The Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary was officially opened in 1976 with a first-year class of sixty students and nine faculty members. Currently, there are 21 faculty and approximately 300 students in total, giving the school one of the smallest class sizes of the Canadian law schools. Calgary has a large legal community, and boasts a diverse legal profession. The Faculty of Law has a strong connection with the Calgary legal community.
History of the law school
The Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary was a community initiative established by members of the Calgary legal community and the UofC in combination with the City of Calgary. It took ten years to bring the law school into existence from the tireless efforts of these individuals. The Faculty of Law continues to thrive based on its strong ties to the Calgary legal community.
The first Faculty of Law in the city of Calgary was first opened in 1913. The first law school was part of Calgary College, a private post-secondary institution with no degree granting status. Calgary College consisted of a class of twelve students, two lecturers and a dean. The outbreak of World War I in 1914 caused for the disbandment of the law school and the students continued their legal education at the University of Alberta, located three hours north of Calgary in the city of Edmonton.
The only law school in the province of Alberta for the next sixty-two years was the Faculty of Law at the University of Alberta.