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 Thursday, Janaury 30)

Dean’s Public Interest Fellowship

JD students (1L, 2L, 3L) 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 2020
  • Application Information posted on the CSO's ACE website. Applications are due March 15, 2020
  • Questions: Contact Tracy Wachmann, Public Interest Coordinator


Beverley McLachlin Legal Access Award

Awards totalling $41,000 have been endowed by the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Peter A. Allard School of Law and members of the BC Bar to honour The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, a former faculty member of the law school at UBC. Recipients are J.D. students who have accepted summer or articling positions in underserved and/or rural communities in British Columbia, or in the area of public interest/social justice law in British Columbia. Preference may be given to students who have accepted articling positions over those who have accepted summer positions. Beverley McLachlin was the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of Canada. The awards are made on the recommendation of the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

To apply, please submit the following to Aki Nishida, Awards Secretary, via no later than 4 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Decisions will be made by early April.

  • A cover letter that includes your name and contact details. Please include:
  1. the name, address, and phone number of the firm, agency or organization with which you will be articling or summering.
  2. a description of how your articling or summer position will meet the criteria as laid out in the award description above.
  3. a personal statement (not to exceed 500 words) in which you discuss how this opportunity fits within your educational, personal, and career goals.
  4. financial info: What is your articling or summer position salary? If you’re articling, are
    your PLTC fees paid by your firm? Will you receive salary from your firm while attending PLTC?
  5. a brief statement detailing your current debt load. Please note the type and source of debt (eg. student loans (preLaw; Law), personal line of credit; mortgage etc).
  • A signed letter from your firm, agency or organization confirming the articling or summer position and start date. NOTE: If you are applying in the public interest/social justice category, this letter must indicate the nature of the work that you will be doing and explain how that work satisfies the public interest/social justice criterion.
  • A copy of your CV.

More than one award may be made. Applications will be evaluated on a) demonstration that the applicant will be articling in an underserved and/ or rural community in British Columbia, or  in the area of  public interest/social justice law in British Columbia; and b) indication of a potential future career of serving in those areas. In the event that multiple viable applications are received, demonstration of pressing financial need will also be a relevant factor in the adjudication.