Introduction Established in 1883 and located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the Dalhousie Law School at Dalhousie University is the oldest university-affiliated school of common law in the Commonwealth of Nations. The School's faculty is particularly well known for its preeminent education and research in the fields of Health Law and Policy, Law and Technology, and Marine and Environmental Law. In fact, the School is home to three of the foremost research institutes specializing in these areas of the law, and the Sir James Dunn Law Library has an ever-expanding special, and unique, collection in these legal areas. Further, the School has been seen as an innovator in access-to-education programs for individuals and groups who have traditionally been under-represented in law studies and the legal profession.
Since 1989, the School has housed the Indigenous Blacks and Mi'kmaq (IB&M) Initiative, which is designed for members of these groups to 'obtain access to legal education and the legal profession and to address racism in the justice system.' The IB&M Initiative offers Indigenous Blacks and Mi'kmaq special admissions status and financial support as well as the Pre-Law Course.
Financial Aid and Scholarships The Dalhousie Law School attempts to limit the financial barriers to education by making numerous awards, bursaries, prizes, and scholarships available to undergraduate and graduate students, many of which are awarded based on financial need. For instance, the $20,000 'Arthur Allister MacBain renewable entrance scholarship is offered to an exceptionally qualified incoming student.'
Several $1000 and $2000 entrance scholarships are also available to first year students possessing a high academic record, and the $10,000 J. Gerald Godsoe Scholarship may be pursued by students with outstanding academic achievement 'and significant public service.' Furthermore, the Law Foundation of Nova Scotia offers 'five renewable scholarships of $13,000.'