Future JD Students

University of Victoria Faculty of Law

Post Office Box 2400, STN CSC Victoria, British Columbia V8W 3H7
Phone: 250.721.8151 | Fax: 250.721.6390
Internet: www.law.uvic.ca | E-mail:

Introduction

The Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria admitted its first students in 1975. In the past three and a half decades, the Faculty has earned an unparalleled reputation as an innovator among Canadian law schools. Its national reputation for excellence has been developed by a dedicated, first-class faculty and a highly qualified and motivated student body. UVic Law graduates continue to uphold the Faculty's reputation within the judiciary and law firms in the country, as well as at the cabinet table and most senior levels of government, business, and nongovernmental organizations.

The Faculty of Law is located on the campus of the University of Victoria, just 8 kilometers from downtown Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Victoria is a beautiful, coastal city of approximately 325,000 people with a temperate climate and one of the driest microclimates in the Pacific Northwest.

Enrollment/Student Body

  • 1,346 applicants in 2010
  • 113 enrolled in 2010 first-year class
  • 55 percent women in first-year class
  • 345 total full time
  • 10 total part time
  • 25 percent visible minorities
  • 45 percent from outside British Columbia
  • Most provinces, territories, and several foreign countries represented within the student body

Faculty

  • 34 full time
  • 38 part time or adjunct
  • 14 women full time
  • 15 women part time or adjunct

Library and Physical Facilities

  • 518,450 library volumes or equivalents
  • Free access to e-mail, Internet, and subscription online databases. Free access to LexisNexis, Quicklaw, and Westlaw Canada for law students and law faculty.
  • 46 student computer research stations
  • 4 full-time professional librarians
  • 1 full-time systems administrator
  • 8 library assistants
  • Wireless network and wireless printing

The Murray and Anne Fraser Building, completed in 1980, was designed to house the Faculty of Law. The building contains lecture theatres and seminar rooms, specifically equipped clinical practice areas, and several group study and meeting rooms, as well as faculty and administrative offices. The moot courtroom and the computer lab serve as marvelous teaching and learning aids. The Diana Priestly Law Library recently underwent an extensive renovation and expansion to better serve the needs of our faculty and student body. All of our large classrooms have been refurbished with state-of-the-art technology, including video conferencing capabilities. All facilities in the Fraser Building accommodate people with disabilities.

Curriculum

  • 85–90 courses available
  • Four-term or clinical programs
  • First-year class size range of 20–55
  • Full graduate program
  • Academic and cultural support program
  • Exchange programs with 14 law schools around the world
  • Degrees and combined degrees available—JD, JD/MBA, JD/MPA, JD/BCL, LLM, PhD

The Faculty's JD program, which qualifies students for articles and the practice of law in all provinces and territories except Quebec, is a rich blend of traditional courses and innovative programs. The first-year program is compulsory and covers core courses on constitutional law, criminal law, contracts, torts, and property. The first-year courses, titled Law, Legislation and Policy, and Legal Process, are unique to Victoria. In Legal Process, first-year students are engaged full time during the first two weeks of school in an intensive, wide-ranging introduction to law and the legal system.

In the second and third years, students select their own courses except for Evidence and Civil Procedure, which are compulsory. The upper-year curriculum is extraordinarily diverse for a school that prides itself on a small student body. In addition to all traditional core courses, the Faculty offers innovative courses in legal skills, Aboriginal law, legal history, interdisciplinary studies, intellectual property, environmental law, dispute resolution, and international law. Students may also participate in academic exchange programs for credit at other law faculties in Canada and throughout the world.

Special Programs

UVic's Law Co-op Program, which is unique in Canada, admits 35 students per year, using a selection lottery if the program is oversubscribed. Second- and third-year co-op students alternate study terms with full-time, paid work experience with various levels of government, law firms, nongovernmental organizations, and other private sector employers.

UVic is the only Canadian law faculty with a summer term offering a broad array of core and elective courses centered around a specific theme each year. Themes have included Aboriginal law, dispute resolution, environmental law, intellectual property, and international law.

