Student life at the Schulich School of Law is enriched through the activities and initiatives of our student societies. Students are encouraged to join existing groups or form their own new society. The LSS administers the disbursement of society funding, according to policies set out by the Board of Directors.
Read on to learn more about our societies and how to get involved!
Business Law Association of Dalhousie (BLAD)
BLAD is a student group committed to creating opportunities for students to learn about the field of business law through educational, networking and social events. We are here for students for all things business. This includes delving into current issues in business law; holding events; hosting speakers and conferences; networking with students at other schools; and networking with practitioners and organizations in the field of business law.
Contact: Darren Gill (President)
Dalhousie Heath Law Students Association (HLSA)
The Health Law Students’ Association aims to generate, foster and develop student interest in the field of Health Law. Throughout the school year the HLSA hosts a variety of educational and social events aimed at expanding students’ awareness of health law opportunities and providing contacts with professionals working in the field, as well as with Faculty members.
Contact: James Whittier & Hannah Davis (Co-Presidents)
Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association (DFLA)
The Dalhousie Feminist Legal Association (DFLA) is devoted to the principles of gender equality and inclusivity, and aims to: enhance education in the areas of gender and the law and feminism, offer resources and support to the law school and to the broader community, and provide a safe space for feminist organizing. DFLA advocates for gender equality and inclusivity within the Schulich School of Law and supports the activities of feminist organizations outside of the law school.
Contact: Allison Hearns (Chair)
Dalhousie Disability Allied Law Students’ Association (DDALSA)
The Dalhousie Disability Allied Law Students’ Association is for students with disabilities of all kinds and the people who support them. Our goals are to:
(1) create a supportive community for law students with a diverse range of disabilities
(2) encourage education about disabilities and promote de-stigmatization and acceptance
(3) support students with disabilities to help them succeed in their academics and career goals
Contact: James Gavin (President)
Student Legal Innovation Association (SLIA)
At SLIA, our mission is to engage the student legal population in the field of legal innovation. This includes improved access to justice, shifting the traditional legal system towards improved efficiency, sustainability and affordability. Imagine a new way of practicing law using modern technology: online dispute resolution, assisted self-representation and evolving legal solutions. Legal innovation continues to face resistance in embracing this culture of change. As part of the legal profession, we often look to the past to inform the future. However, with legal innovation, we do not have a precedent to rely on.
We are asking students for their assistance in driving this systemic change in the legal field. Legal innovation is considered a niche field, with only a handful of firms involved across Canada. Young lawyers are the key to bringing awareness and introducing these pragmatic changes which they will then carry forward into their future legal careers.
Contact: James J Hall, Miguel deMello, Grace Levy (Co-Presidents)
Dalhousie Youth Law Education Society (DYLES)
DYLES is student-run, youth-focused society at the Dalhousie Schulich School of Law. DYLES works in collaboration with community partners, youth advocates, and teachers in the greater Halifax community with the aim of informing youth through Know Your Rights workshops and other legal education events.
DYLES works to increase legal literacy among youth by delivering presentations about the Youth Criminal Justice Act, hosting legal themed murder mystery parties and is currently in the process of developing a presentation on consent that will be delivered to schools in January 2021. Through these initiates, DYLES strives to empower and equip youth and students in Halifax with the legal knowledge to be safe, confident, and successful in their own lives.
Contact: Elizabeth Dreise (President)
Popular Legal Entertainment Assessment Society (PLEAS)
The Popular Legal Entertainment Assessment Society (PLEAS) is a society for law students at the Schulich School of Law to come together and watch popular media that features the law in some way. We invite professors to speak to the general legal issues at play in each piece. Then we watch the media and assess how accurately the law and the legal profession are depicted. We follow up by rating it and providing a written review of how accurate we found it on our blog. Our goal to encourage critical reflection on popular representations of the law and the legal profession in media and gain a better understanding of the public perception of these things. And have fun.
