UBC's Law School Opens

In response to the large number of veterans returning from World War II needing education, UBC established a law school, which opened on September 6, 1945. Given special funding by the Provincial Government, the school hired George Curtis to serve as the first Dean, and within two months, the Faculty was educating its first incoming class.

Due to a lack of infrastructure, the University secured army huts that had been used to house servicemen during the war to house the law school until a permanent structure became available. The law school became the standard means by which prospective lawyers could become members of the bar, replacing the traditional approach that involved articling under an established lawyer in a relationship much like an apprenticeship.