University of Saskatchewan

September 16, 2014   


The College of Law, established in 1912, is the third oldest university law school in Canada. Today, the College has 18 permanent faculty, over 300 undergraduate students and a small Master's degree program. The special interests of faculty members cover a broad range of legal areas, including environmental law, tort law, international law and family law. Particular areas of research strength and graduate supervision are constitutional law, Aboriginal law, corporate and commercial law, and criminal law.

Native Law Centre of Canada, founded in 1972 by Professor Roger Carter, has secured a unique place in Canadian legal scholarship on issues relating to Aboriginal peoples through its publishing program, its collection of research resources, and its role as a focal point for academic inquiry and policy development. The publication of the Canadian Native Law Reporter, as well as monographs and an academic newsletter, has given the Centre a strong reputation among Aboriginal law scholars. The Centre has also initiated the collection and compilation of research anthologies and databases which have been used in the development of legal strategies on behalf of Aboriginal peoples in Canada and in the international context.

The College is home to two endowed chairs. The Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights has provided a focus for research activity and scholarly conferences in the area of international human rights. The Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair has been the basis for scholarly activity related to a number of important areas of public policy, including constitutional questions, Aboriginal rights and issues related to family breakdown.

The College is associated with several interdisciplinary research centres. Two of these, the Centre for Studies in Agriculture, Law and the Environment (CSALE), and the Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, are located at the University of Saskatchewan. The third, the Estey Centre for Law and Economics in International Trade, is an independent centre in Saskatoon. The College is also a partner in the Virtual College of Biotechnology.

University of Saskatchewan Law Library has extensive holdings, with particular strength in Aboriginal law, criminal law and criminology, consumer protection, administrative law, labour law, civil liberties and human rights, family law, co-operative law, mining law, forensic psychiatry, constitutional law and legal bibliography.