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:

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 (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.

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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.

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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.

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