Part-time Studies

Applicants are generally expected to study law on a full-time basis. However, part-time status may be granted on a discretionary basis in certain circumstances. Applications for part-time status are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The part-time program is available to assist applicants who have family commitments, disabilities, health needs, occupational obligations or financial needs which prevent full-time study. It is also available to applicants who have not been in an academic institution for a significant number of years. The program is not intended for those who want to test their interest in law or who would prefer a light course load. Part-time students are required to attend classes at regularly scheduled times, and therefore must be available to attend classes during the day time.

Applicants who wish to be admitted on a part-time basis must submit a written statement giving reasons why they are unable to pursue full-time studies. Those admitted as part-time students must complete the first year of the three-year Juris Doctor degree before they can change their status to full-time.

In First Year Part I, students must take a minimum of 12 credit units and a maximum of 18 credit units. First Year Part I students are required to take Legal Research and Writing 243.0, one of the substantive courses connected with the Legal Research and Writing program, plus either one or two other full-year courses or one or both of the two half-courses in Constitutional Law [Constitutional Law 231.3 (Division of Powers) and Constitutional Law 233.3 (Charter of Rights and Freedoms)]. In addition, students are required to participate in the dispute resolution component of first year. In First Year Part II, students must complete the remaining first-year courses.

The upper years remain elective, apart from completing the minor paper program requirement during the second year and the major paper and seminar program requirements in second or third year.

Part-time students can choose the speed at which their program can be completed. In First Year Part II, students who have completed 15 credit units in Part I are allowed to complete one additional upper year course in either first or second term; students who have completed 18 credit units in Part I are allowed to complete one additional upper year course in each term to a maximum of 18 credit units per year, subject to the following requirements:

  • Recording of credit for the upper-year courses is subject to successful completion of the first-year requirements.
  • Upper-year courses which part-time first-year students are allowed to take in Part II are courses related to those already taken in Part I and are subject to the approval of the Associate Dean, Academic. For example, students who took Criminal Law in Part I are allowed to take Sentencing 425.3 in Part II; students who took Property in Part I are allowed to take Intellectual Property I 410.3 in Part II; students who took Contracts in Part I are allowed to take Commercial Relationships 302.3 in Part II. All students in Part II are allowed to take Civil Procedure 384.3 or Jurisprudence 394.3. 
  • Students in Part II may not take upper year seminars or experiential learning classes, such as Negotiation 430.3.
  • Students in First Year Part II may not complete the minor paper requirement.
  • Course selections for all first-year part-time students must be approved by the Associate Dean, Academic. 

Part-time students, in their second and third years, are permitted to spread the normal two-year load (full-time) over two-and-one-half years, three years, or three-and-one-half years, as well as the existing four-year period. In the selection of their courses, part-time students are subject to the following requirements:

  • all three years of study must be completed within a period of six years
  • not less than two half-course equivalents must be completed in any term, and not less than five half-course equivalents must be completed in any given year. Note: If a student needs fewer than two courses in a term, or fewer than five courses in a year to graduate, the student may take the number of courses necessary for graduation

Should the circumstances which necessitated election of part-time study change, students must convert to full-time status upon completion of first year or at the appropriate times in upper years.  


If you are a prospective student interested in applying to the part-time program, please contact:

Doreen Petrow, Admissions Officer
Phone: (306) 966-5874

Current JD students interested in the part-time program should contact:

Doug Surtees, Associate Dean, Academic
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 966-5242