The Juris Doctor program of study is built around courses that give students a firm foundation in the law. It also includes an array of courses that allow them to customize their study path and explore specialty areas of law.


Your first year lays the groundwork for your legal education and professional development. First-year JD students take the same seven core courses, starting with a two-week intensive on the Foundations to Law. First-year courses incorporate diverse perspectives as part of the curriculum, including Indigenous legal traditions, gender and the law, poverty and disability.

Compulsory Courses
  • LAW 401 Foundations to Law

  • LAW 405 Legal Research and Writing

  • LAW 410 Contracts

  • LAW 420 Criminal Law

  • LAW 430 Torts

  • LAW 435 Constitutional Law

  • LAW 440 Property Law

Upper Years

Delve deeper into specialized areas and choose a path that aligns with your career goals and interests. Whether your passion lies in corporate law, environmental law, human rights or family law, our Faculty offers a wide array of courses to meet your needs.

Compulsory courses provide students with a comprehensive understanding of foundational legal principles and essential areas of law. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action #28, students are required to take one course in Indigenous People and the Law, selected from a roster of courses.

Compulsory Courses
  • LAW 450 Administrative Law

  • LAW 451 Corporations

  • LAW 452 Civil Procedure

  • LAW 453 Evidence

  • LAW 456 Professionalism & Ethics

  • LAW 486 Jurisprudence or LAW 496 Legal History

  • One course in Indigenous and Aboriginal Law

Optional Course Categories
  • The Administrative Process/Public Law

  • Advanced Private Law

  • Corporate/Commercial Law

  • Criminal Law

  • Estates

  • Family Law

  • Health Law/Law & Medicine

  • Human Rights

  • Indigenous Law

  • Intellectual Property

  • International Law

  • Labour & Employment

  • Land Law

  • Legal Theory

  • Litigation & Lawyering skills

  • Moots

  • Natural Resources/Environmental Law

  • Taxation

Experiential Learning

Learning doesn't just happen inside the classroom. The Faculty of Law recognizes the importance of giving students experiential opportunities which will serve them well as they prepare to enter the profession. Curriculum-based opportunities include internships, externships and courses with an experiential component.