Peter A. Allard School of Law Ambassadors: Frequently Asked Questions

Revised March 2017

General Law School Questions

Where is Allard Hall, the Allard School of Law building, located?

Allard School of Law is located in the purpose built Allard Hall, a building which the law school occupied in August 2011. Allard Hall is located at 1822 East Mall, Vancouver, BC. For directions and a detailed map showing the location of Allard Hall on the UBC campus visit the UBC Wayfinding website.

Is there someone I can speak to about financing my education?

For more information about financing your education, visit the Allard School of Law Scholarships and Financial Aid webpage.  

Additionally, the Allard School of Law has a team of Enrolment Services Professionals (ESPs) dedicated to providing financial aid advising to law students.  The Law ESPs can assist students to research and apply for various forms of funding.  To connect with a Law ESP, send an email via the dedicated JD student email box at: es.lawsupport@ubc.ca.  You can also call Enrolment Services at: Local: 1-604-822-9836; Toll-free in Canada and the US: 1-877-272-1422

Can I go on a tour of Allard School of Law or speak to a law student?

Allard School of Law has a “Law Ambassador” program designed to provide prospective students with information about the Allard School of Law. You can contact a Student Ambassador regarding the law school experience, life at Allard School of Law, or living in Vancouver, at ambassadors@allard.ubc.ca.

Housing and Transportation

How do I find out more information about on-campus housing at UBC?

Visit the UBC Housing website.

Where is a good place to live if I want to live off-campus?

Students live all over the City of Vancouver and in the surrounding suburbs. Popular student areas include Kitsilano, West Point Grey (along 10th Avenue), Fairview (Granville and Broadway area), Downtown, and the West End.

The Alma Mater Society (UBC student union) runs the free “Rentsline” service.  Students also find accommodation through Craigslist.

What is the transit like in Vancouver? How much are transit passes?

Public transportation is frequent and reliable within the City of Vancouver. It is also good in the suburbs of Burnaby, North Vancouver, and Richmond. It is less frequent in the outer suburbs. There are several express bus services to UBC from various points in the city; many buses connect with SkyTrain (Vancouverʼs rapid transit metro).

TransLink provides all public transportation services in Metro Vancouver. All UBC students get a “Compas Card,” which is good for travel in all transit zones on buses, SeaBus, and all three SkyTrain rapid transit lines. Students can load their U-Pass BC onto an adult-class Compass Card, which are available from any SkyTrain Station and TransLink Fare Dealers including the UBC Bookstore.  The U-Pass BC program currently costs $39.50 per month and is assessed as part of your student fees. The U-Pass is valid from the beginning of September to the end of April. Visit the Translink website for more transit information, including TransLinkʼs useful “Trip Planner” tool.  

Is there parking near the law school?

Parking is available near Allard Hall in the North Parkade and Rose Garden Parkade. For more info, check out UBC Parking’s website.

First Year Life

What is a first year schedule like at Allard Law? What classes will I take? Do students have any days off?

All first-year students take the same classes. Each student is placed in a “small group” of approximately 45 students, with whom you will have all your classes (along with oneother small group that changes from class to class).

Although the examination and class timetable has yet to be finalized for 2017-2018, first year students should expect to receive every Monday off from classes during the week. For the remaining four days, students should expect to attend classes from about 9:00 or 9:30 am to 4:00 to 4:30 pm with a lunch break from 12:30-2:00pm. The 2017-2018 timetable, assignment and examination schedule will be finalized and posted online by June 2017.

For 2017-2018, first year students will take the following classes (all year long unless otherwise indicated):

  1. Property Law;
  2. Torts;
  3. Constitutional Law;
  4. Criminal Law;
  5. Contracts;
  6. Legal Research & Writing (Term 1 only)
  7. Public Law (Term 1 only); and
  8. Transnational Law (Term 2 only).

What events and activities are there for first year students?

Lots! During the week, there are often information sessions, club meetings, faculty presentations, and other events at lunch and after class. The Allard Law Students’ Society (ALSS) and various clubs organize social events throughout the year.

There are lots of ways to get involved in the law school community. Some options include the ALSS, the Law Studentsʼ Legal Advice Program (LSLAP), Pro Bono Students Canada, the UBC Law Review, and various sports teams.

What kind of recreation opportunities are there on campus?

UBC Recreation provides cheap gym memberships to UBC students. They also offer workout classes and personal training. For more information, check out the UBC Rec website.

Career Services

What kinds of services does Allard Law offer to assist students in finding jobs?

The Allard School of Law Career Services Office (CSO) has four dedicated staff members whom help students find jobs. For more information, go to the Allard School of Law CSOʼs website.

Throughout the year, the CSO offers information sessions on jobs, interviews, and lots of other useful topics for students. The CSO also organizes recruitment events, compiles career guides, and meets with students one-on-one to edit resumes and assist with job interview preparation. Once you have started classes as a first year student at Allard School of Law, you will be able to access the CSOʼs “Symplicity” website that has hundreds of handouts, a calendar of events, and job postings for law students.