Course information and requirements
Visit the University of Saskatchewan Course and Program Catalogue and select LAW in the subject code drop-down menu to view all law course offerings.
2017-18 Long Course Descriptions *This material includes detailed course descriptions for classes offered during the 2017-2018 academic year.
- Long course descriptions for courses that may be expected to be offered over the next two years can be found in the Curriculum Information Package below.
- Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2017-2018, please consult the class search website.
Incoming students are automatically enrolled in the following first-year classes. For more information visit the New to Law page.
- LAW 201.6 Contracts
- LAW 204.6 Criminal Law
- LAW 208.6 Property I
- LAW 212.6 Tort Law
- LAW 231.3 Constitutional Law (Division of Powers)
- LAW 233.3 Constitutional Law (Charter of Rights and Freedoms)
- LAW 243.0 Legal Research and Writing (students must receive a grade of 60 per cent or better)
- During first year, students must also complete the Dispute Resolution requirement.
Second and third-year requirements
Students must receive a grade of 60 per cent or better to satisfy the minor or major paper and seminar requirements. Students must pass the mandatory courses. Full-time JD students must complete the following requirements in upper years in order to graduate:
- course load of 15 credit units per term including the following:
- minor paper or major paper (at least one of the two mandatory writing requirements must be completed in Year 2)
- seminar class (Year 2 or Year 3)
- LAW 340.3
- LAW 421.3 (Year 2 or Year 3)
- one of LAW 326.3, LAW 361.3, or LAW 463.3 (Year 2 or Year 3)
- in special cases, a student may be given permission to undertake a program involving a load in excess of 15 credit units.
Students may be permitted to take 6 credit units given by another college, during either second or third-year, for credit in the College of Law. The course(s) must be approved by the Associate Dean, Academic. Applications are assessed from the standpoint of how the outside senior-level course contributes to the applicant's understanding of the law.
The college offers a number of application-based courses that are not available through the PAWS registration system. Please see below for specific information on applying to these courses. NOTE: Because these are application-based, enrolment in these courses is not guaranteed. Therefore, you should still register for a full complement of courses as you normally would on PAWS on the registration date. If and once you are accepted into any of the application-based courses, you will be able to drop classes to accommodate your schedule/requirements.
Moot teams *Detailed moot application information will be distributed in Fall 2017
It is the student’s responsibility to check their schedule in PAWS for the date, time, and location of their examinations.
NOTE: The complete law exam schedule will be available for download (see below) prior to registration. Exam information will not appear in PAWS until later in the fall.
For general U of S exam information, please visit the University of Saskatchewan exam page.
Registering for classes
Students entering their first year of studies are automatically enrolled in classes and therefore are not required to register for classes in PAWS. More details on first year classes can be found on the New to Law page.
Before you register:
- Ensure have reviewed the requirements above.
- Review the College of Law exam schedule (PDF version) to ensure that your exam dates do not conflict. Exam information will not be available in PAWS until later in the fall.
- Note that all courses may not be offered every year or every term. For a list of course offerings in 2017-2018, please consult the class search website. The college will ensure that mandatory courses are offered so that students can meet course requirements.
Full instructions for class registration can be found on the U of S Classes and Registration page.
Register through the registration channel in PAWS
Academic regulations and guidelines
Students are required to attend classes in courses in which they are registered. Persistent failure to attend may lead to exclusion from the examinations. Students may not take additional courses in other colleges without the permission of the Associate Dean, Academic.
Leaves of absence
A leave of absence during the school year is not permitted except in unusual circumstances. Students who only complete one term are considered half-time students for promotion or supplemental purposes. A leave of absence of one year or more is permitted upon notification to the Associate Dean, Academic before the commencement of the academic year. Students ordinarily must complete the JD requirements within five years in order to receive their degree. Students wishing to complete the JD requirements beyond the five-year period must obtain permission from the Associate Dean, Academic.
Students who withdraw from the College of Law can only return:
- First-year students: by applying for re-admission in competition with other students applying for admission in that year
- Upper-year students: with permission of the faculty
Standards for promotion
To be promoted to second-year, students must obtain a 64 per cent average, with no F's, and must have at least 60 per cent in the Legal Research and Writing requirement (in which they must have completed all components).
To be promoted within the upper-year program, students need a 64 per cent average each year and they need to complete the relevant writing requirements (minor paper in second year, major paper during the degree, seminar course during the degree).
For complete details, students may consult the U of S University Council Regulations on Examinations in conjunction with the college's assessment regulations taking priority wherever they modify or supplement the U of S regulations.
Desired graduate attributes
In January 2013, the faculty of the College of Law adopted a statement of the qualities they aim for JD graduates to be able to demonstrate. Read the statement here.
Questions? Contact us.
Associate Dean Academic
All term work must be completed by the last day of classes each term. Instructors may grant extensions to individual students up to and including the last day of College of Law examinations. Extensions beyond the last day of College of Law examinations may only be granted, with or without a penalty, by the Associate Dean Academic.
