Deep roots

Our history as the first university-based common law school in Canada sets us apart. Since 1883, we've been known for:

  • our intellectually ambitious and rigorous approach to the profession of law
  • serving as the model for legal education in Canada
  • our unique emphasis on public service – now widely known as the "Weldon Tradition of Unselfish Public Service"

> Read about our rich history.

Strong foundation

Our strengths include a number of firsts and accolades:

  • Ranked among the world's top 100 law schools in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) rankings
  • Ranked in the top three Canadian law schools in Corporate Knights' 2011 Knight Schools Survey
  • Canada's first clinical law program
  • First Canadian law school awarded the prestigious Emil Gumpuert Award by the American College of Trial Lawyers for excellence in trial advocacy training
  • Experiential learning through Environmental Law, Health Law, and Public Law placement courses as well as the Dalhousie Legal Aid Service and a Criminal Law Clinic
  • Specialized degrees and institutes: Marine & Environmental Law, Health Law & Policy, Law & Technology, Business Law

> Find out more about our unique programs.

Accomplished faculty

Our faculty are internationally respected leaders in academia, practice, and policy-making:

> Learn more about our distinguished faculty.

Accomplished student body

Our bright, motivated students are:

  • drawn from across Canada: from coast to coast to coast!
  • well represented in clerkships at every level of the Canadian judiciary
  • strong in advocacy and mooting
  • highly engaged and community minded: our school was singled out for best practices in "student-led initiatives" in Corporate Knights' 2011 Knight Schools Survey
  • hired by every major firm in Canada and by firms around the globe
  • successful after graduation: excellent job placement rate

> Hear what our students think about the Schulich School of Law.

Accomplished alumni

Our 7,000-strong living alumni cover the globe and make remarkable contributions to public life. They include:

  • three prime ministers and many premiers, party leaders, cabinet ministers, senators, and elected officials
  • over 300 judicial appointments to every level of court in every province of Canada – our alumni currently make up 20% of the Federal Court of Canada and 25% of the Tax Court of Canada
  • the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, the Honourable Justice Bertha Wilson
  • Canadian Business Hall of Famers Purdy Crawford, the "dean emeritus of Canada's corporate bar" and Sir Graham Day, knighted for his contribution to British industry
  • human rights advocates such as Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada and Kim Pate, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies
  • a long list of leading practitioners named as "Best Lawyers in Canada", "Lawyer of the Year" and Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers

> Find out more about our remarkable alumni.