LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law School

 

 

 

GPA

 

LSAT

 

 

 

Comments

 

Aboriginal applicants

Letters and essay

 

Enrolments

 

Deadlines

 

University of Alberta Faculty of Law

 

3.7

161

 

Multiple LSAT scores averaged

The Admission Committee looks for outstanding academic ability in senior-level courses (at least second year or higher), a competitive LSAT score, and skill in written and oral communication. All applicants will be reviewed using a combination of the LSAT score and grade-point average (GPA). The GPA will be based on a minimum of 60 credits, completed during the applicant's most recent years of academic study.

 

 

 

 

The Indigenous Academic Services Office promotes the recruitment of Aboriginal students through a separate admission process which takes into account the distinct cultural, linguistic, and historical differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal applicants.

No letters for regular candidates. Personal Statement (specific question about how your background experiences will make a contribution to the legal profession and the law faculty).

1,150 applicants; 175 enrolled

November 1; supporting document deadline: February 1

University of British Columbia Faculty of Law

82%

Graduate and second degrees not taken into account for GPA

163

 

Multiple LSAT scores, highest used

 

 

 

Applicants with First Nations ancestry may apply in the regular category or in the First Nations category. First Nations applicants should contact the Coordinator of First Nations Legal Studies, at fnls@law.ubc.ca as early as possible to discuss their application. The Faculty considers the applicant’s academic achievements, LSAT, and their involvement with and commitment to First Nations communities and organizations, and the applicant’s intention to use his or her legal training to advance First Nations’ concerns and interests. Applicants are required to establish their First Nations ancestry by enclosing a copy of their status card. If unable to provide a status card,

applicants must provide a chart tracing their line of ancestry. In addition, two letters of reference

are required.

 

No letters accepted for regular applicants. Personal statement (750 words max, relevant information, not the open essay type)

2,000 applicants; 209 enrolled

February 1

University of Calgary Faculty of Law

77%

154 highest LSAT score is considered

 

 

The Faculty encourages applications from Aboriginal Canadian applicants including applicants of Indian, Inuit and Métis heritage. These applications will first be assessed in the usual way. However applicants who are not admitted in this way will be further assessed for a conditional admission. This process is designed to facilitate access to legal education and the legal profession for Aboriginal peoples and to increase diversity in the student body in the Law School.

An Aboriginal applicant who is offered a conditional admission must normally attend the Program of Legal Studies for Native People offered each summer by the College of Law, University of Saskatchewan. This program is designed to introduce students to the process, substance and demands of a first-year program of legal education. A student who successfully completes this program will be regarded as having academic credentials that are the equivalent of those of other successful applicants and will then be admitted to the first year in the ordinary way.

3 letters (2 from university professors) Statement of purpose (500 to 1000 words)

1,200 applicants; 80 enrolled

November 1

Dalhousie Law School

 

81%

159 -highest score used

Dal interviews some of its candidates.

 

Emphasis is placed primarily on an applicant's academic record and LSAT score.

 

  

 

Candidates for admission to this programme must be either indigenous Nova Scotia Black or Mi'kmaq persons, and should indicate this on their application materials. Otherwise the documentation is similar to the regular admission process. The Admissions Committee conducts interviews with applicants to the Programme.

Applicants who are accepted in one of the designated special categories may, as a condition of their acceptance to law school, be required by the Admissions Committee to successfully complete, either prior to or during their first year of law school, a designated course of study.

Native Applicants

Those native applicants who are not eligible for the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Programme and whose previous academic background does not meet the admissions standards, are eligible to apply for admission to the Faculty of Law through successful completion of the Programme of Legal Studies for Native People at the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law.

2 academic letters

Statement of purpose

(no maximum length)

1,500 applicants; 160 enrolled

November 30 and February 28

University of Manitoba Faculty of Law

3.90

160

[1]

There is a special Aboriginal Admissions Program, the details of which can be obtained by writing to the director of the Academic Support Program at the Faculty.

 

Letters and personal statement for the individual consideration category of applicants.

900 applicants; 300 enrolled

 

Faculty of Law McGill University

 

83

160

 

LSAT not required, but must be disclosed and will be considered if written

 

 

English and French required.

 

The committee seeks to achieve a socially diverse learning community drawn from across Canada and beyond, in which there is a balance of women and men and of English and French speakers, as well as representation of a diversity of aspirations, backgrounds, and life experiences.

Admission to McGill’s Faculty of Law is highly competitive. Students offered admission at McGill generally have outstanding academic records in addition to their other achievements and qualities.




Aboriginal persons are strongly encouraged to apply to the Faculty of Law, and are invited to self-identify.

2 academic letters.

Statement of purpose (max two pages) in English or French.

Resume.

