Aboriginal Applicants

The Admissions Committee for the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program may consider Aboriginal ancestry (First Nation, Metis or Inuit) as a positive factor when assessing applicants for admission, pursuant to an exemption granted by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. As a result, we have established a category for Aboriginal applicants.

Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry should apply in the Aboriginal category, not the special category. There is no quota for Aboriginal applicants. In 2016, 15 applicants received offers in the Aboriginal category, and 8 registered in first-year law at the college.

All Aboriginal applicants are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP). While some students will be required to complete the PLSNP as a condition of their admission to the College of Law, all Aboriginal students, conditionally or unconditionally accepted to law school, will benefit immensely from the PLSNP's focus on legal reading, legal writing, and legal analysis skill building.

The program is offered during the summer months at the Native Law Centre, and is open to Aboriginal students from across Canada. Program completion is considered a special supplementary predictor of success in law school by the Admissions Committee. Successful completion also gives students credit for the First Year Property course at the College of Law.

For further information, please visit the PLSNP website, or contact: 

The Director
Program of Legal Studies for Native People
Room 160, Law Building
University of Saskatchewan,
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 5A6
Tel: (306)966-6189 


Aboriginal Applicants: How to Apply

Besides submitting the required information to the Native Law Centre, applicants must complete all steps in the regular application procedure and provide additional documentation that includes:

  • full details of personal circumstances, including:
    • two to three supporting letters of reference from persons unrelated to the applicant who could comment on the applicant's aptitude and potential for law studies
    • evidence of Aboriginal ancestry  

There is no quota for Aboriginal applicants.