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Certificates & Concentrations

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Business Law Specialization
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Our business law program is one of the strongest in Canada. Our commitment to business law teaching and scholarship, our innovative Business Law Specialization, and our visiting professor and business law speakers series, have ensured Dalhousie's place as a national leader in business law education.

Business Law Specialization Requirements

JD students may specialize in Business Law and the specialization will be recognized on their academic transcript. To specialize in Business Law, a student must take:

a. Mandatory Classes

b. Selected Classes

Classes totalling at least five credit hours chosen from the following list:

c. Additional Classes

Additional classes chosen from the following list (at least one of which must be a major paper class or equivalent) which, together with all classes taken to satisfy requirements (a) and (b) above, total at least 26 credit hours:

Other major paper courses may also serve as electives towards the specialization, but only if the paper topic is approved by the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law who serves as the Director of the Business Law Specialization program.

Students should also check the courses listed on the Business Law web page as it sometimes includes new courses approved after the calendar deadline.

Students interested in registering for the Business Law Specialization Certificate must contact the Director of the Business Law specialization program as early as possible and ideally at the start of second year.

All classes counted toward satisfaction of the Business Law Specialization requirements must be completed with no grade below C, and a weighted average in those courses of at least B (i.e., 70).
NOTE: For the purposes of any Schulich School of Law Certificate program, only those courses pursued at Schulich School of Law during the student’s JD studies which lead to successful completion of a Dalhousie University JD degree will be recognized. Students are not permitted to count a course towards more than one certificate.


 

Health Law & Policy Specialization
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Dalhousie is taking the lead when it comes to raising a new generation of students trained in health law. Not only do we have one of the largest health law class offerings in Canada, we also offer lectures and courses to students in the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, and Health Professions at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels.

Health Law & Policy Specialization Requirements

In the upper years of the JD program, students may specialize in Health Law and Policy and the specialization will be recognized on their academic transcript. To specialize in Health Law and Policy, a student must take Health Law and three additional elective classes.

These classes may be selected from the health law curriculum: 

One other major paper class (two in exceptional circumstances) may also serve as electives toward the specialization. The paper outline must be approved in writing by the Director of the Health Law Institute before the paper is written, and the final paper is subject to review for sufficient health law content. 

If a student is participating in an exchange program, s/he can request that one course from that exchange be credited towards the specialization. The course, if approved, can serve as one of the electives in the specialization; it cannot replace a required course in the specialization. The course cannot duplicate a course that the student has taken at the Schulich School of Law. If the course is approved, the student will not be subsequently permitted to receive credit for a course at Schulich which, in the opinion of the Director, has undue overlap with the course taken on exchange. The burden is on the student to demonstrate that the substance and quality of the course fits within the parameters of the specialization, for example, by providing the course description, syllabus, etc. The student must have the course approved by the Director of the specialization prior to taking the course. The Director of the specialization has the final authority to approve the request.

All classes counted towards satisfaction of the Health Law and Policy Specialization requirements must be completed with no grade below C, and a weighted average in those courses of at least B (ie, 70).

Where the Health Law Placement is included as one of the four credits, a minimum grade of Pass is required but will not be factored into the calculated average.

Students interested in registering for the Health Law and Policy Specialization program must contact the Director of the program as early as possible and ideally at the start of second year

NOTE:  Except where noted above regarding exchange studies, for the purposes of any Schulich School of Law certificate program, only those courses pursued at the Schulich School of Law during the student's JD studies which lead to successful completion of a Dalhousie University JD degree will be recognized. Students are not permitted to count a course towards more than one certificate.


 

Marine & Environmental Law Specialization
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The Marine & Environmental Law Program at the Schulich School of Law is internationally recognized for excellence in marine and environmental law teaching, research and capacity building. Students have a unique opportunity to learn about public and private law practice in marine (including shipping) and environmental law taught from domestic and international perspectives.

Marine & Environmental Law Specialization Requirements

JD students may specialize in Marine Law and/or Environmental Law and the specialization will be recongized on their transcript.

JD students may specialize in Marine Law and/or Environmental Law and the specialization will be recongized on their transcript.

  • It is the students' responsibility to ensure that they complete all the requirements of the specialization they enroll in.
  • Students wishing to complete the requirements of both certificates are not permitted to count a course towards more than one certificate.
  • All classes counted toward satisfaction of the Marine Law or Environmental Law certificate must be completed with no grade below C and a weighted average grade of B (ie. 70).
  • For the purposes of any Schulich School of Law certificate program, only those courses pursued at the Schulich School of Law during the student's JD studies which lead to successful completion of a Dalhousie University JD degree will be recognized.
  • How to register for the specialization certificate

Marine Law Specialization

Required classes

Elective classes

Environmental Law Specialization

Required classes

Elective classes

Relevant courses

Students may apply to the MELP Director to have a paper, that will be written in another relevant course, approved for the purpose of one of the electives in a MELP certificate.  

Examples of some of the classes that would be considered relevant are:

Note: not all electives are offered each year


 

Law & Technology - Informal Concentration
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The Law & Technology Institute offers a variety of courses engaging with the intersection of law and technology when it comes to issues such as privacy, intellectual property, hacker culture and e-commerce. We continue our interdisciplinary work with our partners in the Faculties of Computer Science and Management and share ideas and research with colleagues and students from those areas. Our faculty members are actively involved in applied research and initiatives in their respective fields of expertise.