Why I Chose Allard Law at UBC

My name is Cate Provan and I am a second-year student at the Peter A. Allard School of Law (Allard).

When I was deciding which law school to go to, I was worried that Allard’s reputation for academic excellence would translate into a “cut-throat” and competitive school environment. Thankfully, my fears didn’t deter me from accepting my offer, because Allard has turned out to be a wonderful place to study law.

I have found Allard to be a place where community and diversity are highly valued by the administration, the faculty, and the student body. Law school isn’t easy, but the collegial and respectful atmosphere that is cultivated at Allard makes all the difference. In my experience, students here share notes, help each other prepare for On-Campus Interviews, and are respectful of each other’s views when they disagree. Students are involved in important extra-curriculars like the Women’s Caucus and the Social Justice Action Network, but also in fun ones like the rugby team and the Law Revue (a theatre club). Professors, meanwhile, are approachable despite their intimidating resumes, and care about student learning; on numerous occasions, a professor has sought me out after an exam to ask how I felt about it. Finally, the administration works tirelessly to safeguard the health and wellness of the student body, and is sensitive to the challenges that Allard students face.

Allard’s focus on collegiality and wellness in no way detracts from its academic excellence. To date, I have had incredible professors who are not only experts in their legal field, but are good teachers as well. Allard also offers a broad range of upper year courses – from Indigenous Legal Theory to Preventing Wrongful Convictions to the Taxation of Corporations & Shareholders – as well as a broad selection of clinics and moots. There is something for everyone, no matter what your legal passion ends up being. Finally, my classmates are some of the most impressive and intelligent people I have ever met. This may sound like a recipe for competitiveness and insecurity among students, but I have found that being friends with such impressive people has actually made me a better student and professional.

I would choose to attend Allard again in a heartbeat, and I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity to start my legal career here.

For more information on the University of British Columbia’s law program, you can visit their website. If you would like to contact a law student ambassador about their experience at Allard Law at UBC, you can contact them using the following email: ambassadors@allard.ubc.ca.