Scholarships and Financial Assistance

The College of Law offers various student awards and funding including a number of entrance and upper year scholarships, course prizes and graduate student scholarships. Financial assistance for qualified students is also available in the form of bursaries.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office.

Entering students

All first year applicants are automatically considered for most entrance scholarships upon acceptance.  

Upper year students

Academic-based scholarships:  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 Silver Medal and the Ron Fritz Prize in Law. The graduating student with the third highest overall GPA will receive the Bronze Medal. Students who elect to transfer credits in the third year are ineligible.   

All JD students

Application-based scholarships/awards:  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.

Bursaries:  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.

Course prizes:  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.

Graduate Scholarships

The College of Law offers a limited number of graduate scholarships to students accepted into the LLM program. For more information regarding Graduate Scholarships, please email law_gradstudies@usask.ca

Emergency Funding

For information about emergency financial assistance available to students through the University of Saskatchewan, contact Student Central.

The College of Law also operates an emergency funding program for College of Law students. Students in need are encouraged to contact:

Doug Surtees, Associate Dean, Academic
College of Law, University of Saskatchewan
Phone: (306) 966-5242
E-mail: ada.law@usask.ca

Tips to receive as much funding as possible

  • 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 résumé 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.