University of British Columbia

Region: Ontario Answer # 916

As one of the largest English language faculties of law in Canada, the University of British Columbia, Peter A. Allard School of Law is able to offer a very wide range of courses while at the same time specializing in a number of areas, including Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Law and Social Justice, and Business Law.


Degree Programs

There are a number of degree programs available at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Peter A. Allard School of Law.  The Juris Doctor (JD) Program is comprised of a three-year degree that usually follows a bachelor’s degree in some other field. Four graduate degrees are offered: the Master of Laws, Common Law (LLM/CL), the Master of Laws in Taxation (Tax LLM), the Master of Laws (LLM), and the Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD).

The Peter A. Allard School of Law also has three Joint Legal Education programs: the JD/LLM degree partnership with the University of Melbourne Law School; and a joint programs with the University of Hong Kong. Students who successfully complete the four year program at UBC and the University of Hawaii will receive a JD at both institutions – entitling them to pursue professional qualification as a lawyer in both Canada and the US.



To be eligible for admission to the Peter A. Allard School of Law of Law, an applicant must have obtained one of the following: an undergraduate degree in an approved course of studies from a degree-granting university; successfully completed the first three years (minimum 90 credits) or more of an approved course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree at UBC or completed the equivalent at a degree-granting university; or successfully completed the first two years of studies leading to an undergraduate degree at UBC or other degree-granting university, and be currently enrolled in the third year of the degree program. The LSAT is also required.


Enrolment / Student Body / Faculty

Each year there are approximately 1,700 applicants, while the UBC School of Law admits approximately 180 students to first-year law, for a total population in the JD program of about 550 students.There are approximately 45 full-time faculty members.


Expenses and Financial Aid

Full-time tuition costs about $12,000 per year. Estimated additional expenses, including books and supplies, accommodations, food, and  transportation are about $13,000.

The School of Law has a large scholarship, bursary and loan program. Financial aid is offered in the form of government student loans or grants.


Activities and Services

Students also have the opportunity to become involved in a wide variety of student-run activities. These include: the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program, which provides free legal advice to members of the community under the supervision of volunteer lawyers; the Competitive Mooting Program; and Student Government.  Organizations offered include: Amnesty International, Environmental Law Group, Indigenous Law Students Association, and the Centre for Feminist Legal Studies.

The Career Services Office runs a variety of programs to prepare students for summer positions, articling, clerking, and nontraditional career options.

For more information, visit the UBC, Peter A. Allard School of Law.

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