Courses, Registration and Resources

First-Year Student Summer Update

Updated May 1, 2017

Welcome to the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta! The resources below are intended to provide you with information as you begin your law school journey with us.

The links will become active as information becomes available so please check regularly.

If you have any questions, please contact our Student Services Office at law.studentservices@ualberta.ca or 780-492-3122.

Faculty of Law Information

Foundations to Law (LAW 401)

The Foundations to Law course (Law 401) is aimed at introducing law students to the basics of the laws of Canada, the Canadian legal system, and lawyering in Canada. As well, the course will provide law students with some basic aspects of being a law student. The course will be taught on Wednesday September 6th, Thursday September 7th, Monday September 11th, Tuesday September 12th, Wednesday September 13th, and Thursday September 14th. The course will run from 9 am to 5 pm each of those days. Where a lunch session will be scheduled, lunch will be provided. A detailed schedule will be provided on orientation. The final exam will be held on Saturday September 23th at 9am. The grade on the exam is on a pass/fail basis. Please note that it is important to attend class on all six days, as all material covered is examinable on the exam.

Some of the topics covered will be: how to read a case, the common law method, the structure of the courts, sources of law in Canada including Aboriginal law and traditions, the structure of legislation and regulation, how to read statutes, equity, and the judicial system in Alberta and Canada. Other topics covered will also include: professionalism, career development, and student services.

Please note that the Legal Research and Writing course will start on Friday September 8th and is also scheduled for Friday September 15th. Professor Varvis will explain any scheduling issues for that class in her Friday lecture. All other first year courses will start on Monday September 18th as set out in the class schedule.

University of Alberta Information

  • Bear Tracks

    Please visit Bear Tracks to (a) keep information, such as your address, current, and (b) to view your fee assessment and account balance (available in late August - notification will be sent via email).

  • BearsDen

    Before you come to campus, check out BearsDen – our new student engagement portal! Here you can search the hundreds of registered student groups on campus, check out and RSVP for upcoming events, and meet other students with similar interests.

  • UAlberta Bookstore

    Please do not purchase your books at this time. Your professors will give you the required and recommended book lists in class.

  • University Calendar

    Visit the above link for (a) more detail about the JD program, and (b) to read University rules and regulations.

  • Communications Policy

    Visit the above link for information about your responsibilities concerning the University's communications policy as all information will be sent electronically to your UAlberta email address.

  • ONEcard

    ONEcard is the official University of Alberta identification card. Visit the above link for more information.

  • The U-Pass

    Eligible students will have unlimited access to regular Edmonton, St. Albert, and Strathcona County Transit services for fall and winter terms. See above for details.

  • Health and Dental Plan

    The new SU Health & Dental Plan is a Students’ Union service that covers things not covered by Alberta Health and Wellness or other provincial plans, and includes prescription drugs, dental care, eye exams, and many other services. For more information, please check out www.ihaveaplan.ca, read the FAQ for more details on coverage, or if you have any further questions you can call the Member’s Service Centre at 1-866-795-4430, open Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • On-Campus Housing

    The above link will take you to Residence Services at the University of Alberta where you can explore many on-campus housing opportunities.

  • Off-Campus Housing

    The above link will take you to the Students' Union Housing Registry where you can search for off-campus housing opportunities.

Information from Other Organizations

  • Law Students' Association (LSA)

    The Law Students' Association is a representative body of Undergraduate students of the Faculty of Law.

  • Student Legal Services (SLS)

    Student Legal Services of Edmonton (SLS) is a student-managed, non-profit society dedicated to helping low-income individuals with access to justice in Greater Edmonton since 1969.

  • Alberta Law Review

    The Alberta Law Review is published quarterly by the Alberta Law Review Society, a non-profit group of law students from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.

  • Law Show

    Law Show is a charitable cabaret fundraiser run by students and faculty members in the Faculty of Law.

  • Canadian Bar Association

    Please visit the above link for information about the Canadian Bar Association, including services offered and how to obtain membership.