Student Resources » Financial Aid & Awards

Tuition at Robson Hall remains among the most affordable among Canadian law schools, and we have more bursaries available than any other professional faculty at the University of Manitoba. We are proud to claim that in previous years, approximately 50% of the student body received need-based financial aid from one of our dedicated endowments funds. Robson Hall has approximately $450,000 in need-based financial assistance available for distribution to undergraduate law students.

We are committed to attracting top students by offering 10 Entrance Awards annually ranging from $3,500 – $8,000. Performance and merit-based awards are distributed to students in every course, recognizing academic excellence. Dean’s Honour List Students entering second year or third year, receive a substantial scholarship and are named Pitblado Scholars.  We strive to ensure that all eligible students will be supported according to their needs.

Entrance Awards & Scholarships
Student aid initiative began in 2006 with the inception of Law Entrance Awards. Through the generous contribution of various donors, students receiving an Early Offer of admission are considered. The award amounts range from $3,500 – $8,000.

2020-2021 Entrance Awards and Scholarships – deadline is December 1, 2019

If you wish to be considered for scholarships, please upload (to your application) a written statement that demonstrates your personal characteristics associated with the highest standards of the profession. Submitting the statement is optional, however, if not submitted, one will not be considered for Entrance Scholarships, if applicable. The maximum number of words is 500. No other application is required.

In addition to the personal characteristics statement described above, some of our first year scholarships require demonstration of financial need. Please complete the Entrance Award Application 2020-2021 and email it to: lawadmissions@umanitoba.ca with ‘Entrance Award Application’ in the subject line.

Initial entrance scholarships will be allocated in late January/early February. Should award(s) become available, allocations will be made as necessary.

Full List of Entrance Awards and Scholarships


It is the responsibility of every student to carefully review the numerous programs available to assist in funding their law degree. The Faculty of Law strongly encourages students to consider all options to ensure they receive adequate funding for their studies. Below is a list of Financial Aid programs available to students enrolled in the J.D. Program.

Robson Hall Bursaries
Exclusive to Faculty of Law students, one-third of the tuition surcharge collected is given back to students in the form of needs-based bursaries. Since the inception of Robson Hall Bursary in 2005, the Faculty of Law has awarded over $1,700,000. The allocations are based on financial need and are distributed in the fall. An application to government student aid is required to be considered.


Faculty of Law Emergency Bursaries
Requests are assessed on a case by case basis in the Faculty throughout the school year.


University of Manitoba Awards Database
This is an informational database of every Senate approved award. The database is administered by Financial Aid & Awards in Enrolment Services.


Law Society of Manitoba - Forgivable Loans Program
The Law Society of Manitoba will forgive 20% of the loan for each year that the recipient practises in their community after being Called to the Bar.


The University of Manitoba Bursary Program
Every year, The University of Manitoba offers a wide-range of bursaries to both new and continuing full and part-time students that have demonstrated financial need. These bursaries range in amount from $100-$1,000.


University of Manitoba Emergency Loans
The University of Manitoba emergency loan program provides short-term assistance to students who experience unexpected and immediate financial expenses or constraints. This includes, but is not limited to, unanticipated personal living costs, and unexpected delays in government loans, and other award funding.


Provincal and Federal Government Student Loans
Government Student Loans should be a student’s first consideration for funding. There are many potential advantages, such as no payments required, or interest accrued, until after you graduate.

The Faculty of Law is committed to attracting and retaining the best students by offering them access to exceptional education and recognizing achievement. A number of performance and merit-based awards and funding are distributed to students recognizing their commitment to their education.

Pitblado Scholars Program
Each student on the Faculty of Law Dean’s Honour List at the end of first and/or second year who continue their legal studies in the next academic year at Robson Hall become a Pitblado Scholar.  Students are presented with a $5,000 scholarship at a formal reception in the fall.  The scholarship is applied to tuition.  The Scholars Program was set up by Jim & Sandra Pitblado in memory of Mr. Pitblado’s father and grandfather.