Contact: Mady Gillespie (President)
Dalhousie Public Policy & Law Society
Dalhousie Black Law Students' Association (DBLSA)
DBLSA is an organization dedicated to promoting and assisting African-Canadian students in the pursuit of a legal education. It is dedicated to increasing opportunities for African-Canadian law students and enhancing student life at Dalhousie Law School. It is dedicated to bridging the gap between the legal community and Canada’s Black community, specifically the Nova Scotia Black community.
Contact: Shaniqwa Thomas President)
Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students Association (DILSA)
Dalhousie Indigenous Law Students’ Association (DILSA) is a student organization created by and for Indigenous students and non-Indigenous student allies at Schulich School of Law. Throughout the academic year, DILSA hosts and attends a number of social, cultural events such as:
Moose Meat Native Taco fundraiser
Providing support to Indigenous families during the holidays
Attending conferences related to Indigenous peoples and the law, including the Indigenous Bar Association (IBA). In 2017, DILSA had the opportunity to host the annual IBA Conference in Halifax, NS.
Facilitating various panel discussions to promote understanding of Indigenous legal traditions and Indigenous issues.
Contact: Dakota Bernard (Interim President)
Dalhousie Cannabis Law Society
To provide education and support for students seeking to engage in either recreational or medical cannabis use. Our goal is to keep Dalhousie up to date on the legal progression of cannabis law, normalize cannabis law in the legal field, and provide law students with an avenue for engaging with the emerging cannabis law space in Canada.
Contact: Hayden Sahid (President)
Dalhousie Law Health & Fitness
Law school and the legal/ professional field can be demanding and stressful. Even though these things may be inevitable, it doesn't mean that we should allow them to hurt our physical and mental health. This society's goal is to provide a platform for law/ professional students, lawyers, and young professionals to talk about what they do to stay healthy, whether that's working out, taking daily walks, or maintaining healthy relationships with the people in their lives. This society will also attempt to seek health professionals who can advise us on improving or maintaining your physical and mental health.
Contact: Melvin Mulo Farenkia (President)
The Weldon Times is the Schulich School of Law's student-run news publication. We publish 4 magazine-style issues annually with the goal of sharing student-written articles on law-related topics.
Contact: Tiffiany Ward, Zainab Adejumobi & Jonathan Duru (Co-Editors)
Weldon Squash Club
Mandate: To provide a competitive environment which advances fitness, camaraderie, and hand-eye coordination.
Description: Weldon squash club will meet once/week at the squash courts, pairing students against each other for games and practices. The club will have two elements - a social element, which introduces Weldonites to one another, and a fitness element, promoting healthy living.
Contact: Aaron Koch
Dalhousie Employment and Labour Law Association (DELLA)
The Dalhousie Employment and Labour Law Association (DELLA) is a labour-side law student society. The DELLA's aim is to bring students, workers, and legal professionals together to discuss important issues related to law, social justice and the workplace.
All students are welcome as we build connections with workers and members of the labour community.
Contact: Leah Robertson (President)
Lawyers Without Borders - Student Division at Dalhousie University
LWOB is a registered charitable organization with a mission to advance rule of law and protect the integrity of the judicial process worldwide by using the pro bono resources of volunteer lawyers, judges, and law students. This mission is fulfilled through programs that support transparency, capacity building, and service to the underserved while maintaining a neutral orientation at all times.
LWOB programs bring together a diverse corps of international pro bono lawyers and judges from around the world with diverse skill sets to provide the underserved and the marginalized with access to justice and to improve justice sectors worldwide through the training and educating of lawyers, judges, and law enforcement officers.
The goal of the student division is to raise awareness for the LWOB mission and inform students of current issues surrounding access to justice. This will include creating a human rights newsletter, hosting formal debates and moots on Rule of Law, organizing workshops, lectures and seminars, as well as organizing court visits to gain exposure to courtroom advocacy. In addition, there is the option to apply to LWOB for a research project to further explore the access to justice and study international Rule of Law.
