This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2019 to April 2020.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2019-2020, please consult the class search website.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

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LAW 201.6: Contracts

An introduction to the law of contracts, including formation of contractual obligations, consideration, privity, contract formalities, capacity, contractual terms, misrepresentation, mistake, illegality, discharge and remedies.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 202.5: Contracts

An introduction to the law of contracts, including formation of contractual obligations, consideration, privity, contract formalities, capacity, contractual terms, misrepresentation, mistake and remedies.

Weekly hours: 5 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the J.D. program.
Note: Students with credit for LAW 201 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 203.5: Criminal Law

An introduction to criminal law including basic concepts, procedures and principles of criminal liability, physical and mental elements of a crime, common law and statutory defenses, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, capacity, justification, parties to offences, and specific offences.

Weekly hours: 5 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the J.D. program.
Note: Students with credit for LAW 204 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 204.6: Criminal Law

Basic concepts and procedures, principles of criminal liability, physical and mental elements of a crime, common law and statutory defenses, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, capacity, justification, parties to offences, and specific offences.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 208.6: Property I

A survey of the law of personal property. The forms and methods by which interests in personal property are created, used and transferred. A survey of English land law and its introduction to, and use in, Saskatchewan.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 210 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 210.5: Property I

A survey of the law of personal property. The forms and methods by which interests in personal property are created, used and transferred. A survey of English land law and its introduction to, and use in, Saskatchewan.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 208 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 211.5: Tort Law I

An introduction to tort law, the law that determines whether a person will be awarded compensation in a civil claim for harm or wrong done by another person. The course will review a range of torts, including intentional torts and detailed consideration of the tort of negligence. The history and theory of tort law, critical perspectives, and relevant policy issues will be discussed as appropriate.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 212 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 212.6: Tort Law

An introduction to tort law, the law that determines whether a person will be awarded compensation in a civil claim for harm or wrong done by another person. The course will review a range of torts, including intentional torts and detailed consideration of the tort of negligence. The history and theory of tort law, critical perspectives, and relevant policy issues will be discussed as appropriate.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 211 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 230.5: Constitutional Law

An introduction to constitutional law including basic principles of federalism and of constitutional interpretation. The distribution of legislative power between Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures, Constitutional amendment and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be examined.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the J.D. program.
Note: Students with credit for LAW 231 or LAW 233 will not recieve credit for this course.


LAW 231.3: Constitutional Law I Division of Powers

Principles of federalism and of constitutional interpretation. The judicial system. Detailed examination of the distribution of legislative power between Parliament and the Provincial Legislatures. Constitutional amendment. Policy issues will also be addressed.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 230 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 232.3: Kwayeskastasowin Setting Things Right

A course in Aboriginal people and the law, which includes the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Aboriginal rights, Indigenous law, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. This will require skills-based training in intercultural competency, conflict resolution, human rights, and anti-racism.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the J.D. program.


LAW 233.3: Constitutional Law II Charter of Rights and Freedoms

An examination of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Emphasis will be placed on general principles of interpretation and theories of judicial review and human rights, general provisions of the Charter (s. 24, 12, 5, etc.) and issues concerning selected charter rights and freedoms, such as section 2, 7 and 15.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 230 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 243.0: Legal Research and Writing

An introduction to the methods of legal research and writing. Students will be required to complete a number of legal memoranda as well as bibliographical and research assignments. The first year moot court program forms part of this course.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 245 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 244.0: Dispute Resolution

In this course, students will learn about the continuum of dispute resolution processes and their comparative advantages; discuss and reflect on the professional roles of a lawyer; practice effective communication and negotiation skills; learn about client interviewing and counseling; consider ethical implications of the choices lawyers make; and experience problem-solving processes and how they have contributed to changes in systems of justice.

Restriction(s): Students must be enrolled in Year 1 of the J.D. program, or be a transfer student who has permission of the Associate Dean to take the course.


LAW 245.2: Legal Research and Writing

An introduction to the methods of legal research and writing. Students will be required to complete a number of legal memoranda as well as bibliographical and research assignments. The first year moot court program forms part of this course.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 243 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 302.3: Commercial Relationships

This course examines the law applicable to a range of relationships that arise in a variety of commercial transactions: sale of goods, leasing, and suretyship. While the course occasionally focuses on consumer issues, its primary focus is commercial transactions and the relationships established thereunder.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 303.3: Secured Transactions - Personal Property

Canvasses secured financing practices in Canada involving collateral in the form of personal property, with the primary focus on commercial secured transactions. The course examines the policy and economic implications of secured financing law, including the history, doctrinal basis and specific provisions of the primary sources of secured financing law in Canada- provincial Personal Property Security Acts and the secured financing regime of the Bank Act. The study of case law will provide the contextual framework to interpret and apply this legislation to factual scenarios. These subjects are examined in the context of the two primary themes of the course, inter parties creation and enforcement of security agreements and third party priority issues.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 304.3: Immigration Law

Examines the policies, laws, regulations, guidelines, procedures, and cases that illustrate how Canada defines membership in the Canadian community.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 307.3: Law of Secured Transactions Real Property Mortgages

In this course, students examine the history and structure of a complex area of law which contains features developed by the Courts of Equity hundreds of years ago and modified by ad hoc statutory provisions designed to address severe economic conditions that existed in prairie Canada in the past. The course will focus on the conceptual structure of mortgage law and the public policies that are embodied in it. Students are given the opportunity to consider not only the operation of a central feature of modern society but, in addition, will be asked to consider whether important aspects of mortgage law require re-examination in the light of changes in the social and economic structure of Western Canada over the last few decades.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 308.3: Global Indigenous Rights and Resource Development

Examination of global law of Indigenous rights, with specific application to bearing of this area of law on resource development. Specific topics will be adapted annually in light of emerging issues and scholarly work but will include UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) provisions on land rights, resource rights, and consultation/FPIC; other selected international law materials on Indigenous rights at a global level, comparative legal approaches to doctrine of Aboriginal title; legal status and content of ‘duty to consult’/consultation with Indigenous peoples and ‘free,prior, and informed consent’, implications for selected resource sectors or resource-related infrastructure projects.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year of J.D. degree or permission of the instructor.


