Master of Laws

The Master of Laws (LLM) program is offered through the College of Law by the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan. The LLM program is thesis-based, offering supervision in a wide range of areas, including Aboriginal, commercial, constitutional, criminal and human rights law. It is a full-time program and extends for about 12-16 months, with a 12-month residency requirement.

Entry to the program is limited to ensure a supportive and collegial environment that affords students with quality time with faculty supervisors and opportunities for close engagement with the academic life of the College. Generous funding support is available, including scholarships for highly qualified students and travel grants to support students who travel for their thesis research or to present their work at national and international conferences. A wide range of courses as well as faculty seminars and guest lectures in the College of Law and throughout the University are open to graduate students. As well, our College provides its graduate students with office space and opportunities to get involved in teaching and research at the College.

2015 LLM Students Bios

LLM Highlights

Heather Campbell successfully defended her thesis on July 6, 2016 titled Parens Patriae 2.0:  Invoking the Superior Courts’ Protective Jurisdiction to Help Lonely Older Men Age-in-place. 
Supervisor: Professor Doug Surtees.

Olufunmilola Ayotunde successfully defended her thesis, Legal and Institutional Framework for Multi-Stakeholder Participation in Oil and Gas Management in Nigeria: Perspectives on the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Approach on March 23, 2016.
Supervisor: Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu

On November 4, 2015, Mobolanle Oduntan successfully defended her thesis The Role of Taxation in Nigeria's Oil and Gas Sector Reforms - Learning from the Canadian Experience
Supervisor: Professor Tamara Larre

On October 29, 2015 Adam North successfully defended his thesis The Sale of Law: Ethical Advising and Advocacy in Light of Billing in Civil Litigation.
Supervisor M. Keet

Jamie Dickson (LLM ’14) recently published, The Honour and Dishonour of the Crown:  Making Sense of Aboriginal Law in Canada. Jamie is vice-president of legal affairs for Des Nedhe Development, a First Nation-owned company near Saskatoon SK. This book is based on research for his Master of Laws thesis supervised by D. Newman.

In September 2015 we welcomed our new LLM students:
Oluwatoyin (Toyin) Abdulazeez (D. Newman), Molla Abey (M. Phillipson), Jamesy Patrick (W. Wiegers), Emily Harris (B. von Tigerstrom), and Rahina Zarma (I. Odumosu-Ayanu), and Meredith Maloof (F. Hoehn)

Courtney Kirk successfully defended her thesis, The Sound of Silence: First Nations and British Columbia Emergency Management on August 31, 2105.  Supervisor:  D. Newman.
LLM Students participating in local, national, and international activities:
Heather Campbell attended the National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly (NICE Network) Knowledge Exchange at the University of Toronto in May, 2015.
Kaitlyn Harvey presented at the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Student Research Conference in March 2015 and also presented at Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences held at Ottawa on May 30 to June 5, 2015.
Mobolanle Oduntan presented at the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Student Research Conference in March, 2015 and also participated at the Business Dialogue on International Tax at the
2015 OECD International Tax Conference held in Washington, DC on June 10-11, 2015.  In August 2015 (10-15), Mobolanle participated in the Institute for Liberal Studies Annual Freedom Week Seminar in Montreal, Canada.
Olufunmilola Ayotunde presented at the University of Saskatchewan Graduate Student Research Conference in March, 2015 and also facilitated a session and participated at the Law and Society Association Conference held at Seattle, Washington, USA on 28th to 31st May, 2015.  Olufunmilola participated at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences held at Ottawa on May 30 to June 5, 2015.

On June 15, 2015 Jonathan Stockdale successfully defended his thesis, The Freedom to Farm in an Urban Era: A Constitutional Review of Saskatoon’s Prohibition on Urban Micro-Livestocking.  Supervisor: Professor S. Buhler.  

JoAnne Sauder received the 2014-2015 University of Saskatchewan Master’s Graduate Thesis Award for her research on Canada's Experiment with Children's Fitness and Activity Tax Credits.  Supervisor:  Professor T. Larre.

Adedoyin Adefemi successfully defended her thesis, Widows as ‘Cultural Tools’:  Translating Widows’ Rights into Local Realities in Uganda and Nigeria on February 27, 2015.  Supervisor: Professor L. Vandervort.

LLM student Heather Campbell was interviewed by Global Saskatoon about the need for a seniors advocate position in Saskatchewan. Read the story.

In September 2014, we welcomed our new LLM students:

  • Delilah Young will be supervised by Professor M. Poitras and her research will look at application of subsection 718.2(e) of the Criminal Code of Canada, in the sentencing of First Nations offenders convicted of section 271 (sexual assault).
  • Mobolanle Oduntan will be supervised by Professor T. Larre and her thesis topic is “The role of Taxation in Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector Reforms - Learning from the Canadian Experience”.
  • Heather Campbell will be supervised by Professor D. Surtees and her thesis will examine the law's response to loneliness and social isolation among older adults.
  • Kaitlyn Harvey will be supervised by Professor D. Newman and plans to research whether or not contemporary natural resource development practices can be reconciled with the protection of Indigenous rights.
  • Olufunmilola Ayotunde will be supervised by Professor I. Odumosu-Ayanu and her thesis topic is “Developing a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Framework for Resource Management; Perspective on Human Right Based Approach”.

On May 28, 2014 Evan Jamieson successfully defended his thesis, Wildlife Disease, Land Use, and the Tragedy of the Commons Theorizing economic solutions to the problem of wildlife disease control. Supervisor: Patricia Farnese 

Wanda McCaslin defended her thesis, Hate-motivated Offences and Aboriginal Peoples: Sentencing Provisions of Section 718.2(a)(i) on June 2, 2014.  Supervisor: Norman Zlotkin

Tamara Starblanket defended her thesis, Genocide:  Indigenous Nations and the State of Canada on June 25, 2014. Supervisor: Dwight Newman

On Aug. 12, 2014 JoAnne Sauder defended her thesis, Canada’s Experiment with Children’s Fitness and Activity Credits. Supervisor: Tamara Larre

LLM student Adedoyin Adefemi presented “Substantive Gender Equality For Widows in Sub-Saharan African: A Proposal for Cultural, Socioeconomic and Legal Remedies to Transform the Roles of Widows as ‘Cultural Tools’” at the Law and Society Association Annual Meeting in Minneapolis on May 30, 2014.  Her participation in this conference was supported by the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan’s graduate student research travel fund.

Leah Bitternose successfully defended Kihci-Asotamatowin (The Treaty Sovereign's Sacred Agreements) and the Crown's Constitutional Obligations to Holders of Treaty Rights Through Consultation and Restoration of Treaty Constitutionalism on April 29, 2014. Supervisor: Sákéj Henderson

On Jan. 15, 2014 Susan Hayton successfully defended her thesis, Accommodation of Religious and Cultural Differences in Medical School Training.  Supervisor:  Barbara von Tigerstrom

On Dec. 18, 2013, Mark Ebert successfully defended his thesis, Weaving, Sawing and Houses:  A Trans-Systemic Aboriginal Rights Framework. Supervisor: Sakej Henderson

Benjamin Omoruyi successfully defended Taking Suffering Seriously: A Robust Approach to Enforcing the Right to Nationality of Stateless People on Dec. 13, 2013. Supervisor: Ibironke Odumosu-Ayanu

On Dec. 5, 2013, James Dickson successfully defended his thesis, On the ‘Honour of the Crown’ Precept, Fiduciary Obligations, and the Fundamental Reconfiguration of Crown/Aboriginal Law in Canada. Supervisor: Dwight Newman

Melanie Hodges successfully defended Back to Where We Started?  The Expansion of the Saskatchewan Justice Alternative Measures Guidelines as an Opportunity to Explore Program Delivery Issues on Nov. 14, 2013. Supervisor: Michaela Keet

Nathan Forester successfully defended Examining the Creation of Common Law Police Powers in Canada on June 28, 2013.  Supervisor: Glen Luther

Keir Vallance successfully defended Lest You Undermine Our Struggle: Sympathetic Action and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms on June 17, 2013.  Supervisor: Beth Bilson