Academic Achievement Awards
Awards are offered that aim to reward academic ability but also to acknowledge professional excellence and outstanding achievement in volunteer activities at Robson Hall and in the community at large. Students are required to apply for these awards and, in some cases, to submit statements indicating how they meet the criteria established in the terms of reference. The awards include the following, for which application and deadline information is posted on the Faculty of Law website and on notice boards around Robson Hall.:


Convocation Awards

This series of awards is presented to members of each graduating class upon Convocation, who have been nominated for extraordinary non-academic achievements during their time at law school. These awards include:


Fillmore Riley LLP Graduate Debt Relief
Through the generosity of the law firm of Fillmore Riley LLP, an endowment fund has been established to offer assistance to students following graduation from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. The objective of the award is to provide students with debt relief on personal bank loans or lines of credit incurred to support their legal studies at Robson Hall. These awards are intended for students graduating from the Faculty of Law who remain in the Province of Manitoba to article or to practice law. The call for applications is annually in March.


Schwartz/Reisman Scholars Program
Mr. Gerald Schwartz, O.C., B.Comm., LLB and Ms. Heather Reisman have made a gift of $1 million to establish an annually funded scholarship program for a period of four years. The Province of Manitoba has made a matching contribution through its commitment to scholarships as part of the university’s Front and Centre fundraising campaign. The purpose of the Schwartz-Reisman Scholars Program is to recognize community involvement, leadership and academic excellence among students studying in the I.H. Asper School of Business and the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba. Each year, beginning in 2016-2017 $500,000 in scholarships will be offered to both undergraduate and graduate students.


In addition to these awards, Robson Hall is pleased to offer the following family endowed scholarships :

  • Bernard and Amy Dubienski Scholarship
  • Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Scholarship
  • A.W. Hogg Scholarship
  • Honourable Alexander Morris Exhibition
  • Isbister Scholarship
  • Lieutenant M.M. Soronow Scholarship
  • Manitoba Law School Foundation Entrance Scholarship
  • Shelley M. Weiss Memorial Scholarship

A complete list of active, senate-approved undergraduate and graduate awards administered by the University of Manitoba and dedicated to the Faculty of Law can be found through searching the University of Manitoba Awards Database.

Bursaries are a form of student funding for which repayment is not required.  Bursaries are typically offered to Full-Time students who have demonstrated financial need on the standard University of Manitoba bursary application form, and the Faculty of Law Supplemental. Bursary criteria typically include a minimum grade point average requirement, although financial need is the first and foremost consideration. The intention of the bursary program is to assist with Winter Term tuition.

In 2018-19, $413,650 was allocated in needs-based funding to Robson Hall students. Of the total number of students who applied, 73% received assistance, with an average bursary amount of $4,500.00.

With one application Law students are considered for all Law specific bursaries.

Steps to Apply:

  1. During the months of June and July: Apply for government student loans from your home province.
  2. August 1:  Login to AURORA and under the ‘Student Awards and Financial Aid’ tab, complete the 2019/2020 Aid Year University of Manitoba General Bursary application AND the Faculty of Law Supplemental Section; both are required step-by-step bursary application submit InstructionsDeadline:  October 1, 2019
  3. Email a copy of your student loans assessment (the document that details the funding you are eligible for) to marie.jivan@umanitoba.ca Be certain your name appears on the document.

Allocation Timeline:

  • mid-November:  bursary allocations applied to AURORA student for Winter Term tuition

Information on Emergency Bursaries

The purpose of the Faculty of Law emergency bursary program is to provide short-term assistance to students who experience unexpected and immediate financial expenses or constraints. This includes, but is not limited to, unanticipated personal living costs, and unexpected delays in government loans and other award funding. 

