About the Nunavut Law Program

Students at the First Year Welcoming Ceremony with Program Director Stephen Mansell (far right) and College of Law Dean Martin Phillipson (far left).

Delivered in partnership between the College of Law, Nunavut Arctic College (NAC) and the Government of Nunavut, the purpose of the Nunavut Law Program was to increase the number of practicing lawyers in Nunavut, produce graduates that can practice in various fields of law, and improve access to justice for Nunavummiut. It also delivered relevant educational programming to the Territory in line with the Government of Nunavut’s Sivumut Abluqta mandate. 

Students were registered with the College of Law, and studied at NAC in Iqaluit. Taught over four years, the program prepared students for legal studies during the first year, and offered the same rigorous program as the College of Law in the remaining three. Students who successfully completed the program in 2021 received a University of Saskatchewan Juris Doctor (JD) degree, and joined a community of distinguished alumni that is over a century old, including a former prime minister, provincial premiers, governors general and many Supreme Court judges and talented lawyers. 

Classes began on September 11, 2017. The program was completed in the Spring of 2021.