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Innovation in Student Experience and Legal Education

The Calgary Curriculum

Launched in 2015, the Calgary Curriculum placed the Faculty of Law in the vanguard of innovation in legal education in Canada. Built with input from students, alumni and the profession, our new curriculum is rigorous, it is relevant, and it more realistically connects how we teach with how students learn. It equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for future professional success. The Faculty of Law is committed to continuing to enhance student experience, and to deepening the role of experience in student learning.

Innovative Teaching and Teaching Innovation

The Faculty of Law will continue to be a leader in legal education, and will work in conjunction with the University of Calgary's Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning to
support future pedagogical innovation. As the practice of law continues to change, so too must legal education. Students require not only an understanding of the law, but how innovations in technology and business alter the landscape in which legal services are delivered. The faculty will continue to educate students on innovations that affect how legal skills are applied.

Student Experience

Our goal is to provide a rich learning experience for students, one that prepares them for success as professionals and as citizens. We will promote skills and attributes that enable students to make significant contributions to their communities and to society, locally and globally.

We are dedicated to providing a welcoming learning environment, in which people with diverse identities, backgrounds, and ideas may all contribute. As ever, recruiting top students with diverse records of excellence, in academics, professional experience, and community service, remains our priority. We remain committed to providing a JD program that is one of the best in the nation.

Experience for Impact: Leaders in Experiential Education

Experiential education involves learning by doing. It occurs inside the classroom and out, but it has been at the core of the faculty’s ethos since we were founded in 1976. We have many established avenues for student experiential learning, such as Student Legal Assistance and our successful Mooting & Debating program, as well as more recent innovations, including courses in leadership for lawyers, technology in legal practice, and legal innovation.

Clinical courses provide students the opportunity to develop their skills on real problems, engage with evolving areas of the law, and to assist those in need. The Faculty of Law currently boasts an impressive range of clinical offerings, including the Business Venture Clinic, the Intellectual Property Clinic, the Tax Court Assistance Program, the Public Interest Law Clinic, and the Family Law Incubator Project. We will continue our longstanding commitment to clinical education, and explore possibilities to connect new clinical experiences with our developing research.

Indigenous Peoples and Legal Education

The Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission have a particular resonance for legal education. We are committed to responding to the Calls to Action in
a way that equips our graduates with the skills necessary to participate in the project of reconciliation. This includes ensuring our curriculum educates students about the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous-Crown relations. We will also continue to educate students about the intersections between the rights of Indigenous peoples, resource development and the environment.