In first year, students take eight required courses: Constitutional Law; Contracts; Criminal Law; Legal Ethics and Professionalism; Foundations of Canadian Law; Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy; Property and Torts. These are full-year courses except for Foundations of Canadian Law (Fall term only), Legal Ethics and Professionalism (Spring term only), and Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy (Fall and January terms only).
Students in their second and third years must take fourteen to sixteen course credit hours in each term, with a minimum of twenty-nine hours and a maximum of thirty-one hours in the two terms combined; students may take more than thirty-one credit hours only with the permission of the Associate Dean (Academic).
Students must, after first year, take Civil Procedure, Corporate Law and three of the following courses: Administrative Law, Evidence, Income Taxation, Public International Law, and Trusts.
The regular winter term in the Faculty of Law is divided into two terms. The January Term runs for the four weeks after classes begin in January. Students enrolled in first year will work exclusively in small groups developing research, writing, and advocacy skills during the January Term. Students in second and third year will select one from a range of optional January courses. These options are ordinarily restricted to no more than twenty-five students, and offer a major writing or other active learning component. Students will fulfill their remaining course requirements for the year during the Spring Term.
In second or third year a student must take at least one course that requires a written essay worth at least two credit hours.
Note: In each of second and third years, a student may take courses outside the Law School up to the equivalent of six credit hours, but no more than four such hours in any one term. The approval of the course instructor and the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law must be obtained.