Allard School of Law Strategic Plan (2016 to 2021)

Teaching and Learning:

We provide an exceptional and inspiring legal education that enables students to excel in the practice of law, academic leadership and public service.

Project:

Action(s):

Deliver a broad and relevant program that prepares students for both private and public legal practice, service to the community and leadership locally, nationally and internationally.

  • Ensure the law school implements the curricular and pedagogical Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools.    
  • Review possibilities to support and strengthen clinical programs in a financially-sustainable way and with a particular focus on furthering access to justice for underserved communities.
  • Review clinical and experiential learning offerings to ensure that opportunities are distributed appropriately among students and assessed appropriately.    
  • Conduct a strategic review of how best to integrate exposure to international perspectives into legal education in a financially-sustainable way.    
  • Review curricular opportunities for legal research and writing, with a view to enhancement of such opportunities.  
  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the competitive moot program to consider optimal resource allocation.    
  • Gather data on J. D. student workload.

Engage committed teachers and students in an active learning environment informed by research and effective approaches to pedagogy.

  • Develop a program of teaching support for full-time and part-time faculty members.    
  • Review the current system of teaching evaluations to encourage student feedback and to ensure fairness and useful assessment.
Assist students to meet their academic and career goals, including private practice, public service and non-traditional and academic career paths.
  • Improve formal academic support programs, to ensure that J. D. students have the academic skills necessary to succeed in law school.    
  • Enhance support for students and alumni of the law school to pursue public interest and non-traditional careers through the building of relationships with alumni and organizations in the local and international community.    
  • Review existing policies, practices and procedures to develop and implement strategies to support students’ well-being and mental health, including strategies to help students manage stress arising from workload and assessment processes.
Ensure the graduate program provides an excellent education and training for academic and professional leadership.
  • Review research-based graduate programs to ensure that they are meeting the needs of students and providing the best possible preparation for research careers.    
  • Provide appropriate teaching development opportunities for Ph. D. students.    
  • Evaluate and improve research-based graduate student opportunities for international engagement and interdisciplinary study.    
  • Enhance academic and professional career services for course-based and research-based graduate students and graduate program alumni.