Student responsibilities

Your success as a student at the College of Law is important to us, and we aim to provide you with information and support to aid you as you work toward your law degree. As a student, you must take responsibility for understanding and doing what is required of you to achieve that success. Please feel free to ask us questions about anything that may be unclear. Our faculty and staff will always try to answer your questions, or point you in the right direction for the information you need.

Withdrawals: Should you decide not to attend the U of S College of Law, it is your responsibliity to notify the admissions officer of your decision. Non-attendance does not constitute cancellation. You will be charged for classes not officially cancelled, resulting in an "ABF" (Absent/Fail) assigned to your transcript as your final grade.

Get oriented

First-year registration will take place Tuesday, September 5, 2017 and orientation is scheduled for September 5-6, 2017. This is a mandatory program for all first-year law students.
Classes for first years commence Thursday, September 7, 2017.

Once registered, you can log in through PAWS to see your booklist. From there, you can view or print your list to buy your books in store, or you can buy your books online.

If your textbook list isn't available in PAWS, you can search by individual class/section at http://shop.usask.ca/Course/campus.

More information on textbooks.

Before/while they appear on PAWS you can also Download the First Year Textbook List

The 2017 First Year Welcoming Ceremony presented by Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP will take place on Sept. 19, 2017. Check back soon for more information.

First-year classes

The first-year law curriculum focuses chiefly on doctrinal case analysis and legal skills that help lawyers create and present legal arguments. The first year courses are all listed below. In addition to your course work, you'll also participate in a mandatory one-week Dispute Resolution program in January, that will introduce the communication and problem solving skills required for a successful lawyer-client relationship.

An introduction to the law of contracts, including formation of contractual obligations, consideration, privity, contract formalities, capacity, contractual terms, misrepresentation, mistake, illegality, discharge and remedies.

Basic concepts and procedures, principles of criminal liability, physical and mental elements of a crime, common law and statutory defences, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, capacity, justification, parties to offences, and specific offences.

This course introduces fundamental property law doctrines, including the meaning of scope of property rights and responsibilities. It also considers the major influences on the development of property rights in Canada, including the interaction between common law and statutory law, and how Canadian law has been influenced by English property law and the prior occupation of Canada by Aboriginal peoples.

Tort law is part of the law of obligations, which is concerned with so-called private wrongs, as distinct from public wrongs that are addressed through criminal, constitutional and administrative law. Such wrongs may be to a person's body, dignity, property or economic wellbeing. In fact, the public-private distinction is anything but neat, and situations that give rise to a criminal law problem, for example, may also lead to a tort claim. Similarly, there may be overlap between tort law and other areas of private law such as contracts and property. Neverthless, tort law is a well established field with distinct doctrines and elements that need to be established in order to make out a claim for compensation in tort. This course will explore the elements of key torts such as negligence, trespass and nuisance, along with defences and policy considerations. Students will gain foundational knowledge that will be further developed in upper-year courses.

Principles of federalism and of constitutional interpretation. The judicial system. Detailed examination of the distribution of legislative power between Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures. Constitutional amendment. Policy issues will also be addressed.

An examination of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Emphasis will be placed on general principles of interpretation and theories of judicial review and human rights, general provisions of the Charter (s. 24, 12, 5, etc.) and issues concerning selected charter rights and freedoms, such as section 2, 7 and 15.

Legal Research and Writing introduces the basic skills of legal research, legal analysis, legal writing, and professionalism. Students will learn how to conduct legal analysis, conduct legal research using primary and secondary sources, prepare a legal memorandum, write an argument for an appellate court, and demonstrate oral advocacy. Students must receive a grade of 60% or better in this course in order to pass first year. 

During first year, students must also complete the Dispute Resolution course requirement.

Entrance Scholarships

First-year students are automatically considered for College of Law Entrance Scholarships listed at the bottom of this page (with the exception of the J. Barrie Thomson Entrance Scholarship - see below) upon acceptance into the law degree program. It is not necessary to submit applications for entrance awards. A preliminary screening of pre-law records of all students registered in first year results in a number of students being invited to provide additional information, leading to selection of scholarship recipients. These recipients are normally informed of their achievement in September.  

This scholarship was established in 1991 by the will of the late Barrie Thomson, a former graduate and faculty member of the College of Law who originally farmed in the Eston, Sask., area. Incoming first-year students are invited to apply for the scholarship, valued at $2,000. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • academic achievement with a minimum "second class" or "B" standing
  • demonstrated past and continuing interest in the area of agriculture, either through previous university-level study or through practical experience gained by farming

If you meet the above requirements, please apply by submitting a personal statement either in person, or by email, to the Admissions Officer in Room 280, by noon on Monday, September 11, 2017.

  • The Gary & Tammy Bugeaud Centennial Entrance Award - $10,000
  • College of Law Academic Excellence Scholarships (6) - $7,500
  • William Elliott Scholarship - $6,000
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan Scholarship - $6,000
  • MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman Scholarship in Law - $6,000
  • Harris & Lauretta & Raymond Earl Parr Memorial Scholarship (2) - $5,000
  • Morris and Jacqui Shumiatcher Scholarship in Law - $2,000
  • Miller Thomson National Entrance Scholarship - $2,500 
  • Law Foundation of Saskatchewan 25th Anniversary Scholarship - $2,500
  • J. Barrie Thomson Scholarship - $2,000  
  • The Scotiabank Scholarship in Law - $2,000
  • Justice John H. Maher Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
  • Thomas P. & Peter S. Deis WWII Memorial Scholarship  -  $1,300 
  • P.E.  Mackenzie Entrance Scholarship - $1,500
  • James M. Stevenson Entrance Scholarship (2) - $1,000
  • Eldon Woolliams Scholarship (3)  -  $1,000

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program (ASP) is designed to provide additional support to students who, due to language or cultural barriers, learning disabilities, and non-traditional pre-law studies may face challenges in building the skills to be successful law school. The program is by invitation only, however any student who feels that they face challenges like those described is welcome to speak with the Associate Dean Acadmic or the ASP Professor about joining the program. Invitations are sent with the first-year orientation materials to all graduates of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People and part-time students.