Courses and Requirements

The program of studies leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (JD) requires three years of study in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

In order to obtain the degree of Juris Doctor, a student must:

  • satisfy the requirements for admission
  • register annually for the prescribed courses
  • pay the required fees
  • attend classes in courses in which they are registered (persistent failure to attend may lead to exclusion from examinations)
  • participate in first-year orientation
  • participate in the first-year Dispute Resolution Program
  • pass examinations as prescribed
  • successfully complete first-year writing requirements
  • fulfill such other requirements as may from time to time be designated by the faculty  
  • not take additional courses in other faculties without the prior permission of the Associate Dean, Academic  

Starting in 2013-2014, students in their second year must complete "Administrative Law" (LAW 340.3). In their second or third year, students must also take "Legal Ethics and Professionalism" (LAW 421.3) as well as one of three other courses, "Business Organizations I" (LAW 361.3), “Trusts” (LAW 326.3) or “Fiduciary Obligations” (LAW 463.3).

These changes were implemented in order to comply with competency requirements established by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada for graduates with common law degrees who intend to apply for entry to provincial bars and law societies as of 2015.

A leave of absence arising during the school year is not permitted except in unusual circumstances.  Students who complete with approval only one term are considered part-time students for promotion or supplemental purposes.  Students who withdraw from the College can return (1)  if first year students - by applying for re-admission in competition with other students applying for admission in that year; (2)  if second or third year students - with permission of the Associate Dean, Academic.

Students ordinarily must complete the JD requirements within six years in order to receive that degree.  However, students wishing to complete the JD requirements beyond a five year period must obtain permission from the Associate Dean, Academic.  A leave of absence of up to two years is permitted upon notification to the Associate Dean, Academic before the commencement of the academic year.  But an absence for a third year requires approval of the Associate Dean, Academic. 

Information is also available on academic requirements for promotion and graduation.

First Year Required Courses

  • LAW 201.6 Contracts
  • LAW 204.6 Criminal Law
  • LAW 208.6 Property I
  • LAW 212.6 Tort Law
  • LAW 231.3 Constitutional Law (Division of Powers)
  • LAW 233.3 Constitutional Law (Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
  • LAW 243.0 Legal Research and Writing (students must receive a grade of 60% or better)
  • During first year, students must also complete the Dispute Resolution requirement.

A brief description of first-year courses is provided under New Students in the Students section of our website.

Second Year Requirements

Students must receive a grade of 60% or better to satisfy each of the program requirements.

  • course load of 15 credit units per term including the following:
  • minor paper
  • major paper (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • Seminar class (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • LAW 340.3
  • LAW 421.3 (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • one of LAW 326.3, LAW 361.3, or LAW 463.3 (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • in special cases, a student may be given permission to undertake a program involving a load in excess of 15 credit units.

Students may be permitted to take 6 credit units given by another College, during either second or third year, for credit in the College of Law. The course(s) must be approved by the Associate Dean, Academic. Applications are assessed from the standpoint of how the outside senior-level course contributes to the applicant's understanding of the law.

Third Year Requirements

Students must receive a grade of 60% or better to satisfy each of the program requirements.

  • course load of 15 credit units per term including the following:
  • major paper (if not completed in Year 2)
  • seminar class (if not completed in Year 2)
  • LAW 421.3 (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • one of LAW 326.3, LAW 361.3 or LAW 463.3 (Year 2 or Year 3)
  • in special cases, a student may be given permission to undertake a program involving a load in excess of 15 credit units.

Students may be permitted to take 6 credit units given by another College, during either second or third year, for credit in the College of Law. The course(s) must be approved by the Associate Dean, Academic. Applications are assessed from the standpoint of how the outside senior-level course contributes to the applicant's understanding of the law.