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Graduate Chair: Dr. Barbara von Tigerstrom

Graduate Program Contact: law_gradstudies@usask.ca

Phone: (306) 966-7908

College of Law
University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CAN S7N 5A6

The U of S offers an excellent LLM program. It includes a thought provoking advanced jurisprudence course. Masters students enjoy a collegial relationship with faculty members that provides for collaboration and support. The LLM candidates are a strong group that engage in intellectual stimulation, the exchange of new ideas and perspectives, research assistance and professional development. I have studied at numerous universities in Canada and Australia. I highly recommend the LLM program at the U of S.

Maria Lynn Freeland, LL M Candidate, EM Culliton Scholar
Freeland is a Masters of Law student at the U of S. She is researching and writing her thesis in the area of criminal Law.

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The LLM program is thesis-based, offering supervision in a wide range of areas, including Aboriginal, commercial, constitutional, criminal and human rights law (please see the list of Faculty Research Areas for the full range of areas in which research supervision may be available). It is a full-time program and extends for about 18-24 months, providing time to pursue advanced, high-quality research. Students are required to be in residence for at least the first 12 months and are encouraged to remain in residence until all degree requirements are completed. Students must take at least three courses (9 credit units), including Law 828.3 (Graduate Jurisprudence Seminar). In consultation with their supervisors, LLM students will select two other courses from a range of subject areas in the College of Law (see the list of approved courses below). It may also be possible for graduate students to carry out an individual directed research project under the supervision of a faculty member or to take a graduate course offered by another college or one of three interdisciplinary graduate schools. The college will work with you to develop a course list suited to your specific needs.

Students are also required to register in LAW 990 (Seminar) and Law 994 (Thesis) throughout their time in the program. Students are required to attend meetings of the LAW 990 seminar during their minimum residence period (i.e. during the first year) and strongly encouraged to attend thereafter. All students give an initial 990 seminar presentation on their thesis topic during the first year and a final 990 seminar presentation just prior to defending their thesis. The major focus of the LLM program is on the completion of a thesis of approximately 100-120 pages in length, which must be the product of significant and original research and writing on an approved topic. The thesis is written under the supervision of a designated faculty member and an appointed advisory committee. An oral examination before this committee and an external examiner are also required.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

Applications must be received by January 31 in order for your application to be considered by the Graduate Committee for admission in September.

FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS

Many factors are involved in assessing funding assistance and the amount of available funding varies from year to year. If you are accepted to our LLM program, the committee will provide information to you regarding the amount of funding you may expect. The Committee makes every effort to provide funding assistance according to the available resources. The application asks you to indicate if funding will be required. At the time of application no other documentation or scholarship application is required. If you are accepted to our LLM program, scholarship applications will be made available to you.

For admission and degree requirements, please see the University Catalogue.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • A JD/LL.B. degree, or equivalent, from a recognized college or university.
  • A cumulative weighted average of at least 70% (or U of S grade system equivalent) in each of the final two years (i.e. 60 credit units) of the undergraduate program.
  • Students, who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency (TOEFL score of 90 or IELTS score of 7.0).