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 USask 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

Incoming JD students will be automatically registered in courses for the 2021-22 academic year.

Orientation for first-year JD students is scheduled for Sept. 1-3, 2021. In-person attendance is required on Sept. 1 and 3. Orientation on Sept. 2 will be held online.
First-year classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.
The Law Students' Association (LSA) has also developed a survival guide which can be found on their website.

List of Required Textbooks for First-Year JD Students (2021/22 - Term 1)

NOTE: The textbook list for Term 2 will be provided once it is finalized.

Textbook orders can be placed through the bookstore at https://bookstore.usask.ca/students.php#MyTextbooks.

Once we have registered you in your courses/sections, you will also be able to log in through PAWS to view your textbooks under the "My Textbooks" channel.

The First-Year Welcoming Ceremony presented by Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP celebrates our incoming students and officially welcomes them to the college, the Juris Doctor (JD) program and the College of Law alumni community.

The 2021 ceremony date is TBA. More details to come.

WATCH: 2020 First-Year Welcoming Ceremony 

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.

View your course and exam schedules here.

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

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

A survey of the law of personal property. The forms and methods by which interests in personal property are created, used and transferred. A survey of English land law and its introduction to, and use in, Saskatchewan.

An introduction to tort law, the law that determines whether a person will be awarded compensation in a civil claim for harm or wrong done by another person. The course will review a range of torts, including intentional torts and detailed consideration of the tort of negligence. The history and theory of tort law, critical perspectives, and relevant policy issues will be discussed as appropriate.

An introduction to constitutional law including basic principles of federalism and of constitutional interpretation. The distribution of legislative power between Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures, Constitutional amendment and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be examined.

A course in Aboriginal people and the law, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

An introduction to the methods of legal research and writing.  Students will be required to complete a number of legal memoranda as well as bibliographical and research assignments.  The first year moot court program forms part of this course. 

In this course, students will learn about the continuum of dispute resolution processes and their comparative advantages; discuss and reflect on the professional roles of a lawyer, practice effective communication and negotiation skills; learn about client interviewing and counseling; consider ethical implications of the choices lawyers make; and experience problem-solving processes and how they have contributed to changes in systems of justice. 

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 section (with the exception of the J. Barrie Thomson Entrance Scholarship and Mohinder Chadha Award in Law - 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 to the Admissions Officer by 12pm (noon) on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

The Mohinder Chadha Award in Law (valued at $2,000) will recognize and reward the volunteerism of a female Indigenous student who has successfully completed the 2021 Spring and Summer Law Courses for Indigenous Students at the University of Saskatchewan, and is accepted into first year of the Juris Doctor (JD) degree program in the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan.

All self-declared Indigenous female students who have successfully completed the 2021 Spring and Summer Law Courses for Indigenous Students at the University of Saskatchewan must submit a statement no more than one page, outlining their community volunteerism to the Admissions Officer by 12pm (noon) on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021.

  • The Gary & Tammy Bugeaud Centennial Entrance Award - $10,000
  • William Elliott Scholarship - $6,000
  • Law Society of Saskatchewan Scholarship - $6,000
  • MLT Aikins LLP Scholarship in Law - $6,000
  • Harris & Lauretta & Raymond Earl Parr Memorial Scholarship (2) - $5,000
  • Morris and Jacqui Shumiatcher Scholarship in Law - $2,500 
  • Law Foundation of Saskatchewan 25th Anniversary Scholarship - $2,500
  • *J. Barrie Thomson Scholarship - $2,000  
  • *Mohinder Chadha Memorial Award - $2,000
  • Justice John H. Maher Memorial Scholarship - $1,500
  • Thomas P. & Peter S. Deis WWII Memorial Scholarship  -  $1,300
  • James M. Stevenson Entrance Scholarship (2) - $1,000

*Application-based awards

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 in 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.