Contact: Kasia Donovan (President)
Dalhousie Law Community Outreach
Community Outreach is a society of students who love to give back to the community! We facilitate the participation and interaction of law students with the Halifax community, and create awareness of, and support for local charitable causes through fundraising and outreach initiatives. Some of our most successful events include Prof Auction, Law Ball raffle basket, and grilled cheese sales, and we have many more exciting events coming up this year!
Contact: Jessica Simm (President)
Dalhousie Prison Law Society (DPLS)
First and foremost a prisoners' justice advocacy group, DPLS aims to work with community organizations to bring together students, legal professionals, activists, and those affected by criminalization to carry out public education, advocacy, legal support and research on issues of imprisonment.
Contact: Emma Arnold (interim President)
Environmental Law Students Society (ELSS)
ELSS is a student-run society that focuses on environmental issues as they relate to the law. We are very active within the law school, the greater university, and the Halifax community in general. We are closely affiliated with the Marine and Environmental Law Program, a specialization within the Schulich School of Law. We frequently partner with East Coast Environmental Law to update the public on environmental law issues, assist with research on environmental law cases, and examine and critique government action (or inaction) with respect to the environment. We also organize guest lectures, environmental outings, and social events throughout the year.
Contact: Katie Walker & Grace Bryson (Co-Presidents)
John E. Reid International Law Society (JERILS)
The John E. Read International Law Society (JERILS) aims to promote dialogue and the exploration of contemporary issues in international law within the Schulich School of Law and more broadly throughout Dalhousie University and the surrounding community. JERILS works to build interest in, and understanding of, international law and attempts to help its members pursue interests and careers in this field.
Contact: Jessica Simm & Noah Brownstone (Co-Presidents)
Dalhousie Criminal Law Students' Association
The Dalhousie Criminal Law Students’ Association (DCLSA) is an organization that was created in order to support and bring together students who are interested in pursuing careers in the criminal law sector.
Contact: Allison Hearns (President)
Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies (DJLS)
Established in 1991, the DJLS is an independent, non-profit, academic journal that publishes work from current law students and recent graduates from Canada and around the world. The Journal serves as a unique platform for law students to publish their work and to promote reflection on contemporary legal issues.
The DJLS is published once per year and maintains a broad base of subscribers that includes law firms, libraries, courts, governments, alumni, and legal professionals internationally. The Journal is also indexed in the HeinOnline database. Led by a student editorial board, over sixty volunteers from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University assist in production and publication of the Journal every year.
Contact: Eliza Richardson & Elizabeth Matheson (Co-Presidents)
Weldon Literary Moot Society
The Weldon Literary Moot is an event that raises funds for Halifax Humanities 101, a barrier-free humanities education program for adults living below the poverty line. Every year the Weldon Literary Moot Society puts on a mock trial based on a literary classic. We have staged mock trials for Dracula, Julius Caesar, Frankenstein, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and many more. We welcome anyone to join the society to help us put on this great fundraising and community building event!
Contact: Eliza Richardson (President)
Social Activist Law Student Association (SALSA)
SALSA is a group of students dedicated to advocacy and promotion of work related to social justice. SALSA's flagship event is the bi-annual IDEALaw conference hosted at the Schulich School of Law.
Contact: Alicia Landers
Dalhousie Law Hour provides a one hour lecture each week geared at engaging our student body with presentations from prominent legal, academic, and political minds of the day. This forum provides an excellent opportunity to connect the legal issues and ideas learned in law school with how the law actually works in everyday life. Law Hour has been an institution at Dalhousie since the 1960's and has had tremendous support from students, faculty and members of the community.
Contact: Cierra Mateo (President)
Dalhousie Asian Law Students Association (DALSA)
The Dalhousie Asian Law Students Association (DALSA) is an organization that looks to assist Asian law students in their legal studies and beyond. DALSA is committed to advancing the academic and professional interests of members, while also serving as a medium to promote Asian culture at Weldon.
