The program of studies leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.) requires three years of study in the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.
In order to obtain the degree of Juris Doctor, a student must satisfy the requirements for admission; register annually for the prescribed courses; pay the required fees; attend classes and participate in the first year orientation and Dispute Resolution week; pass examinations as prescribed; successfully complete the requirements in upper year which include a minor paper (in second year), a major paper, and a seminar; successfully complete all required courses; and achieve grades at the level set out in the College Assessment Regulations. Students may not take additional courses in other faculties without the permission of the Associate Dean, Academic.
Students in the Juris Doctor (J.D.) program may complete the regular program, or they may choose to complete the J.D. program with an option in French Common Law. While both programs require the completion of a total of 90 credit units, the French Common Law Option prescribes specific French courses. Please see the requirements for each program below.
Students pursuing the part-time program must obtain approval from the Associate Dean, Academic.
Students in their second year must complete "Administrative Law" (LAW 340.3). In their second or third year, students must also take "Legal Ethics and Professionalism" (LAW 421.3). Students must complete one senior-level Indigenous Studies course or equivalent in each of second and third year.
These changes were implemented in order to comply with competency requirements established by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada for graduates with common law degrees.
Students are required to attend classes in courses in which they are registered. Persistent failure to attend may lead to exclusion from the examinations.
The faculty believes that success in the study of law requires full-time application by the student; therefore, a student is advised to avoid outside employment during the term.
A leave of absence arising during the school year is not permitted except in unusual circumstances. Students who complete with approval only one term are considered part-time students for promotion or supplemental purposes. Students who withdraw from the College can return (1) if first year students - by applying for re-admission in competition with other students applying for admission in that year; (2) if second or third year students - with permission of the Associate Dean, Academic.
Students ordinarily must complete the J.D. requirements within six years in order to receive that degree. However, students wishing to complete the J.D. requirements beyond this period must obtain permission from the Dean. A leave of absence of up to two years is permitted with approval of the Associate Dean, Academic before the commencement of the academic year. An absence for a third year requires approval of the Board of Examiners.
Information on academic requirements for promotion and graduation may be found in the College of Law Assessment Regulations.