LAW 310.3: Information and Privacy Law

This course examines the law relating to collection, use, and disclosure of information in the public and private sectors in Canada.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 311.3: Construction Law

This course is intended to provide students with a general introduction to construction law in Canada. Building on basic concepts learned in contract and tort law, students will gain an understanding as to how contracts for work are awarded; what construction contracts look like, including which clauses are typically the source of litigation; how performance of the work is secured by owners; what rights, obligations and remedies parties can access through The Builder’s Lien Act and how to use arbitration effectively to resolve construction disputes.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 201 or 202 (Contract Law) and LAW 211 or 212 (Tort Law)


LAW 312.3: Banking Payment and Transfer Systems

The course explores the law governing a variety of payment and transfer systems. The relationship between a depository bank and its customer is the initial focus, including a bank’s right of set-off against its customer’s deposit account (a key form of payment mechanism). Significant attention is devoted to the legal and regulatory infrastructure underlying Canada’s two principal monetary payment systems, the Automated Clearing & Settlement System (ACSS) and the Large Value Transfer System (LVTS), as well as the statutory regimes of the federal Bills of Exchange Act (BEA) (which pertains to the transfer of payment rights in bills of exchange, promissory notes and cheques), the provincial Securities Transfer Act (STA) (which pertains to the transfer of rights in financial assets including share certificates, bearer bonds, and electronically held securities) and the provincial Personal Property Security Act (PPSA) (which pertains to transfers of accounts). Finally, students will learn about other modern payment systems and mechanisms (e.g. PayPal, Bitcoin, Interac, Credit Card), gaining familiarity with the general infrastructure and processes underlying such systems and mechanisms (e.g. PayPal, Bitcoin, Interac, Credit Card), gaining familiarity with the general infrastructure and processes underlying such systems and mechanisms.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 313.3: Selected Topics in Indigenous Legal Studies

This course will be offered when an opportunity arises for an instructor to offer an additional course in the area of Indigenous Studies that upper year JD students may take to fulfill their program requirement of successfully completing 3 credit units in senior-level Indigenous Studies courses. The course will have varied content, depending upon the instructor’s experience and interest. The course may be interdisciplinary.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the J.D. program.
Prerequisite(s): LAW 232.


LAW 314.3: Health Law

Introduces students to the basic principles of medical law and their application to common issues in health care. It also explores the legal framework for the health professions and the health care system.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 326.3: Trusts

Covers the creation, administration, variation and breach of express trust. Resulting and constructive trusts are also examined.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 340.3: Administrative Law I

A survey of the role of administrative agencies within the Anglo-Canadian legal system focusing primarily on consideration of the extent to which agency and executive action is subject to judicial review and control.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 342.3: Appellate Advocacy

This seminar is a theory and practice course, combining the study of legal principles unique to appellate litigation practice with practical written exercises, a mock Court of Appeals Chambers and a moot. The objective of this seminar is to increase a student's understanding of the appellate process in both civil and criminal matters.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 344.3: French Legal Writing and Research

Legal Research and Writing is fundamental to legal analysis. Students in this course will work on legal problems from initial interview in French to conducting legal research in French to creating written analysis or documents in French. Students will critique each other's writing, and will develop French language written and oral legal communication skills including the appropriate usage of French language legal nomenclature.

Restriction(s): Students must have completed first-year Law.
Prerequisite(s): LAW 243.0.


LAW 345.3: Language Rights

This course will examine language rights in Canada. The Official Languages of Canada sections (16-22) and the Minority Language Educational Rights section (23) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms will be examined. The course will also examine manifestations of language policy at the federal and provincial levels, including its impact on courts and court cases, education and the provision of services generally. Examples of language regulation including Quebec’s official language legislation and its regulation of commercial signs, and New Brunswick’s position, as Canada’s only bilingual province, will be examined.

Restriction(s): Students must have completed first-year Law.


LAW 350.3: French Language Internship

A one or two term internship can be proposed by any student who wishes to further enhance his or her knowledge of a specific area of law while gaining workplace-related skills. The internship proposal must be submitted to the Associate Dean Academic for approval. Approval will only be granted if the Associate Dean Academic is satisfied that the internship is pedagogically worthwhile for the student and that the organization or individual supervising the student understands its obligation to provide the student with a professional experience which will enhance the student's legal knowledge.

Restriction(s): Students must have completed first-year Law.
Note: Students may repeat this course once, with permission of the College of Law.


LAW 351.3: Evidence I

Examination of the foundations of the law of evidence in civil and criminal trials in Canada. The principles, rules, statutes and procedures are examined from a critical perspective with emphasis on the history, rationale, and reform of rules and statutes affecting the admissibility of evidence. The topics examined are admissibility, relevance, character evidence, opinion evidence, hearsay evidence, competence, privilege and confessions.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 361.3: Business Organizations I

Examination of the basic features of business corporations. Topics include: corporate personality, the process of incorporation, the powers and duties of directors and officers, shareholder rights and remedies.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 362.3: French Language Moot

This course involves preparation for and participation in a moot competition. A moot is a simulated court trial. Typically students will participate in a moot with law students from the University of Ottawa (Common Law Division) and the University of Moncton. The moot will be a French language appeal proceeding generally on a private law issue.

Restriction(s): Students must have completed first-year Law.


LAW 363.3: Agricultural Law I

Agriculture is a highly regulated industry in most jurisdictions; Canada and Saskatchewan are no exception. Historically governments have intervened in agriculture under the pretext of ensuring stability in both the agriculture and consumer communities. It is because of this intervention, Agricultural Law is often considered the law of exceptions. Reviews specific legislation designed to regulate agriculture, such as the Saskatchewan Farm Security Act, as well as agricultural exceptions in general legislation. Case law and other legal analysis will be included when necessary.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): Successful completion of first year law.


