Certificates & Concentrations
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Business Law Specialization
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:
- LAWS 2138 - Securities Regulation
- LAWS 2106 - Taxation of Corporations
- LAWS 2145 - Sale of Goods
- LAWS 2204 - Secured Transactions
- Other classes specifically designated from time to time.
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:
- LAWS 2298 - Advanced Commercial Drafting
- LAWS 2113 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
- LAWS 2081 - Bankruptcy and Insolvency
- LAWS 2245 - Bowman Tax Moot
- LAWS 2153 - Business and Environmental Law
- LAWS 2169 - Competition Law
- LAWS 2218 - Construction Law
- LAWS 2028 - Copyright Law
- LAWS 2006 - Corporate Finance
- LAWS 2129 - Corporate Transactions
- LAWS 2144 - Corporate/Securities Law Moot
- LAWS 2264 - Cross Border Litigation
- LAWS 2216 - Current Issues in Corporate Law
- LAWS 2048 - Employment Law
- LAWS 2213/2214 - Energy Law
- LAWS 2096 - Entertainment Law
- LAWS 2033 - Equity and Trusts
- LAWS 2170 - Information Technology Transactions
- LAWS 2010 - Insurance Law
- LAWS 2217 - Intellectual Property Commercialization Placement
- LAWS 2178 - Intellectual Property Law I
- LAWS 2203 - Intellectual Property Law II
- LAWS 2281 - International Commercial Arbitration
- LAWS 2056 - International Trade Law
- LAWS 2168 - Internet and Media Law
- LAWS 2014 - Labour Law I
- LAWS 2066 - Labour Law Problems
- LAWS 2211 - Law of International Trade and Shipping
- LAWS 2182 - Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Changes of Corporate Control
- LAWS 2079 - Oil and Gas Law
- LAWS 2222 - Patent Law
- LAWS 2208 - Pension Law
- LAWS 2005 - Private International Law
- LAWS 2232 - Real Estate Transactions
- LAWS 2145 - Sale of Goods (if not taken as part of requirement B above)
- LAWS 2204 - Secured Transactions (if not taken as part of requirement B above)
- LAWS 2138 - Securities Regulation (if not taken as part of requirement B above)
- LAWS 2030 - Taxation II
- LAWS 2059 - Taxation III
- LAWS 2106 - Taxation of Corporations (if not taken as part of requirement B above)
- Approved Directed Research Papers
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 (BizLaw@dal.ca ) who serves as the Director of the Business Law Specialization program.
Students interested in registering for the Business Law Specialization Certificate must contact the Director of the Business Law specialization program at BizLaw@dal.ca 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).
Students are not permitted to count a course towards more than one certificate. If a student is participating in an exchange program, they can request that courses from that exchange be credited towards the specialization. The course cannot duplicate a course that the student has taken at the Schulich School of Law. 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 Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law (BizLaw@dal.ca ) has the final authority to approve the request. 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 Associate Dean (Academic), has undue overlap with the course taken on exchange.
Health Law and Policy Specialization
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 at the undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education levels.
Marine & Environmental Law Specialization
The Marine & Environmental Law Program at the Schulich School of Law is internationally recognizedfor 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.
Law & Technology Specialization
We offer one of the strongest Law and Technology programs in the country. With ubiquitous computing and online connectivity, advances in biotechnology, big data storage and search, and emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and blockchain, questions of law, technology, policy, ethics, and society are of increasing importance and public concern. Our program is designed to prepare law students for technologies of today and tomorrow, with a variety of courses engaging with and thinking critically about issues and problems at the intersections of law, technology, and society.
The Program is anchored by the Law and Technology Institute—founded to promote scholarly legal research and advance knowledge in technology law. LATI was among the first such research centers in the country; our flagship publication the Canadian Journal of Law and Technology. The CJLT is Canada’s leading technology law journal, with significant impact, currency, and citation scores ranking it 8th over all among Canadian law journals, and 3rd overall internationally among all science and technology law journals outside the United States.