Connect with us
Connecting with the College of Law through PAWS, email and social media is essential for keeping yourself informed and building connections with the services and people who are here to help you.
For more details and instructions on IT services provided by the University of Saskatchewan, visit https://www.usask.ca/ict/guides/student-guide.php.
PAWS is the recommended way for students to access their email. It is easy to use and very accessible. It also allows you to organize your calendars, contacts, and tasks.
To access your email in PAWS:
1. Log in to paws.usask.ca using your NSID and password.
2. Select the Email and Calendar link in the left sidebar.
3. Your email will open as an Outlook Web App in a separate window.
You have the choice to access three wireless network services at the U of S: an internal network service, a guest/conference network service, and a public service. Before you can access a network, you will need to configure your laptop or devices (see link in 'getting started').
The Microsoft Student Advantage program allows students in all colleges at the U of S to download and install the latest Microsoft Office software on up to five computers at no cost. This includes full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and other titles.
There are two printers available for student use at the College of Law. One is in the law library, the other is in the Dentons Canada LLP Student Lounge. Set-up instructions are posted on the printers.
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Scholarships and financial assistance
In July of each year, students entering second and third year are considered for College of Law Continuing Scholarships. These are based on the previous year(s) academic performance. You will be notified at your NSID@mail.usask.ca email in mid-late August if you are successful.
Honours to graduating students
The third-year graduating student with the highest overall GPA will receive the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Gold Medal and the Thomas Dowrick Brown Prize (most distinguished graduate). The graduating student with the second highest overall GPA will receive the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Silver Medal and the Ron Fritz Prize in Law. The graduating student with the third highest overall GPA will receive the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Bronze Medal. Students who elect to transfer credits in their third year are ineligible.
A call for applications will go out via PAWS Announcements and to your NSID@mail.usask.ca email in early-mid fall (Term 1) and early-mid winter (Term 2) inviting you to apply for a variety of scholarships/awards. Eligibility, amount and other details will be included in the call. These opportunities are frequently, but not exclusively, based on one’s volunteerism and involvement in the community/law school.
A call for applications will go out via PAWS Announcements and to your NSID@mail.usask.ca in early-mid fall (term 1) and early-mid winter (term 2). All bursaries are based on financial need so completion of a Financial Needs Calculator will be required. Details will be conveyed in the calls for application.
Automatically awarded in May to students who: a) achieve the highest grade in a course with a prize (not all law classes have an assigned prize); or b) have the highest blended average in one or more courses in a subject area.
The College of Law also operates an emergency funding program for College of Law students. Students in need are encouraged to contact:
Associate Dean, Academic
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
- APPLY for anything and everything that you are eligible for! Apply for College of Law opportunities and, if eligible, University of Saskatchewan scholarships, bursaries, and awards.
- Keep your resume up-to-date and as detailed as possible. Often, this conveyed as a brief statement is all that is required to apply and is weighed heavily in the review process. Apply as much of the selection criteria to your submission as possible.
- Check your NSID@mail.usask.ca frequently and do not disregard subject lines with “Call for applications…” or “Fall/Winter Bursary Round…”
- Make sure your mailing address is accurate in PAWS as this is where funds are mailed and official correspondence is sent.
Exchanges and transfers
The College of Law offers students the opportunity to study at some of the top law schools in the world with many college-to-college agreements making the process of applying and receiving acceptance at host institutions easier. Students are welcome to apply to any approved Exchange Program.
Students should be aware that while credits earned on exchange are counted toward the number of credits required for graduation, the grades earned on exchange are not incorporated into their grade point average. For additional information, please contact the College of Law or:
Students wishing to transfer to another law school for completion of their JD degree should contact:
Associate Dean, Academic
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
Interested in transferring to the College of Law from another law school? Check out the "Transfers" section on the Applying to Law page.
Current JD students interested in the part-time program should contact:
Associate Dean, Academic
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
About the part-time program:
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
Life after law school
There are many career and academic options available to someone who has earned a JD. However, many of these options require you to become a practicing, licensed lawyer.
The Law Society is the professional and governing body for lawyers in each province or territory and each respective Law Society has its own procedures and rules for becoming a fully licensed and practicing lawyer. Students are individually responsible for ensuring they meet the requirements of the Law Society in the province or territory where they are interested in becoming a student-at law and eventually licensed to practice as a lawyer.
Generally the steps to becoming a lawyer are as follows:
- Successfully complete law school
- Apply to graduate from law school (in third year).
- Apply for admission as a student-at-law with the respective Law Society.
- Article or Clerkship - Articling is a process where a student-at-law works under the guidance of a principal lawyer who is a licensed lawyer or Judge.
- Complete the Bar Admission Course / Examinations: refer to the respective Law Society.
- Apply to become a lawyer with the respective Law Society.