Introduction The Faculty of Law at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec is home 'to law professors expert in both civil and common law traditions, with many emphasizing a comparative approach.’ The Faculty aspires to make 'important contributions to the law and public policy in Quebec, Canada, and the world' not only by educating future legal experts but also by being actively involved in legal research. The Faculty is affiliated with 'three institutes and six research centres' dedicated to various sectors of law including air and space law, comparative law, human rights, intellectual property, and sustainable development.
Moreover, among the Faculty's Nahum Gelber Law Library's more than 180,000 volumes of legal material are special collections concentrating on the aforementioned sectors of the law. The Library is also home to rare legal material including the John P. Humphrey United Nations Collection and French Civil Law work from 'before the Codification of 1804.'
Financial Aid and Scholarships The Faculty attempts to limit financial barriers to education by making available a number of financial awards. These include awards, bursaries, and scholarships for undergraduate 'applicants who have previously undertaken university studies, and who are therefore ineligible for McGill University entrance scholarships.' Graduate students are also eligible for financial assistance from the Faculty including O'Brien Fellowships and a limited number of 'scholarships for worthy graduate students.' Moreover, graduate students are eligible for external funding as well, primarily via grants and scholarships awarded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). The SSHRC 'is an arm's-length federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the social sciences and humanities.'