University of Alberta Faculty of Law

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The JD Program


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The University of Alberta (U of A) is one of Canada’s largest research-intensive universities. The university serves more than 40,000 students in more than 200 undergraduate programs and over 500 graduate programs.

The university comprises five campuses (North-Main Campus, Augustana Campus, Campus Saint-Jean, South Campus, and Downtown-Enterprise Square).

North 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 100-year tradition of excellence, which includes:

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

As a U of A graduate, you will join a community of 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

  • 1,275 applicants
  • 185 enrolled first-year class 2021
  • 525 total full time


  • 390,000 volumes and equivalents
  • Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Fri., 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Sat.–Sun., 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
  • LexisNexis, Westlaw Canada, QL, SOQUIJ, Dialog, and CLO
  • Seats: 496

The John A. Weir Memorial Law Library’s collection of electronic and hard-copy resources is considered one of the best in Canada; 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, together with more classrooms, increased research space, and a second moot courtroom. The Law Centre is connected by pedways to buildings housing the Fine Arts faculty, a student shopping and residence mall, and Rutherford Library, as well as many other university buildings.


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. They are also active participants in many student activities, such as Law Show and Cuts for the Cure.

The Faculty of Law houses three centres and research institutes, which offer many unique 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 program consisting of lectures, conferences, and publications. The centre’s website contains a great deal of current information relevant to constitutional issues.
  • Health Law Institute (HLI)—The goals of the HLI are to conduct health law and science policy research, disseminate scholarly outputs and policy work to a broad interdisciplinary community, facilitate collaborative opportunities with national and internationally based researchers and organizations, and attract top graduate students to the Faculty.
  • Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge strives to be a sustainable, community-engaged, and interdisciplinary unit, as a partnership between the University of Alberta Faculties of Law and Native Studies, to:
    • Support Indigenous communities' goals to identify, articulate, and implement their own laws and governance.
    • Develop, gather, amplify, and transfer wise practices, promising methods and research tools.
    • Produce useful and accessible practical governance resources and public legal education.


  • Strong, foundational legal preparation
  • 92 credits required to graduate
  • 90–95 courses available
  • Degrees available—JD, MBA/JD, LLM (thesis-based), PhD
  • 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 a variety of career paths. Our program also provides a wide range of options that 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, Corporations, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and either Jurisprudence or Legal History.

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.


  • 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—December 1; supporting document deadline—February 1
  • LSAT required
  • Highest LSAT score used
  • Oldest LSAT score accepted—December 2016
  • Median GPA—3.8
  • Median LSAT score—161
  • Application fee—$125 for new applicants and $75 for readmission

The Admission Committee looks for outstanding academic ability, 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.

Please visit our website for information concerning admission. No applications will be received or processed after the December 1 deadline. All applicants must write the LSAT. The January test date is the last LSAT that can be written by applicants seeking admission for the following September.


There are many on-campus housing options available to students. The University of Alberta offers students 14 residence communities—each providing a unique experience. Visit the Residence Services website for more information.

Student Life

Student life at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law 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:

  • The Law Students’ Association (LSA) is a representative body of undergraduate students from the Faculty of Law. The LSA Executive is elected from the law student body and is 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 a year 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.
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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning equips graduates with the practical skills needed to thrive in the legal profession. The University of Alberta Faculty of Law provides students with extensive hands- on experiences to support their academic and professional development, both within their coursework and via placements within the community.

Experiential offerings include competitive mock trials and appeals (moots) that hone students' skills as they earn course credits and network with legal professionals who advise and evaluate them. Students may also volunteer to provide free legal information to low-income clients through Student Legal Services, or support active projects of the Alberta Law Reform Institute, which is housed on campus.

Internship opportunities in workplaces include assisting with legal proceedings and research projects for the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Alberta Human Rights Commission. Another allows supervised students to work for the Canadian Armed Forces' Office of the Judge Advocate General on criminal procedure and writing legal opinions.

Externships place students in professional settings for extended periods, allowing them to focus on specific domains of legal practice. In the Aboriginal Justice Externship on Gladue Sentencing Principles, students help prepare vital background information on clients for judges who are directed by the 1999 Gladue decision to take into account the unique circumstances of Indigenous offenders when sentencing them.

Many classroom courses contain significant experiential components. In Corporate Reorganization and Restructuring, real-life simulations include a multi-chambers application before an actual judge at the courthouse, and a multi-party negotiation culminating in a meeting with creditors. In Constitutional History of Canada, students can take the role of groups excluded from the Patriation Conference of 1981 to negotiate content of the Charter of Rights.

Student Life

Student Groups

UAlberta Law is known for its collegial atmosphere and immersive student experience. We offer close to 30 clubs and associations to join and encourage students to get involved in order to make the most of their time at law school. Our plethora of opportunities for active participation is part of what makes the experience at this Faculty of Law among the best in the country.

Career Placement and Bar Passage

Career Development Office

The Career Development Office supports students in their search for articling 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 interviewing 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 Canadian Centre for Professional Legal Education (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.

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Tuition and Aid

Expense Cost
Expected Cost of Attendance

Each year, the Faculty of Law awards more than $1.3 million to incoming and upper-year Juris Doctor students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and prizes, thanks to the generous contributions of our donors. Awards are made on a variety of criteria, including academic excellence, financial need, course performance, leadership, and community service, to name a few.

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Admission Decisions: Beyond the Numbers

The Admission Committee looks for outstanding academic ability, 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.

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Contact Information

Admissions Office, 128 Law Centre,
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H5,