Future law students

The University of New Brunswick Law's outstanding reputation in the legal community stems in large measure from the fact that employers can count on our graduates having a well-rounded legal education.

David A. Townsend

The UNB Law curriculum includes a greater number of compulsory courses than most other law schools, ensuring that graduates are prepared for practice in any area of law.

Our structured curriculum also exposes students to critical perspectives on law, helping them to view law as a social institution and scholarly enterprise.

And by offering a wide variety of elective, upper-year courses, we also give students the opportunity to specialize in particular areas of law.

For a detailed list of courses, see Courses & Course Descriptions

First year

In their first year students take seven compulsory courses: Foundations of Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Contracts, Property, Torts, and Fundamentals of Advocacy.

Fundamentals of Advocacy includes a mooting component, in which students argue a case before a mock appeals court.

Upper years

Second and third year students take a mix of compulsory courses (Administrative Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law, Business Organizations, Conflict of Laws, and Professional Conduct); courses chosen from compulsory areas (Perspectives and Theories, Regulating Relationships, and Property Rights); and electives.

Despite its small size, UNB Law School offers a large number of specialized courses, including intellectual property, information technology law, environmental law, corporate finance, family law, insurance, aboriginal law, credit transactions, international law, feminist legal theory, legal history, human rights, comparative law, and many others.

Upper year students may also receive academic credit for working on the student-owned and edited UNB Law Journal, an academic law journal.

Upper year students also receive credit for competing in the many international, national, regional, and in-house mooting competitions that UNB Law participates in.

UNB Law participates in exchange programs with the University of Maine School of Law and a number of overseas universities, particularly in Australia.