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Juris Doctor (JD)

JD/JID (Indigenous Law)

UVic Law is one of Canada’s leading law schools. We are known for our commitment to community engagement and social justice. We have the largest number of clinical placements per student in the country. Choose from a wide range of legal disciplines, including the world’s first degree in Indigenous law.

Quick facts

Program options:
Bachelor degree
Study options:
Full-time study
Program delivery:
On-campus
Dynamic learning:
Other: Clinical programs

Areas of focus

  • Access to Justice
  • Environmental Law and Sustainability
  • Indigenous Law

Careers

  • Crime analyst
  • Investigator
  • Judge
  • Lawyer
  • Negotiator
  • Policy analyst

Sample courses

  • Access to Justice - LAW 325
  • Animals - LAW 381
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law - LAW 357
  • Energy Law - LAW 343
  • Indigenous Lands - LAW 340

Admission

Apply to the Faculty of Law after completing at least three years of study at UVic or another post-secondary institution. 

We also consider applications from students at other law schools or with foreign law degrees who wish to attend as upper year students.

Juris Doctor (JD)

Learn about law within its wider social, political, historical and economic contexts. Our program is built on a sense of civic responsibility. Want to explore potential career options? We also offer the only common law co-operative education program in Canada.

We admit a relatively small first-year class to the Juris Doctor (JD) program each fall and strive to ensure that the student body reflects the diversity found in Canadian society. Online applications open September 1. You are encouraged to submit your application as early as possible, since offers are made on a continual basis.

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Engage deeply in the laws of Indigenous peoples alongside intensive study of Canadian Common Law. You’ll develop the skills needed to practice within Canadian common Law, within Indigenous Legal Orders, and at the interface between them.

The JD/JID program is limited to a class of 25 students with an intake in September of each year. The program is open to first year admits only. Transfer or visiting applicants to the program will not be accepted. Connection to an Indigenous community and reasons for pursuing the program are important considerations in the admissions process.

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English language proficiency

If your first language is not English and you have not completed a minimum of three full academic years of post-secondary study that was taught and assessed in English, you must submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.

Minimum score requirements:

  • Internet Based Test - 100 with no less than 25 on each of the individual components
  • Computer Based Test - 250 out of a possible 300
  • Paper Based Test - 600 out of a possible 677

Applicants who do not meet these TOEFL minimums will not normally be admitted to the Faculty of Law.

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