The Faculty offers three distinctive clinical programs. The Law Centre allows students to integrate legal theory, legal skills, and public service in a community law office. Through the Environmental Law Centre Clinic, students study theory, conduct research projects, and engage in public interest environmental lawyering. Students enrolled in the Business Law Clinic apply knowledge gained in earlier courses to assist small business owners in assessing their legal requirements.

Admission

  • Application deadline—December 1
  • "Early" applications encouraged
  • Rolling admission process (first offers in November)
  • Oldest LSAT accepted—February 2006
  • Highest score used with multiple LSATs
  • Application fee—$75

The Faculty has three admission categories: Regular, Special Access, and Aboriginal.

Applicants in the Regular category must have a degree from a recognized university or a minimum of three full years of undergraduate study leading toward a degree. Admission decisions are made on a competitive basis with cumulative GPA weighted 70 percent and LSAT weighted 30 percent. Extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience, and personal characteristics are also considered.

Fifteen positions are reserved for applicants in the Special Access category. To qualify, an applicant's academic achievements must have been significantly delayed, interrupted, or adversely affected by cultural or economic factors; family or similar responsibilities; a physical, medical, or learning disability; or other relevant factors. Applicants are evaluated on occupational endeavors, community and public service, cultural activities, academic performance, and LSAT score(s).

Eight to ten positions are set aside for applicants from First Nations, Métis, or Inuit backgrounds. Applicants in the Aboriginal category are considered individually on the basis of academic performance, LSAT scores, employment history, letters of reference, and past, present, and future connections with the Aboriginal community.

Please refer to the Law Faculty website for a more detailed description of the admission process and each of the applicant categories.

Student Activities

The Law Students' Society coordinates a diverse array of student activities including student representation on Faculty Council and other Faculty committees, organization of athletic and social activities, and a number of clubs and associations. Students produce a law journal, Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform, which is exclusively devoted to the publication of first-class scholarship solicited from law students across the country. Students also participate, for course credit, in moots on a regional, national, and international basis.

Tuition/Scholarship/Financial Aid

Tuition and student fees for the 2011–2012 academic year will be approximately $9,393, plus any general university increase. The Faculty has entrance scholarships totaling over $130,000, and annually distributes $117,000 in scholarships, awards, and prizes to current students. As well, the Faculty awards approximately $350,000 in bursaries annually to our incoming and current students. Additionally, law students receive approximately $400,000 annually from the general university's bursary program.

Career Services

The Faculty's Law Careers Office assists students seeking summer and articling positions, court clerkships, summer jobs, and other law-related employment. Career service activities include assisting students with career planning, job-search strategies, and résumé writing, as well as posting available employment positions and organizing career days, workshops, speakers, on-campus interview days, and articling receptions for law firms. UVic Law graduates have been singularly successful in obtaining excellent employment opportunities in Canada and abroad.

Housing

On-campus housing is available for 2,174 students, plus an additional 181 units for students with families. A variety of private accommodations are also available throughout the city. Rents for reasonable, private, one-bedroom lodgings vary between $600 and $800 per month.

Applicant Profile

University of Victoria Faculty of Law
Regular Category Applicants

GPA LSAT Percentile Rank
60–64 65–69 70–74 75–79 80–84 85–89 90–94 95–99 Total
4.00+     3 5 8 4 4 6 30
3.9–3.99     1 2 6 3 3 4 19
3.8–3.89         2 6 1 2 11
3.7–3.79         7 2 3 5 17
3.6–3.69         1 1 8 2 12
3.5–3.59               2 2
3.4–3.49                  
3.3–3.39                  
3.2–3.29                  
3.1–3.19                  
3.0–3.09                  
Total     4 7 24 16 19 21 91

This grid profiles the 2010 first-year class who were admitted in the Regular category. As the profile varies from year to year, it should only be used as an approximate guide in determining an applicant's probability of being admitted.

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