The Academic Council

The Academic Council deals with all aspects of student life that touch on academic performance. We work to promote communication and consultation between students and faculty by representing the interests of law students on various faculty and university committees. We make policy recommendations regarding the JD curriculum, exam procedures, tuition, and more.

Since we represent your interests, we want and need to hear from you! Student town halls will be held as a forum for you to voice any concerns you may have about academic issues. Feel free to contact the Vice President – Academic at any time throughout the year with your comments and concerns (we’ll also accept compliments).

The 2016-2017 Academic Council is made up of:

Elise Kohno, Vice President Academic, and Academic Council Chair

Nazanin Khodarahmi, Academic Director
Alexander Starr, Academic Director
Ozge Yazar, Academic Director
Asha Young, Academic Director
Julia Thielmann, Director of Indigenous Affairs
David Khang, Vice-President External Affairs
Madison Grist, Senator
Alexandra Scott, ALSS President*
* Ex officio (non-voting) member

Academic Council Committee Appointments

Meaningful student involvement in decision-making is necessary for achieving satisfactory outcomes for all stakeholders. Each of the following committees is composed of a mix of faculty and Academic Council members. One or two Academic Council members will be appointed to each committee to represent student interests and to work with faculty members in achieving that committee’s particular mandate in a given year. This ensures that students are proactively, rather than reactively considered.

Representatives from the Academic Council will be appointed to the following committees in September….

Admissions Committee

This committee oversees the admissions process. One or two Academic Council members will be appointed to sit on the Committee over the summer months. Members will need to come to campus regularly to review discretionary applications and to provide consequent recommendations.

Appointments Committee

This committee concerns the selections process for new faculty members, which may involve interviewing and evaluating prospective new hires. One or two Academic Council members will be appointed in the fall. The workload for this Committee will be contingent upon the particular hiring needs of each year.

Curriculum Committee

This committee is responsible for making and approving all decisions concerning the law school’s curriculum. This work may include making changes to the first year curriculum, approving new courses, or approving new specialties. One or two Academic Council members will be appointed in the fall.  

Faculty Council Committee

This committee is open to all faculty members. At each monthly meeting, faculty recommendations are made and voted on for approval. Academic Council members are entitled to one vote for every three faculty members. The number of Academic Council members that will be appointed in the fall will correspond to that number of votes.

Faculty Advisory / Strategic Planning Committee

This committee develops the law school’s strategic plan, which includes tuition-related matters. One Academic Council member will be appointed in the fall. This position requires a high level of commitment.

Examinations Committee

This committee works on exam-related issues and is responsible for granting extensions and deferrals. One or two Academic Council members will be appointed in the fall.

Indigenous Legal Studies Program Committee

This committee strives to ensure that aboriginal issues within the law school are identified and adequately addressed. The Academic Director of Indigenous Affairs holds this position and is appointed in the fall.  

Centre for Law and the Environment Steering Committee

One Academic Council member will be appointed in the fall.  

Centre for Asian Legal Studies Steering Committee

One Academic Coucil member will be appointed in the fall.

Centre for Business Law Steering Committee

One Academic Council member will be appointed in the fall.