Schulich School of Law

The Schulich School of Law is the law school of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Founded in 1883 as Dalhousie Law School, it is the oldest university-based common law school in Canada. It adopted its current name in October 2009 after receiving a $20-million endowment from Canadian businessman and philanthropist Seymour Schulich.

Today, the Schulich School of Law is the largest law school in Atlantic Canada. With 500 students enrolled each year (170 in first-year) and a faculty of Rhodes, Fulbright, and Trudeau scholars, the school promises “one of the most prestigious and comprehensive legal educations in North America.”


In January 2011, the Senate voted to change Dalhousie’s law degree designation from a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) to a Juris Doctor (JD). Students attending the Schulich School of Law today can undertake a regular JD degree or concentrate their JD in one of four specific areas: health law, business law/corporate law, marine and environmental law, andlaw and technology.

The school also offers a variety of combined-degree programs for undergraduate students:

  • JD/MBA (Master of Business Administration)
  • JD/MPA (Master of Public Administration)
  • JD/MI (Master of Information)
  • JD/MHA (Master of Health Administration)
  • JD/MJ (Master of Journalism). The JD/MJ combination is the first of its kind in Canada.

The Schulich School of Law also gives 20 to 30 aspiring professors and jurists who wish to enhance their knowledge of law and specialize in a particular areas/areas of law the option to pursue a postgraduate degree at the school:

  • LLM (Master of Laws)
  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • MEC (Master of Electronic Commerce)
  • Interdisciplinary PhD program

As an accredited law school in Canada, graduates are eligible to proceed to bar admission and articling programs throughout the country. Further information on bar admission for accredited Canadian law school graduates and the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) for foreign-trained law graduates is available at the Federation of Law Societies of Canada website.