Faculty of Law

New Law School in Bhutan

International Connections

A unique partnership between UVic's Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives and Bhutan's first law school.

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Carving Ben Davidson Indigenous Law

Joint Indigenous Law Degree

The Joint Degree Program in Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Law (JD/JID) - the first program of its kind in the world - will start September 2018.  

Artist: Ben Davidson

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Rachel Sproule in the Law Library reading

JD program

Our JD students can tailor their program to suit their personal interests. Rachel Sproule volunteers with an organization that provides pro bono legal services to marginalized individuals.

JD students
Law students in a classroom

Legal education at the leading edge

Join our collaborative, inclusive and accessible learning environment where small class sizes allow us to build a community and form relationships that continue throughout law school and beyond.

Admissions
Tsartlip First Nation Master Carver Charles W. Elliott speaking to first-year JD students

Indigenous initiatives

Respect for the land's traditional stewards has inspired us to become leaders in Indigenous legal issues. Tsartlip First Nation Master Carver Charles W. Elliott educates first-year JD students about local Indigenous history and laws.

Indigenous initiatives
Aaron Mills standing in front of trees with an award

Graduate students

Alumni Aaron Mills’ PhD work was at the forefront of the movement to restore and revitalize Indigenous systems of law, one of the central recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

Graduate studies
Renata Colwell in front of Indigenous artwork

Get hands-on experience

Renata Colwell says the two co-op terms she completed during her degree let her apply the theoretical knowledge learned in class to real workplace situations.

Co-op education
Students mooting

Moot court practice

UVic Law participates in a wide range of moots and competitions throughout Canada. Practice your burgeoning legal skills in judged competitions against other law schools in exciting and instructive forums.

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Law in action

UVic Law is one of Canada's leading law schools, known for the strength of our academic program, approach to experiential learning and our commitment to community engagement and social justice.

Our school has the largest number of clinical placements per student in the country, strengths across a wide range of disciplines, long-term partnerships with Indigenous communities and a deeply-held ethic of social contribution.

Located on the stunning Pacific Rim, UVic Law is rich with Indigenous and international perspectives. Our small size, collegial atmosphere, student support programs and incredible faculty attract a community of diverse, engaged and passionate students determined to make an impact.

Join us and find your edge in UVic Law

Aug 28: Climate Change, International Law and the Green Economy

The University of Victoria Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the International Law Association and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of Canada are hosting a two-hour lunch time seminar on Climate Change, International Law and the Green Economy. The seminar will take place on Aug 28th at 12pm in the faculty workroom. The guest speakers for this seminar are Professor Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger and Dr. Markus Gehring.

March 15: (Un)Forgiving Animals

Looking at how life has “bounced back” (or not) after the 2011 TEPCO nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, this talk builds on critiques of the neoliberal virtue of resilience by examining the value placed on multispecies resilience after Fukushima. Describing multispecies resilience as forgiving makes visible the affective as well as material economies within which other animals become instrumental to redeeming a future for catastrophic capitalism.

March 8: The role of the sacred in Indigenous law

It is often said that Indigenous peoples’ relationship to the land – and Indigenous peoples’ law – are sacred. What does “sacred” mean in this context? What should it convey to non-Indigenous Canadians when they engage with Indigenous peoples? How can you understand another person’s sense of the sacred? Two of UVic’s leading Indigenous scholars, John Borrows and Val Napoleon, will discuss the sacred in Indigenous law and reconciliation. They are key figures in UVic’s proposed dual-degree program in Canadian law and Indigenous law. In this conversation, they will explore the nature of Indigenous law and pose important – and challenging – questions about the role of the sacred. Free event, Registration required: