Read on to find descriptions of the many, diverse clubs at UVic Law.
Club Executives: planning an off-campus event? Download this PDF to find at-a-glance information about accessible venues in Victoria. Always call the venue in advance to ensure this information is up to date.
Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Camp (AbCamp)
The AbCamp brings fifty law students on a four day retreat in an Aboriginal community. Through immersion, interactive workshops and guest speakers, participants gain insight in to the cultural and political realities of local Aboriginal communities. The camp runs in the fall semester. Sign ups are during Club Days. Accommodations for disabilities and religious observance will be available.
Appeal: Review of Current Law and Law Reform is the University of Victoria’s only official law journal. Appeal is entirely student-run, and requires a team of board members and volunteer editors to successfully produce the journal each year.
UVic Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSAC) represents the goals and aims of black law students throughout the country. The UVic chapter of this club is responsible for some very high profile faculty events. Watch out for the annual BLSAC arm-wrestling championship where students, staff, and faculty face off in head-to-head competition in the lounge. BLSAC welcomes anyone who is interested in the club to chat at Club Days.
Business Law Association
Canadian Lawyers Abroad – UVic Chapter
Canadian Lawyers Abroad is a dynamic charitable organization that engages in ground-breaking work in the developing world and in Canada’s north in the areas of good governance, rule of law and human rights. The UVic Chapter promotes summer internships in areas of global, legal and social importance helping students improve their legal skills while participating in an inspiring and often life-altering experience.
Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers
Contact: Meghan Forhan
Christian Law Students’ Association
We are a non-denominational Christian club that fosters encouraging one another through fellowship, discussion, social gathering and other events. Everyone is welcome! We hope to explore Christianity, life and the law career together through our gatherings and events. This year our activities include, weekly lunch gatherings, monthly potlucks, outreach volunteer activities and occasional lectures.
Contact: Julia Lee
Civil Litigation Club
The Civil Litigation Club is a newly formed club whose primary focus will be hosting guest speakers that practice in a variety civil litigation practice areas. Our guest speaker events are intended to give students an opportunity to hear about various aspects of litigation practice – from those that actually do it! Whether you’re considering litigation practice or are curious about a particular practice area, don’t miss these opportunities to hear from the pros.
Contact: Catherine George
Criminal Law Club
The Criminal Law Club is interested in criminal law in practice, and how it impacts and is impacted by society. Annual events are our Prison Tours, Police Ride Alongs, and hosting a variety of speakers over lunch during the year. We provide our members and the UVic Law community as a whole with the opportunity to learn about emerging issues in criminal law, as well as career opportunities in criminal law, including both prosecution and defence.
Contact: Jackie Fry
Environmental Law Club (ELC)
The ELC is a club that operates on campus to promote environmental issues from a legal perspective.
Health Law Club
The UVic Health Law Club explores the intersection between health and law. We will host speaker events and discuss current issues in health care law and biomedical ethics.
Contact: Sara Cox
Indigenous Law Club (ILC)
The Indigenous Law Club provides a forum through which the students and faculty of UVic can explore important Indigenous legal issues and create bridges with both local Indigenous communities and the local Aboriginal law community – benefiting all students at UVic.
Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA)
ILSA is a group for the Indigenous students of the Faculty of Law. They strive to foster a sense of community to its members, and also hold events/speakers for the entire student body.
Contact: Bruce Warnsby
International and Human Rights Law Association (IHRLA)
IHRLA educates club members , the student body and community at large in the in the principles of international and human rights law with events, projects, and annual conference.
Intellectual Property, Information, and Technology Club (IPIT)
The Intellectual Property Law Club organizes lunch time lectures, panel discussions, and presentations regarding all things IP: patent, trade mark, and copyright law. In previous years we have hosted distinguished speakers such as Justice Phelan from the Federal Court, and a variety of Vancouver lawyers who are leaders in the field. The club meets on an informal basis to discuss current issues and plan upcoming events.
Contact: Cynthia Khoo
Labour Law Club
The Labour Law Club seeks to provide education about issues related to workers’ rights, unions and the law. We will host several speaker panels, career events, a labour law firm tour and film events this year as well as promote a variety of issues related to social justice and labour rights.
Contacts: Alex Kerner & Jonathan Blair
If you are a student that identifies as having a disability (visible or invisible including anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, etc.) and you have questions about attending UVic Law, the LawAbility Club can offer support. Comprised of students from all years with diverse (dis)abilities, we are here to help you navigate your law school experiences. Wed’ love to hear from you!
