Future JD Students

University of Calgary Faculty of Law

Murray Fraser Hall, Calgary, Alberta T2N 1N4
Phone: 403.220.4155 | Fax: 403.210.9662
Internet: www.law.ucalgary.ca | E-mail:

Introduction

The Faculty of Law is located on the campus of the University of Calgary in the northwest residential sector of the city (population over one million). Although the university student population (28,000) is substantial, the law school has a total enrollment of 300 and is committed to admitting only 100 students per year to maintain more individual contact between faculty and students.

Founded in 1976, the Faculty is approved by the Law Societies of Canada. It has developed a reputation for innovation and teaching excellence, particularly in legal skills training and the integration of professional and academic goals.

Enrollment/Student Body

  • 1,180 applicants
  • 110 admitted first-year class 2010
  • 110 enrolled first-year class 2010
  • 307 total full time
  • 50 percent women
  • 5 provinces represented (including AB)
  • 23 undergraduate schools represented
  • Average age of first-year class—26

Faculty

  • 53 total
  • 18 full time
  • 35 part time or adjunct
  • 9 women (full time)
  • 17 women (part time)

Library and Physical Facilities

  • 201,000 library volumes and equivalents
  • Library hours—open daily
  • LexisNexis
  • Westlaw Canada
  • Quicklaw
  • 4 full-time librarians
  • Library seats 257

Curriculum

  • Special Tutoring Program for first-year students
  • 92 credits required to graduate
  • 63 courses available
  • Semesters start in September and January
  • Part-time studies are available
  • Degrees available—JD and LLM

The first-year core program is required. A range of elective courses is available in the second and third years.

The Faculty of Law offers graduate work leading to an LLM degree. The graduate program is confined to the area of natural resources, energy, and environmental law. The Canadian Institute of Resources Law is affiliated with the Faculty of Law. Joint programs are offered with Law and the Faculties of Management and Environmental Design. Opportunities are available for cross-registration in other faculties.

Special Programs

Students who have been in the workforce after university are encouraged to apply. However, all requirements regarding admission must be met by these applicants.

The Canadian Institute of Resources Law offers regular programs of continuing legal education and conferences of national scope and reputation.

Natural Resources Law—Because of the school's proximity to the western Canadian centers of the resources industry, there is an emphasis on legal subjects related to resources. Constitutional Law has a resources perspective.

Admission

  • 10 full-course equivalents in a degree program required for admission
  • Application deadline—November 1
  • LSAT required
  • Highest LSAT score is considered
  • Oldest LSAT score accepted—December 2006
  • Application fee—$100 standard; $130 international

Applicants must have completed a minimum of two full years of university coursework, or its equivalent, in a full program of study leading to a degree at a university in Alberta, or its equivalent. Students who are applying after two years of study must have completed two full years by December 31 of the year in which they apply. In practice, very few candidates who do not already possess a degree are admitted. Most of those admitted have already demonstrated academic competence by successfully completing one or more degree programs. In evaluating applicants to select the most promising students each year, the Admissions Committee considers many factors. These include the student's academic performance, Law School Admission Test score and writing sample, letters of recommendation, evidence of maturity, work experience, community involvement, and extracurricular activities, as well as the personal statement made on the application form.

There is no formal weighing of grades, scores, or other factors. Prospective applicants are urged to be realistic about their chances of gaining admission. Only a small proportion of applicants are admitted each year. Very few candidates have been admitted with a grade-point average less than 3.0 (a B average at the University of Calgary) or an LSAT score below the 50th percentile rank. All students seeking admission are required to take the Law School Admission Test. This test must be written prior to January 1 in the year in which you are applying. All university or college transcripts must be sent in support of an application. No application will be considered by the Admissions Committee until it is complete. Applicants can expect final notification of their admission status as early as November 30 or as late as April or early May.

There is no prescribed prelaw course of study. Students whose program of study is still in progress might consider including courses that stress the appropriate and creative use of the English language and those that provide an opportunity to develop and test the powers of analysis.

Student Activities

A very active Student Law Society sponsors social events, sports, and a talent-filled Law Show. Calgary students have placed high in national and international competitions in mooting, debating, and negotiation, all skills that receive emphasis within the regular program and in extracurricular events. There is a chapter of the National Association of Women and the Law, a chapter of the Indigenous Bar Association, and an environmental law group at the Faculty. The Student Legal Assistance program gives students exposure to representing clients under the supervision of a lawyer. It is a campus-based clinical program of free legal advice for students and nearby residents.

Expenses and Financial Aid

  • Tuition and fees—$12,500
  • Estimated additional expenses—$1,700 (books and supplies)
  • Performance and need-based scholarships and bursaries available
  • Minority scholarships available
  • Financial aid available
  • One may apply for student loans from the Federal Government

Whenever possible, priority will be given to an Aboriginal Canadian student for one Alberta Law Foundation Bursary. It may be renewed for the second and third year of law studies, provided high academic standing is attained.

Career Services

The Faculty makes space available on campus for law firm interviews. The Faculty Career Services Office assists with résumé writing, surveys firms conducting interviews, and posts available positions regularly.

Applicant Profile

University of Calgary, 2010 Ordinary Applicants Only

LSAT Scores in Percentiles GPA
  3.75+ Above 3.50
–3.74
3.25
–3.49
3.00
–3.24
2.75
–2.99
2.50
–2.74
2.25
–2.49
2.00
–2.24
Below 2.00 Total
0–6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
7–12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13–24 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25–39 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
40–59 5 6 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 14
60–74 9 14 3 2 2 1 0 0 0 31
75–89 12 17 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 50
90–97 0 2 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 8
98–99 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
Total 26 41 30 5 7 1 0 0 0 110

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