JD Program Courses

TRU Law offers a traditional JD program, approved by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Our mandatory first-year curriculum builds a solid foundation for advanced legal study in upper years, which includes compulsory courses in Ethical Lawyering, Administrative Law, Civil Procedure and Business Associations.

Ninety-six credits are required for graduation. These traditional course offerings are complemented by innovative courses such as Lawyering in the 21st Century, a course that fosters innovation in the legal profession, and Apps for Access to Justice, a unique course of its kind in Canada that teaches students to design their own technology solutions to enhance access to justice.

Knowledge gained in the classroom is enhanced by many opportunities for applied learning—such as mandatory dispute resolution courses; competitive mooting internally and with other law schools; and serving clients at our Community Legal Clinic.

JD Program course requirements are set out in the TRU Academic Calendar.

First Year Courses:

Students admitted into the JD Program will be required to successfully complete the following 9 courses in the first year curriculum (for a total of 36 credits).

Course Number Course Name
LAWF 3010 Constitutional Law
LAWF 3020 Legal Perspectives
LAWF 3030 Contracts
LAWF 3040 Legislation, Administration and Policy
LAWF 3050 Property
LAWF 3060 Fundamental Legal Skills
LAWF 3070 Torts
LAWF 3080 Crime: Law and Procedure
LAWF 3090 Dispute Resolution I: Interviewing and Counselling

Upper Year Courses:

Students are required to satisfactorily complete 30 credits in each of their second and third years of study to obtain the minimum 96 credits required to complete the JD degree. Both mandatory and elective courses are offered. The following list includes some of the courses that may be offered, which are subject to change. Course descriptions are available through the Course Calendar.  Refer to the timetable for details on courses taught in the current academic year.

Course Number Course Name
LAWF 3100 Entertainment Law
LAWF 3400 Lawyering in the 21st Century
LAWF 3410 Community Lawyering
LAWF 3420 Clinical Practice
LAWF 3440 Intellectual Property Law
LAWF 3450 International Trade Law
LAWF 3460 Comparative and International Indigenous Rights
LAWF 3470 International Intellectual Property Law and Policy
LAWF 3480 Digital Media Law
LAWF 3490 Communications Law
LAWF 3500 Insurance Law
LAWF 3510 Jurisprudence
LAWF 3520 Tax Policy
LAWF 3530 Privacy Law
LAWF 3550 Comparative Law
LAWF 3570 Advanced Criminal Law
LAWF 3580 Advanced Advocacy
LAWF 3590 Advanced Torts
LAWF 3600 Conflict of Laws
LAWF 3610 Real Estate
LAWF 3620 Bankruptcy and Restructuring Law
LAWF 3630 Advanced Public Law
LAWF 3640 Secured Transactions
LAWF 3650 Unjust Enrichment
LAWF 3660 Health Law
LAWF 3670 Corporate Tax
LAWF 3680 Immigration and Refugee Law
LAWF 3690 Law and Economics
LAWF 3700 Public Lands and Natural Resources Law
LAWF 3710 Remedies
LAWF 3720 Trusts
LAWF 3730 Human Rights Law
LAWF 3740 International Law
LAWF 3750 Canadian Legal History
LAWF 3760 Directed Research
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Adv Family Law
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Animal Law
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Corporate Governance
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Creditors Remedies
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Jessup Moot
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Lgl Knowledge Engin'g Ext
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Municipal Law
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Sentencing
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Transnational Lawyering
LAWF 3780 Selected Topics: Design Legal Expert System
LAWF 3800 Business Associations
LAWF 3810 Criminal Process
LAWF 3820 Family Law
LAWF 3830 Basic Tax Law
LAWF 3840 Environmental Law
LAWF 3850 Employment Law
LAWF 3860 Labour Law
LAWF 3870 Wills and Estates
LAWF 3880 Sale of Goods
LAWF 3890 Aboriginal Law
LAWF 3900 Administrative Law
LAWF 3910 Civil Procedure
LAWF 3920 Evidence
LAWF 3930 Ethical Lawyering
LAWF 3940 Dispute Resolution 2: Negotiation and Mediation
LAWF 3950 Advanced Legal Research
LAWF 3960 Dispute Resolution 3: Adjudication
LAWF 3970 Sports Law I
LAWF 3980 Sports Law II
LAWF 3990 Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law
LAWF 4000 Court of Appeal Moots
LAWF 4010 Kawaskimhon Moot
LAWF 4020 Wilson Moot