OLSAS – GPA Calculations

Note: This application guide contains information for Fall 2020 Admission.

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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 Grading System 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.

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Using the Conversion Table

OLSAS uses a 4.0 scale. Refer to the OLSAS Undergraduate Grading System 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, the percentage grade will be used, with the exception of the University of British Columbia, which letter grades will be used for. All courses and marks, including failed, incomplete, repeated and supplementary courses, and courses extra to degree requirements are included in the GPA.

The GPA does not include “challenge for credit” courses. Courses for which a specific grade is not given (e.g., a “Pass” grade) are not included in the GPA.

Grades from countries other than Canada and the US are processed as non-convertible. The transcript will be forwarded to the institution(s) you applied to for evaluation.

Full courses are given a weight of 2. Half courses are given a weight of 1.

OLSAS calculates 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”.

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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.

Any questions or concerns about your GPA should be communicated 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.

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Graduate Academic Record

Each law school uses its own admission criteria to review and assess applicants’ graduate study academic records.

For more information, refer to the requirements section for each law school in the OLSAS application or contact the law schools directly.

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