LAW 372.3: Family Law I

Introduction to trends in families and family law, the constitutional and statutory framework for the regulation of families and the role of process issues in family law practice. The course also provides a detailed examination of maintenance and property rights as between spouses, both married and common law.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 384.3: Civil Procedure

A chronological study of the procedural steps, rules and related substantive law in a civil action from the moment of the decision to sue to the trial of the matter. The context of the adversarial process in an action is examined by reference to the policies underlying civil procedure, the role and authority of the lawyer, the organization and jurisdiction of the courts, limitations of actions and costs. The civil action is examined through a focus on principles of jurisdiction and venue, type and manner of commencement of proceedings, pleadings, multiple claims and parties, and discovery. The course will involve the drafting of documents. The ethical conduct of a civil action is taught at each stage of the class.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 393.3: Gender and Law

Examines the social construction of gender, and critical and feminist perspectives on law.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 394.3: Jurisprudence

Examines the nature and function of the law, focusing particularly on the relationships between the law and society, law and morality, and law and political theory.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 398.3: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 399.6: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 400.3: Wildlife Law

Students will consider how various legal mechanisms can support and undermine the health status of wildlife. In addition, students will study hunting and fishing regulations including the right to stop and search vehicles. The regulation of game farms and the controversy surrounding their existence will be reviewed. A portion of the seminar will also look at the illegal trade in wildlife and consider relevant international and domestic mechanisms. Students will also review the legal mechanisms attempting to conserve species at risk and migratory birds which introduces the complexity that private land ownership adds to wildlife regulation. Finally, this seminar will address how the recognition of aboriginal hunting and fishing rights impacts the regulation of wildlife.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 401.3: Securities Regulation

An introduction to the principles of securities regulation in Canada. The course will provide an overview of the regulatory system including registration and prospectus requirements (and exceptions thereto), continuous disclosure, insider trading and reporting, and control transactions. Special emphasis will be given to the regulatory aspects of advising a public company, including corporate finance, disclosure and governance matters.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 1 Reading hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 361.


LAW 402.3: International Commercial Transactions

Addresses a variety of issues that arise in the context of international private sales transactions and the law that is applicable to their solution. Introduction to basic conflict of laws (private international law) rules that determine how the law applicable to a particular contractual issue is determined. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods is examined and the effect of its application to central features of an international sale of goods contract are explored. The law applicable to digital communications in contract formation is examined. Examines methods of payment and security mechanisms such as letters of credit (governed by the Uniform Customs and Practices for Documentary Credits), security agreements, financing leasing, factoring, forfaiting, standby letters of credit and export credit insurance. International instruments such as the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, 2001 and the Convention on Assignments in Receivable Financing, 2002 are examined. Litigation in domestic courts arising out of disputes between parties is examined with focus on jurisdiction and foreign judgement recognition. Since dispute settlement through international arbitration is a common feature of modern international contracting, both domestic arbitration law (The Arbitration Act) and international arbitration law (International Commercial Arbitration Act) are considered in detail.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 404.3: Judgment Enforcement Law

The issuance of a judgment does not, in itself, enable a successful claimant to reach the financial resources or property of the judgment debtor for purposes of satisfaction of the successful plaintiff's claim. The enforcement of a judgement for the payment of money entails resorting to the specialized system of law that constitutes the subject of this course. The various methods of judgement enforcement are examined. In addition the law applicable to fraudulent conveyances and preferences is examined in detail.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 405.3: Advanced Criminal Law

The seminar focuses on substantive criminal law with emphasis on critical analysis of the grounds of criminal liability and criminal responsibility. The challenges that social and cultural diversity pose for the development of substantive criminal law will be considered throughout.

Prerequisite(s): LAW 204.6
Note: Students with credit for LAW 805 cannot receive credit for this course.


LAW 407.3: Bankruptcy Insolvency and Receiverships

Designed to permit close examination of central features of the law of bankruptcy, insolvency and equitable receiverships. The specific issues that will be examined in the context of bankruptcy and insolvency law will include: the role and efficacy of consumer and business insolvency proceedings, the position of secured creditors of the bankrupt, the status of statutory lien holders, the relationship between receivership and bankruptcy, dealings with undischarged bankruptcies, bankruptcy exemptions, the role of unsecured creditors in bankruptcy administration and consumer bankruptcies. The central features of Insolvency (reorganization) systems contained in the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act and the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act are examined in detail. The specific issues that will be examined in the context of equitable receivership include: the receiver as agent of the debtor and representative of the secured party, the special position of a receiver-manager and receiverships under The Personal Property Security Act and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 410.3: Intellectual and Industrial Property I

A survey of substantive elements of some areas of intellectual and industrial property law and the current legal frameworks respecting copyright, industrial design, trademarks, patents and plant breeders' rights. Approximately one quarter of the course will be devoted to each of copyright, trademarks and patents. Industrial design and plant breeder's rights laws will be treated only with sufficient details to familiarize students with their scope. Time will be allocated to considering the development of current Canadian and international intellectual property regimes. An examination of developments and problems caused by internationalization and by new technologies and demands on the law in a post-industrial, information-age society will be included.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 411.3: Drinking and Driving in the Criminal Justice System

The course will provide an overview and introduction to the law of drinking and driving in Canada. Emphasis will be placed on the statutory requirements of drinking and driving, as well as the Charter-protected interest of the accused including, but not limited to, right to counsel (section 10(b)), search and seizure (section 8) and arbitrary detention (section 9). The various Charter remedies available pursuant to sections 24(1) and 24(2) will also be explored. The course will be considered in both an academic and practical context. Discussion will include balancing the interests of the accused versus the protection of the public from drunk drivers. The course will also examine the sentencing regime for both occasional and chronic offenders.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 351 or LAW 423.


LAW 413.3: Current Issues in Law Reform

This seminar will introduce students to the principles and process that guide the reform of the law. The seminar will use selected readings and presentations by guest lecturers and the professor to provide the foundation for a consideration of the processes, machinery and potential for law reform initiatives in areas of provincial jurisdiction. Students will be introduced to approaches to law reform, interact with the Law Reform Commission of Saskatchewan and will learn about the successes and failures of a number of recent provincial law reform initiatives.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 414.3: Access to Justice and the Institutions of Justice

This 3-credit seminar explores the topic of access to justice. It addresses definitions and theoretical debates concerning access to justice, and will critically examine the role of legal institutions, governments, communities, the legal profession, and individual lawyers in addressing the issues of access to justice in our society. While the course focuses on the role of legal actors and institutions, it will also situate the issue of access to justice in its social, political and economic context, and critically examine perspectives such as those offered by "community lawyering" writers and critical Indigenous scholars about the solutions to the problem of access to justice in Canada.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to Upper-Year Law students.


