Distance Learning Program - Courses

Students in the Distance Learning Program have the flexibility to select courses that suit their needs and interests, with no required courses, and no obligation to register in a minimum number of credits.  Note: Future course offerings will be posted on this webpage.  For information on how to apply to the program, please visit our How to Apply page. Registration information is below the course listings.

*Enrolment in all courses in the Distance Learning Program is limited to LLMCL, Unclassified and Access Studies students.  For more information on eligibility and enrolment, please visit www.allard.ubc.ca/distance*


Winter 2017-18 Term 2 (January - April 2018) - Course Registration is open.  Application deadline is November 15.

Law 525.99C – Canadian Criminal Law & Procedure (5 Credits)  

This distance education course is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the key concepts of criminal responsibility and the criminal justice system in Canada. We will begin by examining the relationship between the sources of criminal law, how to interpret the Criminal Code, the burden and standard of proof in a criminal trial, the role and responsibilities of criminal lawyers, as well as pre-trial and trial procedure. The elements of offences, modes of liability, and defences will also be covered in detail. An overview of the purposes of sentencing and range of sentencing options will conclude the course.

The evaluation in this course is comprised of an assessment of participation (i.e. completion of end-of-unit quizzes and meaningful contribution to online discussion activities), a mid-term assignment, and a final examination.

LAW 525 Course Author: Associate Professor Benjamin Perrin is a full time member of the Allard School of Law

LAW 525 Course Instructor: Samantha Davey – Samantha.davey@ppsc-sppc.gc.ca.


Law 508D.99C – Business Organizations (4 credits)

This is a survey course providing an introduction to the law of corporations and partnerships in British Columbia, although reference will be made to laws in other jurisdictions. You will be introduced to some of the more significant legal policies, principles and provisions that apply to several of the forms through which business activity is carried on.

The preponderance of course time will be devoted to the corporate form principally because it has the greatest impact on our lives and brings into sharp relief the opportunities and costs of economic activity.  Moreover, it and the law surrounding it provide a useful counterpoint to partnerships and the law that governs them. There will be minimal coverage of securities law.

There are several pedagogically motivated devices that recur in the course. We will focus throughout on the contrasts between the forms of companies, partnerships and proprietorships. We will regularly attempt to highlight “ethical” issues including, but not limited to, the lawyer’s professional responsibilities and fiduciary duties.

Students will be evaluated on the basis of class participation, writing assignments, and a final examination.

LAW 508D Course Author: Jon Festinger Q.C. is an Adjunct Professor of the Allard School of Law.

LAW 508D Course Instructor: Michael Litchfield – mlitchfield@thinklabconsulting.com


Law 503E.99C – Tort Law (5 credits)

The law of Torts deals with civil disputes between individuals that arise when the acts or omissions of one person cause injury or property loss, apart from breach of contract or unjust enrichment. This course is an introduction to concepts and case law relating to civil (i.e. non-criminal) disputes and civil liability arising from accidental or intentionally caused harms.  The course examines the largest area of Tort law, the law of Negligence, which includes unintentionally caused injury to the person, damage to property, and harm to economic interests (including, in a distinct way, pure economic losses).   Other major areas of Tort Law that will be examined are nuisance (unreasonable interference with the enjoyment of land), and intentional injuries whether to the person, property, or personal dignity and reputation. The course examines tort law within the context of changing social values, the deterrence of law, as well as corporate and governmental responsibility.  The course emphasizes the uses of case law and actual tort litigation which explore topics from a theoretical and practical perspective.

LAW 503 Course Author: Robert Russo is an Adjunct Professor of the Allard School of Law.

LAW 503 Course Instructor: Robert Russo


To Register:

Please complete an Enrolment of Non-Degree Students in Graduate Course form. A separate form must be completed for each online course. Please send the completed form(s) to the Distance Learning Program via e-mail (DistanceLearning@allard.ubc.ca).  Please note that course space is limited.  Submitting a completed form is not a guarantee of course enrolment.