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U of C law student earns Canadian and American degrees

Fraser Wayne will write the Texas bar exam at the end of July and begins articling this August at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer

Fraser Wayne recently graduated from the U of C’s International Energy Lawyers Program—earning him both Canadian and American law degrees.

Courtesy of Riley Brandt, University of Calgary.

Fraser Wayne recently graduated from the U of C’s International Energy Lawyers Program—earning him both Canadian and American law degrees.

The dean of the University of Calgary’s law school describes recent graduate Fraser Wayne as a man with quiet determination and drive—something he said served Wayne well as he completed not one, but two law degrees.

“It’s a combination of three things that sets Fraser apart from others,” said Ian Holloway, dean of the faculty of law at the U of C. “He’s got a great sense of adventure that not enough lawyers have. He’s got a quiet determination and drive, and the ability to plan in the long term—an ability many people his age don’t possess.”

Wayne recently graduated from the U of C’s International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP)—a program that gives law students the opportunity to study both Canadian and American law and earn two degrees simultaneously, and cross-jurisdictional knowledge.

“I was interested in energy law and I was mainly interested because I liked the idea of going down to Houston for two years and getting to experience a new city and a new country, and learning a new jurisdiction, ” Wayne said. “I also felt it had really good professional value to it.”

To complete IELP, Wayne spent two years studying in Calgary and two years studying in Houston. He said it was initially a big adjustment, but he wouldn’t change it.

“I initially went down with everything in my car and I didn’t know anyone. It was an adventure,” he said. “Once I got settled in and made some friends I was really impressed with the University of Houston, the professors and how they run the program.”

Wayne said having that extra year to continue to grow and learn really helped him leading into the professional world.

“It’s a forward looking program because especially in energy law going forward, there are so many interactions between countries so to have an understanding of both Canadian and American law—who are massive trade partners—I think is going to be very valuable,” he said.

Wayne will write the Texas bar exam at the end of July and begins articling this August at Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer. 

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