The Aboriginal Law Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law offers Aboriginal students a world class law degree in a supportive environment.
The Faculty of Law has a strong tradition of working to enhance the Aboriginal voice in our community and within the legal profession more broadly. We proactively recruit Aboriginal students for both our JD and Graduate programs and provide specialized support to Aboriginal students to enable their success. We offer innovative courses in Aboriginal law, and host outreach and recruitment events specifically aimed at Aboriginal students. The Faculty has one of the highest graduation rates for students of Aboriginal heritage in the country. Our Aboriginal students have gone on to leading positions at the bar, in the public service, and in the judiciary.
The Faculty is dedicated to the success of Aboriginal law students and provides support to students through the Academic Success Program, an academic mentoring program for all Aboriginal law students who are experiencing academic difficulties or who wish to gain confidence in exam or paper writing. The Faculty offers free and confidential academic mentoring sessions (both in person and via email) and coaching.
The Aboriginal Law Program at the Faculty of Law offers a wide variety of classroom and experiential learning opportunities to students who are interested in Aboriginal issues. Students can compete in the Kawaskimhon Aboriginal Moot, work on the student-run Indigenous Law Journal, engage with Aboriginal scholars and professionals with activities such as the Gladue Practicum Program and the Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Law Practicum, and gain practical experience by participating in the Clinical Program with Aboriginal Legal Services. Students can also deepen their academic experience with the Certificate in Aboriginal Legal Studies.
Fostering a sense of community and cultural belonging are important aspects of the Aboriginal Law Program. The Faculty honours the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of New Credit and welcomes our new students during Orientation Week with a welcome song by an Indigenous drumming group. A traditional Feast is held each fall, and includes all members of the law school community. Aboriginal Alumni Mentors are available for all students, and sense of camaraderie and fellowship are created by joining the Aboriginal Law Students’ Association.
Our Aboriginal application category is designed to identify exceptional students who will bring a broad and complex set of life experiences to the study of law. We strive to build a diverse and unique community of students who will forge lifelong friendships as they learn with and from each other. Aboriginal applicants are requested to outline in their personal statements their interest in, identification with, and connection to their communities.
Required documents for Aboriginal applicants can be found in the Application Procedure section.
For further information contact the Manager, Indigenous Initiatives, Amanda Carling at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-978-2583.
Program of Legal Studies for Native People
The Faculty of Law strongly supports the Program of Legal Studies for Native People (PLSNP) at the University of Saskatchewan’s Native Law Centre. In appropriate cases, admission may be conditional on successful performance in the PLSNP. Aboriginal applicants who are given a non-conditional offer of admission are also eligible and encouraged to attend the PLSNP.
The PLSNP’s Property law course satisfies the Faculty of Law’s first year Property law requirement; students who have successfully completed the PLSNP will not take Property Law in their first year at the Faculty.
Funding for the PLSNP is available through the Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Pre-Law Bursary administered by Indspire. If students are unsuccessful in their application or ineligible for this bursary, the Faculty of Law may reimburse admitted Aboriginal students who complete the PLSNP accordingly: up to $2,700.00 for PLSNP tuition, and up to $1,000.00 in reasonable housing, food and travel costs (original receipts required). Note that the actual amount students will be reimbursed will depend on the available funds for that year and student financial need. Please contact the Manager, Indigenous Initiatives for more details.
For further information on the PLSNP, see below.
Program of Legal Studies for Native People
University of Saskatchewan
15 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A6
Tel: (306) 966-6189
Fax: (306) 966-6207
Aboriginal applicants may also wish to find out more information about the Aboriginal Law Program by following this Link: Indigenous Initiatives Office.
Questions? Check out the Aboriginal Law Admissions Frequently Asked Questions.