Frequently Asked Questions
1. When is the application deadline?
The deadline to apply for admission in September 2017 is February 1, 2017. New applications for the 2017 year are accepted starting October 15, 2016.
2. How many people apply for how many spots?
The College of Law receives between 900 and 1250 applications for 126 seats in the first year class. There were 938 applications for the September 2016 class.
3. How many times can I write the LSAT?
Applicants can take the LSAT up to 3 times in any 2 year period. For applicants with multiple LSAT scores, the highest current score will be used. For our purposes, test scores are current for four years. For example, for applicants applying for admission in September 2017, LSAT scores prior to June 2013 will not be accepted.
4. When are offers made?
Applicants for admission are strongly encouraged to submit applications as early as possible after October 15, as offers are made on a rolling basis commencing in November. Please note that applications cannot be evaluated until all documentation, a Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and all transcripts have been received. The majority of decisions are made after the February 1 deadline date.
5. What should I submit with my application form to make my file complete?
For regular applicants, a complete file consists of an online application form, an LSAT score report, a personal statement and official transcripts from ALL universities attended. University of Saskatchewan transcripts do not need to be submitted. REGULAR APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT SUBMIT REFERENCE LETTERS. If there are special circumstances applicants wish to make known to the Admissions Committee, consider applying as a Special Applicant. (Please provide your LSAT number on your application so that we may obtain your score from LSAC.)
6. What transcripts should I submit and where should I send them?
For applicants who are currently taking classes, we require both mid-term (December) and final (April) transcripts. Transcripts MUST be sent directly from the educational institution to:
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK, S7N 5A6
The deadline for receipt of final transcripts is June 1. It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that final transcripts reach the Admissions Committee by the deadline.
7. What qualifies as a “connection with Saskatchewan?”
Indicate if your siblings are currently attending the University of Saskatchewan, or if your parents,siblings or grandparents have attended the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. Indicate if you are a former resident of Saskatchewan, and if you attended elementary and/or high school in Saskatchewan. Provide sufficient detail, such as dates and locations. If you consider that you have another type of connection with Saskatchewan, for example, a spouse currently attending the University of Saskatchewan, provide further details in your personal statement.
8. Who should apply as a special applicant?
Special consideration is given to applicants whose educational opportunities have been hindered by circumstances such as cultural or economic disadvantage, physical impairment or learning disability, or significant interruption of the pursuit of post-secondary education. For further details see the Programs and How to Apply section of our website. There is no quota for Special Applicants. For 2016-2017, 20 applicants received offers in the Special category, and 9 registered in first-year.
9. I am of Aboriginal ancestry. Should I apply in the Special category?
No. Applicants of Aboriginal ancestry should apply in the Aboriginal category. Pursuant to an exemption granted by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, the Admissions Committee may give consideration to Aboriginal (Indian, Metis or Inuit) ancestry as a positive factor when assessing applicants for admission. Thus we have established a category for Aboriginal applicants. Include full details of your circumstances in your application, as well as evidence of Aboriginal ancestry.
Some Aboriginal applicants may be required to successfully complete the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre Program of Legal Studies for Native People as a condition of their acceptance. Successful completion of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People gives students credit for the first-year property course at the College of Law. For further information see the Native Law Centre website. There is no quota for Aboriginal applicants. For 2016-2017, 15 applicants received offers in the Aboriginal category, and 8 registered in first-year.
10. When do I write the LSAT?
The LSAT is offered four times per year in June, October, December and February. Some dates may not be available depending on the test site. The February test score is the latest one the College will accept in considering applications for the coming September.
11. What is a competitive LSAT score for admission?
In the class of September 2016, the average LSAT score for applicants in the Regular category was 159.
12. What is a competitive GPA for admission?
In the class of September 2016, the average GPA for applicants in the Regular category was 3.39.
13. What should I take in university prior to applying to the College of Law?
There is no defined "pre-law" program. We accept applicants from all accredited programs.
14. How many years of university do I have to take before I can apply to the College of Law?
Regular applicants are required to have a minimum of two full years (60 credit units) of university-level academic work beyond high school. Many applicants complete a full undergraduate program before entering law school and some have completed graduate degrees. Please note that some college or vocational programs may not be eligible for consideration.
15. What factors are considered in admitting applicants?
The Admissions Committee carefully reviews and considers the entire contents of applicants' files. For most applicants, a formula combining the LSAT score and the best 2 years GPA will have the most significant weight. In some cases, the personal statement will be important; this is particularly true for special applicants. The nature and difficulty of applicants’ prior university course of study is also taken into account.
16. How does the College of Law calculate grade point average?
We calculate both a best-two full years grade point average and an overall grade point average. We require a minimum of 24 credit units in the fall and winter terms per year in order to calculate a best-two years grade point average. Summer session and intersession classes are not counted in the calculation of the best-two years grade point average, but are counted towards your overall GPA.
17. What do you consider full-time study?
We require a minimum of 24 credit units in the fall and winter terms per year in order to calculate a best-two years grade point average. Summer session and intersession classes are not counted in the calculation of the best-two years grade point average. Applicants who have not attended university on a full-time basis should explain why they have not done so in their personal statement.
18. What does it cost to attend the College of Law in 2016-2017?
Tuition for 2016-2017 is $12,624, plus student fees of $819.97, for a total of $13,443.97. For additional information on tuition and fees, visit the University of Saskatchewan Tuition and Fees page.
19. How do I apply for scholarships and bursaries?
All first year applicants are automatically considered for most entrance scholarships upon acceptance. Other scholarships require an application from individual students. With regard to these scholarships, students are notified during the academic year of application deadlines and required materials. Bursaries are available during the academic year and students are notified regarding deadlines and application forms. The University of Saskatchewan also has an Emergency Loans Office.
20. Where do I find information about housing while I am at the University of Saskatchewan?
The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) offers assistance to students regarding housing at the Housing Registry. Additional information regarding housing can be found by searching for "housing" in the University's main website at www.usask.ca.