LAW 415.3: Municipal Law

This course examines the scope and exercise of municipal authority, municipal governance, as well as planning, subdivision, zoning and other means of land use regulation.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 416.3: Elder Law

Examines the way in which the law impacts elders in our society. We will examine topics such as the concept of aging, considerations in representing elders, housing, concepts of guardianship and substitute decision making, capacity and consent, healthcare directives, elder neglect and abuse and the role of the Public Trustee.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 417.3: Insurance Law

An examination of general topics of insurance law and how the legislation and common law deal with these topics in relation to property, life and automobile insurance. Topics include classifications of insurance, the legal position of brokers and agents and concepts of indemnity, insurable interest, non-disclosure and misrepresentation, the rights of third parties to recover insurance proceeds, warranties and conditions, valuation, subrogation and contribution.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 418.3: Sexual Assault

The seminar examines sexual assault in domestic and international criminal and civil law. Topics addressed include: 1) comparison of alternate theoretical conceptualizations and legal definitions of sexual assault; 2) interpretation of current substantive law: consent in the actus reus, consent and voluntariness, mens rea, mistakes of fact and law, the 'reasonable steps' provision; 3) administration of justice in relation to sexual assault: police and prosecutorial practices and policy, determinations of credibility and admissibility of evidence, questions of law and fact, the judicial role, jury instructions, sentencing; 4) civil actions; 5) criminal compensation boards; 6) the Charter and international human rights law, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), 1979, Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 1993, Statute of the International Criminal Court (Rome Statute), 1998, including recognition of 'rape' and other forms of sexual violence of comparable gravity as 'war crimes' and 'crimes against humanity'.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Note: LAW 351 and LAW 423 strongly recommended. Students with credit for LAW 818 will not receive credit for this course


LAW 419.3: Remedies I

Examination of the principles and rules for remedying breaches of contract, tortious wrongs, and invasions of property rights. It will consider issues arising in the assessment of compensatory and non-compensatory damages, as well as equitable remedies like injunctions and specific performance.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 420.3: Current Issues in Insolvency

In our world of ever growing corporate structures and technology the practice of insolvency law is changing and adapting. This seminar will examine new and emerging legal issues that today’s companies face when they reorganize under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in Canada by comparing it to how the United States treats similar issues under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. Various areas of insolvency law will be discussed including one of the newest issues, the treatment of encrypted digital currencies (“cryptocurrencies” or the “bitcoin”) when a debtor becomes insolvent. Other issues that will be explored include debtor-in-possession financing, critical suppliers, mass tort claims (ie. the Red Cross tainted blood scandal), cross-border insolvencies of multinational corporations, how a debtor’s environmental damage is dealt with in insolvency, the treatment of intellectual property, employment law as well as the use of the CCAA and Chapter 11 to liquidate companies rather than reorganize. The recent reorganizations of Target, Sears and Toys ‘R’ Us will also be examined.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 421.3: Legal Ethics and Professionalism

Introduces students to i) the roles, responsibilities and authority of the legal profession and ii) the legal and ethical duties of lawyers in the practice of law. The regulation of various aspects of the profession - admission, regulation of the practice of law, lawyer discipline, etc. are critically examined. As well, students will learn the elements of a lawyer's duties to client, the court and others, including himself or herself. This involves an understanding of the lawyer's role in the adversary system, the nature of lawyer-client confidentiality, integrity and conflicts of interest in various roles performed by lawyers.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 497 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 422.3: Indigenous Legal Processes

This course explores Indigenous traditional law within the cultural paradigm of Circle Teachings methodology. Using the four circles Cree teachings as a starting place and teaching tool, the students will be given an understanding of traditional family structure, governance and an overview of history. Using stories, songs and dance as well as invited guests the class will discuss the laws of wahkotowin which demonstrates the traditional roles, responsibilities and obligations of family, community, land and creation.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 423.3: Criminal Procedure

Jurisdiction, including classification of offences, time limitations, jurisdiction under the Charter; pre-trial procedure and practices, including search and seizure, arrest and detention, right to counsel; judicial interim release (bail); the preliminary inquiry and the process of discovery; the charging process, including stays and withdrawals; pleas; trials; trial by jury.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 351 recommended.


LAW 424.3: Sports Law

This course examines the application of various aspects of law to the field of sports. The course will examine the role played by sports in our culture and our society. We will look at the application of contract law and collective bargaining in professional sports, including arbitration, and the role of anti-trust legislation to the sports industry, including comparative approaches to the regulation of sport. The course will also examine issues of the right to participate, ethics in sports, including drugs in amateur and professional sports and the role of sports agents in professional sport. The application of tort law and criminal law to violence in sports will also be examined.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 425.3: Sentencing in Criminal Justice System

Selected topics relevant to sentencing in the criminal justice system combining theory, doctrine and practice. Theoretical aims of punishment and their translation into current legal doctrine and practice will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the Canadian and Saskatchewan context.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 427.3: Gale Moot

Participation in the Gale Moot Competition held annually in Toronto is required. It will involve research and advocacy, both oral and written, on a complex case or problem in the field of criminal and/or constitutional law. Students are responsible for the preparation of both an Appellant's and a Respondent's factum, and will participate in at least three practice moots at the College prior to the competition. Recommended for students with an interest in public speaking and exacting research.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 428.3: Wills

Execution; construction and revocation of wills; powers of attorney; and advanced health care directives. Issues of probate; survivorship; intestate succession; dependents' relief; and family issues, as they relate to wills and estates; including a discussion of the law surrounding adult guardianship application, pre- and post-mortem opportunities relating to wills and estates.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 430.3: Negotiation and Dispute Resolution

Examination of the form and function of negotiation as a problem-solving process. Negotiation is critical to lawyers and others concerned with preventing or resolving disputes. Effective negotiation skills will be studied from theoretical, critical and practical perspectives, placing emphasis on the lawyer's role in negotiation.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 431.3: Advanced Constitutional Law

Examination of current issues in constitutional law, including issues of constitutional theory, federalism and the constitutional protection of individual and group rights.


