Incoming Exchange Students

The following information is for incoming exchange students from approved partner institutions who have been nominated to attend the Allard School of Law at UBC for a one semester or full year exchange.

Please note that the Allard School of Law only accepts exchange students from Law Schools with which we have established law-specific exchange agreements. More information can be found on UBC’s Go Global website.

You’ve Been Accepted to Attend Allard. Now what?

Go Global manages all aspects of the exchange experience except academic advising and matters pertaining to your study at Allard.  Please consult the Go Global website or your Go Global advisor with any questions you may have about visas, housing, and exchange application matters.

For Law academic and course registration questions, the Allard Academic Services team is available to assist you.  Your primary contact in the Allard School of Law is Kaila Mikkelsen, the Assistant Dean, Students. She provides course advising and wellness support for the law exchange students while at Allard.

Registering for Law Courses

The Allard School of Law course schedule for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available online in May 2018. The information below is for the 2017-2018 academic year and will be updated in Spring 2018.

The 2017-2018 academic schedule can be found online.  Please carefully review the Registration Guide, Course Descriptions and Course Timetables; please also note that courses may be added or cancelled and changes may be made throughout the academic year.

Law Exchange students may register themselves into Law courses starting July 12, 2017 at 10 am (Vancouver time) online through the Student Services Centre website (SSC).  Go Global does not register law exchange students in courses, and Course Selection forms sent to Go Global do not result in registration. You must self-register on the SSC.

Any exchange student who registers in a Law course prior to this date and time will be dropped from the course by Academic Services staff. Please note exchange students do not need to pay a registration deposit.

To register on the SSC, you must ensure that you have a Campus Wide-Login (or CWL). Create your CWL and password in advance of your registration date and time. For assistance setting up your CWL, please contact the IT Service Centre Help Desk.

If you require course advising or have any questions about LAW courses specifically, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Kaila Mikkelsen with questions. She can be reached by email at mikkelsen@allard.ubc.ca or phone at 604.822.6350.  You should also follow the Allard School of Law Student Services Facebook page, as online advising and updates may be offered.

Course Advising and Frequently Asked Questions

The Allard School of Law has a Frequently Asked Advising/Registration Questions page that all exchange students should review.  Additionally, here are answers to some frequently asked questions from exchange students:

What courses can I take?

  • The 200 level courses are not available to Exchange students. You may enroll in most 300 and 400 level Law courses.  The classification of a course as 300 or 400 is arbitrary and there is no distinction in level of difficulty between a 300 or 400 level course.
  • The following upper-level courses are not available to Law Exchange students as they are mandatory courses for our JD students.  In exceptional cases, exchange students may be permitted to take one of these courses and should consult with the Assistant Dean, Students in advance of the start of term:
    • Law 300: Jurisprudence & Critical Perspectives
    • Law 372: Administrative  Law
    • Law 459: Business Organizations
    • Law 468: Ethics & Professionalism
  • UBC has specific degree criteria and mandatory courses for our students. You do not need to follow our mandatory degree criteria.
  • Some Law exchange students take courses in other Faculties.  The law school does not recommend doing this due to the possibility of exam conflicts (please see Assessment Methods & Mandatory Exams below).  

What if I haven’t taken the UBC pre-requisite course?

  • The course descriptions for courses sometimes mention pre-requisites. You should consider these carefully when choosing your courses to ensure you have the proper background to be successful in a course, however, please note that the lack of a pre-requisite will not prevent you from registering for the course. If you feel qualified to take the Law course, please ignore the pre-requisite message on the Student Services Centre website when registering and proceed with your course registration.
  • Students who do not have a basic understanding of Canadian Constitutional Law (including the Charter of Rights and Freedoms) may struggle in upper-year courses (eg. Evidence, Advanced Criminal Law courses etc) which assume a knowledge of the law in those areas.

How many credits should I take?

  • A full-time course load for an Allard School of Law student is ~15 credits per term, or 30 credits per year.  Some students take fewer credits and some take more. You should follow the credit guidelines required by your home institution.

Do I have to attend class?

  • Attendance is required at law courses, and you should ensure, when choosing your schedule, that you can attend the classes that you sign up for. 
    • 2017 Fall term classes run from September 5 – December 1, and exams run from December 5-20.  The Allard School of Law does not cancel classes on September 6 for Imagine Day.
    • 2018 Spring term classes run from January 3 – April 6, and exams run from April 10-April 25.  There is a one week reading break where no classes are held from February 19-23.

Assessment Methods & Mandatory Exams

  • 300- and 400- level courses are assessed by either an exam, assignments or final paper or some combination thereof. Carefully review the online course description for the method of assessment.  Most final papers are due on the last day of exams each term although some instructors choose an earlier deadline.  The final exam schedule will be released one week prior to July registration. 
  • The law school releases our final exam schedule for December and April in the summer, and students are expected to attend and write exams for which they are registered.  If you are enrolled in a non-Law course, please note that your Law studies take priority and the law school will not reschedule a Law exam to accommodate a non-Law exam conflict.
  • We do not provide extra time in examinations to students whose first language is not English. Additionally, dictionary use in an exam is at the discretion of the instructor, and may not be permitted.

Can I participate in a Law clinic or moot?

  • Exchange students are permitted to participate in certain clinics (see below) and moots, however, priority for spots will go to Allard Law students first.  Selection for these opportunities occurred in the spring term prior to exchange students receiving notification of their Allard exchange, so it is unlikely that space will be available. However, if you are interested you should contact the clinic instructor or moot coordinator directly. 
  • Some of our clinical programs (Bobinski Business Law Clinic; Criminal Clinic; Indigenous Community Legal Clinic; Rise Women's Legal Centre) require students to obtain Temporary Articles through the Law Society of British Columbia. The Law Society will not grant temporary articles to international exchange students, and therefore, these particular clinical programs may not be available to most exchange students

Will I have access to career advising, job postings, and the Career Services Office at Allard Law?

  • The Allard Law Career Services Office (CSO) provides career education and advising to Allard Law students, and in limited circumstances, Allard Law alumni.
  • However, because exchange students generally do not pay tuition or fees to Allard Law, they are not eligible for CSO Access, including one-on-one advising appointments, the CSO’s job postings website, and CSO print resources. Exchange students have limited access to the following CSO Programming during the academic term(s) in which they attend classes at Allard Law: CSO Information Sessions, Career Panels, and Career Fairs and Forums.
  • For detailed information regarding access to the CSO, please see this policy.