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Refugee scholarship a 1st for University of Saskatchewan College of Law

The U of S College of Law hopes the refugee scholarship will highlight the need to create opportunities for less advantaged groups and encourage similar initiatives. University of Saskatchewan / Supplied

A new University of Saskatchewan (U of S) scholarship is being offered by the College of Law for a student who has claimed or is claiming refugee status in Canada.

It will fully fund one juris doctor (JD) student’s tuition, fees and textbooks for their three-year law degree.

“The scholarship goes some way to removing a barrier that might otherwise prevent this person from realizing their goal of attending law school,” Doug Surtees, the associate dean of academic at the U of S College of Law, said in a press release.

“Though many university students know only too well the financial burden of tuition and fees, this is a chance for us to help someone who, as a refugee to this country, faces significant cultural, financial, and educational roadblocks.”

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The college hopes the scholarship will highlight the need to create opportunities for less advantaged groups and encourage similar initiatives.

“As a college training future lawyers, we have a vital role to play in helping people, and encouraging our partners, students and community to do the same,” Surtees said.

“We also need to ensure that the opportunity to undertake a legal education remains open to as many groups as possible.”

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The Law Students Association unanimously decided to donate $5 from each ticket sold for their First Year Formal event to the scholarship.

Eligible students who secure a place in the college’s JD program for September 2018 will be able to apply for the refugee scholarship.

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