highly valued credential.

As a U of A graduate, you will join a community of over 4,000 law graduates who are represented in every Canadian province and territory and around the world, from London to New York, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Our alumni include the Chief Justice of Canada; the Chief Justice of Alberta; the Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta; distinguished scholars with academic positions at faculties of law in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia (to name a few); respected lawyers in private practice and public service; political leaders; and leaders in business and the community.

Enrollment/Student Body

  • 1,500 applicants
  • 175 enrolled first-year class 2010
  • 515 total full time
  • 39.9 percent women
  • 7 provinces

Faculty

  • 34 full time
  • 65 part-time contract and sessional instructors (including judges and lawyers in private and public practice)

Library

  • 390,000 library volumes and equivalents
  • Library hours: Mon.–Thurs., 8:00 am–10:00 pm; Fri., 8:00 am–6:00 pm; Sat.–Sun., 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • LexisNexis
  • Westlaw Canada
  • QL
  • SOQUIJ
  • Dialog
  • CLO
  • 3 full-time librarians
  • 2 part-time librarians
  • Library seats 496

The John A. Weir Memorial Law Library's collection of electronic and hard-copy resources is considered one of the Commonwealth's best; this attracts strong faculty and makes for a great law school. Our acquisitions budget—Canada's highest—ensures that our students stay current on important legal developments.

The Law Centre

The Law Centre has comfortable classrooms, a state-of-the-art moot courtroom, a computer lab, wireless Internet service, student lounges and services, and a coffee shop. In 2008, a new one-stop Student Services Centre opened, in addition to more classrooms, increased research space, and an additional moot courtroom. The Law Centre is connected by pedways to buildings housing the Fine Arts faculty, a student shopping and residence mall, Rutherford Library, and other university buildings.

Research

Our faculty members are outstanding educators and scholars who have authored nationally recognized textbooks and publications that influence the policy, practice, and understanding of law nationally and internationally. Our faculty members value an open-door policy and are available for support and advice. Our faculty members participate in many student activities, including Law Jeopardy, Law Show, and Cuts for the Cure.

The Faculty of Law houses three research institutes, which offer many research opportunities for our students:

The Alberta Law Reform Institute is an internationally respected law reform agency. It focuses on law within provincial jurisdiction and develops reform proposals through specific projects.

The Centre for Constitutional Studies encourages and facilitates the interdisciplinary study of constitutional matters, both nationally and internationally. The centre's activities include a public education programme consisting of lectures, conferences, and publications. The centre's website contains a great deal of current information relevant to constitutional issues.

The Health Law Institute provides legal education to students in law and health-related faculties, as well as to legal and health care professionals and others. The institute also conducts research on current issues in health law on a local, national, and international level, and provides consulting services for both public and private stakeholders.

Curriculum

  • Strong, foundational legal preparation
  • 92 credits required to graduate
  • 75–80 courses available
  • Degrees available—JD, MBA/JD, LLM, graduate diploma in law, PhD, Dual JD with the University of Colorado Law School
  • Enhanced use of technology

Our curriculum is highly regarded for providing students with a strong foundation in the study of law: through our targeted program of required courses, you will be well prepared for your career. Our program also provides a wide range of options which will allow you to customize your studies as well as pursue your unique interests. Students may obtain credits by participating in moot court competitions or by working on the Alberta Law Review. The end result is a degree that opens doors.

Required first-year courses: Contracts; Criminal Law; Torts; Constitutional Law; Property Law; Foundations; and Legal Research and Writing, which includes legal research, writing assignments, and a moot court exercise.

Required upper-year courses: Administrative Law; Company Law; Evidence, either Jurisprudence or Legal History; Civil Procedure; Conflict of Laws; and Professional Responsibility.

The Faculty is a leader in the use of technology in the classroom. From smart classrooms to the option of writing exams on computers, we take full advantage of available technological resources.

Indigenous Academic Services

The Indigenous Academic Services Office promotes the recruitment of Aboriginal students through a separate admission process which takes into account the distinct cultural, linguistic, and historical differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal applicants. The office also provides an academic support program for Aboriginal students in the form of academic tutorials, informal academic assistance on an as-needed basis, and enhanced career support.

Admission

  • Bachelor's degree or at least the first three years (90 credit hours) of a program leading to a degree from an institution recognized by the University of Alberta
  • Application deadline—November 1; supporting document deadline—February 1
  • LSAT required
  • Multiple LSAT scores averaged
  • Oldest LSAT score accepted—December 2006
  • Median GPA—3.7
  • Median LSAT score—161
  • Application fee—$115 for new applicants and $75 for readmission

The Admission Committee looks for outstanding academic ability in senior-level courses (at least second year or higher), a competitive LSAT score, and skill in written and oral communication. All applicants will be reviewed using a combination of the LSAT score and grade-point average (GPA). The GPA will be based on a minimum of 60 credits, completed during the applicant's most recent years of academic study.

