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The University of Victoria
Environmental Law Term, Summer Session
Victoria, British Columbia

Summer Session

 The University of Victoria Faculty of Law is expanding its Summer Session in 1996 by offering courses in the environmental law area in addition to the regular summer semester course offerings. For the first time, these courses, as well as the regular choices offered during the summer, will be available to an increased, but limited number of qualified Uvic students, as well as to a limited number of non-Uvic students. The broadening of courses offered and the opening of the Summer Session to more qualified students reflects Uvic's commitment to meeting student needs through new and flexible course offerings, and to enhancing the national and international reputation of the Faculty of Law in the area of environmental law.

The University of Victoria is the only law school in Canada which conducts courses during the summer. Since 1991, Co-op students enrolled at the Faculty of Law have been able to take a full term, (7 - 8 units) during the summer period which runs from early May to mid-August. The course offerings have traditionally been limited to two compulsory courses (Civil Procedure and Evidence) and other courses depending on the availability and willingness of faculty to teach. Summer Session '96 will consist of 13 courses - five grouped with an environmental law theme and five non environmental law courses. All courses are open to students admitted into the Summer Session and are subject to class limits. Civil Procedure is capped at 35 students with preference accorded to Co-op students. Thus, students will be able to concentrate their studies in environmental law or take a blend of courses in a proportion of their choosing.

Accessibility and Registration Requirements

All Co-op students and current part-time students at the Uvic Faculty of Law may enroll in the Summer Session. In addition, the Summer Session, including both the environmental and regular courses, will be open to a limited number of other Uvic law students on a full-time basis.

Law students enrolled in all Canadian law schools as well as other foreign schools may apply to enroll in all courses offered in the summer term either on a full-time or part-time basis. University of Victoria students who are not enrolled in the Faculty of La may enroll in a course, or courses, with the consent of the instructors

The maximum enrollment in the Summer Session is tentatively set at 65 students. 45 of the 65 places are reserved for Uvic law students, with the remaining 20 positions available to external applicants, Preference to enrollment in the Summer Session is accorded to Co-op students.

Admissions Process

All Uvic law students may ballot for the Summer Session courses and are admitted by lottery. Admission into the Summer Session by non UViC law students is administered by the admissions staff with the support of the Admissions Committee and the Summer Environmental Law Director, Professor Ted L. McDorman. The criterion for admission of law students is good standing at the University of Victoria or other Canadian law schools or equivalent institutions In the case of non-law students, admission is by permission of the instructor in each course.

The application deadline for admission for students is March 31, 1996. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, and offers of acceptance will be made on an ongoing basis beginning on December 11, 1995.

Tuition Tuition fees will be charged on a per unit basis which is currently $180.00 (Cdn) for all students who are enrolled in less than six units. This fee schedule applies to UVic law students who are permitted to take courses on a part-time basis, and to non-Uvic law students who are accepted into the Summer Session as. Visiting Students and who enroll in less than six units. Students who are enrolled in six units or more would pay the regular tuition fee applicable at the Faculty of Law which is approximately $1,650.00 (Cdn) per term, Tuition for foreign students is set by University regulations at three times the tuition for Canadian residents or landed immigrants.

For more information, please contact:

Faculty of Law, Admissions
University of Victoria
PO Box 2400
Victoria, BC V8W 3H7 Canada

Ph: 604-711-8151
Fax: 604-721-6390

Non-UVIc /non-law students would be require to register at the University of Victoria and after doing so would fall into the Uvic non-law student category described above.

Environmental Law Courses:

Law 329: Environmental Law
1.5Units (3 hours per week, full term)
Instructor: Professor Ted L. McDorman and Ben Van Drimmelen, R.P.F, LL.B.
Evaluation: Exam
Description: This course introduces students, to this broad and rapidly changing area of legal study and practice. The social, political arid economic context of environmental law and policy making is emphasized. Special attention is given to environmental assessment, the role of criminal law in environmental regulation, and wildlife and wilderness protection issues. Emerging paradigms in environmental protection - including market instruments, environmental bills of rights and environmental justice - are also considered.
Prerequisite: None

Law 331: Coastal and Marine Law
1 Unit (5.5 hours per week, May 6 - June 7)
Instructor: Professor Ted L. McDorman
Evaluation: Exam or paper at student's option
Description: This course considers various problems in ocean resources law and policy. Bordering three oceans, Canada has an extensive interest in ocean matters, particularly regarding fishing, offshore hydrocarbon development, navigation and the marine environment. This course concentrates on the problems and opportunities created by the existence of 200 nautical mile offshore zones Prerequisite: None (An introductory course in International Law will be useful as preparation for this course.)