Contact: Zakariya Chatur & Tiffany Leung (Co-Presidents)
Pro Bono Dalhousie
Pro Bono Dalhousie is a local pro bono student organization with a mandate to provide legal services without charge to organizations and individuals in need across the Halifax Regional Municipality. In furtherance of its mandate, Pro Bono Dalhousie matches law student volunteers with community organizations, firms, courts and tribunals under the supervision of qualified lawyers or legal professionals. Our students provide assistance in a range of areas, such as Environmental Law, Sexual Assault Law, to Prison Law, and much more.
Contact: Claire Lingley & Dan White (Program Coordinators)
OUTLaw is a network of 2SLGBTQIA+ students and allies that are committed to anti-oppression, intersectionality, community building, and social justice. OUTLaw works with students, societies, and the broader community to raise awareness about matters affecting the 2SLGBTQIA+ community with a focus on systemic inequalities and those who are the most marginalized. OUTLaw is committed to sexual, reproductive, and gender justice. OUTLaw seeks to provide a community for students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and relationship structures within the Schulich School of Law.
Contact: Stephen Chew & Kayla Van Buskirk (Co-Presidents)
Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service (DSAS)
The Dalhousie Student Advocacy Service (DSAS) is a student-run organization. We are funded by the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) and provide neutral, confidential, effective, and free advocacy services to all Dalhousie and Kings students. Our advocates are volunteer law students trained in advocacy, anti-oppressive practices, university policies, and confidentiality.
We are available to assist students navigating the discipline and complaint processes at Dalhousie and Kings. We are available to students seeking to make complaints as well as to those who have had complaints made against them.
Contact: Leah Robertson & Arthur Ferguson (Directors)
Student Animal Law Association of Dalhousie (SALAD)
We are the animal welfare/animal rights-related society at the Schulich School of Law. We promote compassion toward and the ethical treatment of nonhuman animals in all spheres of human life. We have a lot of great activism, education, and fundraising events in store for you in the 2018-2019 academic year!
Contact: Natasha Love (President)
Dalhousie Trial Advocacy Society (DTAS)
DTAS focuses on trial level litigation. The society aims to expose students to trial litigation by exploring the techniques, procedures, and different aspects of advocacy at the trial, as opposed to appellant, level. We aim to have various speakers from different areas of law come in and speak about the different aspects of the trial process and how to succeed as a trial litigator.
Contact: Anthony Buckland (President)
Mature Student Society
The Mature Students Society aims to provide an inclusive approach to education and to recognize the experiences of law student of every age. The MSS offers academic and social support to students who may have children, a full-time job, or may be returning to university after a prolonged break.
Contact: Courtney Chrusch (President)
Dalhousie Sports and Entertainment Law Society (DSELS)
The Dalhousie Sport & Entertainment Law Society (DSELS) offers students the opportunity to learn, experience, educate, and debate the application of law to sports and assist in the sport and entertainment law community. DSELS is student-organized and operated and is open to all students at Dalhousie's Schulich School of Law. DSELS is a very involved in the Halifax community providing free legal information to local athletes, artists, entertainers, and sport organizations. This society is also developing a growing presence on the Dalhousie campus by coordinating a variety of events each semester including guest speakers, legal information workshops, athletic competitions, fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.
Contact: Marcus Rozsa (President)
Law and Technology Society
The Law and Technology Society aims to create experiential learning opportunities for students interested in exploring the ever-changing intersection of technology and law through events, student blog posts, and a monthly newsletter.
Contact: Ella Hantho (President)
Dalhousie Christian Legal Fellowship
DCLF is a place where law students can come together as Christians and explore the intersection of their faith and practice. The goal of the group is to foster a community of Christ followers dedicated to supporting one another at the Schulich School of Law. We host weekly meetings and other events throughout the year.
Contact: Hannah Franz (President)