Information concerning admission can be found at www.law.ualberta.ca. No applications will be received or processed after the November 1 deadline. All applicants must write the LSAT. The December test date is the last LSAT that can be written by applicants seeking admission for the following September. A Law Supplemental Form is required of each applicant. This form is available at www.law.ualberta.ca/documents/ISF2009.pdf (PDF).

Housing

You have the opportunity to live in unique, on-campus accommodations for law students: Law House.

Students in Law House will have the ability to foster unique, collaborative relationships with other law students, have access to a knowledgeable upper-year law student, and interact with faculty members—with the added bonus of living right across from the Law Centre!

The accommodations are unfurnished, four-bedroom units in the University of Alberta's attractive East Campus Village residence area. Rent will vary, depending on the unit available, and includes heat, water, and electricity. Please see www.ualberta.ca/residences for more information concerning rates, amenities, and life in residence.

Other housing options are also available. The University of Alberta offers students eight residence communities—each providing a more unique experience than the last. Inquiries should be forwarded to the Director, Residence Services, 44 Lister Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2H1. You may also visit www.ualberta.ca/residences.

Student Life

Student life at the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta offers many opportunities to become involved. This, combined with a climate of cooperation, collegiality, and community spirit, results in an environment that is both personally and academically rewarding. Below are some examples of how you can get involved, but please visit www.law.ualberta.ca for a more detailed list of opportunities.

The Law Students' Association (LSA) is a representative body of undergraduate students from the Faculty of Law. The LSA Executives are elected from the law student body and are responsible for many things—from organizing sporting, social, and charitable events to taking student concerns to the Faculty administration.

The Alberta Law Review is a scholarly legal journal, published four times annually by upper-year law students in consultation with faculty members. Students can receive academic credit for their service on the editorial board.

Student Legal Services is a nonprofit, charitable organization of approximately 300 volunteer law students that provides year-round, free legal services to those individuals who are unable to afford a lawyer.

The Canons of Construction newspaper is published by the Faculty of Law students. Its mandate is to inform and entertain the university legal community.

Other opportunities exist with Law Show, the Aboriginal Law Students' Association, the Environmental Law Students' Association, and team sports.

For more information, visit www.law.ualberta.ca/currentstudents/getinvolved/.

Expenses and Financial Aid

  • Approximate full-time tuition and fees per year—$11,500
  • Estimated additional expenses—$1,500 (books and course materials)

In 2010–2011, over $1 million was dispensed to students through our program of prizes, awards, scholarships, and bursaries.

Career Development Office

The Career Development Office supports students in their search for articles and summer legal positions. The office acts as a liaison between firms and students by gathering information on the firms and their employment positions, and providing this information to students on both a secure website and in hard copy, which can be accessed in the Resource Room.

One-on-one sessions are available to assist with career-related questions, application packages, and interview skills. The office also organizes many seminars throughout the academic year on topics such as articling, clerking with the various courts, application packages, interviewing skills, opportunities outside the larger centres, business etiquette, the CPLED course, and nontraditional career paths.

Mock interviews with firm members are organized to provide students with a practice interview and the opportunity to receive feedback on their application and interview from those who are involved in the actual firm recruitment process. Career Day, Public Law Day, and Small Firm Career Day provide another forum for students and prospective employers to meet.

Students also have the unique opportunity to see what it is like to be a lawyer for a day in our organized job-shadowing program. Current students have expressed this as being most helpful in making their career decisions.

Applicant Profile

University of Alberta Faculty of Law
First-year class 2010/2011

Grade-Point Average (GPA) 4.0 scale LSAT Score from 120 to 180
  120–149 150–153 154–156 157–159 160–162 163–165 166–180 Total
4.0     4 2 1 1   8
3.9   7 5 2 7 3 4 28
3.8     10 4 2 3 5 24
3.7     3 16 9 5 1 34
3.6       9 9 4 5 27
3.5       5 12 5 3 25
3.4         4 2 4 10
3.3           5 7 12
3.2           1 2 3
Total 0 7 22 38 44 29 31 171

The above chart applies to regular applicants only and does not include those whose admission was based on a holistic review by the Admission Committee. If you have any questions, please contact us at , 780.492.3067, or visit www.law.ualberta.ca.

NOTE: The 4 point GPA is based on Alberta University's grading scale.

Average LSAT = 161
Average GPA = 3.7

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