Law 343-01: Selected Pacific North West Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
1.5 Units (3 hours per week, full term)
Instructors: Professors Cohen, Johnston, McDorman
Course coordinator: Professor Ted L, McDorman
Evaluation: Exam or paper at student's option
Description: Using the expertise of the Faculty of Law and the Victoria community, this course will took at the unique environmental problems, issues, and responses that have been developed in British Columbia. Expected topics: salmon, forestry and the BC Forests Practices Code, etc.
Co-op Prerequisite: Law 329-Environmental Law

Law 343-02: International Environmental Law
1.5Units (6 hours per week, June 10 - July 26)
Instructor: Professor Douglas M. Johnston
Evaluation: Exam or paper at student's option
Description: An introduction to international environmental law with specific reference to the Earth Summit, the limitations of international law and the development of strategies to improve the international environmental law regime.
Prerequisites: None (An introductory course in International Law will be useful as preparation for this course.)

Law 399: Supervised Research and Writing
1-2 Units As agreed between student and faculty member.
Instructor: Professor Ted L. McDorman, the Director of the Environmental Summer Session will be available to assist non-UVic students in arranging for supervised research with member of the Faculty.
Evaluation: Paper
Description: A student will undertake a substantial research and writing project on a legal subject approved by a member of the Faculty who agrees to supervise the project. Approval by the Associate Dean is required if this course is to be taken for 1 unit only.
Prerequisite: None but there must be a willing faculty member to supervise the work.

The Environmental Law component provides two courses on domestic environmental law and two courses on international environmental law. Law 399 allows students a high degree of flexibility in working on a selected environmental topic. The maximum units that a student could take in the Summer Session on environmental law would be 7.5, assuming a 2 unit Law paper 399. To take advantage of special expertise available in Victoria not all the courses offered as part of the environmental law theme will be constrained by the full term format. Coastal and Marine Law (Law 33 1) is offered as a 5 week course commencing on 6 May and ending on 7 June. International Environmental Law (Law 34302) is offered as a 7 week course commencing on 10 June and ending 26 July.

(All Full Term Courses)

Law 307B: Civil Procedure with Drafting
2 units (4 hours per week)
Instructor: To be announced
Evaluation: To be announced
Description: This course is founded upon an inquiry into the functions of a modern procedural system and considers the extent to which the system aids in the achievement of just, speedy, and economic resolutions of justiciable conflicts on their merits. Students are introduced to the basic structure of a civil action and other aspects of the civil litigation process. Issues such as the cost of litigation, jurisdiction, initial process, pleadings, amendment, joinder, discovery, disposition without trial and alternatives to adjudication are discussed.
Prerequisite: None
Note: Law 307B will be capped at 35 students, with preference accorded to, Co-op students.

Law 309: The Law of Evidence
2 units (4 hours per week)
Instructor: Professor Lyman Robinson
Evaluation: Exam
Description: This course examines the objectives, structure and content of the law governing proof of facts in both civil and criminal trials, as well as before administrative tribunals. Rules of evidence respecting burdens of proof and presumptions, competence of witnesses, corroboration, hearsay, character, opinion evidence and a variety of other topics are critically examined in the light of the objectives of the legal process.
Prerequisite: None

Law 312: Debtor-Creditor Relations
1.5 Units (3 hours per week)
Instructor: Professor Lyman Robinson
Evaluation: Exam
Description: This course examines the enforcement of various types of pecuniary claims including judgments, statutory liens for unpaid work and materials, claims of the Crown and the protections afforded to debtors. It also examines bankruptcy and proposals by debtors and arrangements with creditors under both federal and provincial legislation.
Prerequisite: None

Law 313: Securities Regulation
1.5 Units (3 hours per week)
Instructor: Professor Mark Gillen
Evaluation: Exam and Assignment
Description: This course offers an overview of the law and policy aspects of securities regulation in Canada including the initial distribution of securities, the regulation of secondary market trading, takeover and merger bid regulation and the regulation of securities market intermediaries.
Co-op Prerequisite: Business Associations

Law 315: Business Associations
2.5 Units (5 hours per week)
Instructor: Professor Mark Gillen
Evaluation: Exam
Description: This Course examines the legal framework for carrying on business. The primary emphasis is on the corporation, recognizing the immense social, commercial and legal significance of this organizational form, students will, however, be exposed to other legal structures such as proprietorship, partnership and related agency principles.
Prerequisite: None.