 

1,300 applicants; 230 enrolled

November 1

Faculté de droit de l’Université de Moncton

 

Minimum 2,8

Not required

The entire program is in French

 

 

86 applicants; 51 enrolled

March 31

University of New Brunswick Law School

3.8

158

highest LSAT score used

Regular applicants are initially selected using an admission index, calculated using the applicant's LSAT score (40 percent) and his or her GPA of all university courses taken, including post-first-degree work (60 percent).

 

 

930 applicants; 85 enrolled

March 1, rolling admission

Osgoode Hall Law School, York University

3.90
 

162

 

average score used

 

Osgoode is concerned that members of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis do not have substantial representation in the legal profession and, accordingly, strongly encourages applications from these groups. The committee’s decision to admit a candidate ultimately depends on its judgement of the candidate’s ability to successfully complete law school. The Admissions Committee strongly recommends the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the University of Saskatchewan prior to entering the Law School.

2 letters (one academic and one non academic)

Personal Statement

(2 questions: a. Discuss how your academic and non-academic experience has prepared you for the study of law (2000 characters)

b. Discuss the significance of a law degree in light of your goals (2000 characters)

 

For aboriginal students:

Discuss how your educational experience has been affected as a result of systemic barriers and how this has influenced your access to education (2000) characters and/or

Discuss the circumstances that have affected your academic performance (2000 characters).

 

 

 

2,400 applicants; 570 enrolled

November 1

University of Ottawa Faculty of Law

80%

156

 

highest LSAT score used

 

Persons of indigenous ancestry, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples may apply as either general or discretionary applicants.

The Personal Statement (which is part of the application on-line) should discuss your work, personal and community experiences and other factors relevant to your application.  Aboriginal applicants who meet the Mature category requirements may apply in both the Mature and Aboriginal categories.

You must also submit to OLSAS two letters of reference, at least one of which should be from an academic source; official transcripts of all your postsecondary education; and an up-to-date résumé/curriculum vitae. A proof of Aboriginal ancestry, such as a copy of a status card or a letter from your band council or Aboriginal organization is also required.

The Admissions Committee may admit applicants in the Aboriginal category unconditionally or subject to successful completion of the Native Law Program. It is, therefore, crucial that Aboriginal applicants complete their files as quickly as possible so that the Admissions Committee can make its decision in time for eligible applicants to begin the Native Law Program in Saskatchewan or "Le programme prédroit pour les Autochtones" at the University of Ottawa for French-speaking Aboriginal applicants. Both programs begin in May.

 

2 letters

 

Statement of purpose plus

personal and professional achievements, interests, community work and any other relevant factors to your application.

2,700 applicants; 200 enrolled

November 1

Queen’s University Faculty of Law

81%
83% (last two years)

Average LSAT score: 161 (82nd percentile)

Highest LSAT score used

 

Queen’s Faculty of Law is committed to the goal of increasing Aboriginal representation within the legal profession and therefore welcomes applications from Canadian Aboriginal people. Applications will be considered based on the applicant’s interest in and identification with his or her Aboriginal community as well as other factors including academic performance, results of the LSAT, employment history, letters of reference and a personal statement. This material will form the basis upon which the Admissions Committee will judge whether or not the applicant will be able to undertake the J.D. degree program successfully. The Admissions Committee recommends that an applicant have completed successfully at least two years of postsecondary education at a recognized university or college. An applicant who meets the minimum standards is eligible for consideration but is not guaranteed admission.

The personal statement submitted in support of the application should explain the applicant’s interest in, and identification with, his or her Aboriginal community. A non-academic letter of reference should be provided to corroborate the basis of the claim. Alternatively, a copy of the applicant’s status card can be submitted to establish the applicant’s identification with, or connection to, an Aboriginal community. In addition, applicants are required to provide an academic letter of reference.

The Admissions Committee may admit applicants to the Aboriginal category unconditionally or subject to successful completion of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People offered each summer at the University of Saskatchewan. Queen’s Faculty of Law fully endorses this program and considerable weight is placed upon the evaluation of the applicant submitted by the Director of the program.

1 to 3 letters (1 must be academic)

 

Personal statement

(show intellectual curiosity, avid interest in the law, social commitment, reasonable judgment and insight, leadership potential, teamwork skills, creative ability and innovative endeavours, self-discipline, time management skills and maturity.

8,000 words)

 

2,300 applicants; 500 offers

 

University of Saskatchewan College of Law

78%

159

 

highest valid score used

Grades obtained for work done in graduate schools are not used as a part of the GPA but are considered when assessing the qualifications of applicants.

 

 

In he case of Aboriginal persons, successful completion of the Program for Legal Studies for Native People, held during the summer months at the Native Law Centre, will be considered by the Admissions Committee as a special supplementary predictor of success in law school.

Letters for Aboriginal applicants only.

Personal statement (academic interests, achievements, work experience, special skills.

Non SK residents must explain their connections to SK. Max. 500 words).

1,100 applicants; 120 enrolled

February 1

University of Toronto Faculty of Law

85%

(3.8)

167 (95th)

 

Normally, the best LSAT score is used.

