THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 91 UVIC LAW FACULTY NEWS By Gerry Ferguson and Michelle Lawrence* THE CRIMINAL LAW TERM APPROACHES FORTY The Criminal Law Term (“CLT”) was one of UVic Law’s pioneering curriculum innovations, along with clinical legal education at the Law Centre, a new focus on process (“law in action”) rather than simply on black letter law, and new courses such as “Legal Process”, “Law, Legislation and Policy”, “Social Welfare Law” and “Children and the Law”. Indeed, the CLT was one of the three term programs that the faculty launched, the other two being the Public Law Term (directed by Professor Bill Neilson) and the Solicitor’s Practice Term (directed by Professors Mary Anne Waldron and the late Jim Ellis). Term programs were designed to deliver legal education to our students in a different format. Rather than taking five discrete courses in two 1.5- hour blocks each week, students devoted their full semester of class time to a one-term program in criminal, public or business law. This type of program design immediately opened the door to specialization, innovation, creativity and flexibility that regular course programming could not deliver. For example, the term programs included field placements with lawyers and government agencies; one-, two- or three-day conferences on specialized topics; attendance and observation at courts and tribunals; and skills exercises like conducting a full-day trial, a public law hearing or a complex commercial negotiation. The term programs have been the academic highlight for many of our law students. For example, Andrew Petter from UVic Law’s entering class of 1978—later Professor Petter, Attorney General Petter, Dean Petter and now SFU President Petter—reports that the Public Law * Gerry Ferguson was appointed to the UVIc Faculty of Law in 1976 and in 2002 was appointed University of Victoria Distinguished Professor. Michelle Lawrence is an assistant professor at UVic Law. She holds an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.
Jan Advocate 2017
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