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PETER A. ALLARD
SCHOOL OF LAW
By Abby Blinch*
As we welcome our 73rd class, there are several new and exciting initiatives
and developments at the Allard School of Law.
We continue to be guided by our vision of combining rigorous legal education
with an awareness of the role of law in society and a commitment to
access to justice. This past year the Allard School of Law secured the support
of the University of British Columbia for a twenty-five per cent expansion
of our experiential learning program over the next five years.
We have begun planning out an increase in clinical, externship, mooting
and other experiential learning opportunities across our program, as we
move toward ensuring that all J.D. students at the law school have access
to this important dimension of legal education. Core support for our experiential
learning program continues to be in the form of philanthropic support
totalling approximately $1 million annually, and we are truly grateful
for all who make this possible—from those who provide funding to the
many individuals who volunteer their time and effort in competitive mooting
and other programs.
As a centre of legal research with globally recognized standing, we are
actively fostering research with regional, national and international reach,
with the goals of influencing scholarly, professional and public policy
debates and the development of the law and of improving people’s lives.
This year we are excited to be welcoming seven new tenure-track faculty
* Abby Blinch is the communications officer at the Peter A. Allard School of Law.