Allard School of Law Strategic Plan (2016 to 2021)

Reaching Out and Welcoming In:

We welcome students, alumni, the profession, visiting scholars and civil society groups to the Allard Law community through accessible and meaningful opportunities to benefit from and contribute to the law school’s commitment to legal and professional education, scholarship and the public interest.

Project:

Action(s):

Continue to attract academically outstanding and intellectually curious J.D. students who are committed to the highest ethical standards and to serving society and the legal profession.

  • Conduct a review of the J. D. admissions process, including assessing the desirability and feasibility of broad-based admissions and what measures can be taken to ensure students are drawn from across society.

Ensure the graduate program continues to attract the best students.

  • Secure financial support to attract and support top research-based graduate students, including Indigenous and international students.
  • Support graduate students to obtain external funding.
  • Develop a strategy to ensure graduate professional and certificate programs, including continuing legal education opportunities, are financially sustainable, meet student and faculty needs and respond to market opportunities.

Attract and retain exceptional scholars and teachers.

  • Increase the complement of research-active faculty.
  • Recruit and retain effective and innovative teachers, including by creating tenure-track Instructor positions within the law school

Partner with the university, government, donors and other groups to ensure student access to legal education, regardless of financial and societal barriers.

  • Promote legal education as an achievable and appealing goal for a diverse range of students, particularly students from historically underrepresented socio-economic groups including Indigenous communities.
  • Ensure that financial aid for J. D. students adequately addresses barriers to legal education and facilitates freedom of career choice after graduation.
  • Develop comprehensive financial support to attract the most highly qualified students.
  • Improve the administration of student financial aid and student awards for the needs of law students and prospective law students, so that an optimal level of financial aid and awards advising is provided.
  • Work with the university, the province and students to ensure tuition is market-appropriate and sustainable and that any changes account for the financial accessibility of a legal education.
  • Work with the university to enhance the accommodation of the needs of students, staff and faculty with disabilities through the provision of responsive forms of support that facilitate their access to the law school.

Enhance and promote the law school’s community engagement activities, including with our alumni and the legal profession more broadly.

  • Build and deepen relationships with community stakeholders, professional organizations and the judiciary, including through improving effective communication.
  • Develop strategies to implement the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools in the law school’s relationship with all external communities, including our engagement with Indigenous communities.
  • Enrich volunteer opportunities to ensure meaningful and positive experiences for volunteers and students.
  • Recognize and celebrate our volunteers for their contributions to the law school.

Encourage alumni and other members of the local legal community to become active stakeholders who contribute to and benefit from the law school’s achievements.

  • Promote the value of the law school alumni community to students and create opportunities for students to connect with alumni, both locally and internationally, and to develop future alumni networks.
  • Actively engage recent alumni as they transition from accomplished students to distinguished alumni, including engagement as mentors for J. D. students.
  • Provide opportunities for our diverse alumni community and other members of the legal profession to connect with the law school and one another through events and communications.
  • Partner with alumni and other members of the legal community in building the law school’s reputation and presence in key communities in B. C., throughout Canada and around the world.

Identify and share opportunities for alumni and donors to help realize the law school’s goals.

  • Provide exceptional stewardship to our past, current and future donors.
  • Work with alumni, donors, government and other supporters to ensure that the law school has the resources necessary to achieve its strategic objectives.