Discretionary category JD/JID

The application deadline for the first-year JD/JID program is January 15 (4 p.m. PST). You are strongly encouraged to submit your application and supporting documentation as soon as possible.

Am I eligible to apply under the discretionary category?

You must be able to provide evidence that your academic achievements or LSAT score have been significantly delayed, interrupted or adversely affected by:

  • a medical condition or disability (physical, sensory, learning, addiction, mental illness, or similar condition or disability);
  • family or similar responsibilities and the consequent need to attend to these responsibilities or to maintain employment; or
  • social, historic, political, economic or other factors.

What goes into my application?

A complete application under the discretionary category will include:

  • submission of the online application form
  • payment of the application fee
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score (written no later than the February test date)
  • transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (including exchange and study abroad transcripts)
  • personal statement
  • discretionary supplementary form, together with supporting documentation
  • one academic letter of reference sent to us (lclerk2@uvic.ca) by your referee
  • one reference letter describing your suitability for and commitment to this unique program sent to us (lclerk2@uvic.ca) by your referee
  • a JID statement describing your connection to and/or involvement in an Indigenous community, the reasons why you want to pursue the program and how you will enrich the learning environment at the faculty
  • a copy of your status card or evidence supporting your Indigeneity (optional)
  • TOEFL results (if applicable)

The deadline for submitting the discretionary supplementary form and supporting documentation is March 1.

How will you decide if I get an offer?

Selection of qualified discretionary applicants will be made on the basis of your:

  • achievements in occupational endeavours, and community, public service and cultural activities that indicate an ability to succeed in law school;
  • academic performance in any educational training programs or courses;
  • LSAT scores within the past five years; and
  • a holistic review of all other elements of your application

If you have not completed the minimum academic requirements for admission in the regular category, you should demonstrate why it would be unreasonable to expect you to complete the minimum academic requirements prior to starting law school.

Please note that it is extremely unlikely that applicants with less than two years of college or university courses will be admitted.

Native Law Centre Summer Program

Regardless of the category of admission, if an applicant's academic background makes it appropriate, the Admissions Committee may make an offer of admission conditional upon successful completion of the Native Law Centre (NLC) Summer Program at the University of Saskatchewan. We give considerable weight to the evaluation submitted by the director. For more information concerning the NLC Summer Program, please contact:

Native Law Centre
Summer Program
University of Saskatchewan
160 Law Building, 15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Canada, S7N 5A6

 

Telephone: (306) 966-6189
Fax: (306) 966-6207
Email: plsnp@usask.ca