LAW 432.3: Human Rights

An understanding of contemporary debates about universalism and of the meaning of human rights with attention to political theory and international underpinnings. The concept of discrimination and the constitutional position of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Canada. Detailed analysis of the concept of equality as it is embedded in domestic anti-discrimination law and enshrined in section 15 of the Charter.

Note: Students with credit for LAW 823 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 435.3: Law and Economics

This seminar will apply economic principles to analyze legal principles. Topics covered will include the economic analysis of major areas of the common law, namely, property law, tort law and contract law. Other topics include (i) the economic approach to corporate law, (ii) bankruptcy, and (iii) competition law. As the various topics are covered, students will see how the law might be addressing certain kinds of recurring economic problems, including prisoners' dilemmas, transaction costs, externalities, asymmetric information, principal-agent problems, and free-rider problems. A previous background in economics is not required.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 436.3: Aboriginal Law

The Aboriginal peoples of Canada; Aboriginal title and Aboriginal rights; treaties and the treaty-making process, including hunting and fishing rights, Natural Resources Transfer Agreements; the Metis; land claims; federal and provincial jurisdiction over Aboriginal peoples and lands; Indian Act, including membership and Bill C-31; constitutional recognition and protection of the rights of Aboriginal peoples; Aboriginal self-determination.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 438.3: Economic Inequality Poverty and the Law

Examines the causes and impacts of economic inequality and poverty in Canada. Considers various definitions of poverty and inequality and the relationships between poverty and economic inequality and race, gender, disability and class. Explores the role of law in creating, regulating and/or alleviating poverty and economic inequality.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 439.3: Mediation

Mediation-broadly speaking, the process of assisting the negotiation of others- is being increasingly used to resolve legal disputes. This course explores mediation from both theoretical and practical perspectives. As well as examining the structure and different approaches to mediation, students will develop skills for engaging the mediation process effectively in every role. While students will experience and study mediation from a variety of perspectives, it is the implication for their role as lawyers that forms the common theme.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 430


LAW 440.3: Innovation in Justice The Dean’s Forum on Access to Justice and Dispute Resolution

The Dean’s Forum on Dispute Resolution and Access to Justice (the Dean’s Forum) is an important initiative that engages justice community stakeholders in Saskatchewan in a dialogue about access to justice and the future of the legal system. This course offers law students a unique opportunity to meaningfully and actively contribute to this consultation and policy development exercise.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): Completion of first year of the J.D. degree.


LAW 441.3: Laskin Moot

This seminar is designed to provide academic supervision and credit for the four students who are members of the College team in the Laskin Memorial Moot Court competition. Participants do research and written and oral advocacy on a complex problem in administrative and constitutional law. The seminar is recommended for those with an interest in advocacy, exacting research, and public law issues. The Laskin Moot is a bilingual (French/English) competition where a minimum of one of the four team members participates in French.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 340 recommended.


LAW 442.3: Refugee Law

Refugee Law is a seminar class which will examine the essential principles and process as related to refugee law both in Canada and internationally. We will consider, amongst others, the Refugee Convention, the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulation, and will look to significant players including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Students will also observe the relationship between the refugee law, human rights law and administrative Law. We will also examine the effect of environmental changes such as global warming which will result in massive population shift. The process and criteria for the attainment, denial, and withdrawal of refugee status underpin much of the class content.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Note: Completion of LAW 304 "Immigration Law" would be beneficial.


LAW 444.3: Environmental Law

Surveys the actual and potential role of the law in protecting the integrity of the environment from threats posed by scientific and technological advances over exploitation of resources, rapid development and population growth.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 447.3: Aboriginal Rights Moot

The Aboriginal Rights Moot is a moot structured on the traditional Aboriginal circle consensus-building process. It is designed to allow law students to debate and discuss Aboriginal rights issues vital to the Aboriginal peoples.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 436.
Note:Team is chosen in October and competition takes place in March.


LAW 448.3: Dispute Resolution Moot

Lawyers use dispute resolution skills in various procedural settings, and often advocate for their clients in negotiation and mediation processes. This course offers students an opportunity for intensive skill development in dispute resolution and mediation advocacy through a competitive moot experience.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 430. Prerequisite may be waived at the discretion of the coach.
Restriction(s): Restricted to Upper-Year Law students.


LAW 450.3: Western Canada Moot

This course involves preparation and participation in a trial advocacy moot initially involving the six western Canadian law schools followed by a national competition. Participants are involved in juried trial relating to a problem in evidence, criminal procedure and/or criminal law. Participants are expected to prepare opening juror addresses, examinations-in-chief and cross examinations and closing arguments. In addition, there is research on various evidentiary points which arise during the course of argument.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: There are no prerequisites for this course, although it is desirable that students will have completed a course in either evidence or criminal procedure.


LAW 452.3: Trial Advocacy

Advocacy techniques, practice and tactics in civil and criminal trial fora. Topics covered will include: the essentials of direct examination and cross examination, chambers advocacy, examinations for discovery, impeachment of witnesses, occurrence witness testimony, expert witnesses, the use of exhibits, closing arguments and addresses.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 384.


LAW 453.3: Aboriginal Law and Policy in Canada

An overview of the main historical and contemporary legal and policy developments affecting Aboriginal people and their interests in Canada, and examination of the relationship between colonialism and law and policy in this area. The emphasis will be on developments since the second half of the 20th century.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: LAW 436 recommended.


