Current JD Students
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Important Dates & Deadlines for Current Students
Sept. 5, 2023
First day of Fall classes and 1L orientation
Sept. 6, 2023
Foundations in Law Block Course for 1L students begins
Sept. 14, 2023
Last day for dropping courses (without receiving a "W" grade) for 2L and 3L students
No refund of fees if you withdraw from full courses or Fall term half-courses after this date (2L and 3L students)
Sept. 15, 2023
Last day for adding courses or for changing registrations from credit to audit, or audit to credit
Sept. 22, 2023
Fee payment deadline for Fall term
Sept. 24, 2023
First-year doctrinal courses begin
Dec. 6, 2023
Last day of Fall classes
Last day to withdraw with permission from Fall term courses. If you withdraw after this date you will receive an "F" on your transcript
Dec. 11, 2023
First day of exams for Fall classes
Jan. 2, 2024
Winter block courses start
Jan. 22, 2024
Regularly scheduled classes for 1L, 2L, 3L, LOP, visiting, exchange and graduate students
Jan. 26, 2024
Fee payment deadline for Winter term
Jan. 30, 2024
Last day for dropping courses (without receiving a "W" grade)
No refund on fees if you withdraw from full courses or Winter half term courses after this date.
Last day for adding courses or for changing registrations from credit to audit or audit to credit in full courses and Winter term half courses.
March 31, 2024
Last day to submit Application for Degree for June Convocation
April 5, 2024
Last day of classes for Winter term
Last day to withdraw with permission from Winter term courses. If you withdraw after this date you will receive an "F" on your transcript.
April 8, 2024
First day of exams for Winter classes
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Clinical Courses & Directed Research Projects
Law 591: Provincial Court Clerkships
Law 653: Student Proposals for Directed Research
Law 696: Alberta Utilities Commission Clinical
Law 696: LEAF Clinical
Law 696: Market Surveillance Administrator (“MSA”) Clinical
Course Materials & Requirements
As part of the competency evaluation requirements of upper-year students, you are required to successfully complete all compulsory courses, as well as the following elements.
Upper-year writing requirement and written declaration of completion
International requirement and written declaration of completion
Theoretical Perspectives requirement and written declaration of completion
- Requirements (updated Jan 2023)
Mooting & Debating
Our Mooting & Debating program
You can participate in both non-credit and credit moots during your time at UCalgary Law. Credit moots are open to second and third year students.
Applications for the credit moot program are due Friday, June 9, 2023 at 4 p.m. (MDT).
International & Civil Law Study
Third-year students have the opportunity to take an approved program of legal studies at an international law school or a civil law school within Canada. The upper-year international requirement can be completed by an international exchange for one academic term if approved by the Associate Dean. The most logical term for exchange is the fall term of third year, when no mandatory courses are scheduled.
Once approved for exchange, you must obtain approval from the Assistant Dean, Student Services on your proposed courses. Submit the course outlines/descriptions for each proposed course, as well as the number of units each course is worth, by email at least five business days prior to the course registration deadline at the intended institution.
- You must register for the equivalent of 12 UCalgary units per term, to a maximum of 18 units.
- You must return to UCalgary to participate in Law 602: Advocacy in January.
- Information for international study can be found with the Study Abroad Office
- Check out opportunities for financial assistance
You may claim up to 9 credit hours towards your JD for courses taken outside the law school during your second and third years, with the approval of the Assistant Dean, Student Services. Courses must be at a 400-level or higher and must significantly add to your understanding of law and the legal system. Courses must not involve a subject that can be taken at UCalgary Law.
Non-law courses from UCalgary count towards GPA calculations; non-law courses from other institutions do not.
Study Outside UCalgary
You may take law courses for credit at another Canadian law school or abroad during the equivalent of spring or summer sessions, with the approval of the Associate Dean.
You may register for directed research during spring or summer sessions, with the approval of the Associate Dean and with the support of an individual instructor.
Third-year students may go on a Letter of Permission for one term or one year to another Canadian common law school and still earn a JD from UCalgary. You will be required to complete the required courses and requirements for the second and third years, and you must attend the block courses at the beginning of the winter terms. Approval from the Assistant Dean, Student Services is required.
Progression through the JD program
- Student must achieve “satisfactory performance” in all first-year courses, which means a minimum grade of C- in a course grade on the 12-band scale, and a grade of CR in a course graded on CR/D/F basis.
- Students may be required to achieve satisfactory performance in specific elements of required courses, in particular Foundations in Law and Justice I and II, and Legislation.
- The exact requirements to progress from the first year of the JD program are set out in the Faculty Regulations.
- Upper-year students must achieve satisfactory performance in each required course and the three required elements.
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Additional funding for current JD students
Kerry Dyte, QC Student Assistance Fund
The Kerry Dyte Q.C. Student Assistance Fund is available for all law students. The purpose behind the Kerry Dyte fund is to provide law students with access to emergency assistance. Students can access up to $5,000 upon demonstration of financial need as a result of an unexpected/unforeseen situation, such as travel expenses for family illness or bereavement, tuition support, or medical and dental expenses.
Applications for funding can be made to Angela Gallo-Dewar (firstname.lastname@example.org), Assistant Dean, Student Services, and will be granted at the dean's discretion.
Shell Experiential Energy Learning (SEEL) Program Activities Fund
The Shell Experiential Energy Learning (SEEL) Program provides funding to University of Calgary undergraduates in all disciplines for field trips, conferences, special projects and other activities focused on sustainable energy, environment and economy.
The SEEL Program enhances the hands-on learning experience for individual undergraduates and undergrad student clubs and organizations. Sponsored by Shell Canada, administered by the University of Calgary and with applications judged by students. The SEEL Program is part of Shell's Campus Ambassador Program (CAP).