Founded in 1959, Western Law has an academic community of more than 500 students and an alumni base of over 6,000. Western Law received 2,700 applications for 175 places in the 2011-12 academic year.
Western Law enjoys one of the highest graduate placement rates of any law school in Canada and the number of Western Law students placed with Bay Street firms has steadily grown over the past five years.
Western Law's focus on business law in the global environment is unique among all Canadian law schools. As Canada's premier business law school, our vision of business law is international, interdisciplinary and innovative in its approach and encompasses a wide range of economic, critical, public law and social justice perspectives.
Western Law has two joint programs with the Richard Ivey School of Business, one of the top-ranked business schools in the world. Western’s JD/MBA program is the only one of its kind in North America.
Western Law offers students numerous opportunities to develop practical experience through clinical courses, advocacy training and competitions, the Community Legal Services clinic, the Western Business Law Clinic, the Sport Solution Clinic, the Dispute Resolution Centre, and Pro Bono Students Canada (the largest PBSC chapter at any Canadian law school).
Western Law has one of the largest exchange programs of any law school in North America with over 20 partnerships around the world. Almost one in five Western Law students will complete a term in another country.
Our thriving International Law Internship Program gives students an opportunity to acquire practical legal experience in an international organization such as the: International Labour Organization (Geneva); United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (Vienna); Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (Washington); Caribbean Court of Justice (Port-of-Spain); and World Bank (Washington).