Quick Facts

  • As a truly national program, the PLSNP accepts students from all across Canada.
  • The PLSNP is held at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
  • The PLSNP is in its 41st year of preparing Aboriginal students for law school. When it first began in 1973, there were only 4 Aboriginal lawyers and 5 Aboriginal law students in Canada.
  • Aboriginal people are severely underrepresented in the legal profession, and they continue to face social and economic challenges in pursuing legal education. We estimate that in the last 40 years, approximately 1000 Aboriginal people have graduated with a law degree, although not all graduates practice law (many work in related fields of government, NGOs, research, policy development, and education). If Aboriginal people were proportionately represented, there would be over 3300 Aboriginal people practicing law today. The shortage of Aboriginal professionals in law suggests that there is still a long way to go before Canada has an equitable and diverse legal profession. 
  • Since the Program started in 1973, over 1300 students have completed the Program, and over 1000 have enrolled in law school. More than 750 of our graduates have finished law school, and over 70 are still enrolled. That means that the PLSNP has a great track record of over 80% of students achieving success in law school.
  • Across Canada, about 75% of all Aboriginal lawyers started their legal education with the PLSNP.  
  • PLSNP alumni have become lawyers, judges, government officials and professors, and many pursue graduate studies in law.
  • It takes 3 years to earn a law degree. The PLSNP is the first step in students' legal education.
  • The PLSNP works with law schools across Canada to ensure that more Aboriginal students are accepted into law school; universities know that graduates of the PLSNP will be prepared for the challenges of law school and they can admit Aboriginal students who have alternative (not only score-based) qualifications and a PLSNP background.
  • Most law schools recognize the PLSNP's Property Law course as equivalent to a first year law course and grant a first-year credit for sucessful completion of the course.
  • Aboriginal traditions, such as talking circles, sweetgrass ceremonies, feasts, and round dances, are incorporated into the Program.
  • Customary Law is a strong component of the PLSNP; students have access to an Elder for culturally appropriate guidance, counselling, and support.
  • Teaching assistants organize extracurricular activities: sports games, movie nights, and potlucks.