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University of Alberta Faculty of Law

University of Alberta Faculty of Law
Parent school University of Alberta
Established 1912
School type Public
Dean Dr. Paul Paton
Location Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Enrollment 525[1]
Faculty 97

The University of Alberta Faculty of Law is the graduate school of law of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Established as an undergraduate faculty in 1912 it is the third oldest law school in Canada, and often considered the oldest law school in Western Canada. The school offers a three-year Juris Doctor (J.D.) program, as well as the graduate degrees of Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Ph.D. An Anglophone, common law institution, the Faculty is known for its Centre for Constitutional Studies and Health Law Institute, and widely respected for the breadth and depth of instruction it provides in the fundamentals of Canadian law.


University of Alberta Law Centre

Admissions Statistics

University rankings
University of Alberta
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Common Law[3] 8

The entrance average is traditionally around 3.7/163 (GPA/LSAT).[4] The male:female ratio is approximately 49:51. The average age of admitted students is 25 years of age. In 2010, 14% of applicants successfully gained admissions to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law (171/1200).[5]

Joint Programs

JD/MBA: A 4 year joint-JD/MBA program is offered in cooperation with the University of Alberta School of Business.

DUAL JD: The University of Alberta Faculty of Law and the University of Colorado at Boulder Law School (Colorado, USA) offer a dual degree program that enables students to obtain an Alberta law degree and a Colorado law degree within four years. University of Alberta students take the first two years of their legal studies at the University of Alberta and the latter two at Boulder.

Change from LLB to JD

Traditionally, the University of Alberta Faculty of Law has granted the Bachelor of Laws to graduating students, following the British naming tradition despite structurally being similar to the American graduate education structure; however, the Faculty of Law will be granting the Juris Doctor degree starting in 2012.[6]


Tuition fees for entering Juris Doctor (JD) are set at C$11,571.20[7] for domestic students and C$29,727.80[8] for international students in 2011-2012.



The John A. Weir Memorial Law Library, with approximately 390,000 volumes, is the second largest law library in Canada (after the Osgoode Hall Law School library).

Institutes and Centres of Excellence


Law Show

Since 1991, law students have presented a large stage show with all proceeds going to charity. The show features a play written by the students interspersed with dancing, singing, and videos.

  • Law Show 2011: Draculaw
  • Law Show 2012: The Wizard of Laws
  • Law Show 2013: Charlie and the Law Factory
  • Law Show 2014: Alawddin
  • Law Show 2015: Harry Lawter (to be performed February, 2015)


Frank MacInnis, who graduated with an LL.B. in 1971, donated $2.5 million to the law school in 2006.[12]

Over a dozen graduates of the Faculty of Law have become Rhodes Scholars, and two have won the Vinerian Scholarship at Oxford.

See also


  1. ^ LSAC - JD: Canadian Law School Profiles. 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
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  3. ^ "2013 Common Law University Ranking". Maclean's. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
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  9. ^ "International Ombudsman Institute". Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
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  12. ^ U of A Faculty of Law receives unprecedented $2.5 million donation - ExpressNews - University of Alberta

External links

  • Official website
  • Canons of Construction - University of Alberta Faculty of Law Student Newspaper
  • Faculty Profiles
  • History of the Faculty of Law written in 1955

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