Faculty of Law

Together, we will connect legal scholars with community leaders

Uniquely positioned in a city and province that are world leaders in the resource and energy sector, the faculty embraces the integral role it plays in Canada’s energy capital.

We have a vision to be the global destination for the study of natural resources, energy and environmental law. We aspire to be the Canadian leader in lawyering skills development. And we aim to be Western Canada’s standard of excellence for Juris Doctor programs.

Our faculty members are among the finest legal scholars in the nation. Their work is cited by academics, judges and governments around the world.

Our staff is the epitome of professionalism. Our students are exemplars of the values of leadership and social commitment at the core of our school’s ethos since our foundation almost 40 years ago.

Together, we will connect the teaching and research excellence of the brightest legal scholars with community leaders and innovators among high-tech and other industries.

Faculty of Law campaign goal

$20 million

Progress to date:
$12.5 million

Law Progress

Creating robust student opportunities

A global mindset is at the core of UCalgary Law.

We strive to develop robust opportunities for students — including internship opportunities, international exchanges, speaker programs and student awards to enrich student experience.

Creating more access to international partnerships gives our graduates a competitive edge. They will be more knowledgeable, marketable and mobile.

Scholarships, awards and other forms of student support ensure that we are accessible to the most promising students, and that they are supported in reaching their full potential.

Al Lucas

Supporting student success

In 2019, after more than 50 years teaching JD students, professor Al Lucas retired. To celebrate and recognize Al’s tremendous leadership both within the law school and the legal community, several of his former students have come together to create a scholarship in his honour. The Al Lucas Scholarship in Energy and Environmental Law will support a student in the Juris Doctor program whose focus of practice and study is energy and environmental law. The group is hoping that others who know Al and recognize all he has contributed over his illustrious 43 years of service to the Faculty of Law will consider making a donation towards this scholarship.

Research rooted in the real world

Real-world experience in core skills is the secret of success behind a UCalgary law degree.

Our research and teaching in natural resources, energy and environmental law is recognized internationally. Our students learn from professors, judges, practising lawyers and leading experts.

New graduates need an understanding of practical business skills to succeed and excel in a corporate environment. Giving students the opportunity to develop their business acumen gives them the edge.

Ermineskin Cree

Collaboration with First Nation shifts the way we look at the law

Elysa Darling, JD’16, LLM’19 has always centered her academic career and volunteer activities on the rights of marginalized groups, including Indigenous populations and women. Darling spent some time working in a law firm after graduation, and her work in First Nations corporate commercial law sparked her interest in specializing in a related area. Darling’s thesis was a collaboration with the Ermineskin Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alta., where she worked with the Nation to review and enhance an existing matrimonial real property law that will reflect the teachings and traditional ways of the Nation. She is consulting with citizens and employees of the Nation to learn how the family unit within the culture works, and how those family units deal with violence.

Giving back to the community

UCalgary Law understands the importance of giving back to the community.

We encourage students to do so throughout their law school careers and to continue the practice when they begin their professional careers.

Through all of our ambitious goals, we remain committed to our community by undertaking professional and community service in law-related activities.

Initiatives such as the Public Interest Law Clinic and the Faculty of Law chapter of Pro Bono Student Canada provide opportunities to students while benefiting the community.

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Law students break down barriers for LGBTQ community

In early 2019, the Faculty of Law became the latest law school in Canada to participate in the Trans ID Clinic program launched by Pro Bono Students Canada (PBSC). Clinics will provide free legal information and assistance with name change and gender marker change applications in a space that strives to be trans-positive, non-judgmental, anti-oppressive and inclusive.

Join us in connecting legal scholars with community leaders

Contact information

Ainsley Grant | Director, Development
Faculty of Law | University of Calgary
MFH 4344, 2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 | Canada
T: 403.220.3846 C: 403.870.9274
ainsley.grant@ucalgary.ca