John Fairlie


Chair - Paralegal program

John has a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus), receiving the top student award on graduation, a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) and a Master of Laws degree (LLM), all from the University of British Columbia. After being called to the bar in British Columbia, he worked as a writer with Carswell (a legal publisher) and started a career as a legal educator.

Besides teaching at Capilano University in the School of Legal Studies, he has taught at Simon Fraser University in the School of Criminology and at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in the School of Business. He has taught a range of law courses, mostly at Capilano, including Introduction to Law, Jurisprudence, Torts, Contracts, Property, Family, Company, Business, Criminal, Evidence and Legal Research. Since 2007, John has been the Chair of the School of Legal Studies, and he was the lead developer of Capilano's Bachelor of Legal Studies (Paralegal) degree, which launched in 2010.

John is the author of a book on legal research, How to Find Canadian Law, first published in 1999. His LLM thesis was on the topic of negligent misrepresentation and economic loss (2003). More recently he co-authored an introduction to law text published by Emond Publishing, Introduction to Law in Canada (2014), and was the lead author of A Brief Introduction to Law in Canada (2017), also published by Emond..

John's other pursuits have included co-running a small importing business. In his spare time he writes music, drinks peaty scotch and when possible travels to far-away places.


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