LAW 455.3: Oil and Gas Law

Introduction to oil and gas law. Topics addressed will include: the nature of interests in oil and gas; rights of mineral interest holders inter se and the operation of the rule of capture; acquisition of freehold interests in oil and gas; the freehold oil and gas lease; estoppel, waiver and involuntary termination; disposition of minerals by the Crown; oil and gas conservation (pooling unitization and shut-in wells); and surface rights.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 456.3: Conflict of Laws

Conflict of Laws or Private International Law, as it is also widely known, deals with the analysis and resolution of legal problems involving more than one jurisdiction. Using cases primarily from tort, contract, property, and family law, the student learns how to characterize a legal issue, how to determine which jurisdiction is the most appropriate forum and which jurisdiction's law governs the issue, and how to evaluate the significance of factors that influence the recognition and enforcement of the foreign judgment.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 457.3: International Law

An examination of the legal principles governing the conduct of states and other subjects of international law. Topics studied will include the creation and ascertainment of international law, application of international law in domestic and international tribunals, sovereign immunity, diplomatic relations, law of armed conflict, international protection of human rights and international environmental protection.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 458.3: Advanced Health Law

Students will develop and apply their knowledge of health law to specific topics in the areas of health care and medical research.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Prerequisite(s): Law 314.
Note: Students with credit for LAW 858 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 459.3: Jessup Moot

This seminar is designed for students who wish to compete in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. The seminar will involve discussion of contemporary problems in public international law matters relevant to the Jessup Moot problem; and extensive oral advocacy training. A team of five students encompassing four oralists and one designated research counsel will be selected to represent the College at the competition. The seminar is recommended mainly for those with an aptitude for public speaking, exacting research and interest in international law matters.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 460.3: International Trade Law

Examines the principles and obligations contained in international and regional trade agreements and the use of international dispute resolution to uphold and enforce such commitments. The international agreements to be addressed are: The World Trade Organization Agreement, including the GATT 1994, and the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian Agreement on Internal Trade.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 461.3: Business Organizations II

An examination of the different vehicles that may be employed as alternatives to the corporation for the purpose of carrying on a business. The structures examined include the sole proprietorship, agency relationships, employer/employee relationships, partnership, co-ownerships, joint venture, non-profit corporation, limited partnership, business trust, co-operative corporation, limited liability partnerships, and franchise. The characteristics of these structures and other factors that influence the choice of business vehicle are explored in detail.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 361.


LAW 463.3: Fiduciary Obligations

Seminar introduces students to the law regulating the actions of fiduciaries. The content of fiduciary accountability is addressed in detail.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 464.3: Davies Corporate Securities Moot

The Davies Corporate/Securities Law Moot provides an opportunity for students to debate current legal issues in corporate and securities law. Students will research the issues and then engage in written and oral advocacy. Most of the work will occur in January and February prior to the moot in Toronto in late February or early March.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 361.3
Note: LAW 401 and LAW 461 are recommended.


LAW 466.3: Youth Criminal Justice

This seminar would examine the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA). It would examine the YCJA and how it fits within Canadian criminal law, how it corresponds to international practices, how it has responded to the inherent challenges of adolescence especially for those described as marginalized, and how successfully (or unsuccessfully) has it achieved its goal of reducing crime through a multidisciplinary approach.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 467.3: Labour and Employment Law

A study of the legal concepts, institutions and procedures concerning the employment relationship in Canada, including the contract of employment at common law; legal protection of the right to organize; status under collective bargaining legislation; the concept of exclusive bargaining agent; the role of labour-relations tribunals; the legal principles relating to industrial disputes; and statutory regimes concerning employment.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 471.3: Family Law II

Examination of rights to child support, custody and access, determination of paternity, child protection and adoption, and the enforcement of support and custody orders.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 372.


LAW 472.3: Corporate Restructuring

A commercial reorganization is a court sanctioned scheme under which a financially distressed business is restructured so as to permit it to continue in business through the compromise of the claims of creditors and others. There has been a fundamental shift in Canadian insolvency over the past 30 years, in that there has recently emerged effective systems that actively facilitate restructuring and rescue of insolvent businesses as an alternative to their liquidation. This course will make use of several highly realistic simulations in order to develop both an understanding of the substantive law that governs commercial reorganizations as well as the advocacy and negotiation skills that are necessary to provide effective legal advice and representation to your clients.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 473.3: Aboriginal Self Government in Canada

Will examine theoretical, constitutional, legal and policy aspects of Aboriginal self-government, drawing upon international, comparative and domestic sources, including the reports of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples of Canada.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 474.3: Children and Law

Seminar exploring the legal status and treatment of children from a historical, cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspective.


LAW 477.3: Taxation I

Deals with federal income taxation which focuses on basic tax principles and underlying theoretical concepts. The taxation unit concentrated upon is the individual. Topics normally covered in the course include procedure, statutory interpretation, the tax base, measurement of income, deductions, exemptions, and capital gains.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours


LAW 478.3: Taxation II

Focuses on taxation of business entities including corporations, trusts, and partnerships. Since this course builds on concepts introduced in Taxation I 477.3 knowledge of the basic concepts covered in that course is essential.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 477.


LAW 479.3: Selected Topics in Indigenous Legal Studies Seminar

This seminar will be offered when an opportunity arises for an instructor to offer an additional seminar in the area of Indigenous Studies that upper year JD students may take to fulfill their program requirement of successfully completing 3 credit units in senior-level Indigenous Studies courses. The seminar will have varied content, depending upon the instructor’s experience and interest. The seminar may be interdisciplinary.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Restriction(s): Restricted to students in the J.D. program.
Prerequisite(s): LAW 232.


LAW 480.3: Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law

The question of the legal rights of Indigenous peoples has emerged in a number of states since the last half of the twentieth century, and has influenced developments in the United Nations and the Organization of the American States, and also in their constituent organizations. This course will examine these developments. A major focus of the course will be on a comparative examination of the legal and policy developments pertaining to indigenous peoples in selected states.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Note: LAW 436 recommended. Students with credit for LAW 819 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 481.3: Business Regulation

Students in this seminar will investigate the norms and principles that inform the public and private regulation of business activity. Issues of legitimacy, scope, efficacy and enforceability are addressed.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours


LAW 484.3: Advanced Jurisprudence Historical and Comparative Approach

Seminar investigating, through a historical and comparative approach, manifestations of and alternative answers to theoretical questions of law including the nature of law and judicial reasoning, tensions between natural law and positivism, law and morality, law and politics, law and justice, law and order, and law and the economy.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Prerequisite(s): LAW 394.


LAW 485.3: International Criminal Law

Will engage with the dynamically-evolving field of international and transnational criminal law, with participants critically analyzing doctrine and mechanisms for individual accountability for international crimes. Although participants will also examine other topics related to the evolving concepts of transnational and international crime, one particular emphasis will be on statutory materials, case law, and writing related to the international criminal tribunals in Rwanda and Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Note: Previous knowledge from criminal law, international law, human rights, and other related areas will be helpful but is not mandatory.


