"Our duty is to prepare students for the profession they’re joining, not the one we joined. And no question, their profession is going to look different from ours."
-Ian Holloway, QC, dean of the Faculty of Law
The Calgary Curriculum places University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law at the forefront of innovation in North American legal education. Built with input from students, alumni and industry, our new curriculum is rigorous, it is relevant, and it will more realistically connect how we teach with how you (our students) learn. It will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for future professional success.
Launched in September 2015, the Calgary Curriculum will:
Give you a deep understanding of the law and legal principles, along with the ability to apply your learning to real-world situations.
Embrace the concept of performance-based learning, using real-life situations (actual or simulated) to deepen your learning of legal principles and to translate that learning into practical concepts and applications.
Prepare you to join a constantly changing and challenging legal services market, and for professional opportunities that extend beyond traditional legal practice.
UCalgary Law knows that you likely will not just have one career following graduation; you will have several. Changes to our curriculum will increase student engagement and preparedness for the complex professional world you will enter after graduation.
The Calgary Curriculum is built on the concept of "Excellence in Lawyering," which requires strong substantive competence - knowledge and understanding of the concepts, methods, analysis, reasoning and critical perspectives in and about the law, as well as performance - the ability to translate knowledge into action. Changes to our curriculum will allow you touse what you know, and to learn the aspects of performance that are distinct from competence.
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UCalgary Law dean, Ian Holloway, is an advocate for innovation in legal education and the legal profession, and contributes regularly to Canadian Lawyer 4Students. Read his columns below.
Winter semester - 10 weeks (late January to March)
(September) Intensive three-week course "Foundations in Law and Justice I" will cover introductory legal concepts, reading and briefing cases and interpreting statutes, critical perspectives on law through topical/current "cases," and the role of lawyers in a system of laws and in society.
(January) "Foundations in Law and Justice II" will cover introductory skills in legal research, writing and advocacy, and will include drafting and a writing/advocacy assignment.
Legislation (Law 403, Fall term) will focus on drafting and interpreting legislation. This course will be taught through performance-based learning, and will involve multiple forms of assessment.
Throughout the remainder of your first year, you will study core substantive law courses, including Property, Torts, Contracts, Constitutional Law, and Crime: Law and Procedure. (Course descriptions available here)
The focus in 1L will continue to be on substantive competence, but a shorter term with longer class times will encourage innovation and engagement in the classroom.