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OLSAS – Program Requirements Overview


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Last updated: August 24, 2017

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Here is an overview of the requirements for law school programs. Refer to each university’s requirements for full information.

Note: If you fail to submit the required documentation, your application at that school will be incomplete.

Bora Laskin (Lakehead)

First-year class size in 2016: 57

Number of applicants in 2017 academic year: 544

Part-time, half-time, extended time: N/A

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: 3 years or more; undergraduate program completion is preferred.

LSAT: Test must be taken on, or after, June 2013; no minimum LSAT score; highest score used – the weight given to the LSAT varies depending on the fulfillment of other elements of the application.

Academic minimums: Competitive applications have an overall academic standing of “B+”/75% with an “A-“/80% in the last 2 years of study at the undergraduate level.

Personal statements: Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): 2 letters of reference are required (1 academic and 1 may be non-academic).

Programs: JD

Categories: General, Aboriginal/Indigenous or Access

Other:

  • Applicants applying under the Aboriginal/Indigenous category are required to submit a letter of status from either a band council or Aboriginal/Indigenous organization to support their application under this category.
  • For the Access category, corroborative documents must be submitted.

Find more information about Bora Laskin Faculty of Law of Lakehead University.

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Osgoode (York)

First-year class size in 2016: 290

Number of applicants in 2017 academic year: 2,758

Part-time, half-time, extended-time: Extended-time

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: JD requires 3 years or more at a recognized university in a program leading to a degree; JD/MA (Philosophy) – Requires the completion of a 4-year honours undergraduate degree in Philosophy.

LSAT: Earliest acceptable score June 2013; latest acceptable score February 2018; highest score.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have a cumulative GPA of “A-”.

Personal statements: Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): 2 required; at least 1 academic reference is strongly recommended.

Programs: JD, JD/MBA, JD/MES, JD/MA (Phil), JD/Extended

Categories: General, Aboriginal/Indigenous

Other:

  • All applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships and awards, and applicants applying for the Income Contingent Loan Program, must complete the online Financial Statement.
  • Applicants who have received advanced standing towards their degree for a substantial number of credits completed through college, distance studies or at an institution that is not accredited should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their eligibility.
  • Applicants at least 26 years of age and with 3 years or fewer of university studies should refer to Eligibility Requirements.
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous category applicants are required to submit corroborative documentation to support their Aboriginal/Indigenous status in this category.
  • Joint Program applicants must apply concurrently to the partner faculty.

Find more information about Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

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Ottawa

First-year class size in 2016: 309

Number of applicants in 2017 academic year: 2,615

Part-time, half-time, extended time: Half‑time

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: 3 years or more; undergraduate program completion is strongly encouraged.

LSAT: June 2013; highest score; no minimum LSAT score.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have a cumulative GPA of “A-”.

Personal statements: 
Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): 2 required by all; at least 1 from an academic source.

Programs: JD, JD/MA, JD/MBA, Canadian & American Dual JD, PDC (Combined JD/LLL)

Categories: General, Special Circumstances, Access, Mature, Aboriginal/Indigenous

Other:

  • Aboriginal/Indigenous applicants must also submit a proof of Aboriginal/Indigenous status and an up-to-date resumé or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Mature applicants must also submit an up-to-date resumé or CV along with the Personal Statement; therefore, applicants should not use the Personal Statement as a CV.
  • The weight given to the LSAT will vary according to other elements of each applicant’s file.

Find more information about the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

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Queen’s

First-year class size in 2016: 200

Number of applicants in 2017 academic year: 2,351

Part-time, half-time, extended time: Part-time (up to 5 spaces available)

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: 3 years or more; completion of undergraduate degree is preferred and is required for combined programs.

LSAT: Earliest acceptable test date: June 2013. Latest test accepted: February 2018; highest score.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have a cumulative undergraduate average of “A‑”.

Personal statements: Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): General category: Please provide 1 academic reference. No more than 3 letters of reference may be filed to support an application.

Programs: JD, JD Part‑time, JD/MBA, MIR/JD, MPA/JD, MA (Econ)/JD.

Categories: General, Aboriginal/Indigenous, Access (includes disadvantaged, disabled and mature applicants).

Other:

  • TOEFL required for applicants who are not fluent in English.
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous and Access: Corroborative documentation required for basis of claim.
  • Access Mature applicants must provide a current resumé.
  • Access applicants must provide an explanation for the basis of claim through a secondary statement.
  • Combined program applicants must apply to OLSAS for JD admission and to the relevant graduate program for the graduate admission. Find more information about admission.

Find more information about Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

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Toronto

First-year class size in 2016: 206

Number of first-year applicants in 2017 academic year: 2,109

Part-time, half-time, extended time: Half-time

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: 3 years; almost all admitted applicants have completed a 4-year degree.

LSAT: Earliest acceptable test date – June 2013; latest acceptable test date – February 2018; most successful applicants score 160 and above.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have a cumulative GPA of “A‑” or higher.

Personal statements: Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): References are not required.

Programs: JD, JD Half‑time, JD/MA (Criminology), JD/MA (Economics), JD/MA (English), JD/MA (European and Russian Affairs), JD/MBA, JD/MGA (Global Affairs), JD/MI (Information), JD/MPP (Public Policy), JD/MSW (Social Work), JD/PhD (Economics), JD/PhD (Philosophy), JD/PhD (Political Science), JD/Certificate Aboriginal Legal Studies, JD/Certificate Environmental Studies, JD/Certificate Sexual Diversity Studies, JD/Collaborative Program – Jewish Studies

Categories: General, Mature, Aboriginal/Indigenous

Other:

  • Mature applicants are required to submit a resumé.
  • For all applicants, submitting an optional essay is strongly recommended.
  • Interviews are not used; letters of reference are not requested.

Find more information about the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

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Western

First-year class size in 2016: 176

Number of applicants in 2017 academic year: 2,123

Part-time, half-time, extended time: Extended time

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: 3 years of full-time (or equivalent) university study is required.

LSAT: Earliest test accepted: June 2013; latest test accepted: February 2018; scores of 160 or higher are considered most competitive; highest score is used for admission purposes, although all scores are reviewed.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have a cumulative undergraduate average of “A‑” or 3.7 GPA.

Personal statements: Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): General, Access and Aboriginal/Indigenous – 2 (1 academic required); Mature – 2 references required.

Programs: JD, JD/MBA, JD/Extended.

Categories: General, Aboriginal/Indigenous, Access, Mature.

Other:

  • TOEFL required for applicants whose undergraduate program was not in English.
  • Extended-time JD: Include reason(s) for request in personal statement.
  • Aboriginal/Indigenous: Proof of Aboriginal/Indigenous status or ancestry required.
  • Access: Corroborative documents required.
  • Mature: Resumé required.
  • JD/MBA must apply concurrently to the Ivey School of Business.

Visit our website for a full list of combined programs.

Find more information about Western University’s Faculty of Law.

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Windsor

First-year class size in 2016: 160 (JD); 85 (JD/JD)

Number of applicants in 2017 academic year: 1,710 (JD); 437(JD/JD)

Part-time, Half-time, extended time: Half-time

Minimum undergraduate academic requirements: 3 years or more is preferred; most successful applicants have completed an undergraduate degree; Canadian & American Dual JD program requires the completion of a 4-year undergraduate degree by the beginning of August in the year of entry.

LSAT: June 2013; highest score; no minimum LSAT score; the weight given to the LSAT varies, depending on the fulfillment of other application elements.

Academic minimums: Please refer to our 7 criteria.

Personal statements: Personal Profile is required from every applicant (found in the online application under “School Submissions”).

Referee forms (letters of reference): 1 academic reference form and 1 non-academic reference form.

Programs: JD, JD Half‑time, Canadian & American Dual JD, MSW/JD, MBA/JD, LLM.

Categories: General, Aboriginal/Indigenous.

 Other:

  • A Supplemental Application form (found in the online application under “School Submissions”) is required for the Canadian & American Dual JD program.
  • The half-time program requires an additional application statement.

Find more information about the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

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