LAW 486.3: Law and Psychiatry

Introduction to psychiatric theory; the methodology of psychiatric diagnosis and modern psychiatric treatment; the role of psychiatrists in the legal process. Psychiatry and the criminal process: remand for mental examination, fitness to stand trial, sentencing, automatism, insanity and dangerous offenders. The concept of competency: contractual and testamentary capacity. Civil commitment of the mentally ill: a comparative study. The psychiatrist as expert witness. Selected problems.

Prerequisite(s): LAW 351.
Note: LAW 314 is recommended.


LAW 488.3: Tax Policy

Will focus on evaluating tax policies by examining their tax equity implications, social and economic consequences, and administrative feasibility. This seminar will provide students with the opportunity to engage in tax policy issues, resulting in a heightened appreciation of the social and economic implications of tax policy, an increased ability to evaluate tax policies, and a deeper understanding of technical tax law rules. Topics include: (1) criteria for and methods of evaluating income tax policies; (2) theories of income; (3) the tax mix; (4) the use of the income tax system to implement tax expenditures; (5) the preferential treatment of certain groups and entities under the tax system; (6) the detrimental effects of taxes on certain segments of society or the economy the appropriate tax unit; and (7) taxation as a means to redistribute wealth. Students will be introduced a number of resources specifically designed for tax research and will be expected to use them to complete assignments. This seminar should be of interest to students who desire to practice tax law in a private firm or in government as well as those students interested, more generally, in the social and economic implications of tax law.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): LAW 477.3
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of LAW 888 or LAW 488, as they are cross-listed.


LAW 490.3: Law Review

This course publishes the Saskatchewan Law Review. The work involves selecting and editing material submitted for publication, participating in policy decisions, proofreading, and other miscellaneous tasks. Each student also undertakes written work for possible publication in the Review.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Note: A one-year commitment to the Review is required. Academic credit is, however, awarded only for one term. Students will designate the term for which academic credit is awarded.


LAW 491.3: Clinical Law Seminar

A 3-credit one-semester (13 week) academic seminar. The seminar is designed as an opportunity for students to critically reflect upon their clinical experiences, the law, the legal system, and their roles as legal advocates. The seminar attempts to create a balance between substantive content and more critical reflective discussions about the relevant clinical literature and its application to the experiences of the students. Critical questions relating to professional responsibility, the legal system, and the limits and possibilities of legal practice in situations of social injustice will be examined throughout the term. In many classes, the 'case rounds' model will be used, wherein students discuss and analyze their files and clinical work as a group, and learn from each other's experiences.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Corequisite(s): LAW 492.12
Note: Students with credit for LAW 482.3 may not take this course for credit. Students may have credit for only one of LAW 491 or 497.


LAW 492.12: Clinical Law Practicum

A 12 credit unit one-semester (13 week) practicum. Students will be placed at Community Legal Assistance Services for Saskatoon Inner City (CLASSIC) where they will take on the role of legal advocates under the close supervision of the clinic's supervising lawyers and the course instructor. Students will assume carriage of client files in a wide variety of substantive law areas. They will learn, through experience, supervision and ongoing skills and substantive law training, about all aspects of legal practice in a poverty law context, including client interviewing and counseling, file management, legal research, the preparation of legal documents, letters and memoranda, and representing clients in administrative law hearings and provincial court trials. Students may also have opportunities to conduct public legal education sessions in the community and be involved in community based projects and law reform initiatives. The practicum will provide students an opportunity to engage the law more deeply, to explore the various real-life contexts in which it works, and to build relationships with the people whose lives it affects. Students will experience the dynamics of lawyer-client relationships, develop professional identities, grapple with ethical issues, and develop lawyering skills. The practicum will be graded on a pass-fail basis. However, a detailed letter of explanation and evaluation of the student's performance can be provided upon request. The practicum will provide extensive exposure to criminal, civil and administrative law procedure, evidence law, trial advocacy, negotiation, legal research and writing, and professional responsibility.

Corequisite(s): LAW 491.3 or LAW 497.3
Note: Students with credit for LAW 305.6 may not take this course for credit.


LAW 493.6: Systemic Justice

This 6-credit unit course will examine the root causes of injustice. We will seek an understanding of power and how it aligns along the hegemonic structures. We will observe how social hierarchies play out in institutions as well as in the lives of individuals. We will learn how sociological, psychological and economic forces perpetuate hegemonic structures, even by the oppressed themselves. We will consider the causal connection between hegemonic power dynamics and the incidence of injustice/creation of legal problems experienced by marginalized peoples. We will examine specific instances of injustice and legal problems which have systemic origin and propagation. Understanding how these power dynamics are created and are perpetuated allows us to understand how they can be changed and a more just world pursued. We will look at the role of the law in pursuing equitable systemic changes and then at the role of the lawyer seeking greater social equity. Students enrolled in this year-long course will attend weekly seminars and be engaged in experiential learning outside the seminar, placed with CLASSIC's Systemic Initiatives Program (SIP). Student will work on SIP projects which address systemic barriers facing marginalized people by engaging in policy and legislative advocacy, community based education and research to support advocacy efforts.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Note: Preference will be given to students who have received credit for the Intensive Clinical Law course.


LAW 494.3: Prison Law and Human Rights

This seminar course is designed to orient future lawyers to key issues related to incarceraton and the correctional and criminal justice systems. As part of this course, students will read and analyze legislation, some case law, reports as well as supplementary research materials that allow us to think critically about the ethical and other constraints upon counsel trying to assist prisoners, the specific barriers confronted by indigenous women, women with mental health issues, as well as legal and other reforms that are possible in this area.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Note: Completion of a course in administrative law prior to registration in this course may be an asset. LAW 340 is recommended.


