Indigenous Legal Studies


The Allard School of Law is a leader in Indigenous legal education in North America.

The Allard School of Law is proud to have one of the highest enrollment numbers of Indigenous law students in Canada. Since 1975, hundreds of Indigenous students have graduated from the law school. Many of these graduates are now leaders who have helped to redefine Indigenous legal issues in Canada. Our alumni include Jody Wilson-Raybould, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada; the late Judge Alfred Scow, the first Aboriginal lawyer and judge in British Columbia; The Hon. Steven Point, former Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; and Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit. Many more Indigenous Legal Studies Program alumni are lawyers, judges, politicians, negotiators, advocates, educators and community leaders in British Columbia and around the world.

With strong support from faculty members, staff, and students associated with Indigenous Legal Studies; the Allard School of Law recruits and supports Indigenous law students, offers courses in Aboriginal and Indigenous law, conducts research often in partnership with Indigenous peoples and nations, provides legal assistance to Indigenous peoples through its clinic in the Downtown Eastside, and generally fosters a greater understanding of the place of Indigenous peoples in Canadian society and abroad.