The Calgary Curriculum
Faculty of Law
-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:
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 to use what you know, and to learn the aspects of performance that are distinct from competence.
|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.
|December 16, 2016||Sink or swim: The academy and the bar in Canada must move forward together|
|October 10, 2016||Killing the LPP and resistance to innovation|
|August 8, 2016||The new Calgary Curriculum: what we've done|
|May 30, 2016||Oops, I did it again!|
|April 11, 2016||Incentivization and change in legal education|
|February 15, 2016||Of lawyers, law schools, and the keeping of gates|
|December 14, 2015||Of theory, skills and false dichotomies|
|October 19, 2015||Legal education and the tyranny of provincialism|
|August 17, 2015||What we can learn from other professions|
|April 20, 2015||How to teach students to think like a lawyer (or maybe not)|
|February 16, 2015||What we know about legal education|
The breakdown of semesters will be as follows:
For a more comprehensive overview of the changes, read "What Makes a Law School Great?" by Alice Woolley, professor and Associate Dean (Academic).
Read about our third-year Advocacy block course, by instructor Lisa Silver.
You will have the opportunity to create a portfolio to track your accomplishments over the JD program, including course work, and extra-curricular and work-based activities. The portfolio will allow you to track, monitor and reflect upon your accomplishments, to communicate those accomplishments to others, and to participate in mentorship opportunities.
** Please note the student portfolios will be launched at a later date.
Student questions should be directed to:
Director, Academic and Student Services