All first-year courses, listed and described below, are required courses.
LAW 201.6 Contracts
An introduction to the law of contracts, including formation of contractual obligations, consideration, privity, contract formalities, capacity, contractual terms, misrepresentation, mistake, illegality, discharge and remedies.
LAW 204.6 Criminal Law
Basic concepts and procedures, principles of criminal liability, physical and mental elements of a crime, common law and statutory defences, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, capacity, justification, parties to offences, and specific offences.
LAW 208.6 Property I
This course introduces fundamental property law doctrines, including the meaning of scope of property rights and responsibilities. It also considers the major influences on the development of property rights in Canada, including the interaction between common law and statutory law, and how Canadian law has been influenced by English property law and the prior occupation of Canada by Aboriginal peoples.
LAW 212.6 Tort Law
Tort law is part of the law of obligations, which is concerned with so-called private wrongs, as distinct from public wrongs that are addressed through criminal, constitutional and administrative law. Such wrongs may be to a person's body, dignity, property or economic wellbeing. In fact, the public-private distinction is anything but neat, and situations that give rise to a criminal law problem, for example, may also lead to a tort claim. Similarly, there may be overlap between tort law and other areas of private law such as contracts and property. Neverthless, tort law is a well established field with distinct doctrines and elements that need to be established in order to make out a claim for compensation in tort. This course will explore the elements of key torts such as negligence, trespass and nuisance, along with defences and policy considerations. Students will gain foundational knowledge that will be further developed in upper-year courses.
LAW 231.3 Constitutional Law (Division of Powers)
Principles of federalism and of constitutional interpretation. The judicial system. Detailed examination of the distribution of legislative power between Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures. Constitutional amendment. Policy issues will also be addressed.
LAW 233.3 Constitutional Law (Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
An examination of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Emphasis will be placed on general principles of interpretation and theories of judicial review and human rights, general provisions of the Charter (s. 24, 12, 5, etc.) and issues concerning selected charter rights and freedoms, such as section 2, 7 and 15.
LAW 243 Legal Research and Writing
Legal Research and Writing introduces the basic skills of legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and professionalism. Students will learn how to conduct legal analysis, conduct legal research using primary and secondary sources, prepare a legal memorandum, write an argument for an appellate court, and demonstrate oral advocacy. Students must receive a grade of 60% or better in this course in order to pass first year.
During first year, students must also complete the Dispute Resolution course requirement.