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UNB law school remains strong

Much has been written lately about UNB’s faculty of law.

As the interim associate dean, and having been involved in the administration of the faculty for 18 years, I can confirm that our law school remains strong. I remain absolutely confident of its future.

All of us at UNB law are proud of the strength of the program we deliver, the zeal and intelligence of our students, the dedication of our faculty, and the remarkable accomplishments of our graduates. None of that is affected by the current set of circumstances in which we find ourselves.

There is no denying recent days have been trying. In meetings last week with the student body and the Law Students’ Society, I assured them that we are here to support them and that it is business as usual.

While there is still work to be done, we are getting there. In this regard, we have had the support of the university administration and are confident that this support will continue going forward.

Our primary concern is ensuring that our students have a positive experience and that they are able to carry on with their academics.  Students are attending their full slate of classes, they have their marks, and social events continue.

For example, we are honoured to be hosting next month the national Kawaskimhon Moot, an aboriginal law negotiations-based moot court that will have law students from across the country visiting us. We are very much looking forward to showcasing our school, our campus and our city.

Our reputation is built on the calibre of our students and the exceptional education they receive through the efforts of our committed faculty.  As thousands of our graduates can attest, what makes us special is our personal approach to legal education.

From the moment our students make contact with our admissions office and through their three years of rigorous instruction, we strive to ensure that each student feels supported and valued.

Our faculty and staff make special effort to get to know each and every student. You will not graduate from UNB Law known only as a student ID number — we know our students and we deeply care about their success.

The legal education our graduates receive allows them to do remarkable things across Canada and around the world. They include highly respected lawyers, judges at every level of the Canadian court system, federal cabinet ministers and heads of government.

Indeed, our graduates are doing remarkable work in a variety of areas spanning from law to policy to business to social justice and everything in between.

In addition to traditional lawyering, our graduates are making their mark on society around them as judges, entrepreneurs, policy makers, activists, writers, researchers, consultants and advocates.

For those considering the practice of law, employers routinely remark on how impressed they are with the quality of our students and how prepared for practice they are upon graduation.

Our structured curriculum requires students to take a significant number of core law courses, ensuring a strong foundation on which to build their practice. Employers continue to comment that our students are ready to hit the ground running when they start articling.

This is the time of year when our students compete for internships and articling positions. Many have already secured positions in the Atlantic region and more will be vying soon for placements elsewhere in the country.

Our reputation is strong and will remain so.


-John R. Williamson,  

Interim Associate Dean of Law

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