Robson Hall

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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))
Type Public law school
Established 1914[1]
President Dr. David Barnard
Dean Dr. Lorna A. Turnbull
Academic staff
Students 306[2]
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.


University rankings
Global rankings
Canadian rankings
Maclean's Common Law[3] 15

Robson Hall currently offers J.D. (Juris Doctor) and a limited enrolment 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 was locally known for its advocacy component, which, like most law schools, included several required and optional courses in legal advocacy, as well as a number of mooting opportunities throughout the degree program. It now enjoys a reputation as a social justice institution, as a critical law school and has shifted focus over the last several years from being practitioner-oriented to being a scholarly centre of legal learning with a high density of liberal feminist professorate on staff. The school has won thirteen Western Canada Moot Trial Competitions, and has, on occasion, placed at 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."[4] 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, funded by the Law Foundation of Manitoba, which was created to dole out research funding and grants, as well as to engage in various research projects; it almost exclusively awards monies to Robson Faculty.[5]

Notable sessional instructors[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ University of Manitoba Faculty of Law Robson Hall (Summer 2013). "Alumni Report" (PDF). Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ LSAC - JD: Canadian Law School Profiles. 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
  3. ^ "2013 Common Law University Ranking". Maclean's. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "University of Manitoba: Faculty of Law". Retrieved 2015-02-14. 
  5. ^ "University of Manitoba: Faculty of Law". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 


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