ERIC Number: ED156367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Program of Legal Studies for Native People, 1978 Report.
Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Native Law Centre.
Through the efforts of the faculty of the College of Law of the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Saskatchewan Program of Legal Studies for Native People was established in 1973. In planning for the program, certain problems were considered: the number of persons of native ancestry able to meet the minimum requirement for admission to law studies; inadequate education facilities open to a native student at the primary and secondary level, resulting in academic performance in university work lower than that which otherwise would be achieved; and the relevance of the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) to the native student from a different cultural and educational background. In addition to the usual discretionary admission policies allowing for factors other than academic achievement (such as maturity, experience, and motivation), a number of Canadian law schools now specifically mention the Program of Legal Studies for Native People in their calendars. The summer course runs for eight weeks and is designed to acquaint each student with the methodology of the discipline rather than the mastery of any given amount of material. As far as is known, there were only five Canadian lawyers of native ancestry in 1973; in 1976 and 1977 16 native Canadians (11 of whom had studied in the Saskatchewan program) received their LL.B. degrees from Canadian universities. (NLY/BR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, Canada Natives, Cultural Background, Curriculum, Educational Objectives, Faculty Recruitment, Higher Education, Law Schools, Legal Education, Minicourses, Professional Education, Program Administration, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Student Financial Aid
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saskatchewan Univ., Saskatoon. Native Law Centre.