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Extended Registration Deadline for Specialized Topics Course

Students now have until Monday, February 19 at 15:00 to register for the following Specialized Topics in Law course. Interested students should email SAO.law [at] mcgill.ca before the deadline.

  • LAWG 511 Specialized Topics in Law 1. Aircraft Finance Law (Dr Donal Hanley)

Information about the course can be found on the SAO’s website.

Summer School - Hebrew University

Program: Israel and International law - three week summer course running from May 2-24 - completely in English, created by the University of Manitoba's Robson Hall Law School and the Hebrew University.

About: Students will learn how Israel adapts, in its constitutional and regulatory framework, to the social and economic challenges and then compare and contrast that with the Canadian experience.  Just about every issue that affects Canada – building a modern high tech economy, integrating newcomers and members of traditional societies, and promoting human rights in the face of various internal and external pressures – applies to Israel.

Many areas of academic interest are covered by aspects of the program including: constitutional and human rights law, international business and trade law and immigration and refugee law.

Field trips across Jerusalem and Israel are built into the program, including visits to the Old City of Jerusalem and all of the Holy Sites (Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Dome of the Rock, Western Wall), Dead Sea (salt water - you float!) and Masada (historical site), Israeli Supreme Court and more!

**Approved for transfer credit by McGill**

Costs: Tuition - $2160 USD. Program donors aim to cover a minimum of 80% of the tuition cost - to be confirmed in February.

Application and Deadline: February 19 2018

Contact: Kari Zalik - kzalik [at] cfhu.org for additional information

Call for proposals – Student-initiated seminars

Objectives

The student-initiated seminar is a vehicle that is available for BCL/LLB students to propose, organise, and run their own seminars, under the supervision of a full-time Faculty member. Among the objectives of this vehicle are the following: to give students an opportunity to reflect on teaching and learning and to be involved in course design; and to provide space for experimenting with innovative teaching and learning strategies.

Application procedure

Veuillez faire parvenir vos propositions au Secrétariat aux études (sao.law [at] mcgill.ca d'ici le 9 mars 2018 à 15h00. Jusqu'à deux propositions seront retenues pour l'année universitaire 2018-2019. Le contenu des propositions est décrit ci-dessous.

Crédits octroyés pour la préparation du séminaire

Les propositions sont rédigées, et les séminaires organisés et animés par des équipes de 2 ou 3 étudiants (les « animateurs »), sous la supervision d’un membre à temps plein de la Faculté (le « superviseur »). Les animateurs des séminaires peuvent s’inscrire à un cours de 2 crédits (à titre provisionnel, nous nous servons du véhicule ‘Group Assistants’) pendant la session qui précède la présentation du séminaire, afin de préparer le séminaire, la liste de lectures, le site internet pour le cours, les méthodes d’évaluation, la planification préliminaire des sessions, et de faire tout autre travail préparatoire qui s’impose.

Rôles

Le superviseur / Supervisor
Le superviseur agit comme personne-ressource pour les animateurs et les autres étudiants inscrits au séminaire. Normalement, il ou elle n’assistera pas au séminaire. Il ou elle aidera les animateurs à préparer le plan du cours, la liste de lectures, la méthode d’évaluation ainsi que les stratégies d’enseignement.

Les animateurs / Convenors
Les animateurs sont responsables du déroulement du séminaire. Toutefois, il est entendu que tous les étudiants inscrits au séminaire doivent y participer de façon active. Les animateurs pourront, par exemple, demander aux étudiants de mener la discussion à tour de rôle. Le rôle des animateurs n’est pas celui du professeur dans le cadre d’un cours magistral. Ordinarily, convenors must have a CGPA of at least 2.7. Students interested in convening a student-initiated seminar are encouraged to register in the Legal Education Seminar.

Le Secrétariat des études en droit (SED)
Tous les règlements et politiques habituels s’appliques aux séminaires initiés par les étudiants. Les animateurs sont fortement encouragés à collaborer étroitement avec le SED pour tout ce qui concerne les aspects administratifs du séminaire.

Evaluation
The course is evaluated on a pass/fail basis. The supervisor has ultimate responsibility for assigning and entering final marks. However, it is possible to opt for a peer evaluation process in which comments and feedback are given by students on each other’s work.

If peer evaluation is employed, the course convenors, in conjunction with the supervisor, must develop marking templates or guidelines and map out the process through which peer evaluation is to proceed. Decisions will need to be made as to whether evaluation will be anonymous; whether students will submit their work to one other student or to the larger group for evaluation; and how comments and feedback will be communicated. Convenors who opt for peer evaluation are strongly advised to consult Teaching and Learning Services for advice and guidance. Peer evaluation should not result in the awarding of marks or the ranking of assignments.

Proposal outline

Proposals must contain the following elements:

  1. Course title, course description, and learning objectives (50-100 words);
  2. Name of supervisor (must be a fulltime Faculty member), accompanied by a communication from the supervisor stating that s/he has agreed to take on this role (the supervisor may communicate directly with the Associate Dean (Academic) and SAO);
  3. List of student convenors and year of study;
  4. Brief description of the nature of the work that the student convenors will perform, with a description of the division of labour (a few sentences);
  5. A list of the major topics to be covered and sections into which the semester will be divided, if applicable (1/2 page)
    a) Note: A detailed course outline is not required at this time;
  6. A proposed method of evaluation (about one paragraph)
    a) Indicate the type of method(s) of evaluation proposed (e.g. participation, written assignment, examination, etc.
    b) Provide a brief rationale for the method(s) of evaluation selected
    c) University regulations stipulate that a final examination cannot be worth more than 75%; optional assignments are permitted;
  7. A brief description of the course format and an indication of the types of teaching and learning techniques and strategies that will be used, along with a rationale (100 words)
    a) Preference will be given to proposals that show evidence of research and reflection on teaching and learning. Innovations in teaching strategies and approaches are strongly encouraged;
  8. Curricula vitae of all convenors.

Winter Recruitment & Advocacy Course (W2018)

Students participating in the Toronto, Ottawa, London, Calgary or Edmonton interview processes and wishing to take Advocacy this term must notify the SAO once they receive interview results. If necessary, the SAO will drop Advocacy at that time. Students should include in their request confirmation of their interview.

Mises à jour de l'offre de cours

Restez au courant de tout changement et soyez informés – Course Offerings 2017-2018.


BCL/LLB Program Brochures

Icon: flyerThe brochures below outline the BCL/LLB program requirements. As there were changes between the 2014-2015 program, the 2015-2016 program, and the 2016-2017 program, we have posted all three program brochures for reference: