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Moot points matter

Students have the opportunity to participate in several moot courts, such as the Smith Shield, and present a case before real judges.


Case by case

The Sir James Dunn Law Library has the resources students need to delve into case law in any area of specialization.


The Weldon tradition

Students can spend a semester at the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, working to improve community access to justice.


Focus on your interests

The Schulich School of Law allows you to choose from specializations in Health Law and Policy, Marine and Environmental Law, Law and Technology, or Business Law.


Program snapshot

Top 10 reasons to study Law at Dal:

  1. Your Juris Doctor (JD) degree from Dal will be recognized for bar admission in all provinces across Canada.
  2. Receive academic credit and get practical legal experience through Dalhousie’s Legal Aid Service, one of the oldest clinical internships in Canada.
  3. You can complete the law program as a full-time student in three years, or request to complete it over seven years as a part-time student.
  4. Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law welcomes students from every province and territory, fostering diverse perspectives both inside and outside the classroom.
  5. Choose from specializations in business law, technology law, privacy law, criminal law, health law and policy, and marine and environmental law.
  6. Participate in the Judge's Clerkship Program in cooperation with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and spend a week with a Supreme Court Justice in chambers.
  7. The Schulich School of Law has three special institutes: the Law and Technology Institute, the Health Law Institute, and the Marine and Environmental Law Institute.
  8. Find a job placement or articling position with support from the Schulich School of Law's in-house Career Development Office. Our grads have an excellent placement rate.
  9. Be assigned to a real judge, crown counsel, or defence lawyer in the Criminal Law Clinic, and observe and participate in criminal law practice.
  10. Travel to a participating university in Canada, the US, Singapore, Europe or Australia on a one-semester student exchange.


What will I learn?

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You'll learn about policies and cases. But you’ll also gain practical advocacy skills that will contribute to your success—not just in the classroom, but in the courtroom and the community beyond after you graduate.

What can I do?


After graduating with your Juris Doctor (JD) degree, you’ll be able to take an articling position in a private Canadian law firm. But practicing law isn’t the only option. You could also pursue a Master’s in Law (LLM), or work for a not-for-profit organization or in government.