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.
Our strengths include a number of firsts and accolades:
- 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.
Our faculty are internationally respected leaders in academia, practice, and policy-making:
- Distinguished full-time and adjunct faculty bring expert legal, judicial, and legislative experience
- Passionate teachers driven to deliver the best possible legal education bring practical experience, discovery, analysis and interpretation into the classroom
- University Research Professor Professor Richard Devlin
- Canada Research Chair in Ocean Law & Governance, Dr David VanderZwagg
- Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy, Professor Aldo Chircop
- Royal Society of Canada Fellows Professor Jocelyn Downie and Professor Richard Devlin
- Fulbright Scholars Professor Vaughan Black, Professor Jon Penney and Professor Esmeralda Thornhill
- Rhodes Scholar Professor William Lahey
- Trudeau Fellow Professor Jocelyn Downie and Trudeau Scholar Professor Elaine Craig
- 3M National Teaching Fellow Professor Kim Brooks
- Queen's Counsel designations for lawyers Shawna Hoyte and Heather McNeill (Dalhousie Legal Aid Service), and Professors Bruce Archibald, Lorraine Lafferty, Philip Saunders, Rollie Thompson, Professor Emeritus Wayne MacKay and Professor Emeritus John Yogis
- Member of the Order of Canada: Professor Emeritus Wayne Mackay
> 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, accounting for 20% of Federal Court of Appeal clerkships in 2012-13, and 33% of British Columbia Court of Appeal clerkships for 2013
- strong in advocacy, winning major moots such as the 2011 Davies Canadian Corporate Securities Moot
- 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.
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.