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.

LLM Highlights

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

LLM alumnus, Paul Clarke (LLM’08), authored Understanding Curricular Control: Rights Conflicts, Public Education, and the Charter, a book examining the issue of curricular control through the filter of constitutional rights conflicts adjudicated by Canadian courts.

Anna Flaminio successfully defended Gladue through wahkotowin: Social History through Cree kinship lens at Corrections and Parole, on March 27, 2013. Supervisor: Norman Zlotkin.

Nkasi Adams succesfully defended Guyana’s REDD+ Model and AmerIndian Rights, on March 26, 2013. Supervisor: Ruth Thompson.

Adryan Toth successfully defended Law in 3-Dimensions, on March 28, 2013. His supervisor was Dwight Newman. Toth was also selected as the recipient of the Master’s Thesis Award in the ‘Social Sciences A’ category for 2013. The award was presented at convocation ceremonies on June 5.

Current LLM student, Benjamin Omoruyi, presented Taking Suffering Seriously: Protecting the ‘Right to a Nationality’ of Stateless People as an Obligatio Erga Omnes at the University of Liverpool International Postgraduate Legal Conference in Liverpool, England on July 4, 2013. Omoruyi’s ability to travel to this conference was made possible through the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan’s LLM travel research fund.