How to Apply


We're glad you are interested in the Indigenous Blacks & Mi'kmaq Initiative

Your application

Application for the IB&M Initiative is the same as for all students applying to Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law. You should indicate your desire to be considered for admission through the IB&M Initiative in your application, and in your personal statement.

Our admission criteria

The primary focus of the IB&M Initiative is on students who are either:

  • Indigenous Black Nova Scotians, that is, individuals who are Black and were born and raised in Nova Scotia, or who have a substantial connection with a historically Black community in Nova Scotia, or
  • Mi'kmaq, that is, individuals who are Mi'kmaq and were born and raised in Mi'kmaqi or have a substantial connection with a Mi'kmaw community in Mi'kmaqi.

The IB&M Initiative places the admission of African Nova Scotian and Mi'kmaq students as its highest priority. However, other Black and Aboriginal students across Canada are also urged to apply to Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law. If, in any given year all qualified Indigenous Blacks and Mi'kmaw students have been admitted and there are still spaces available, Black students who are not indigenous to Nova Scotia and Aboriginal students who are not Mi'kmaq, may be admitted through the IB&M category.

The Pre-Law Course for admitted applicants

The Pre-Law Course takes place over four-weeks and is for admitted IB&M applicants, usually offered during the month of May. Your attendance is mandatory.

The focus of Pre-Law is to provide an intensive introduction to the legal research, reasoning and writing skills critical to success at law school. Pre-law also evaluates students for admissions purposes, and students in Pre-Law must successfully complete the course in order to start at the beginning of the school year in September.

There is no tuition cost for Pre-Law. Materials will be provided for you. We recommend that you don't take on outside employment during Pre-Law. Limited funding may be available for students who demonstrate financial need. 

If you are an applicant with particularly high academic qualifications, you may be given the choice as to whether or not you wish to take the Pre-Law course.