Juris Doctor (JD) Program
The Juris Doctor (JD) program requires a student to acquire a minimum of 92 credits in three Winter Sessions in the Allard School of Law. First year consists of compulsory courses totaling 32 credits. In the upper two years of the program, students must complete a minimum of 60 upper year Law credits chosen from mandatory and optional courses as set out in the Curriculum Diagram. Full information about the JD program is available in the UBC Calendar.
With the permission of the Admissions Committee (on entry) or the Assistant Dean, Students (once admitted), a student may complete the Juris Doctor on a part-time basis, enrolling in a minimum of 6 credits per Winter session term.
Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
The JD/MBA Program is a four-year program administered jointly by the Allard School of Law and the Sauder School of Business. The joint degree will prepare students for the practice of law and/or a career in business administration.
Students are required to complete all of JD program requirements, less 6 credits, and all of the MBA requirements, less 6 credits. More information about the JD/MBA program is available in the UBC Calendar.
MBA Program Inquiries: Katerina Bardakjian, Manager, Admissions & Recruitment
Joint Legal Education and Degree Partnerships
The Allard School Law offers a Joint Legal Education Program with the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and Degree Partnerships with Melbourne Law School (Melbourne) and Tsinghua University (Tsinghua), as outlined below. Students at Allard Law seeking application information for HKU and Melbourne may visit Academic Services' Joint Legal Education Programs page. Current students from HKU and Tsinghua should visit our Upper Level Applicants page for application materials.
University of Hong Kong (LL.B./J.D.)
The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Joint Legal Education Program is the result of an agreement entered into by Allard Law and HKU in 2008. Students who successfully complete the program are able to pursue the professional qualifications required to practice law in both Hong Kong and Canada.
Melbourne Law School (J.D./LL.M.)
The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and the University of Melbourne Law School J.D./LL.M. Degree Partnership is the result of an agreement entered into by Allard Law and Melbourne in 2015. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a J.D. degree from Allard Law and an LL.M. degree from Melbourne.
Tsinghua University (LL.B./J.D.)
The Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia and the Tsinghua School of Law LL.B./J.D. Degree Partnership Option is the result of an agreement entered into by UBC and Tsinghua in 2015. Eligible students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) program at Tsinghua University may earn an LL.B. degree from Tsinghua together with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Allard School of Law in 5 years of full-time study, plus the successful completion of a degree thesis at Tsinghua. The documents below outline the option's structure and the application process.
Please note the Joint Legal Education Program with the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law is expiring in August of 2018 and will not be renewed.
Part Time J.D. Program
To be eligible for the part-time program, students must demonstrate special needs resulting from such factors as family responsibilities or financial or health problems. Once they have completed all the requirements for first year, students in the program may transfer to full-time status or continue in the part-time program. Similarly, a full-time student in second or third year and in good standing may, for compelling reasons, be permitted to transfer to the part-time program. Prospective students seeking part-time studies must submit a part-time request letter with their application. Students already enrolled in the program must gain permission from the Assistant Dean, Students.