OLSAS – GPA Calculations
Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2021 admission.
- Undergraduate Academic Record
- Using the Conversion Table
- Verification of Application GPA Data Legend
- Graduate Academic Record
Undergraduate Academic Record
The Ontario law schools receive applications from applicants who attended universities with various grading systems. The admission committees at the law schools attempt to give each applicant equal consideration.
The OLSAS Undergraduate Grade Conversion Table is used to compile academic records in a uniform manner and equate the various grading systems.
Only university undergraduate credit courses from Canadian and American universities are included in the OLSAS grade point average (GPA). Diploma and certificate programs are not usually included.
Using the Conversion Table
OLSAS uses a 4.0 scale. Refer to the OLSAS Undergraduate Grade Conversion Table to determine the grading scale used for each university that you attended/are attending.
The law schools equate university work on the basis of the Ontario traditional academic year system. For universities operating in the semester system, 2 semesters are combined as the equivalent of an academic year (i.e., semesters 1 and 2 are combined for first year; semesters 3 and 4 for second year). Co-op semesters are grouped similarly.
Note: Each law school may use a different GPA than is calculated by OLSAS in the undergraduate academic record, based on its own admission criteria. Refer to the requirements section for each law school in the OLSAS application for more information.
Where both letter and percentage grades are reported on the transcript, we will use the percentage grade, with the exception of the University of British Columbia, which we will use letter grades for.
We include all courses and marks, including failed, incomplete, repeated and supplementary courses, and courses extra to degree requirements in the GPA.
The GPA does not include “challenge for credit” courses. We do not include courses a specific grade is not given (e.g., a “Pass” grade) for in the GPA.
We process grades from countries other than Canada and the US as non-convertible. We will forward the transcript to the law schools you applied to for evaluation.
Full courses are given a weight of 2. Half courses are given a weight of 1.
We calculate the cumulative average by adding all of the course lengths and converted grades and dividing the total course lengths into the total OLSAS values from the conversion table.
Note: The cumulative average is not an “average of the averages”.
Verification of Application GPA Data Legend
Beginning in December, you will have access to your OLSAS GPA calculation in the Document Tracking section of your application. You are responsible for reporting any required changes to your academic record to OLSAS.
You should communicate any questions or concerns about your GPA to OLSAS via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) within your application.
Duration F – You have the equivalent of a minimum of 3 full-time courses or 6 half courses. Two consecutive semesters are grouped together as “full time”.
Duration H – For attendance in a single semester, a minimum of 3 half courses is required.
Duration S – Used to group all courses taken as part-time, summer school and/or intersession in a particular calendar year.
Graduate Academic Record
Each law school uses its own admission criteria to review and assess applicants’ academic records for graduate study.
For more information, refer to the requirements section for each law school in the OLSAS application or contact the law schools directly.