Robson Hall (Faculty of Law – University of Manitoba)

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Robson Hall (University of Manitoba Faculty of Law)
Motto Pueris his dedit Deus scientiam (And to these children God gave knowledge (Daniel 1:17))
Established 1885
Type Public law school
President Dr. David Barnard
Dean Dr. Lorna A. Turnbull
Academic staff 67
Students 306[1]
Location Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Campus Urban Fort Garry
Mascot Bison
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, CIS, CVU, UArctic, ACU, CWUAA

The University of Manitoba's faculty of law, also known as Robson Hall, is located on the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It boasts a long-standing tradition of clinical legal education, with strong links to the bar and bench, and an increasingly robust interdisciplinary research profile, particularly in feminist legal theory, human rights law, and business law. It marks its centennial in 2014, with various events being planned to celebration this important landmark.


University rankings
University of Manitoba
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Common Law[2] 15

Robson Hall currently offers J.D. (Juris Doctor) and LL.M. (Master of Laws) programs. The latter program was brought into existence in 1949 by the Manitoba Law School and it was substantially revamped by the Faculty of Law in 1968. Robson Hall is renowned for its strong advocacy component, which includes several required and optional courses in legal advocacy, as well as a number of mooting opportunities throughout the degree program. The school has won thirteen of the past thirty-one Western Canada Moot Trial Competitions, and consistently places at the top of national moot competitions.

Robson Hall is home to the Marcel A. Desautels Centre for Private Enterprise and the Law. The Centre was formed with a mandate to "integrate the disciplines of law, business and the humanities as they apply to family-controlled and other private enterprises, the principal foundation of all economic activity in Canada."[3] The Centre provides academic programs that allow students to be trained with the necessary skills to provide well-rounded legal representation and advice to a variety of private businesses.

Robson Hall is also home to the Legal Research Institute, which was created to obtain research funding and grants, as well as to engage in various research projects.[4]


The Faculty of Law's annual application deadline is November 1. The school accepts 101 students for entry into the J.D. program each year. The school's admissions policy differentiates standard applicants by an index score, which is calculated based on an applicant's adjusted GPA and LSAT scores.[5]

Index = {AGPA*50 \over 4.5}+{LSAT-120 \over 1.2}

Notable sessional instructors[edit]

  • Justice Charles Huband (Justice, Manitoba Court of Appeal [Retired])
  • Bruce MacFarlane, Q.C. (Professional in Residence & Crown Prosecutor, Manitoba Justice)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ LSAC - JD: Canadian Law School Profiles. 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  2. ^ "2013 Common Law University Ranking". Maclean's. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  3. ^ University of Manitoba: Faculty of Law[dead link]
  4. ^ "University of Manitoba: Faculty of Law". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  5. ^ Robson Hall: Faculty of Law


Coordinates: 49°48′43″N 97°07′51″W / 49.81190°N 97.13081°W / 49.81190; -97.13081