University Of Saskatchewan Law Personal Statement

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The College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan is the university's law school. Located in Saskatoon in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, the College of Law was established in 1912 and is the oldest law school in Western Canada, a distinction it shares with the University of Alberta.

Approximately 126 students are admitted to the College of Law each year.[2] In the fall term of 2011/2012, the college had 375 students. Previously, it has 373 students (2010/2011); 362 students (2009/2010); and 370 students (2008/2009).[3] The current dean is Martin Phillipson.[4]


At the beginning of the 20th century, there was no structured course of legal training in Saskatchewan. Completion of high school was the only prerequisite for admission to a five-year apprenticeship (3 years for those with a university degree).

In the spring of 1913, the University of Saskatchewan appointed its first law professor, Arthur Moxon, previously a professor of classics in the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. At around the same time, the Law Society of Saskatchewan began offering lectures to articling students in Regina at a school of its own making, later called Wetmore Hall. The following decade would be marked by conflict between the Law Society and the fledging University law faculty regarding responsibility for legal training in the Province.

Ultimately, Wetmore Hall was closed by resolution of the Law Society in 1922 and the University of Saskatchewan inherited full responsibility for the training of aspiring lawyers in Saskatchewan.[5]

The College celebrated its centenary in 2012.


The College offers both the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws degrees. Of the 16 common law schools in Canada, the College placed 10th in the 2011 Maclean’s Magazine law school rankings [1].


The college's Law Building reopened in March 2008 following renovations and expansions.[6] The new building is 3,300 m2; and took just over two years and $16.5 million to complete.[7] The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan contributed $1 million to the project.[8]

The new building has additional classrooms with multimedia capability, additional administrative offices, a new student lounge, student organization offices, and space for the college's Native Law Centre.[9] The new building has a "living roof" which is the largest of its kind in Saskatchewan,[10] and the building is LEED Gold-certified.[11][12]

The law building is connected to the Edwards School of Business and, indirectly, the Arts Building. The law building is located opposite Campus Drive from the Saskatoon Cancer Centre and Royal University Hospital.[13]

The law library contains numerous artifacts, including one of the most unusual holographic wills ever written – the tractor fender of Cecil George Harris, who was trapped when his tractor overturned. On the fender he wrote, "In case I die in this mess I leave all to the wife. Cecil Geo. Harris." The fender was probated and accepted as a valid last will.[14]


Tuition for September 2015 was $12,255.00 and mandatory student fees will be $805.89, for a total of $13,060.89. The cost of books and supplies is estimated at $2500.00. The 2015 entering class averaged a 3.34 GPA and 159 LSAT.[15]

Challenge Cup[edit]

The Law Students' Association hosts an annual hockey tournament in March or April, known as The Challenge Cup. The format of the one-day tournament sees first, second, and third year students form respective teams to battle with one another as well as with teams composed of Junior and Senior Alumni. The Challenge Cup was most recently won by the Class of 2014, in a victory that finally saw the end of the Class of 2013's three year championship reign. The Class of 2015 (3Ls) are considered favorites to win this year's Challenge Cup - Captain Nate Lidder has gone to extremes this season in order to prepare for the tournament - he has already had four cortisone shots to his shoulder and he has upped his bicep curls to 65s. Unfortunately, even the cortisone shots did not help the 3Ls capture the trophy, as they lost in the final to the senior alumni team, 5-0. [16]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

  1. ^LSAC - JD: Canadian Law School Profiles. 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
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  5. ^Beth Bilson, “‘Prudence Rather than Valor’: Legal Education in Saskatchewan 1908-23” (1998) 61 Sask. L. Rev. 341.
  6. ^, p. 12.
  7. ^, p. 29.
  8. ^, p. 22.
  9. ^, p. 29.
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  14. ^On Campus News, January 23, 2009: The Last Will and Testament of Cecil George Harris
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The University of Saskatchewan College of Law is pleased to announce the new Certification in common law in French - Certification de common law en français (CCLF), which is being launched through a partnership with the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

The CCLF will allow incoming students with competencies in French the unique opportunity to obtain a Certificate in French Common Law from the University of Ottawa during the completion of the three year University of Saskatchewan J.D. Program. 

This joint program is the first of its kind in Canada, and will allow selected students the opportunity to gain valuable skills in French legal writing and advocacy as well as a deep understanding of the important issues surrounding language rights in Canada. 

Selected students will complete an exchange in Ottawa, compete in a moot court competition with teams throughout Canada, be paired with experienced mentors in the legal profession, and have the opportunity to complete a credited internship with law firms, organizations and government actors that work in French. 

These unique experiences will give participating students the necessary tools to offer legal services in French upon graduation. The CCLF is a first step towards a varied and rewarding career, including:

  • opening doors to prestigious clerkships with the Supreme Court of Canada, the federal courts and the federal public service;
  • accessing legal careers where legal training and proficiency in both official languages is an asset;
  • contributing legal services to the Francophone community, in the language to which they are entitled;
  • contributing to the administration of justice in both official languages; and
  • becoming part of a network of 1,000 alumni of the uOttawa French Common Law Program who share this unique training, recognized for its excellence in Canada and around the world.

The CCLF will be open to students entering their first year of studies in the University of Saskatchewan J.D. program.

For more information on this unique program, please contact Doreen Petrow, Admissions Officer, College of Law at or Professor Caroline Magnan, Director, CCLF Program, at

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