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Welcome students, alumni, scholars and friends to the University of Calgary Faculty of Law.

hollowayLocated in the heart of northwest Calgary, with a view of the majestic Rocky Mountains, our campus is a haven of natural beauty. Green space is bountiful and the campus is well laid out and easily accessible. The Faculty of Law is housed in one of the most central and architecturally-pleasing buildings on campus. 

In 2010 we launched our Inspiring Energy.Skills.Excellence strategic plan and campaign. Our three goals will build a strong future for the law school; a future that embraces our location in Canada's energy capital, but that also places us at the forefront of legal education throughout the common law world. 

  • To establish the Faculty's JD program as the premier professional law degree program in Western Canada.
  • To build a nationally recognized "Excellence in Lawyering" legal skills program.
  • To enhance our international reputation for excellence in natural resources, energy and environmental law. 

We are proud to offer top-notch JD and graduate programming, including joint programs with the Haskayne School of Business and the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, as well the International Energy Lawyers Program, a combined JD program with the University of Houston Law Center. Future program growth and development will be facilitated via the important research and teaching partnerships we have formed with like-minded law schools across the globe. 

Our students are well positioned for success given our proximity to top legal experts in the field and the enviable position Calgary has of being home to the greatest concentration of major corporate head offices in Canada. In 2015, we recorded an articling placement rate of 96%, and our placement is consistently among the highest in Canada. Our students consistently stand higher than the 81st percentile (or above) in LSAT scores, and the average GPA for the 2016/2017 admission year was 3.63.

The Faculty of Law is an integral part of both a city and province that have become world leaders in the resource and energy sector and that have developed significant high-tech industries. These developments are reflected in the legal practices of the firms that make Calgary home, and which support the highly sophisticated financial and cross-border activities of their corporate clients. Our faculty are among the finest legal scholars in the nation, and their work is cited by academics, judges and governments around the world. Our staff is the epitome of professionalism. Our students continue to be exemplars of the values of leadership and social commitment that have lain at the core of our school's ethos since our foundation 40 years ago. 

Welcome to the Faculty of Law. This is an exciting time to be involved with us. It is a time of change, challenge and success for faculty, students, alumni and friends alike!