Joint Indigenous degree (JD/JID) admissions

Admission to the JD/JID Program

The JD/JID program is limited to a class of 25 students with an intake in September of each year. The first intake of students is September 2018. 

The program is open to first year admits only. Transfer or Visiting applicants to the program will not be accepted. Applications will be accepted under the Regular and Discretionary categories. Connection to an Indigenous community and reasons for pursuing the program are important considerations in the admissions process. All admissions to the program are at the discretion of the Faculty's Admissions Committee.

When to apply

Online applications are now closed and will re-open on September 1. You are encouraged to submit your application and supporting documentation as early as possible. Typically, you need to choose to apply to either the JD/JID program or the JD program, rather than apply to both programs. If your application to the JD/JID program is denied, the Admissions Committee may invite you to apply to the JD program.

Admissions requirements

Admission to the JD/JID program is based on:

  • Your academic record (GPA) - weighted 50%
  • Your Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) - weighted 50%
  • A holistic review of all other elements of your application (see below)

Your entire undergraduate academic record is used in our GPA calculation. We do not include Masters or PhD grades.

All applicants must:

  • Pay the application fee
  • Write or have registered for the LSAT; and submit:
    • An online application;
    • personal statement; part A must not be longer than 750 words
    • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended
    • 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

Applicants in the discretionary category must also submit:

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


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

Language requirements

If your first language is not English and you have not completed a minimum of three full academic years of post-secondary study that was taught and assessed in English, you must submit your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results.

Minimum score requirements:

  • Internet Based Test - 100 with no less than 25 on each of the individual components
  • Computer Based Test - 250 out of a possible 300
  • Paper Based Test - 600 out of a possible 677

Applicants who do not meet these TOEFL minimums will not normally be admitted to the Faculty of Law.

Part-time studies

There is no part time admissions category for this program. However, part time studies may be approved under special circumstances and on a case-by-case basis.