Dalhousie University

Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University is a leader in teaching, research, lawmaking, and public policy. Our graduates work all over the world as judges, government officials, entrepreneurs, professors, journalists, lawyers, and heads of international organizations.

An essential part of legal education is learning about the role law plays in society. Come on exchange to the Schulich School of Law and learn from our internationally acclaimed faculty: committed teachers who care deeply about giving students an outstanding legal education; dynamic researchers with rich local, national, and international networks and profiles; and advocates who make a difference in the service of human rights and public policy.

With an emphasis on real-life learning, legal education at the Schulich School of Law strikes the perfect balance between theory and practice. Because the law school is relatively small (approximately 500 students), professors are eager to support and challenge you in your studies, and Dalhousie’s welcoming community makes it easy to make friends and connections you’ll keep for the rest of your life.

Rooted in Tradition

The oldest university-based common law school in Canada, the Schulich School of Law is grounded in the vision of the school’s first Dean, Richard Chapman Weldon, who believed lawyers have a responsibility to contribute to their communities’ well-being. The school’s consequent dedication to volunteerism, as well as public and community service, is proudly known today as the Weldon Tradition of unselfish public service.

Special Areas of Expertise

Marine & Environmental Law

Dalhousie has deep expertise in oceans research – an unsurprising fact given our coastal location. The law school is internationally recognized for excellence in marine and environmental law teaching and research and has one of the world’s most extensive course offerings in marine and environmental law. The Marine & Environmental Law Institute (MELAW) is housed in the Schulich School of Law and carries out research and consultancy activities. It also directs the Marine & Environmental Law Program (MELP) academic specialization.

In addition to their scholarly research and publication activities, the Institute’s faculty, associates, and staff provide advisory services to agencies of the United Nations, conduct research, and assist governmental and non-governmental entities in Canada and around the world.

Law & Technology

Lawmakers, legal scholars, and policymakers face a host of challenging and complex questions as new information technologies grow in all sectors of society. Our Law & Technology Institute (LATI) fosters interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate studies with Dalhousie’s Faculty of Computer Science and Faculty of Management, plus other external IT-related institutions.

LATI’s faculty and associates support core curriculum and course offerings in IT law issues, including biotechnology, Internet law, privacy law, law and technology, information technology transactions, electronic commerce, intellectual property, and the commercialization of research and development projects.

Health Law & Policy

The Health Law Institute (HLI) is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together the Schulich School of Law and the Faculties of Medicine, Health Professions, and Dentistry. The Institute is committed to the advancement of health law and policy and the improvement of health-care practice and systems through scholarly analysis, professional education, and public service.

HLI members have received numerous grants and awards that have allowed the Institute to focus on cutting-edge topics such as patient safety; research involving humans; end-of-life treatment, policy, and practice; privacy and confidentiality of health information; and public health emergencies.

Other areas of expertise of the law school’s faculty include:  

  • Business and tax law
  • Food law
  • Human rights law
  • International law
  • Legal ethics
  • Restorative justice

Life in Halifax 

In the historic, walkable city of Halifax, small-town charm meets big-city amenities. Founded in 1749, Halifax is one of North America’s oldest cities. As the cultural and economic hub of Atlantic Canada, students have access to dozens of arts, entertainment, and dining options, all within walking distance of Dalhousie’s main campus.

Home to just over 400,000 people, Halifax is the capital city of Nova Scotia. Often referred to as “Canada’s best-kept secret,” its urban charm is complemented by its natural beauty.

The sea is part of our life here – Dalhousie is just 300 metres away from the Atlantic Ocean. Surfing is popular year-round, while sailing and other water sports are enjoyed in the spring, summer, and fall.

As a law student, your home away from home will be the Weldon Law Building. Situated on one of the finest urban campuses in Canada, the newly renovated building has four bright, spacious floors and is home to the Sir James Dunn Law Library. The Weldon Law Building, which is located across the street from Dalhousie’s main Student Union Building and near the Dalplex athletic facility, is surrounded by green spaces and heritage buildings.