Law Student Organizations
Law Students' Association (LSA)
The LSA is a non-profit organization that provides law students with various kinds of support while at the University of Saskatchewan. Although membership is voluntary, the LSA operates on a break-even basis and memberships help cover all costs involved in providing services and events. The LSA provides academic liaisons with faculty, and coordinates many social functions and athletic activities. Matters relating to students can be pursued more formally in Faculty Council, which includes all law professors and several LSA student representatives. The LSA is also actively involved in other organizations, including the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU), the Canadian Association of Law Students (CALS), and the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA). Through these channels, the LSA is able to provide better representation for law students, while maintaining a visible profile in the profession and the campus community. For more information or to find out how to participate, visit our website: www.usask.ca/groups/lsa.
Aboriginal Law Students Association (ALSA)
ALSA is an independent, autonomous, not-for-profit, volunteer organization.
- foster a community of academic, professional and social support among Aboriginal students in the College of Law;
- represent and support the academic and professional interests of Aboriginal students at the College of Law; and
- promote accessible legal education for Aboriginal people in a culturally-sensitive learning environment.
- Section 1 membership is open to all students, full-time or part-time, currently attending the University of Saskatchewan College of Law who have self-identified as being of First Nation, Inuit and/or Metis ancestry.
- Section 2: (a) Associate membership (non-voting) is open to other persons who do not meet the criteria for membership under Section 1. Any person, regardless of ethnicity, who expresses a genuine interest in Aboriginal culture and Aboriginal legal issues is welcome and encouraged to become an associate member.
- Section 2: (b) Honourary membership (non-voting) may be awarded by the Executive Council to persons deemed to have made positive contributions to ALSA or the Aboriginal legal community.
For more information or to inquire about becoming a member, join the ALSA Online Network by requesting ALSA be added to your groups on the University of Saskatchewan PAWS website.
Legal Follies Variety Show
Contrary to popular belief, this is not a reference to the career choice of students in law! Legal Follies is an incorporated non-profit organization that raises money for a local charity. It's run by a board of 16-30 directors, led by two producers (traditionally third-year students), two assistant producers (usually second-year students), a finance officer, as well as the heads of the numerous committees necessary for this type of production. Traditional committees include patrons, publicity, tickets, technical, make-up, and skits. Any law student can be a member of the board and a conscious effort is made to have representation from all years. The purpose of Legal Follies is to raise money for charity through the production of an entertainment extravaganza. The annual show is performed and produced exclusively by talented law students, and provides an opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to your local community and show-off your other, seldom seen talents!
This group is for law students interested in environmental law. The goal of the group is to take on projects that will be used and useful in the real world, support the work of non-profit community groups, and help students develop skills. Environmental law and environmental issues touch on so many areas such as social justice, aboriginal rights, intellectual property law, international law, human rights law, and many more. Visit the green legal website for more information.
Pro Bono Students Canada - Saskatchewan (PBSC-SK)
PBSC is a network of law schools, law students, community organizations and lawyers all working together to solve traditionally unmet legal problems. PBSC encourages students and legal professionals to volunteer in their communities to provide underrepresented and disadvantaged individuals, groups, and organizations with pro bono legal services and access to justice. PBSC facilitates these efforts by matching volunteer law students with those in need to provide legal information and research under the supervision of a volunteer practicing legal professional. Get involved with the PBSC - Saskatchewan Branch today!
Just Rights is a student group at the College of Law focusing on human rights. Each year Just Rights picks a current legal issue to raise awareness about the struggle to attain human rights.
The purposes of Just Rights are:
a) to educate ourselves and our community in the principles of human rights law, human rights generally, domestic and international organizations and institutions, and domestic and international legal issues
b) to promote awareness, study and understanding of human rights law and related issues; encourage communication and cooperation among law students and lawyers; learn about other cultures and legal systems worldwide; to contribute to legal education and to promote social responsibility in the field of law
c) to promote student opportunities in the field of human rights/public interest law field; and examine international and human rights-related alternative careers using a law degree