Peter A. Allard School of Law

Allard Hall building campaign

Building Project  - UBC Allard School of Law (web)

On September 23, 2011, the University of British Columbia opened the country’s first new purpose-built law school building in 30 years, a $56-million facility made possible by the largest private fundraising effort for a Canadian law school building. With powerful learning and sustainability features, Allard Hall provides a platform to advance legal research and education in Canada and to expand the Allard School of Law’s presence in the community.

A fundraising goal of $24 million was set for the building campaign. The Faculty surpassed this goal, raising nearly $35 million, thanks to the generous support of alumni, firms, foundations and other friends of the law school.

The Law Foundation of British Columbia kicked off the campaign by donating two separate matching fund grants totalling $12 million. Major gifts by law firms, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP (formerly Davis LLP), Farris Vaughn Wills & Murphy LLP, Richards Buell Sutton LLP created momentum within the community.

In the final year of the campaign, Mr. Peter A. Allard, Q.C. donated $11.86 million, the single largest donation to the Faculty at the time, and one of the largest donations ever to a Canadian law school. Part of this gift supported the building project. In recognition of Mr. Allard’s gift the building was named in his honour. Learn more about Allard Hall. Mr. Allard’s gift also established the Allard Prize for International Integrity and created an online historical faculty archive.

The four-storey, 141,000 square-foot building includes flexible, modern teaching spaces, a replica courtroom and dedicated spaces for the faculty’s nearly 650 students, 45 full-time faculty, plus alumni and guests. Classroom video displays and webcasting technology will connect law students with law schools and communities globally. The Franklin Lew Forum, a three-story multipurpose space with floor-to-ceiling windows converts from a social area to an auditorium for special events and lectures. In 2012, it was named in recognition of a $2 million gift from Joan and Derek Lew to honour the memory of their late husband and father.