Contact: Carrie Moffatt
Law For All
Contact: Sheila Simpson & Raia Melynk
Law Games Team
The Law Games team works to organize an annual delegation to Law Games, the famous four-day gathering of all Canadian law schools for sports, fun and networking. Watch your inbox for info on this years’ law games, being held at UBC in Vancouver.
Contact: Mike Rawluk
Radical Law Club
Seeking to inject some radical politics into to UVic Law culture, the Radical Law Club offers support for students in the faculty wanting to advance the cause of social justice through the law. We host regular lunch time discussions, potluck socials and other educational events, often teaming up with other clubs with similar mandates.
Contact: Jamie Myrah
The UVic Law Run Club meets twice weekly to go for group runs. The club provides a way to meet fellow runners in the faculty, learn different running routes in the area, and blow off steam after a long day of class.
Legal Information Clinic (LIC)
The Legal Information Clinic [LIC] is a free service that provides legal information to all members of the community. The LIC is run by students studying in the Faculty of Law at the he University of Victoria, with the support of faculty advisors. While the students are not lawyers, they can help you with your problem by providing relevant information about the law. Please note that we do not provide legal advice.
We have two clinical locations, one at the University of Victoria (in room 138 of the Fraser Building), and the other in Fernwood (located in the Fernwood Community Association Building, situated at: 1923 Fernwood Road).
Campus Drop-in Hours:
Tuesday: 12:30pm – 1:30pm.
Wednesday: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
Thursday: 12:30 – 1:30pm
Fernwood Drop-in Hours:
Regrettably, we are unable to provide legal information over the phone or by email.
Contacts: Jas Sangra (Executive Director), Alix Tolliday (Operations Director), Sarah Beth Hutchison (Finance Director), Kiran Kang (Public Relations Director), Molly Greene (Secretary)
The Outlaws are a club whose members include students who self-identify as Lesbien, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Two-Spirited, Intersex and Queer, and also students who are allies and/or are interested in LGBT legal issues. The club provides fun, comfortable and inclusive social place for LGBT law students by hosting social events, and organizing a variety of educational lectures and panel discussions designed to raise awareness and promote discussion at UVic Law of queer legal issues.
Contact: Zachary Lee
Poverty Law Club
The Poverty Law Club hopes to create opportunities for law students to gather and discuss their thoughts about and explore how the law interacts with issues of poverty and homelessness. We will work this year towards creating substantive opportunities for law students to become involved with their community and effect positive social change. All are welcome in all club activities, look to your inbox for future Poverty Law Club events.
Contact: Mikaela Robertson
Pro Bono Students Canada
The University of Victoria Chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada serves as a linchpin between the legal need in Victoria and the organizations and lawyers who are committed to making legal services accessible. The program assists non-profit organizations to provide legal support to their clients, teaches students some of the practical aspects of law, and builds lasting partnerships that serve the community and the legal profession.
Contact: Megan Seiling
Sports and Entertainment Law Club
The Sports and Entertainment Club is for anyone and everyone! The SELC provides the opportunity to learn about this area of the law as well as the chance to take part in some of the greatest events of the year. Members of the club will be invited to attend lectures by exciting guest-speakers, can participate in a host of sporting and entertainment activities, and can take part in fundraising events for local charities.
Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
The UVic Law SALDF is dedicated to protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. Activities of the UVic Law SALDF will include guest speakers, conducting education events such as video screenings on pertinent issues, and campaigning/advocating for changes in the law or community in order to benefit the welfare of animals.
Contacts: Julia Bennet, Erin Gray, Courtney Barnes
University of Victoria Association of Women and the Law
The UVic Association of Women and the Law (UAWL) seeks to educate ourselves and our fellow students about women’s issues as professionals in and subjects of the law, to promote awareness of the same within the community, and to build connections that encourage community involvement and activism on current political issues. We also liaise with faculty and administration on women’s roles and concerns within the University of Victoria’s Faculty of Law and fulfill an advisory role to the Dean of the Faculty of Law on issues of concern to female students.
Contacts: Stephanie Hu, Kate Dutton, Juhi Shukla
UpLaw (Upper Year Law Students Association)
This is a group for incoming transfer, exchange, NCA, visiting, civil degree, LLM or Ph.D students to meet all new and current law students at UVic Law!