Orientation Week Information

Orientation Week 2015

Day 1 of Orientation 2014

These were some of the events held last year that will give you a taste of what to expect for Orientation 2015:

Dean’s Banquet – Held at the Hyatt in 2014, this is typically one of the favorite events of O-Week. Though formal-wear isn’t required, students are typically dressed to the nines and treated to an incredible meal, in inspirational speaker and the company of fellow students and a faculty member at their table.

Small-group ‘Goyer’ all done up for the Dean’s Banquet

Kick-Off Party – Also on campus, at the legendary (and nearby) Koerner’s Pub, students can loosen their ties and swap their heels for flats and dance the night away. Rumor has it a live band may be filling the airwaves…

LSS Wrap-Up Party – Put on by the Allard Law Students’ Society (ALSS), this event is held on the last night of Orientation Week. Students have a chance to meet, greet, and dance alongside other incoming Allardians.

Musqueam Welcome – The Allard School of Law is a leading institution in aboriginal legal studies, and we have a substantial aboriginal student population, a popular Indigenous Law Students Association (by both aboriginal and non-aboriginal students alike), and a number of decorated academics and practicing lawyers in the field of aboriginal law. In addition, the UBC campus is located on traditional Musqueam land. Aboriginal culture and heritage are a major part of what make Allard School of law what it is, and this welcome session during orientation week is meant to honor that connection, and usher incoming students into the program. Musqueam Elder Larry Grant blesses and welcomes the incoming students, and they are typically treated to a performance by a traditional group of Musqueam singers/dancers called the Coastal Wolfpack.

A snapshot of the ceremonial ‘Musqueam Welcome’

Meet Your Professors – Students get a chance to meet their first year professors and learn about the curriculum they will be covering in the coming months.

Careers Panel – The Peter A Allard School of Law has one of the most exceptional career development departments in Canada. Get a chance to meet the ladies behind the legend, and learn from alumni about the various paths available for a jd student post graduation.

Academic Information – Students are typically regaled by both professors and upper-year students about the tricks of the trade. Bring a pen an paper to these sessions!


Vancouver Adventures – Students will have a chance to explore the amazing city we live in through one of a number of activities, including cycling, hiking, sea-kayaking, a tour of downtown and hanging out at a board game cafe downtown!

OutLaws Social – Taking place in vibrant Davie Village, this intimate social is open to all students, and is meant to welcome and encourage the presence and participation of all LGBTQ+ students in the Allard Community.

Beach Day – A number of upper year students will be waiting on the sun-soaked shores of a Vancouver West beach waiting to welcome you on Thursday evening. There will be volleyballs, footballs, frisbees, great company and an even better view.


Below are the dates, times and locations for this summers Icebreaker events, happening from Coast to Coast (almost… the St. Lawrence counts, right?). Keep an eye on your email for how to RSVP for these events!


Host(s): Dallan Poulin (2L) and Graeme Austin (2L)

Date: Tuesday, July 28th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: TBA


Host(s): Lisa Guidi (2L), Tyler Berg (2L) and Terry Grazier (2L)

Date: Saturday, July 25th

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Kinsmen Beach Park, 2600 Abbott Street


Host(s): Brendan Dzioba (2L), Nick Korakochuk (2L) and Amjad Khadhair (3L)

Date: Wednesday, July 29th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Mercer Tavern, 10363 104 St NW


Host(s): Caitlin Milne (2L) and Brandon Macleod (3L)

Date: Sunday, July 26th

Time: 5:00pm

Location: Trinity Bellwoods Park


Host(s): Alyssa Leung (2L), James Struthers (2L) and Mischa Smolkin (2L)

Date: Friday, July 31st

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Rainier Provisions, 2 W Cordova Street


Host(s): James Delaney (3L)

Date: Tuesday, July 28th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: The National, 360, 225 8th Ave Southwest


Host(s): Jasmine Fernando (3L)

Date: Thursday, July 30th

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Original Joes, 530 Kenaston Blvd, Suite 102


Host(s): Keith Brown (2L)

Date: Thursday, August 6th

Time: 6:00pm

Location: Bier Markt, 1221 Boulevard René-Lévésque

Are you going to be in one of these cities, or another city not listed, over the summer holidays? Email orientation@allard.ubc.ca and let us know so that we can try and organize an ice-breaker in your town!

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