Aboriginal Law Course Now Mandatory for UBC Law Students

August 24, 2012

According to a report from UBC Public Affairs,

“Aboriginal legal education goes mainstream this fall when, for the first time, all UBC law students will take the Aboriginal Rights and Treaties in Canada as a first year course. UBC is one of the first Canadian law schools to make this a requirement for graduation.”

Professor Darlene Johnston, who helped create the new course and will be one of four instructors teaching it, said that First Nations legal issues in BC are complex and will continue to grow.

“There aren’t enough Aboriginal lawyers to service all the needs of this community, so it’s important that non-Aboriginal lawyers be in a position to understand these rights and to serve as advocates.”

According to the report, UBC Law recruits more Aboriginal students than any other law school in the country.

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