Western Law

New program mines unique approach to extractive sector

A new graduate diploma program at Western Law brings together the fields of mining law, finance, and sustainability to teach the latest legal developments in the Canadian and global mining industry.

Students who have recently graduated or are about to graduate from an undergraduate program, and professionals who interact with extractive industries, now have an exciting opportunity to pursue an interdisciplinary program that brings together the diverse fields of law, business, and social responsibility for an integrated educational experience.

They will learn another professional language – law - and a conceptual framework of thinking about issues in the mining industry.

Launching this fall, this unique program aims to provide a competitive advantage for those wanting to gain specialized training in the legal and financial aspects of the wide-ranging extractive sector.

The program helps non-lawyers to think like lawyers, to spot trends in the mining sector, and to increase their insight and competitive advantage.

“Our goal is to provide knowledge of the key legal frameworks that govern the extractive industries in Canada and abroad,” says Dean Erika Chamberlain. “This program also highlights Western Law’s strength in the field of sustainable resource development.”

Leading academics and mining lawyers will teach a variety of courses in areas such as environmental regulation, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and applicable corporate finance provisions.

“We are excited to offer this distinctive new program, which will provide crucial insight into the legal and financial issues at play in the mining sector, adds Associate Dean Valerie Oosterveld.

Featuring small, specialized classes, the diploma can be earned in eight months of full-time study and can also be taken part-time over the course of two academic years.

The program is currently accepting applications for a September start. For more information please visit http://law.uwo.ca/gdip