Indigenous Summer Courses

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Summer 2017

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Who can enroll: law students (JD and graduate) and graduate students from any accredited university in Canada or abroad, practicing lawyers (CPD credit), and individuals working in the field of Indigenous law.

Law 343-A02: Indigenous Law: Research, Method, and Practice

Dr. Val Napoleon
May 8 - June 2, 2017
Mon/Wed/Fri 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

This course will introduce students to critical ways of working with Indigenous law; its conceptualization and theorization, research, practice and application, and critical issues. Overall, the course will focus on the connections between Indigenous law and Indigenous citizenries, Indigenous legal institutions and operation of law, and how grids of intelligibility construct our understanding of law and our ability to see it. Students will be introduced to the ILRU legal methodologies and will engage in the story/oral history analysis and development of a legal synthesis for a body of law within a selected legal order. A number of questions will be explored regarding gender, power, incommensurability and fragility, interpretation, and moving from recognition to the rebuilding of Indigenous law. The course will be organized around hands-on class projects to work with and moot questions of Indigenous law.


Dr. Val Napoleon
Dr. Val Napoleon
Law Foundation Chair of Aboriginal Justice and Governance
Director, Indigenous Law Research Unit
Provost's Engaged Community Scholar

Val's current research focuses on Indigenous legal traditions, theories and feminisms, citizenship, self-determination and governance.  Several of her major initiatives include the proposed JID (dual JD and Indigenous law degree) program and the development of the Indigenous Law Research Unit. Val works with numerous community partners as well as national and international Indigenous law research initiatives.

If you are a current UVic Law student, the registration process is the same as with any other summer course.

If you are a prospective visiting Law student or graduate student, you will find all of the information you need below on applying for the Indigenous summer course.

*Please note: if you are an upper-year undergraduate student you may apply, but must show your ability to work with graduate-level material.

Application deadlines

Applications for summer session are accepted until March 31.

The deadline for supporting documentation such as transcripts and letters of permission is April 30.

Admission requirements

A complete application will include:

  • Submission of online application form;
  • personal statement no longer than 750 words;
  • Payment of application fee;
  • Your academic record from law school or graduate program; and 
  • Letter of permission (only if you are currently in a JD program at another institution).

Admission to the summer session is not an offer of admission to the Faculty of Law for any degree program.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your home law school will provide credit for any of the UVic Law courses that you take.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees for summer session are announced in late Spring. The tuition and fees schedule can be found at Accounting Services.

Tuition for a 1.5 credit course is currently $920.94. Fees are subject to change.

If you are a practicing lawyer, student or professional working in the field who would like to register as a non-credit student, please follow the instructions below. Please note that this is a graduate-level course. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an attestation of completion.

*For practicing lawyers, the course is approved for CPD credit at 39 hours.

Application deadlines

Applications for the Indigenous Summer Condensed Course will be accepted until the course is full.

Admission requirements

A complete application will include:

  • Submission of an application form;
  • Payment of $36.50 application fee by cheque or money order.

Admission to the summer session is not an offer of admission to the Faculty of Law for any degree program.

Course fees

If you accept a position in the program, there is a required $350, non-refundable deposit payable by the date stated on your offer of admission letter. This deposit will be credited toward your course fees.

Tuition for the course is $1000.00. The balance of your deposit and course fees is due before the start date of classes.

Summer visitor accommodation is available on campus from May to August. Following are residence options this coming summer: 

Residence Services also has a website with information on off-campus housing. 

If you have any questions about the Indigenous summer condensed courses, please contact:

Janet Person

Admissions Officer

Faculty of Law

250-721-8155