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Law

Non Direct Program
This program is not available to students with only a high school diploma. University credit is required before admission.

A JD can take you almost anywhere. Of course, there is the traditional route of joining a legal practice, but in today's diverse and fast-paced job market, there are a multitude of less conventional options available to you as well.


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Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Admission Requirements

  • Two full years of undergraduate study (60 credit units)
  • Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)
  • Personal Statement
  • Proficiency in English

Selection Criteria

Admission is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee, and in exercising this discretion, the Committee considers the following criteria:

  • Academic Record - Both cumulative GPA and best two years GPA are considered. The best two-year GPA average is calculated on the two best full years of undergraduate study, comprised of at least 24 credit units completed in the fall and winter sessions. Courses taken in spring or summer are not counted in determining the best two-year GPA average.
  • LSAT score- highest current score
  • Personal Statement

Categories of Applicants

Regular Applicants

There is no resident requirement, but the Admissions Committee gives a slight preference to applicants with a Saskatchewan connection, or residents of the Yukon, Northwest and Nunavut Territories, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (i.e., provinces and territories with no law college). A Saskatchewan connection may include parents currently living in Saskatchewan or siblings currently attending the University of Saskatchewan.

Aboriginal Applicants

Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry should apply under this category. There is no quota for Aboriginal applicants. Applicants may receive offers of a place in the JD program upon successful completion of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People, administered by the Native Law Centre at the College of Law. Whether conditionally or unconditionally accepted to law school, all Aboriginal students are strongly encouraged to take this program, as it equips them with valuable skills for success in law school.

Special Applicants

The Admissions Committee will consider special applicants based on the Committee’s assessment of the applicant’s ability to cope successfully with the requirements of the JD program. LSAT score is usually given significant weight. There is no formal quota under this category, but the number of admissions is limited. Applicants under this category must complete all steps in the regular application process and provide additional documentation that includes:

  • A statement explaining the nature of their educational disadvantage (which may include first language other than English, barriers resulting from ethnic or racial background, employment or domestic obligations preventing earlier application, learning disability or physical impairment, significant interruption of post-secondary education)
  • Relevant supporting documentation such as medical reports
  • Details of any relevant occupational experience or community involvement
  • Two to three supporting letters of reference

Entry Statistics

2014-2015 Law Entry Admission Statistics

Quota: 126

Total Applicants: 1,078
250 (SK)
828 (non-SK)

Admission Averages
Average GPA: 3.38
Average LSAT: 159

Gender Admitted
Females: 69
Males: 59

Years of University
+2 years: 99

Undergraduate
Degree: 49
Honours: 18

Age Range: 19-47

Law: Is it for You?

Our students benefit from a variety of Experiential Learning programs and courses and Law Student Organizations offering direct legal skills training combined with the opportunity to put theoretical learning into practice. 

  • Mooting - Students interested in appellate advocacy are given full opportunity to research and present positions in the college and at national and international mooting competitions.

  • CLASSIC/Clinical Law - Ensures students have the opportunity to gain hands-on, supervised experience with actual legal clients alongside consideration, application and review of legal doctrine. Ours is one of few clinical law programs across Canada that collaborates with a community-based legal clinic.

  • Dispute Resolution -  Students develop thoughtful, professional and skillful approaches to managing and resolving client problems and legal disputes.

  • Saskatchewan Law Review - Students  gain experience in legal research by participating in the Saskatchewan Law Review, published at the College of Law, either as student editors of the publication or by submitting work for consideration by the editorial board.

  • Pro Bono Students Canada - Saskatchewan (PBSC-SK) - PBSC is a network of law schools, law students, community organizations and lawyers all working together to solve traditionally unmet legal problems. PBSC encourages students and legal professionals to volunteer in their communities to provide underrepresented and disadvantaged individuals, groups, and organizations with pro bono legal services and access to justic.

  • green legal - This group is for law students interested in environmental law. The goal of the group is to take on projects that will be used and useful in the real world, support the work of non-profit community groups, and help students develop skills.

Sample Classes

  • LAW 204: Criminal Law
    Basic concepts and procedures, principles of criminal liability, physical and mental elements of a crime, common law and statutory defences, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, capacity, justification, parties to offences, and specific offences.
  • LAW 326: Trusts
    Covers the creation, administration, variation and breach of express trust, including charitable trusts. Resulting and constructive trusts are also examined.
  • LAW 439: Mediation
    Mediation-broadly speaking, the process of assisting the negotiation of others- is being increasingly used to resolve legal disputes. This course explores mediation from both theoretical and practical perspectives. As well as examining various types of mediation and the role and style of the mediator, students will develop mediation skills such as questioning, listening, and generating options for resolving disputes.

Career Opportunities

A JD can take you almost anywhere. Of course, there is the traditional route of joining a legal practice, but in today's diverse and fast-paced job market, there are a multitude of less conventional options available to you as well.

  • Government
  • Social Justice
  • Non-government Organizations
  • and more...

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