Fonds UA 43 - Faculty of Law

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Faculty of Law

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  • [ca.1860]-2011 (Creation)
    Faculty of Law
    Winnipeg (Man.)

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1996/1997 accessions:
12 m of textual and other material
2013 accessions:
16.9 m of textual material
2450 photographs
3 compact discs
6 video cassettes
236 negatives
8 slides
12 contact sheets
2 films
91 audio cassettes
30 reel to reel audio tapes
1 33rpm microgroove vinyl record

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([ca.1860] -)

Administrative history

The University of Manitoba first became involved in legal education in 1885 when it established a three-year course of studies leading to the LL.B. degree. This course did not include instruction, it simply prescribed a reading program with three annual examinations, which articled law students couId follow concurrently with the course prescribed by the Law Society. In the years 1911-1912, the Law Society was prompted by the Law Students Association to provide a short series of lectures. In 1913, H.A. Robson, then Manitoba's Public Utilities Commissioner and a former judge of the Court of King's Bench, organized a considerably improved course of lectures and began to lay the plans for the establishment in the following year of a permanent law school modeled after the Osgoode Hall Law School of the Law Society of Upper Canada.

The Manitoba Law School was jointly sponsored by The University of Manitoba and the Law Society of Manitoba. Both bodies took part in the planning from the beginning. In the summer of 1914, they entered into an agreement, subsequently endorsed by legislation, which provided for the creation of the School, offering a three-year course consisting of lectures and apprenticeship leading to both an LL.B. degree and a call to the Bar and admission to practice. Expenses of the School were shared equally by the two parent bodies, and its operations were supervised by a jointly appointed Board of Trustees. This arrangement between The University of Manitoba and the Law Society of Manitoba continued until 1966 when the Law School became the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba.

The Faculty of Law presently offers programs of study leading to two degrees, the LL.B. and the LL.M. The latter degree program was brought into existence in 1949 by the Manitoba Law School. It was substantially revamped by the Faculty of Law in 1968.

Custodial history

The A96-57, A96-85, and A97-30 accruals were donated by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 1996 and 1997.
The A13-104, A13-105, A13-106, A13-114, A13-115, A13-116, A13-117, A13-118 accruals were donated by the University of Manitoba Faculty of Law in 2013.

Scope and content

The 1996 & 1997 accruals detail the formation of the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Law from its establishment as a course at the University of Manitoba in 1885, to the formation of the degree-granting Manitoba Law School, to the creation of the Faculty of Law. The records date from 1877 to 1998 and include textual records, photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, and cartographic material.
The 2013 accruals include 16.9 m of administrative and historical textual material. The photograph collection includes 8 slides, 236 negatives, 2450 photographs, 12 contact sheets, 3 compact discs, 2 filmstrips and 6 VHS video tapes. The tape collection includes 91 audio cassette tapes, 30 reel to reel audio tapes and 1 33rpm microgroove vinyl record.

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The A96-57, A96-85, and A97-30 accruals have been divided into thirty-seven series. The series entitled Dean's Papers has been divided by each Dean's administration and has been organized accordingly into sub-series. The 2013 accesions have been organized individually within each accession, and the organizational information can be found within the individual finding aids.

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  • English
  • French

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Location of originals

Archive of Western Canadian Legal History original records are located at the Archives of Manitoba.

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Restrictions on access are marked on applicable file folders, boxes and in the finding aid. Please contact Archives staff for further information on how to access these records.

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further accruals are expected.

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UA 43, PC 139, TC 87, MC 18 (A13-104), (A13-105), (A13-106), (A13-114), (A13-115), (A13-116), (A13-117), (A13-118)

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University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

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AtoM description created on December 18, 2013 by Jeanette Mockford.
AtoM description revised on February 27, 2014 by Jeanette Mockford.
Revised March 2014 by Tyyne Petrowski.

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The Administrative History was developed by Dan Davies and copied in its original form for the AtoM descriptive entry.

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