Dr. Ian Holloway, Dean of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law, presented a lecture in the President’s Lodge followed by a Q&A for Foundation Year Program (FYP) and upper-year students on Sept. 23. He discussed King’s new partnership granting provisional pre-admission to Calgary Law for FYP students.
Provisional admittance to UCalgary Law means students will have an advantage in the applicant pool but will still have to maintain scholarship standing throughout the remainder of their degree at King’s and Dalhousie, plus meet all other admissions criteria including LSAT scores, work experience and community involvement. With about 1,100 to 1,500 applicants a year and only 130 annual admissions into UCalgary’s Law School, this offers a significant advantage.
“Our approach to legal education is different…we believe that our mission is to prepare students for the legal profession [of the future that] they’re going to join,” Dean Holloway told those gathered in the President’s Lodge.
He spoke of globalization as a driving force of change and said there is now much greater emphasis now on experiential learning in education.
Dean Holloway also said the missions of King’s and UCalgary Law fit together perfectly, adding: “One of the great things about a legal education is it teaches you how the world works.”
His lecture was titled “The Language of Law,” and he also entertained the group with etymological curiosities, including that the word “law” comes from the Ancient Norse word “lag.” Dr. Holloway also talked about the UCalgaryLaw curriculum and future of legal education.
King’s is very grateful to Dean Holloway for his visit, and to the University of Calgary Law School for this partnership.