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University of Victoria Law School Degrees - Undergraduate and Graduate

Law undergraduate (LLB) and graduate (LLM, LLD, MJur, JSD, DCL or PhD) degree programs provided by University of Victoria.

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Undergraduate Law Degrees

Academically, at the undergraduate level, the Faculty offers the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Law Co-op, which admits 35 students per year and is open to students who are registered in the first year of their LLB degrees, and 4 joint degrees. The latter allows the LLB to be combined with a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance (M.A.I.G), Master of Business Administration (MBA), or Master of Public Administration (MPA). The Faculty also offers a Joint Common Law/Civil Law (LLB/BCL) program for students possessing a civil law degree who want to earn an LLB to acquire proficiency in both of the world's major legal systems.

Furthermore, LLB students may earn credit towards their respective degrees while studying abroad at one of numerous institutions with which the Faculty is partnered. Such institutions include Adelaide University in Australia, the Free University (Vrije Universiteit) and University of Utrecht in Holland, University of Limerick in Ireland, University of Natal in South Africa, University of Sydney in Australia, and Victoria University in New Zealand, as well as the civil law school of Laval University in Quebec and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Unique international exchange opportunities are also offered to students interested in international and human rights law, via the International and Human Rights Law Association (IHRLA), including the Cornell Summer Institute of Comparative and International Law in Paris, France.

Graduate Law Degrees

At the graduate level, the Faculty offers a Master of Laws (LLM), Doctor of Philosophy in Law (PhD), and Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution, in cooperation with the Institute for Dispute Resolution. The LLM may completed through the Coursework Option or the Thesis Option, and students are required to spend a minimum of three semesters in residence. PhD students must spend at least five semesters, 20 months, in residence.

The Faculty also offers 4 unique learning opportunities via the International Intellectual Property Law Summer Institute, in association with the University of Victoria Division of Continuing Studies, University of Illinois College of Law, St. Peter's College, Oxford University, and Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at St. Peter's College and the law firms of Smart & Biggar, in Canada, and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, in the USA. These educational opportunities include the Summer Program for Canadian Law Students, Summer Program for International and U.S. Law Students, Professional Specialization Certificate Program in International and Comparative IP Law for Lawyers and Policy Makers, and Symposium for Legal Practitioners.

These programs, which are designed to enhance the knowledge of learners in the field of intellectual property law and policy, will be held during the summer, and their location ‘will alternate between UVic and Oxford University.’

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