The Faculty of Law recognizes that international legal studies is increasingly important in the global village and students in second or third year of the JD program have the opportunity to take an approved program of legal studies at law school in another country or at a civil law school within Canada and have it credited towards the JD degree. The Faculty's upper year international requirement can be satisfied by an international student exchange for one academic term if approved by the Associate Dean. The most popular term for international and civil law study is the Fall term of third year, when no required courses are scheduled.
If you are thinking of international study, your best source of initial information is The Centre for International Students and Study Abroad (CISSA), located at 275 MacEwan Student Centre.
Students interested in studying at a law school outside Canada or a civil law school within Canada for one or two terms should also consult the Associate Dean. A student will still be required to fulfill our required courses and elements and to fulfill the reasonable equivalent of our minimum credit requirements. Students should also note that students who receive more than four credits in a Year for courses taken outside the Faculty of Law are not be eligible for the Dean's List in that Year.
The Faculty of Law and the University of Oslo, in Norway, also participate in a formal exchange program whereby Norwegian students spend a session at the University of Calgary and Calgary law students participate in the Oslo summer program with students from the University of North Dakota.
Generous financial assistance is available for students wishing to participate in international legal studies through the Macleod Dixon International Studentship program. Grants to the amount of $3,000 have been made available through the generous support of Macleod Dixon LLP, an international law firm which recognizes the benefits which students gain through legal studies in another country and culture. Students can apply to the Macleod Dixon International Studentship program online and other opportunities for financial assistance are listed here.
See the following "Postcards from Abroad" sent by former law students, detailing some of their adventures:
Orlagh O'Kelly's Postcard from Denmark, February 2010
Kyla Stott-Jess's Postcard from New Zealand, November 2009
Kate Andrew's Postcard from Tanzania, November 2008
Jason Scratch's Postcard from Denmark, 2008
Keely Montgomery's Postcard from Hawaii
Shadi Nasseri's Postcard from Singapore, January 2007