Why study Law at Dal?

Learn advocacy skills in a program that fits your interests and needs

Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law—one of the oldest law schools in Canada—offers comprehensive areas of study including the most extensive range of courses in marine and environmental law in the country. The Schulich School of Law is also a leader in community law with the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service, the first of its kind in Canada. Spending a semester in the clinic will provide you with opportunities to gain real-life experience while working towards your degree.

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree from The Schulich School of Law is recognized for the purpose of bar admission in all Canadian provinces.

In 1989, the Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq (IB&M) initiative was established at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law with the purpose of reducing structural and systemic discrimination by increasing the representation of indigenous Nova Scotian blacks and Mi'kmaq in the legal profession. Candidates for admission to this program must be either indigenous Nova Scotian black or Mi'kmaq persons and should indicate this on their application materials. Otherwise, the documentation is similar to the regular admission process.

Degree overview

Professional Degree: Juris Doctor, JD
Faculty: Schulich School of Law
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax
Program Length: 3 years
Program Start: September

What will I learn?

The first year of the law program curriculum is com­pulsory and provides you with a firm grounding in fundamental legal principles, techniques, and methodology. All first-year students must take courses in the following subjects: contract law, criminal law, legal research and writing, property law, and public law and torts.

Second- and third-year courses on civil procedure, constitutional law, and profes­sional responsibility are required, but all others are electives from which you can choose according to your own interests. There's a broad range of courses, including all the subjects recommended by the Provincial Barristers Societies to students intending to practice law.

Plus, there are a variety of specialty courses offered at three prestigious institutes: the Health Law Institute, the Law and Technology Institute, and the Marine and Environmental Law Institute.

Sample courses:

  • Health Law
  • Business and Environment Law
  • Compulsory Moot

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

You might practice litigation in a large firm. But you could also practice in the community. Or you might go on to do public policy work in one of the three levels of government.

Whatever you choose to do, Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law provides you with an excellent grounding in legal theory and practice. As well, you’ll have many opportunities to apply your knowledge in community-based and institutionally supported programs.

The hands-on experience you get during your law studies means you’ll move into the legal profession prepared to take on any challenge that comes your way, including:  

  • legal practice
  • judgeship
  • arbitration and mediation
  • politics

After completing your Juris Doctor (JD) degree at Dalhousie, you'll be eligible to apply to pursue a master of laws (LLM) degree to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of your area of specialization—you’ll also be qualified to teach law at a university.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie.

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