The Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology has approved a proposal to change the name of the University of Alberta law degree from an LL.B. to a J.D., effective September 1, 2011. (The University of Calgary received similar approval with a change in effect September 1, 2010.)
The Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada has taken another step in the process of approval of new law degree programs in Canada by adopting the recommendations of a committee which reviewed applications from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. The FLSC news release is here.
The Thompson Rivers JD degree is proposed to be offered in conjunction with the University of Calgary which has granted to Thompson Rivers the licence to reproduce and use the undergraduate law program and curriculum of the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Law.
The last time new Canadian law schools were opened in common law jurisdictions in Canada was in the 1970s. The University of Moncton initiated a French language law degree program in 1978. The University of Calgary opened its law school in 1976, and the University of Victoria launched one in 1974.