A tradition of excellence
Founded in 1878, the Université de Montréal's Faculty of Law has been recognized for its excellence since the very beginning. It stands apart from other great law faculties, because of its unique combination of intellectual pluralism and groundbreaking scientific research conducted by professors and students in numerous fields of law. This mission is undertaken in a truly diversified cultural environment that contributes to the intellectual development of our students.
The Faculty is committed to providing students with a rigorous and innovative education that combines traditional legal concepts of social phenomena and the development of research capabilities with an interdisciplinary approach. To what end? To help students become the accomplished and engaged world citizens of tomorrow. This undertaking, which dates back to the very foundation of the Faculty some 135 years ago, is more pertinent today than ever before, given that we are preparing new generations of jurists to confront constantly changing legal and social contexts.
The Faculty’s mission is to contribute to the furtherance of legal knowledge and to encourage students to excel. It is accordingly this institution’s primary objective to present students with a high-level education and to undertake research that is both rigorous and innovative.
A leading Faculty in a world-class city
Of North America’s major cities, none is more European than Montreal
- Named by Lonely Planet as one of the best student cities in the world
- Classed among the cities that offer the highest quality of living in the world, notably because of its affordable housing, incomparable cultural diversity and multiple award-winning design and architecture
- Classed among the safest cities in Canada
- Considered as a transport hub, located close to Quebec City, Ottawa and Toronto and very close to the Canadian-American border (New York State and New England)
Live and study at Université de Montréal
Studying at Université de Montréal also means living in a cosmopolitan North American city with a pronounced European identity. Much appreciated for its distinctive hybrid culture, Montreal offers a socially stimulating environment where students can enjoy cultural experiences that will complement their intellectual development.
The campus, located on the flanks of Mont Royal, is in the heart of the student quarter and only a few subway stations away from the dynamic downtown core. There is instant appeal in both the multiple housing options on offer and the effective public transport system.
Over the years, Montreal has produced numerous international stars, ranging from Arcade Fire and Cirque du Soleil to Leonard Cohen and Céline Dion. The city regularly plays host to several festivals and exhibitions and is visited by dance troupes of international renown. Those with more classical tastes will certainly appreciate performances by the illustrious Montreal Symphonic Orchestra or a visit to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, while more adventurous spirits will feel right at home on Montreal’s indie music scene.
Life in the Faculty of Law: A Source of Everlasting Memories!
Student life certainly plays an important part in the university experience because it gives graduates a strong sense of belonging to their faculty. Immediately in their first year, students start building close ties with one another and can exercise leadership with respect to the student association and other university and social committees. The lessons learned extend far beyond the classroom.
Students of the Faculty are grouped into two associations, the Association des étudiants en droit à l'Université de Montréal (AED), for undergraduates, and the Association des cycles supérieurs en droit (ACSED), for graduates and postgraduates. Both these associations are members of the Fédération des associations étudiantes du campus de l'Université de Montréal (FAÉCUM). Furthermore, the members of their respective boards of directors sit on the council of the Faculty as well as on its other committees.