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Robson Hall Faculty of Law
Motto Pueris his dedit Deus scientiam (And to these children God gave knowledge (Daniel 1:17))
Established 1914
School type Public
Dean Dr. Jonathan Black-Branch
Location Winnipeg, MB, CA
Enrollment 306
Faculty 67 (See List)
Annual tuition
Outlines 0 (See List)
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Robson Hall Faculty of Law is located in Winnipeg, MB

The Robson Hall Faculty of Law is the law school of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It is located on the Fort Garry campus.


Template:Canadian university rankings Robson Hall currently offers J.D. and a LL.M. 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 known for its advocacy and clinical components, which include several required and optional courses in legal advocacy, negotiation, legal methods, judge shadowing, mooting, and intensive clinical opportunities throughout the degree program. It continues to enjoy a national reputation as a practice-oriented clinical school and as a scholarly centre of legal learning with a human rights and indigenous practice focus. The school has won over thirteen Western Canada Moot Trial Competitions, and routinely places 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."[1] 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.

In 1999, the Faculty of Law established the Asper Chair of International Business and Trade Law. The Asper Chair "sponsors a variety of research including bi-annual academic conferences in international business and trade law".[2] The program features "an internship program allows up to four students a year to work with the Asper Chair and creates opportunities for students to advance their education, while gaining skills necessary to pursue careers in law or business with an international focus".[3] Additionally, students involved in the Asper program "have the opportunity to participate in international commercial dispute resolution competitions".[4]

Robson Hall is also home to the Legal Research Institute, funded by the Law Foundation of Manitoba, which awards research funding and grants to meritorious applicants engaged in various research projects vital to legal practice in Manitoba.[5]

Notable alumni

Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada

Other Notables

  • Daniel Yanofsky (Canada's first chess grandmaster)
  • Kimberly Prost (Canadian Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and International Criminal Court)
  • Stuart Garson (12th Premier of Manitoba, Canadian Minister of Justice and Attorney General)
  • Howard Pawley (18th Premier of Manitoba)
  • Sterling Lyon (17th Premier of Manitoba)
  • Murray Sinclair (Chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Senator for Manitoba)
  • Sydney Halter (First commissioner of the Canadian Football League)
  • Izzy Asper (Billionaire lawyer)
  • Kael McKenzie (First transgender person ever appointed a judge in Canada)
  • Irwin Dorfman (President of the Canadian Bar Association, the first Jewish president in the Association's history)
  • Edward Pitblado (Olympic Hockey player and Ducks Unlimited Canada founder)

Notable sessional instructors

  • David Asper (lawyer, businessman, philanthropist and recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal)
  • Justice Charles Huband (Justice, Manitoba Court of Appeal [Retired])
  • Bruce MacFarlane, Q.C. (Professional in Residence & Crown Prosecutor, Manitoba Justice)
  • Judge Raymond E. Wyant (former Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Manitoba, Canada)

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