Indigenous Legal Studies Program

The Allard School of Law is a leader in Indigenous legal education in North America. Since 1975, hundreds of Aboriginal students have graduated from the law school. Many of these graduates are now leaders who have helped to redefine Aboriginal legal issues in Canada.

Our alumni include the late Judge Alfred Scow, the first Aboriginal lawyer and judge in British Columbia; the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Justice, His Honour 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 across the country.

The primary objective of the Indigenous Legal Studies Program is to enhance Aboriginal involvement in the legal profession by providing legal education relating to Aboriginal issues and supporting the legal education of Aboriginal students.

The ILSP offers the following to build community and enhance academic success for Indigenous law students:

  • How to Brief a Case workshop
  • Charting your Resources - a Guide to Utilizing Caselaw
  • How to Attack a Fact Pattern session
  • Exam Tips workshop
  • End of term student engagement feasting and celebration
  • Speaker Series 
  • Potlucks with notable alumni and notable Indigenous lawyers and Indigenous advocates
  • an Invite only Employer Networking Event (with the CSO)
  • Aboriginal Law panel (with the CSO)
  • Alumni evening Socials
  • volunteer opportunities with Indigenous charitable organizations
  • facilitation of legal opportunities geared towards Canadian Indigenous law students
  • Indigenous bursaries and awards program
  • one on one academic tutoring
  • wellness and personal support.

Indigenous Legal Studies Brochure

Learn more about our program here.