LAW 495.3: Individual Directed Research

This seminar allows interested students to undertake a substantial research project. Enrolment is limited to two students for each of the professors willing to take on student(s). The course is not timetabled as a convenient meeting time can be arranged to suit the instructors and students concerned. Students must approach individual professors with a research proposal. All proposals must be approved by the Studies Committee.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 497.3: Legal Ethics Clinical Seminar

This seminar is a part of the Intensive Clinical Law program and accompanies the 12-credit Clinical Law Practicum (Law 492.12). It has two broad and inter-related aims. First, it explores the norms, values, and rules that govern lawyers when they confront moral or ethical problems in practice, with focus on the clinical/poverty law context. Issues including choice of client, withdrawal, confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and ethics in advocacy will be explored. Throughout we will ponder the question: what, fundamentally, is the role of the lawyer? Second, the seminar will examine the structure and regulation of the legal profession. Topics of study will include admission, discipline, competence, and other regulatory issues. Throughout, students will approach the issues and topics through the lens of their clinical experiences at CLASSIC.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Reading hours
Corequisite(s): LAW 492.12
Note: Students must be registered in LAW 492 concurrently with this course. Students who have prior credit for LAW 492 are not eligible to take this course. Students with credit for LAW 421 cannot receive credit for this course. Students may have credit for only one of LAW 491 or 497.


LAW 498.N/A: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.


LAW 499.N/A: Special Topics

Offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations to cover, in depth, topics that are not thoroughly covered in regularly offered courses.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 805.3: Advanced Criminal Law Studies

Critical analysis of criminal law with emphasis on theoretical discussion of the grounds of criminal liability and criminal responsibility. The challenges social and cultural diversity pose for the operation of criminal justice systems and perspectives arising from comparative and human rights law may be considered.

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 1 Tutorial hours
Prerequisite(s): Students must have been awarded a J.D. or L.L.B. degree.
Note: Students with credit for LAW 405 cannot receive credit for this course.


LAW 806.3: Advanced Studies in Law and Culture

This interdisciplinary seminar explores legal culture within the larger cultural contexts that it shapes and is shaped by. Students will study, at an advanced level, the ways in which law and cultures intersect in history, theory and practice.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 406 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 819.3: Indigenous Peoples in International and Comparative Law

The question of legal rights of indigenous peoples has emerged in a number of states during the last half of the twentieth century, and has influenced developments in the work of the United Nations, the Organization of American States, their constituent organizations, and of inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. Explores these international and comparative developments, with a focus on Constitutional, legal and policy developments in selected states.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 480 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 823.3: Human Rights Seminar

Students will gain an understanding of contemporary debates about universalism and of the meaning of human rights in Canada with attention to political theory and international underpinnings. The concept of discrimination and the constitutional position of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Canada. Detailed analysis of the concept of equality as it is embedded in domestic anti-discrimination law and enshrined in section 15 of the Charter.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 432 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 828.3: Graduate Jurisprudence Seminar

This mandatory seminar investigates, across time and space, manifestations of, and alternative answers to, theoretical questions of law such as the nature of law and judicial reasoning, tensions between natural law and positivism, law and morality, law and politics, law and justice, law and order, and law and the economy.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 839.3: Canadian Legal History

Introduces students to fundamental developments in Canadian legal history and uses a historical perspective to enhance understanding of Canadian legal heritage: English, European and American influences; the interplay of colonialism and the role of Aboriginal peoples; the legacy of civil, common and customary law.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Note: Students with credit for LAW 449 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 858.3: Advanced Studies in Health Law

Students will develop and apply advanced knowledge of health law to specific topics in the areas of health care and medical research.

Note: LAW 314.3 or equivalent is recommended as a prerequisite but not required. Students with credit for LAW 458 will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 860.3: Advanced Studies in Indigenous Rights and Natural Resource Development

Students interested in Indigenous Rights topics will study one of their contemporary applications with a major economic significance whilestudents interested in the law of natural resource development will have a strong exposure to the major impacts on this area of law of rightsheld by Indigenous Peoples. This course will connect Canadian constitutional law and international law doctrine on Indigenous Rights.

Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
Restriction(s): Open to students registered in the L.L.M. program.
Note: Students with credit for LAW 498 - Indigenous Rights and Natural Resources will not receive credit for this course.


LAW 888.3: Advanced Studies in Taxation Policy

Students will develop and apply advanced knowledge of tax policy related issues.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Restriction(s): Students must be enrolled in the LL.M. program.
Note: Students may receive credit for only one of LAW 888 or LAW 488, as they are cross-listed.


LAW 895.3: Individual Directed Research

Students will undertake a substantial research project in an area relevant to their interests and thesis topic. Meeting times will be scheduled to suit the instructors and students concerned. Students must approach individual professors with a research proposal. All proposals must be approved by the Graduate Chair.

Note: Students must approach individual professors with a research proposal. All proposals must be approved by the Graduate Chair.


LAW 898.3: Special Topics

Individualized research projects may be undertaken with the supervision of faculty members often in conjunction with courses offered in the College of Law. Topics are chosen in consultation with faculty advisors to complement areas of thesis research. Assessment will be based primarily upon a series of written assignments prepared by the student over the term. Topics chosen may be selected from the following areas: Aboriginal Law, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Agricultural Law or Human Rights, subject to faculty availability.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 899.6: Special Topics

Individualized research projects may be undertaken with the supervision of faculty members often in conjunction with courses offered in the College of Law. Topics are chosen in consultation with faculty advisors to complement areas of thesis research. Assessment will be based primarily upon a series of written assignments prepared by the student over the term. Topics chosen may be selected from the following areas: Aboriginal Law, Commercial Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Agricultural Law or Human Rights, subject to faculty availability.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


LAW 990.N/A: Seminar

Presentations regarding current research will be made by visiting faculty, faculty and graduate students. All graduate students in residence must make a presentation at least once each year. The seminar may also seek to provide for review of current literature and developments.

Note: All graduate students are required to attend, and to participate in the course to the satisfaction of the Law Graduate Studies Committee. This is a non-credit course.


LAW 994.N/A: Research

Completion of original research and writing of an LL.M. thesis.


LAW 996.0: Research

Students enrolled in Special Case PhD in Law must register for this course. This course is designed to enhance the student’s knowledge of the subject area. Readings are assigned on an individual basis. The course is expected to prepare the student for writing the PhD thesis. Attendance is obligatory. The course in non-credited.