Faculty of Law

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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John Borrows in the Royal BC Museum

John Borrows wins national Killam Prize

John Borrows is bringing about one of the quiet revolutions in our history, restoring Indigenous law to its place alongside Canadian common law.

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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.

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.


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

Feb 22: Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, "Canada's Blackfish" film screening

The Animals in Society Research Initiative at UVic will host a film screening of Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, "Canada's Blackfish" at Cinecenta at 7pm. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Faculty of Law professor Maneesha Deckha and will includ the filmmaker Gary Charbonneau and Arden Beddoes, lawyer at Arvay Finlay LLP, and counsel in two recent cases involving the Aquarium. Also speaking on the panel from the University of Victoria will be Rianna Burnham, doctoral fellow at the Whale Research Lab, and History professor Dr. Jason Colby, author of Orca: How We Came to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator. The event is co-sponsored by Cinecenta and the Animals & Society Research Initiative at the University of Victoria.

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:

March 8-9: Rethinking the relationship between spirituality and reconciliation

A symposium on Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations in Canada March 8-9, 2018 First Peoples House and the Murray and Anne Fraser Building University of Victoria Supporting partners: Faculty of Law, University of Victoria Centre for the Study of Religion and Society, University of Victoria Baha’i Community of Canada For full program and registration information, go to: http://www.reconciliation-and-spirituality.ca