Extra Credential Programs

Global Sustainability Certification

This program is designed to train the next generation of leaders in the global mining industry. Students who complete the program will be able to identify the environmental, technological, business, social, and legal aspects of global sustainability, and apply sustainability theories to current and developing circumstances in the field of resource development. Through interdisciplinary seminars and a culminating experience, students will learn to collaborate with professionals in a variety of relevant fields and develop workable strategies to promote sustainable resource exploration and extraction.

In addition to an Interdisciplinary Seminar, students must take designated courses in the following areas:

  • Sustainability and Mining Law
  • Environment and Society
  • Business and Finance
  • Earth Sciences 

Culminating experiences include summer internships and domestic and international field schools.

This Certification is part of our commitment to teaching mining law best practices and providing our students with unique, interdisciplinary and practical opportunities to learn about this challenging sector. Read more

Certification in Legal French

The Dean’s Certification in Legal French is designed to provide experience and competence in the use of the French language in a range of legal settings. Students who complete the Certification will have familiarity with French as applied in legal contexts, including speaking, reading and writing skills. Through academic courses, substantial French experiences and extracurricular activities, students will gain knowledge and proficiency in thinking and working in legal French.

Components of the Certification include:

  • Completion of the Placement Test at the Department of French Studies
  • Taking Français Juridique (Law 5735) at Western Law
  • A substantial French experience (eg exchange, French language courses, work experience)
  • Extracurricular activities (eg advocacy competitions, French clubs, volunteer experience)

For more information, please contact Andrea Streufert or read more [PDF].

Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor

This program recognizes students’ experiences and achievements in global and intercultural competencies.  Through coursework and extracurricular activities, students will enrich their legal educational experiences, preparing them to be “global-ready graduates”, with skills to succeed and prosper in the increasingly interdependent global society.   When successfully completed, the Honor will appear on the student’s official Western transcript.

To be eligible to receive the Honor, Western Law students must complete a minimum of 100 points from four categories, and complete the capstone workshops offered by Western International. Read more

For general information about the Honor and links to the claim forms for each category, visit the Western International website.