About the Peter A. Allard School of Law
On January 22, 2015, UBC announced a transformational $30 million gift from law alumnus Peter A. Allard, Q.C. Mr. Allard’s gift is the largest gift ever to a Canadian law school. In recognition of his gift, which will enable the faculty to build on its reputation for championing human rights, the university renamed the law school the Peter A. Allard School of Law.
The announcement event included remarks from Mr. Allard (see Mr. Allard’s speech from the official announcement at Norman Mackenzie house, and Mr. Allard’s speech from the faculty and student celebration event at Allard Hall). The official announcement also included remarks from Dean Mary Anne Bobinski, President Arvind Gupta, and Andrea Fraser, President of the UBC Law Students' Society. View photos from the official announcement. View the video from the official announcement at Norman Mackenzie house, and the video from the faculty and student celebration at Allard Hall. Learn more about what inspired Mr. Allard's transformational gift from an interview that was conducted a few days in advance of the official announcement.
Mr. Allard’s historic donation will bring unprecedented benefits to students and faculty, both now and in the future, by establishing permanent endowments to support: faculty recruitment and retention to ensure students learn from some of the world’s greatest legal minds; student initiatives such as entrance awards, summer employment and enhanced admissions practices; and student experiential learning programs and clinical opportunities for students to learn practical skills. The gift will also enable the Allard School of Law to promote human rights and anti-corruption efforts around the world through the Allard Prize for International Integrity.
The Peter A. Allard School of Law is recognized as one of the leading law schools in Canada, and has a reputation worldwide for innovative research, inspiring teachers, and outstanding graduates. Our students are academically outstanding, intellectually curious, and actively-engaged in using their new knowledge and skills to help others. Our faculty members are innovative teachers and scholars who have gained national and international recognition for their contributions in areas ranging from human rights to environmental sustainability to business law, and our alumni have achieved leadership in the profession as well as in the business, government and non-profit sectors.
To explore our rich past, please visit the Allard School of Law History Project.
To explore our plans for the future, please visit our current Strategic Plan.