Our collegial atmosphere, commitment to social justice, and opportunities for hands-on learning are a few of the things that set the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law apart. Plus, with the mildest climate in Canada, our campus is just minutes from beaches and parks that you can enjoy year round.
It is my great honour to welcome you to one of Canada’s leading law schools – a unique school, one that has built an extraordinary reputation among law schools, law firms, governments, and non-governmental organizations because of the high quality of its legal education, its supportive yet challenging learning environment, and its impressive blend of practical skills and critical thinking. Let me elaborate on three central aspects of the UVic difference.
First, we have an unparalleled selection of options that allow you to see the law in practice and, simultaneously, to serve your community: the Law Centre (our flagship legal clinic), Environmental Law Clinic, Business Law Clinic, a new Indigenous Law Clinic, and our extensive co-op programs. And these are paired with courses that convey critical insight across a wide range of subjects and perspectives, from feminist theory to taxation law, from theories of rights to the economic analysis of law. Practice and theory work together. You need both to understand law. You need both to be a good lawyer.
Second, this Faculty has prided itself on its commitment to social justice. That’s an elusive aim, one that everyone claims to pursue. At UVic, it means all members of faculty accept that legal education ought to speak to all members of society, including those who are marginalized. Our focus on Indigenous legal traditions, for example, has been second to none. Different faculty members define their particular focus differently, but all share the general objective. And you too, as students, help to define that objective.
Finally, this is a welcoming and supportive learning environment. I came to UVic in 2002 and was amazed by the sense of connection among students, between students and faculty, and among staff, students and faculty. We can always do better, but we value that connection. We would like you to be a part of it. Come and join us.
Dean of Law