Schulich School Of Law, Halifax, Nova Scotia

    Halifax, Nova ScotiaLocation
    SchoolSchool type
    Estd 1818established year

    Schulich School of law: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The Schulich School of Law of Dalhousie University started in 1883 as a small initiative and is now a national law school. It is the oldest university-based public law school in Canada. This school offers degrees in JD, combined JD/masters, LLM, and Ph.D. programs to students from all over the world.

    It is affordable to international students willing to study in Canada and interested applicants can check the budget required from the school’s “Money Matters Website” using the budget calculator provided. Around 500 students enroll each year at this school among which 170 are first-year students.

    Schulich School of Law Rankings

    The Schulich School of Law is ranked:

    • 65th out of the top 100 according to 2019’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
    • 291 according to the QS World University Rankings list, 2020
    • It ranked among the top 3 Canadian law schools in Corporate knights 2011 Knights school survey


    Type Public 
    Student to Faculty Ratio 15:1
    Percentage of International Students 20%
    Total Number of Students 18,824
    Total Tuition (Undergraduate Programs) CAD 20,493.86 (Full time)
    Graduate Tuition Fee CAD 8,580/year (law)
    Test Scores Accepted  TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, PAEL

    Schulich School of Law Campus

    • This school is situated in the Weldon Law Building on Dalhousie’s Studley Campus
    • Three teaching and research institutes are present in this school, namely the Marine & Environmental Law Institute, Law & Technology Institute, and the Health Law & Policy institute.
    • Sir James Dunn law library is present in the Schulich School of Law for assisting students with Law subject guides, databases, and research tools, etc.
    • Law student’s society (LSS) is the student association for all law students of this school. It appoints representatives to faculty committees, arranges for influential speakers to visit the school and organizes various social events and programs
    • Law students have access to Nova Scotia’s Lawyer’s Assistance Program for counseling services, life skills, and other important coachings.

    Schulich School of Law Residence

    • This school offers on-campus housing in Dalhousie’s residence halls.
    • Dorm-style traditional residences are provided to students and for the year 2020, only single rooms are available.
    • Apartment-style nontraditional residences are ideal for students who need a more private and independent lifestyle
    • Internet, cable, and local phones are included along with the on-campus accommodation costs, so students do not need to worry about paying monthly bills.
    • Students can opt for off-campus living too and can book apartments, or shared accommodation in Halifax near the campus

    Schulich School of Law Programs

    • Schulich School of Law offers the JD program for students, which is the first degree in law. This program gives a strong preparation for the practice of law along with the respect for and participation in public life
    • This JD program is a full-time program and requires three years of study. The first year is compulsory but the second and third year offers flexible course options
    • This school offers active graduate programs including Masters of Law(LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy(Ph.D.)
    • Four combined degree programs are also offered by this school including JD & Master of Business Administration, JD & Master of Health Administration, JD & Master of Information, and JD & Master of Public Administration.

    Schulich School of Law Application Process

    International students seeking admissions at Schulich School of Law must follow the below steps to apply –

    • Create a User Profile at the portal
    • Complete and submit the application form
    • Send application form through online or mail to the office address
    • Submit supporting documents at Office

    Application portal: Applicants need to fill up the online application form available on the official website of the school

    Application fee: CAD70 (non-refundable)

    Application deadline:

    Regular deadline: Feb 28th, 11:59 pm Atlantic Time

    Early consideration for admission and entrance scholarships: 30th November

    Readmission deadline: 1st September

    Supporting documents:

    • Results of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
    • Academic transcripts.
    • Official transcripts from institutions outside North America need to be submitted via for translation to North American grading scheme
    • Letters of reference (Two)
    • Personal statement (Limit:1200 words)

    Schulich School of Law Cost of Attendance

    Aspirants need to plan out their cost of living in Canada before enrolling in this school. To help you with the process, an estimated budget for the cost of several factors are mentioned below:

    Expenses Amount
    Electricity/Home heating CAD100-150/month
    Basic smartphone CAD50/month
    High-speed internet CAD80/month
    International students differential fee or Additional International Tuition * CAD6538.50 per term (Full time);
    CAD435.90 per billing hour (Part-time)
    Undergraduate tuition fees CAD20,493.86 (Full time) CAD11,980.72 (part-time)
    Health plan for international students ** CAD728(single) CAD1832 (family)
    Graduate tuition fees CAD8580/year (law)
    CAD14,505-14,642 (combined degrees)
    International student society fee CAD5/term

    *Students who are not Canadian citizens (or permanent residents) are also required to pay an International Differential Fee.

    **International Students are provided with a basic health insurance plan each year. International students with proof of sufficient coverage may apply to the DSU Health Plan Office no later than September 18, 2020 for reimbursement.

