Funded opportunities

The Peter A. Allard School of Law offers students the opportunity to extend their education outside of the classroom through participation in internships, conferences and other enrichment opportunities. In addition to the information below, students should also review opportunities posted on the Law Career Services job posting site.

George F. Curtis Fund to Attend Student Conferences

The George F. Curtis Student Endowment Fund was created to honour the law school founding dean’s outstanding contribution to legal education in British Columbia. Income generated by the fund is used to partially fund conferences organized by JD law students and to help JD law students attend academic events related to their studies.

A call for applications is solicited twice an academic year (generally in October and January).

Please note that because the Curtis Fund is small, we are not usually able to provide full funding. If possible, students should demonstrate that they can obtain the remainder of the conference costs from other sources. Most students that receive funding will only receive in the range of ~$50-$300 that may be applied against any conference fee, accommodation or travel expenses. Please note that certain expenses will not be covered including food, membership fees and parking.

This fund is not available for participation in moots or other competitive events.  Students who wish to enter such an event as an Allard School of Law entrant should contact the Associate Dean, Academic Affairs.

Requests from students who are presenting a paper or poster, or actively participating in a conference, will be prioritised when weighing applications.

Application Information (Applications are due Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at noon)

Dean’s Public Interest Fellowship

JD students participating in international or domestic public interest fellowships sponsored by non-profit or governmental organizations who receive no more than incidental or nominal compensation from that organization are eligible to apply for financial support from the law school for up to $2,000 per student. Applications are solicited in term 2 each year.

Applications must include:

  1. A cover letter written by the student describing the public interest program and how it connects to the student's educational program.
  2. A sponsorship letter from the non-profit or governmental organization indicating that the student has been selected to participate in a public interest program and describing the funding/compensation offered to the student.
  3. A budget estimating the costs associated with participating in the public interest fellowship and any other possible sources of financial support
Application Information for Summer 2018
  • Application Information posted on the CSO Symplicity site. Applications are due March 15, 2018
  • Questions: Contact Tracy Wachmann, Public Interest Coordinator

Allard Prize Student Externship Fund – Anti-Corruption, Transparency, Rule of Law

The Allard Prize for International Integrity is awarded to an individual, movement or organization that has demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in combating corruption, especially through promoting transparency, accountability, and the rule of law.  The Allard School of Law is pleased to announce that the Allard Prize Committee has created the Allard Prize Student Externship Fund to support a student externship related to efforts to combat corruption or to promote transparency and/or the rule of law. 

The Allard Schoool of Law is pleased to announce that a total of $10,000 in funding will be available for students enrolled in either the J.D. or graduate program to participate, on a not-for-credit basis, in an organization focusing on anti-corruption, transparency and/or the rule of law (for example, Transparency International, Global Witness, etc.) in the summer or fall. Funding may be used for travel and living expenses associated with the externship.

Students may seek placements with governmental not, not-for-profit or corporate entities. Students may be involved as paid interns or volunteers.

Application Information
  • Under review for 2018

Research Travel Abroad Grant (this grant is currently suspended and not offered)

The Research Travel Abroad Grant provides the opportunity for up to two law students (in all years – 1L, 2L or 3L) to undertake research abroad in the upcoming year with a stipend of $10,000 for the student to cover travel, living expenses and other costs. The Allard School of Law Research Travel Abroad Grants offer an important opportunity for our students to engage in research abroad.

The purpose of the grant is:

  • to provide support for student involvement in international research projects supervised by law school faculty;
  • to foster student involvement in research projects supervised by faculty members in partner universities, while also being supervised by a faculty member at the Allard School of Law; or
  • to enable students to work abroad with NGOs under a lawyer with the NGO, while also supervised by a UBC faculty member.

While the students would normally undertake the travel in the summer months, a student on exchange could take advantage of that travel to undertake a research project during their exchange program.

Application Information
  • Applications are solicited yearly each December/January by the Faculty’s Research & Awards Committee
  • Applications are not being accepted for 2017/2018.