 

 

The Faculty has an access and academic support program for Aboriginal people. It also admits mature students (those with five or more years of nonacademic experience).

 

The Faculty believes that Aboriginal people including those of Indian, Métis and Inuit heritage represent unique groups in Canada deserving special recognition in admissions policy. We believe that the admissions policy is an appropriate means of attempting to increase access to legal services for Aboriginal people and to redress historic systemic discrimination against them in Canadian society. The Faculty is concerned that Aboriginal people do not have substantial representation among the ranks of the Canadian legal profession. The Faculty also believes that the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of these students provide valuable dimensions which enhance the quality of legal education.

The Faculty therefore welcomes applications from Aboriginal people and seeks to enhance their participation in legal education and legal practice. If the Admissions Committee believes that an Aboriginal applicant can be successful in our program, he or she will be admitted. In appropriate cases, admission may be conditional on successful performance in the Program of Legal Studies for Native People offered each summer at the University of Saskatchewan. This program is designed as a preparation for formal studies at a Canadian law school.

 

 

 

Letters not required.

Personal statement (content not prescribe, share your story with the admissions committee.

You can write about your choice of undergraduate program and institution; the extent to which it has prepared them for the study of law; and if appropriate, any anomalies in the academic record).

1,900 applicants; 300 enrolled

 

University of Victoria Faculty of Law

 

83%

(3.85)

163

89 percentile

Applicants in the Regular category must have a degree from a recognized university or a minimum of three full years of undergraduate study leading toward a degree. Admission decisions are made on a competitive basis with cumulative GPA weighted 70 percent and LSAT weighted 30 percent. Extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience, and personal characteristics are also considered.


Fifteen positions are reserved for applicants in the Special Access category. To qualify, an applicant's academic achievements must have been significantly delayed, interrupted, or adversely affected by cultural or economic factors; family or similar responsibilities; a physical, medical, or learning disability; or other relevant factors. Applicants are evaluated on occupational endeavors; community, public service, and cultural activities; academic performance; and LSAT score(s).

Eight to ten positions are set aside for applicants from First Nations, Métis, or Inuit backgrounds. Applicants in the Aboriginal category are considered individually on the basis of academic performance, LSAT scores, employment history, letters of reference, and past, present, and future connections with the Aboriginal community.

 

 

If an applicant’s academic background is deemed appropriate, the Admissions Committee may make an offer of admission conditional upon successful completion of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People, conducted by the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. The Faculty fully endorses this program, and considerable weight is placed upon the evaluation submitted by its Director.

 

Letters not required for regular category. But you must include academic and non academic referees in your application.

 

Questions about academically related extra-curricular activities, community involvement, work experience, and personal characteristics that will be an asset for our legal studies and in your professional legal practice.

 

1,150 applicants; 105 enrolled

February 1

The University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

 

82%

(3.7)

161

 

Multiple LSAT scores averaged—unless special circumstances

 

The discretionary categories (Aboriginal, Native, and Access) are primarily for applicants who either do not have the educational requirements or whose academic performance has been significantly affected by some disadvantage.

Personal statement (to expand on information provided on the application form, to identify strengths in academics and other achievements, including all languages spoken).

2,350 applicants; 165 enrolled

November 1

University of Windsor Faculty of Law

3.14 average

153 average

 

Cumulative

 LSAT score

The admissions committee bases its decisions on a number of factors rather than hard data.

Read the selection criteria from the school's website.

Windsor Law recognizes that native Canadians are not adequately represented within the legal profession. The admission policy of the Faculty of Law encourages native Canadians to pursue legal studies.

Unconditional and conditional acceptances may be granted to native Canadian applicants who are considered to have good potential for the study of law. Applicants who have received a conditional acceptance from the Faculty of Law and who have successfully completed the program of Legal Studies for Native People offered each summer by the Native Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan will be admitted to the first year of the LLB program and receive credit for Property Law. 

2 letters (one academic and one non academic)

 

Personal profile.

1,800 applicants; 350 enrolled

November 3 and April 15

 

 

 

Notes:

 

1)      I compiled this information from different sources. The purpose of this chart is to give you an idea of the Law School admissions requirements.

2)      Please read each Law School official documentation carefully before applying. Do not rely on the information here.

3)      This chart does not claim to be accurate or updated.

4)      It only includes common law schools, not civil law schools.



[1] Applicants are divided into Index Score and Individual Consideration categories, which themselves are subdivided into full- and half-time categories. An applicant who is 26 years of age or more can be processed in the Index Score category if five full university courses have been successfully completed. Up to 15 places are available in the Individual Consideration category.

Selection of applicants in the Index Score category is based solely upon the excellence of each applicant's academic record and LSAT score using the formula:



The comparative grade-point average (CGPA) is determined by removing from the calculation certain worst grades. If the applicant has completed 90–101 credit hours, 18 are dropped; if 102–113 credit hours have been completed, 24 are dropped; if 114 or more credit hours were completed, 30 are dropped.