Financial Aid and 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 per cent of the student body received need-based financial aid from one of our dedicated endowments funds.
We are committed to attracting top students by offering numerous Entrance Awards annually. 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 scholarship information
Entrance Awards and 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.
2024-2025 Entrance Awards and Scholarships
2024-2025 Entrance Awards and Scholarships – deadline is December 1, 2023
To apply for scholarships, a written statement (maximum 300 words) is required. The statement should clearly demonstrate the personal characteristics you have and describe how they can be related to the highest standards of the legal profession. The written statement is uploaded to the portal, at the time of application. Be certain your name appears in the document, as well as the file name.
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.
Initial entrance scholarships will be allocated in early February (approximate). Should award(s) become available, allocations will be made as necessary.
Full List of Entrance Awards and Scholarships
- Ahava Halpern and Frank Lavitt Entrance Scholarship for Law
- Ben A. Shuckett Entrance Award
- D’Arcy & Deacon LLP Entrance Award
- E. J. McMurray Trust Entrance Scholarship
- Maitland Steinkopf Entrance Award
- Manitoba Law School Foundation Entrance Scholarship
- Max Steinkopf Entrance Award
- Morton H. Nemy Entrance Award
- Patricia N. and Mark G. Smerchanski Law Entrance Scholarship
- Pitblado LLP Entrance Scholarship
- Taylor McCaffrey LLP Entrance Award
The following entrance scholarships require a separate application.
Options to fund your J.D. education
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 and Awards in Enrolment Services.
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.
Performance and merit-based awards
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
The top ten students 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 Pitblado Scholars. Students are presented with a scholarship at a formal reception in the fall. The scholarship is applied to tuition. The Scholars Program was set up by Jim and 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:
- Yude M. Henteleff Award in Human Rights and Civil Liberties (.pdf)
- Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Professional Excellence Award
- Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Award
- Muriel St. John Research Award for Women's Legal Issues
- J.S.D. Tory Writing Award (.pdf)
- Regina Novek Prize (medicine and the law) (.pdf)
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 who have graduated from Robson Hall who remain in the Province of Manitoba to article and practice law. The call for applications is annually in March.
Schwartz/Reisman Scholars Program - CURRENTLY ON HOLD
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.
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.
JD bursary program
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.
With one application Law students are considered for all Law specific bursaries.
Steps to Apply
- During the months of June and July: Apply for government student loans from your home province.
- August 1: Login to AURORA and under the ‘Student Awards and Financial Aid’ tab, complete the 2023/2024 Aid Year University of Manitoba General Bursary application AND the Faculty of Law Supplemental Section; both are required.
step-by-step instructions to find the bursary application in AURORA.
Deadline: October 3, 2023.
- Email a copy of your student loans assessment (the document that details the funding you are eligible for) to email@example.com Be certain your name appears on the document.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-Graduation Bursary Information - for graduates of the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Fillmore Riley Endowment Fund Awards
Application deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2023
The partners of Fillmore Riley have made a commitment of $150,000, with a matching commitment from the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, to establish an endowment fund of $300,000 that offers 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.
Interested individuals are invited to apply or before Wednesday, March 15, 2023. Application requirements:
- A graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba and currently articling, or have articled in Manitoba (see note below);
- A minimum degree grade point average (DGPA) of 2.50 on all courses completed in the Faculty of Law (transcripts are not required);
- Provide proof of a personal loan or line of credit from an approved lending institution by including a recent statement. The statement should clearly display the name of the person(s) holding the loan or line of credit as well as the account balance; and
- Complete a Post-Graduation Debt Relief Application form, including a written personal statement of qualification and budget that clearly demonstrates difficulty in making debt payments. Note: This bursary is available to students three years post-graduation (graduates from 2022, 2021 and 2020 are eligible).
Please email your applications, and direct inquiries to: email@example.com
Please be sure to quote ‘2023 Fillmore Riley Post-Grad Bursary Application’ in the subject line. Late applications will not be accepted. Many thanks to the partners of Fillmore Riley LLP and the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative for their generosity and support.
University gold medal
Gold Medalists in Law
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.
Other awards and prizes
External Awards and Prizes for Law Students submitted by private external legal organizations.
Donich Entrepreneurial Scholarship
Deadline to Apply: November 30th, 2022
Donich Law is a trusted Toronto Law Firm, offering experienced, creative legal representation for both domestic and international clients. The Firm's reputation was built on hard work, perseverance and dedication to customer service. Donich Law is pleased to present a $1,000 award to an undergraduate or law student distinguished by work experience and academic achievement. This award was established in 2018 and is intended to reward students who have demonstrated and share the core values of the Firm's success.
Past University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law winners were Stephen Sisson (2018), Jonah Peron (2019), and Rohit Gupta (2020). Congratulations to the 2021 UM Law winner, Hardeep Suri.
Jo-Anne M. Findlay Memorial Award for Volunteerism at Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg Inc.
Deadline to Apply: April 28, 2023
The Jo-Anne M. Findlay Memorial Award was made possible due to the generous donations of many who honoured Jo-Anne when she passed away in May 2021. The award will be offered each year to a 3rd year student graduating from the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law’s JD Program who has, over the course of their academic career, demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism, access to justice and the values of Legal Help Centre of Winnipeg Inc. (“LHC”). Candidates must have worked at LHC as an extern, summer student and/or volunteer. The recognition will include a monetary award of $1250.00 and is intended to support a new graduate as they embark on their law career.
Completed application forms must be sent via email to LHC’s Executive Director, Scott McFadyen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Learning projects
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.
To support service learning, a bursary has been established whereby service learning work may be eligible for a tuition bursary credit. The tuition credit is applied to University of Manitoba: Law tuition fees in the Academic year following completion of the project. Please note that this bursary is not transferrable to tuition fees at other institutions.
Who is eligible to apply?
1L and 2L students. Registration in the subsequent Fall and Winter Terms, at the University of Manitoba 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
Annually during the month of February, a call for applications is made. The deadline for applications for summer 2023 service learning projects is: April 4, 2023.
Interested applicants are asked to submit the following:
- A Statement of Intent describing your interest in and relevance of the opportunity.
- Details of the project (i.e. what will you be doing, who you will be supervised by etc.).
- Information about the organization with whom you will be volunteering.
- A CV / Résumé.
- A Letter of Offer (acceptance or confirmation) from host organization, if applicable.
- A completed bursary application demonstrating financial need will also be required (instructions will be provided following receipt of application materials.)
Please note that opportunities for academic credit (for example: Mishpatim Program at Hebrew University) and conferences are not eligible. Preference is also given to first-time applicants.
To submit your application or for more information about the Service Learning Project program, please send email with subject line “Service Learning Project 2023” to:
Admissions and Awards Officer
Faculty of Law, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB Canada R3T 2N2