Programs » Juris Doctor – J.D.

Minimum admission requirements at-a-glance:

  • 60 credit hours in an approved bachelor program (two full years of university) or if an applicant is over the age of 26 and does not have any post-secondary education, the equivalent of 1 full year (30 credits) is acceptable.
  • The Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Proof of English Proficiency.  Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English through one of the following options: (TOEFL – iBT), (IELTS), (CanTEST), or (CAEL).

About the J.D. Program

Robson Hall, Faculty of Law, offers a three year J.D. program that starts with the fundamental doctrinal courses that allow students to acquire a solid foundation in law. From the foundational courses, students can choose from a variety of courses to move into the area they may wish to one day focus their practice.

Beginning in the Fall of the 2018 – 2019 term, Robson Hall Faculty of Law started a new Curriculum program. The Transition Plan for implementing the new curriculum allows students admitted to the program prior to the new curriculum to complete their degrees under the old curriculum. Please contact Rosa Muller, Academic Program Assistant with any questions about the Curriculum.

Experiential legal education, or Clinical Learningis an integral part of what Robson Hall offers, and students develop lawyering skills under faculty guidance, expanding their perspectives and ethical understanding of the role of practising lawyers. Experiential, for-credit opportunities for Robson Hall law students that are part of courses offered include:

Robson Hall has for the past decade offered students the opportunity to pursue part of their legal education in French. Thanks to support from Justice Canada, the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba will be expanding its current bilingual course offerings over the next three years with the goal of offering law students a full certificate program in French common law in 2022.

Please visit the Bilingual Course Offerings webpage for details about this program.

Research and scholarly writing are integral elements of the University and the J.D. program. Professors do research, write and consult with the larger legal community in their respective areas of expertise, and our students likewise have similar opportunities, which help them to develop a critical understanding of law and its development. Each year, students must take at least one perspective course as part of the curriculum, which provides an opportunity to explore a particular area of law in depth. Perspective courses have limited enrolment and involve researching and writing a major paper. Beyond the classroom, students can get further involved in scholarship and research in various ways including: