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Law

This program emphasizes law and society. Areas of focus include:

  • Indigenous legal orders and aboriginal law
  • constitutional law
  • environmental law and policy
  • employment and labour law
  • international law
  • commercial law
  • family law
  • tax law
  • social justice and public law

Potential careers

What can you do with a law degree? Here are a few jobs that relate to the program:

  • lawyer
  • judge
  • politician
  • arbitrator
  • mediator
  • editor
  • policy analyst
  • investigator
  • patent agent
  • human resources officer
  • consultant
  • settlement specialist
  • negotiator
  • researcher
  • teacher or instructor

Some of these roles may require post-graduate studies or training. 

Find a career that fits you

Experience & connections

Opportunities in the law program

Opportunities outside your program

  • With a work study position you can develop skills during your study term.
  • Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community while you build skills.

Networks you can connect to

Here are a few professional associations related to law:

Hands-on learning opportunities

Clinics

The Faculty of Law offers a number of clinical programs.

Course-based

Field experience, field school, research and exchange opportunities are available. Find more information about law course offerings at the course planning and registration site.

Co-op

Co-op work terms
Alternate academic study with paid work terms to gain workplace experience

What you'll learn

Every student at UVic builds skills all employers look for. At UVic Co-op & Career we call these  "competencies". This is what you’ll learn in the law program.

Legal knowledge and skills

  • understand the Canadian and British Columbian legal systems
  • understand the Canadian constitutional system
  • understand the structure of the courts and the role of the judiciary
  • understand substantive and procedural law
  • investigate the administrative process, the development of tribunals and agencies and the interaction of these bodies with the courts
  • understand the legislative process and the interpretation of legislation
  • understand criminal law, private law and administrative law
  • understand the major disputing processes, including mediation, negotiation and adjudication
  • use basic legal research techniques and tools
  • write legal documents using proper citation
  • develop an oral argument

Contextual knowledge

  • understand the social, economic, historical, philosophical and cultural contexts in which our legal system has developed and continues to evolve
  • understand the role of the legal profession and the law in society
  • understand the relationship between law and government
  • understand of the role of law in economic and social ordering
  • understand the barriers to the legal system and issues around access to justice

Specialized legal training and skills

  • understand administrative law, civil procedure and evidence
  • understand environmental law, corporate law, international law and comparative law
  • understand Indigenous legal issues and the need for the Canadian legal community to better understand and focus on them
  • get clinical experience, substantive legal knowledge and legal skills through the Environmental Law Centre, the Business Law Centre and the Law Centre
  • do legal writing, including drafting memos and opinion letters
  • advocate, interview, counsel and negotiate

What's next?

To explore more visit the law site. For degree planning contact your adviser for help.

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