At any point during the academic year, Emergency Bursaries are available to Robson Hall students.  Students are asked to submit a written application that includes an explanation of their circumstances defining the emergency, and a budget outlining expenses and resources. It is in the best interest of the student to identify a dollar amount requested. Further questions/inquiries should be directed to Marie Jivan.

The University Gold Medal for Law shall be awarded annually to the graduating, full-time student with the highest degree grade point average for all three years of the J.D. program, with no required minimum grade point average.

Only one winner is to be named each year.  In the event of a tie, the Gold Medal in Law shall be awarded to the student with the highest standing calculated on compulsory subjects together with whatever elective subjects the tied students had in common.

Gold Medalists in Law:

W.H. Crook 1921 R.L. Tapper 1973
H.D. Barbour 1922 M.A. Waldron 1973
T.G. Wright 1923 E. Szach 1974
D.A. Thompson 1924 C.M. Fien 1975
1925 M.J. Smith 1976
W.E. McLean 1926 R.M. Finkel 1977
G.S. Halter 1927 S.H.I. Wilder 1978
J.G Dakins 1928 A. Petrenko 1979
I. Nitikman 1929 D.A.A. Ammeter 1980
1930 K. Prost 1981
I. Dorfman 1931 L.C. Ferguson 1982
W.G. Boyd 1932 J.B. Kroft 1983
C.L. Drewry 1933 E.C. Jamieson 1984
R.H. Tarr 1934 L.D. Stuesser 1984
H.J. Craig 1935 J.A. Nitikman 1985
H. Stubbs 1936 D.G. Brown 1986
A.R. Micay 1937 P.L. Fraser 1987
R.G.B. Dickson 1938 A.R. Wortzman 1988
W.C. Newman 1939 F.C. Loewen 1989
D.C. McGavin 1940 F.D. Fitzpatrick 1990
H. Ginpil 1941 E.J. Sapiano 1991
1942 H.L. Secter 1992
C.W. Pybus 1943 C.M. Reiss 1993
R.K. Adams 1944 M.A. Conner 1994
1945 J.G. Askew 1995
R.J. Matas 1946 D.B.G. Andrews 1996
N.H. Silverman 1947 C.M. Chisick 1997
G.A. Higgenbottam 1948 A.L. Levene 1998
P.W.A. Wiesner 1949 D.G. Bowes 1999
R.A. Gallagher 1950 M.R.T. Adkins 1999
L.J. Vincent 1951 F.I. Carey 2000
D.A. Yanofsky 1952 S.J. Moreau 2001
D.M. Peden 1953 R.M. Shewchuk 2002
J.F. O’Sullivan 1954 M.R. Rempel 2003
J.P. Wolfe 1955 S.I. Carson 2004
S. Green 1955 A.N. Shroeder 2005
A.R. Philp 1956 K.A. McCandless 2006
R.G. Barker 1957 J. Charles 2007
E.I. MacDonald 1958 C. St. Croix 2008
R.D. Gibson 1959 A. Buck 2009
V. Simonsen 1960 Anne Amos Stewart 2010
A.C. Balkaran 1961 Rachel Hinton 2011
B.G. McCombe 1962 Ari Hanson 2012
M.A. Francis 1963 Conner Gibson Harris 2013
M.H. Freedman 1964 Conner Gibson Harris 2013
S.R. Wolchock 1965 Katharine Riley 2014
S.I. Wilder 1966 Miranda Grayson 2015
B.M. Zinman 1967 Joshua Morry 2016
R.G.S. Shead (4 Year LLB) 1967 Danielle Dubois 2017
M.B.I. Nepon (3 Year LLB) 1968 J. Matthew Nordlund 2018
J.D. Holland 1969
B. Olson 1970
S.G. Soronow 1971
A.P. Scott 1972

 

2019 - 2020

List of external Awards and Prizes for Law Students submitted by private external legal organizations. This list is frequently updated as deadlines pass and new awards are added, so please check back regularly.