    Schulich School of Law Financial aid

    • Every year this school awards over CAD 2 million to its students to help them with the cost of legal education.
    • Financial aid is received by over 60% of the students studying at this school.
    • Schulich scholarships are awarded by the summer to first-year students
    • Students need to submit their applications by 30th November to be considered for receiving scholarships
    • Some scholarships for international students are as follow;
      • J. William E. Mingo Memorial Scholarship for International Study (CAD25,000 annually)
      • Honorable G.I. Smith Memorial Trust Award (CAD2500)

    Schulich School of Law Alumni

    Schulich School of Law has a vast network of accomplished alumni that includes over 300 judicial appointments, to every level of the court present in every province of Canada. The alumni of this school constitute around 20% of the Federal Court of Canada and around 25% of the tax court of Canada.

    The law association serves more than 7000 law alumni across the globe.

    Some notable alumni are:

    • Richard Bedford Bennett: He was the 11th prime minister of Canada
    • Joe Clark: 16th prime minister of Canada
    • Brian Mulroney: 18th prime minister of Canada
    • James Palmer: founder of Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer
    • Sir Joseph Andrew Chisholm KBE: former mayor of Halifax and First chief justice of the supreme court of Nova Scotia
    • Donald Clancy: Former justice of the supreme court of British Columbia
    • Patrick H. Curran: Chief Judge of Nova Scotia provincial court

    Schulich School of Law Placements

    • This school offers to fund for a large number of paid summer internships in different organizations in Canada and around the globe.
    • These work placements are excellent opportunities for the students to explore potential career paths, apply legal knowledge in the workplace, gain substantial experience, and build connections
    • The Dalhousie Legal Aid service which is in operation since 1970 is the oldest clinical law program in Canada. Third-year students can participate in this service for gaining credits and real-life application of their knowledge

    Find a Program

    Master of Law [L.L.M]

    full time | Course Based | Thesis Based
    $13,0351st YEAR

    1 year

    Course Duration

    Mar 31

    Application Deadline

    $32,3831st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    Jan 15

    Application Deadline

    $6,6751st YEAR

    3 years

    Course Duration

    Jan 15

    Application Deadline


    Schulich School of law Overview

    Insitution type
    Dalhousie University
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $32,383 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    February 28

    Application deadline

    April 16

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

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    Attendance Cost


    attendance cost

    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Post Graduate Program
    $32,383 / Year


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    Ranked #101 - #125

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    College Rating

    Based on 1 Students Rating

    8.3 out of 10
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    8.3 /10

    I choose Schulich School of law because of its curriculum which is designed by some of the greatest legal minds of Canada. I read reviews online they were really positive also some of the really famous and renowned names from the judiciary sector in Canada are from Schulich School of law. It is quite a famous name among the Law students here. So, I decided to apply for it through the online application portal. The application fee was $70.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course is designed to cover all the main areas of law. As per the curriculum, we get the chance to learn the law in different ways by participating in workshops, conferences, and the Schulich Law community of lectures. We get to practice what we learn during the program and gain experience about the real-world challenges

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    6061 University Ave, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

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    • Airport
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    Bus Station

    Robie St After University Ave (8187)0.09 km
    Robie St After University Ave (8188)0.10 km
    Coburg Rd Before Henry St (6454)0.14 km
    University Ave After Robie St (8883)0.17 km
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    IWK Hospital Heliport0.28 km
    Hospital Helipad0.87 km
    Royal Canadian Air Force 12 Wing Shearwater6.76 km
    Shearwater TACAN UAW 038X7.21 km


    Your Father's Moustache0.80 km
    Atlantica Hotel Halifax0.97 km
    Pizza Corner - Sicilian Pizza1.30 km
    The Wooden Monkey1.38 km
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    Super Market

    Pete's Fine Foods0.97 km
    Sobeys Queen Street1.05 km
    Ca-Hoa Grocery1.17 km
    Taishan Asian Grocery1.30 km
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    Train Station

    Halifax1.58 km

    Book Store

    Dalhousie University Bookstore0.20 km
    King's Co-op Bookstore0.61 km
    Bookmark0.80 km
    Woozles Childrens Bookstore1.04 km
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    IWK Health Ctr0.35 km
    IWK Health Centre0.35 km
    Nova Scotia Hearing & Speech0.83 km
    Canada Vein Clinics0.93 km
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    Park Lane Mall0.88 km
    From Mild to Wild Hot Sauce Shop0.90 km
    Maritime Centre1.39 km
    The Armour Group Limited1.57 km
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    Fertility Pharmacy Services Ltd1.00 km
    Atlantic Superstore1.10 km
    Lawtons Drugs Gladstone1.83 km
    Shoppers Drug Mart2.34 km
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