Focus Areas

Opportunities to acquire deep specialist knowledge

Our diverse curriculum gives you excellent exposure to all areas of legal education and a wide range of specialized subjects. Use our focus areas to go deep into an area of law you are interested in and to take your career exactly where you want to go. 

Our centres of legal excellence

Marine and Environmental Law

Offshore development, ocean boundary management, biodiversity protection, and international convention implementation are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the legal issues we face as a globalized society. As a global centre of excellence for research, education, and outreach in Oceans and Environment Law and Policy, the Marine & Environmental Law Institute and the Marine and Environmental Law Program (MELP) offer some of the world's most extensive course offerings in Marine and Environmental Law taught by faculty whose leading-edge research and scholarship are widely cited internationally.

Law and Technology

In a short space of time, new information technologies have revolutionized society and most modern economies. Lawyers, lawmakers, and legal scholars face challenging questions as new technologies cross over or push at traditional boundaries of law. Our interdisciplinary Law and Technology Institute, along with the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie, as well as sister institutions, respond to these complex issues. We offer a range of courses in Information Technology Law, including Internet Law, Law and Technology, Privacy Law, and Information Technology Transactions. You can also conduct advanced research on information technology-related legal topics under the supervision of faculty.

Health Law and Policy

As the health-care realm forges ahead with advances and discoveries, legal and ethical questions abound. The Health Law Institute, which is supported by and serves the Faculties of Law, Medicine, Health Professions, and Dentistry at Dalhousie, looks to answer to these questions. One of only two such institutes in Canada, we are the national leader in Health Law and Policy research and among a small number of academic institutions with international impact in this field. We offer the first and only Health Law and Policy specialization for JD students in Canada, and we welcome graduate students from across the country and around the world.

Hands-on experience

Dalhousie Legal Aid Service

The Schulich School of Law has an active clinical law program, Dalhousie Legal Aid Service. Through its community law office in downtown Halifax, "the Clinic" provides a legal aid service for low-income clients in the Halifax–Dartmouth area. Students, lawyers, and paralegals conduct cases for individual clients and also work in areas of community development, preventive law, and law reform, all under the supervision of staff lawyers and faculty members. The Clinic also acts as a teaching centre for third-year students, who receive academic credit for participation.

Criminal Law

We offer another type of clinical experience dealing solely with Criminal Law in which, to complement special classes and seminars, students are assigned to either a judge, a Crown counsel, or a defence lawyer to observe and participate in Criminal Law work. Students receive academic credit for participation.

Bench strength in business and taxation

We have a long track record of delivering a solid Business Law program. Competitive mooting is a strong suit here, and we punch well above our weight when it comes to alumni who are leaders of the business Bar and Bench. Choose from a broad range of courses in Business and Taxation Law taught by leading academics and practitioners. Courses in these areas can also be taken toward earning a concentration in Business Law.