Insolvency Institute of Canada Prize in Insolvency Studies
The IIC is once again offering the Insolvency Institute of Canada Prize in Insolvency Studies of $1,000 to be awarded to the student who achieves the highest mark in the Insolvency, Restructuring and Bankruptcy undergraduate law course at the university for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please visit the IIC website for full information.

Donich Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Deadline: November 30, 2019
A $1,000 award will be presented to an undergraduate or law student distinguished by work experience and academic achievement. This award was established in 2018 and is intended to award students with proven employment and academic achievement. Donich Law is a trusted Toronto law firm, offering experienced, creative and skilled legal representation for both domestic and international clients. For full information, please visit the Donich Law Professional Corporation website.

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies now offering two scholarships

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2019
The Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies is offering the Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholarship 2020-2021 and the French Language Scholarship 2020-2021. Please see the above hyperlink for more details.

Céline Dostaler Criminal Justice Scholarship
Deadline: January 20, 2020
The office of Céline Dostaler recognizes all the stress that comes with completing a degree in Law and that’s why we have decided to provide the a Criminal Justice Scholarship to help alleviate some of the financial stress of a student. This scholarship will be rewarded to a student who is in their third year of a Juris Doctor program in the Faculty of Law at an accredited Canadian university who demonstrates a passion for criminal law. For full information, please visit the Céline Dostaler Criminal Justice Scholarship webpage.  Email: scholarship@celinedostaler.ca

The CBA Charites and Not-for-Profit Law Section Student Essay Contest
Deadline: March 31, 2020
The CBA Charities and Not-for-Profit Law Section members include lawyers who advise or serve on the boards of charitable and other not-for-profit organizations – or are otherwise involved with the law and practice related to the charitable and not-for-profit sector. The Section has established a law student essay contest, the objectives of which are to promote and reward interest in charity and not-for-profit law topics in Canadian law schools and to promote participation by law students in the Section. The Deadline for the 2020 Charity Law Student Essay contest is Tues. March 31, 2020.

Nappert Prize in International Arbitration
Deadline: April 30, 2020
Thanks to the generosity of Alumna Sophie Nappert (BCL’86, LLB’86), the Nappert Prize in International Arbitration will again be awarded by McGill University in 2020. This competition is open to all students, junior scholars and junior practitioners from around the world. First place: Can. $4,000; Second place: Can. $2,000; Third place: Can. $1,000.Winners will present the paper at a symposium at McGill University on October 20, 2020 (the expenses of the winners for attending the symposium will be covered). In addition, the best oralist will receive an award of Can. $1,000.

What is Service Learning?
The intention of Service Learning is to provide an opportunity for students to volunteer their time with an organization that offers a social good for consumption or use by the general public.  Generally, conferences are not considered to be Service Learning.

Who is eligible to apply?
Current 1L and 2L students. Note: registration in the subsequent Fall and Winter Terms, at Robson Hall is required.

Examples of Previously Funded Opportunities:

  • Internships at the United Nations
  • BC Civil Liberties Association
  • Public Interest Law Centre (PILC)
  • Internships through LEVEL (formally Canadian Lawyers Abroad)
  • Legal Help Centre
  • ProBono Students Canada
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Application details:
Annually in February, a call for applications will be made.  Interested applicants are asked to submit:

  • A statement of intent that describes your interest in and relevance of the opportunity;   include details regarding what the project is (i.e. what will you be doing, supervised by, etc.)
  • CV/résumé
  • Information about the organization
  • A letter of offer from host organization, if applicable.

Please note, opportunities for academic credit (for example:  Mishpatim Program at Hebrew University) are not eligible. Funding is in the form of a tuition bursary credit. Preference is given to first-time applicants.

For more information about the Summer Internship and Service Learning Projects program, please contact:

Marie Jivan
Student Services (Admissions & Financial Aid) J.D. & LL.M. Programs
Robson Hall Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 2N2
Tel: (204) 480 – 1485