Sarah Bradley, professor of business law

A day in the life

Sarah Bradley, professor of business law

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It’s great to see students who didn’t understand a situation before suddenly understand. Not only do they learn the system of laws, but they become engaged in it and see its application in their own lives or future legal practice.

Engaged in the theory and research of law


“Business law feels like the right place for me,” says Sarah Bradley, professor of business law at Dal's Schulich School of Law. “I quite enjoyed it in law school, and in practice I got more exposure to it. Then it was the focus of my thesis for my Master of Laws degree. It’s a very collaborative area, and I found it to be less adversarial than litigation practice.”

And though Ms. Bradley is licensed to practice law, she doesn’t: “I have no time!” she laughs. “I have too many other commitments that complement my work as a professor and engage me more in the theory and research of law.”

One in these commitments is her role as vice chair for the Securities Commission. She also prepares reports for various law reform commissions, and is engaged in her own research.

Those research interests make their way into the courses she teaches. She’s writing a book about unincorporated business entities, which comes up in her Business Associations course. “And I’m also working on a report about the fiduciary duties of directors," she explains, "which is relevant to all of the business law courses I teach.”

“Most law students take Business Associations,” Ms. Bradley says. “Many take it out of genuine interest—but the subject is always on the bar admission exams, so every year, quite a number enrol out of perceived necessity,” she adds. “But it’s always nice when those students get turned on to the idea of pursuing a career in business law.”

Bradley especially enjoys coaching the team that competes in the annual Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg Corporate/Securities moot. In 2011, her team walked away with the top prize. “They won every moot they did, and the prize for best factum—it was a great success story,” Ms. Bradley enthuses. “It demonstrates that Dal has considerable strength in corporate law, and that our program is among the best in Canada.”

The School’s business law program stands out for other reasons, Ms. Bradley believes: “Students here can receive a specialization certificate in business law, and there’s a broad range of coursese—introductory courses like Business Associations, as well as Securities Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Oil and Gas Law, and other specialized topics. The program is very well rounded.”