StatsCan Goes to Law School

Statistics Canada has just released the “Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP), Canada, 2000”. This is the Canadian effort to match the U.S. CIP, which was first developed in 1980. These classifications may have a variety of uses beyond that for the collection of statistics.

Law as a “field of study” is listed under “Academic and Occupationally-Specific Programs” and is identified, as are all fields of study, by a double digit, in this case 22. That field is further broken up into:

  • Non-Professional General Legal Studies (Undergraduate)
  • Law (First Professional Degree)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (Graduate Level)
  • Legal Support Services
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other

It’s interesting to see that both the traditional LL.B. and the newer inflation, J.D., are in the same 22.01 category as first professional degrees.

The attempt to categorize fields of legal graduate studies might be somewhat useful to law schools, but seems to me to miss a whole lot of boats. For example, it lists Health Law as a sub-class of graduate study but fails to fails to list intellectual property law, lists Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law, but fails to list Aboriginal law in any sense.

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