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

Taught by Alan Hanna and Dr. Rebecca Johnson
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.

Alan Hanna, an associate lawyer at Woodward and Company, LLP, holds a BA and MA in Anthropology, a minor in Indigenous Studies, and a JD from the University of Victoria. Alan was a researcher on the joint “Accessing Justice and Reconciliation” project in 2012, where he worked with a Northern Secwepemc community and the six communities of the Tsilhqot’in Nation on identifying and articulating their legal traditions addressing intra- and inter-community harm. He remains strongly engaged in ILRU’s projects. Alan is currently pursuing doctoral research at UVic on the implementation of Indigenous laws under the guidance of Professors Val Napoleon, John Borrows, and Michael Asch.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson is a professor of law at UVic.  She has been working with Dr. Val Napoleon and the team at UVic’s Indigenous Legal Research Unit since its inception.  Rebecca’s current research focuses on Inuit laws and film.

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