OLSAS – Program Requirements Overview

Last updated: August 31, 2020

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2021 admission. University program information changes regularly. View the application for the most up-to-date details.

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

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

Bora Laskin Faculty of Law (Lakehead University)

First-year class size in 2019: 65

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 academic year: 539

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 2016; 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.

School Submissions: 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, Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit), Access, Mature

Other:

  • Applicants applying under the Indigenous category are required to submit a letter of status from either a band council or Indigenous organization to support their application under this category.
  • Applicants applying under the Access category must submit corroborative documents.
  • Applicants applying under the Mature category must submit an up-to-date resumé.

Read more about Bora Laskin Faculty of Law of Lakehead University.

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Osgoode Hall Law School (York University)

First-year class size in 2019: 290

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 academic year: 2,745

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, with exceptions as noted in “Other”; JD/MA (Philosophy) – Requires the completion of a 4-year honours undergraduate degree in Philosophy.

LSAT: Earliest acceptable score is June 2016; latest acceptable score for entry in 2021: January 2021; highest score.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of “A-”.

School Submissions: 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 (Common Law)/LL.B (Civil)
  • JD/Extended

Categories: General, Indigenous

Other:

  • You must complete the online Financial Statement to be considered for entrance scholarships and to apply to the Income Contingent Loan Program.
  • If you are at least 26 years of age and with fewer than 3 years of university studies, refer to Eligibility Requirements to determine your eligibility.
  • If you are applying in the Indigenous category you are required to submit corroborative documentation to support your Indigenous status.
  • If you are applying to a joint program, you must apply concurrently to the partner faculty.

Read more about Osgoode Hall Law School of York University.

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University of Ottawa (English Programs)

First-year class size in 2019: 309

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 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 2016; highest score; no minimum LSAT score. (Not required for French programs.)

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

School Submissions: 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, Indigenous

Other:

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

Read more about the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law.

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Queen’s University

First-year class size in 2019: 200

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 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 2016; latest test accepted: February 2021; highest score.

Academic minimums: Most successful applicants have an “A-” in the top 2 years of their undergraduate degree program.

School Submissions: Required from all applicants.

Referee forms (letters of reference): 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 (Economics)/JD

Categories: General, Indigenous, Access

Other:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for applicants who are not fluent in English.
  • Indigenous and Access: Corroborative documentation required for basis of claim.
  • 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 graduate admission. Read more about Queen’s University School of Graduate Studies admission.

Read more about Queen’s University Faculty of Law.

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Ryerson University

First-year class size in 2019: N/A

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 academic year: 1,953

Part-time, half-time, extended-time: None.

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

LSAT: Earliest test accepted – June 2016, latest test accepted January 2021. No minimum LSAT score.

Academic minimums: No minimum GPA is required. All applications are reviewed holistically.

School Submissions: Written statements, resumé and online interview are required for all applicants.

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

Programs:

  • JD

Categories: General, Indigenous

Other:

  • Indigenous applicants must include in their Personal Statement an outline of their relationship and connection to their community, which could include the impact of colonization on their family, or their connection to Indigenous culture, Evidence of Indigenous identity is required and may take the form of a copy of a status card, connection to community and culture, or a letter of support from an Indigenous organization.

Read more about the Ryerson University Faculty of Law.

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University of Toronto

First-year class size in 2019: 210

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 academic year: 2,230

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 2016; latest acceptable test date – January 2021; most successful applicants score 160 and above.

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

School Submissions: 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 (Criminology)
  • JD/PhD (Economics)
  • JD/PhD (Philosophy)
  • JD/PhD (Political Science)
  • JD/Certificate in Aboriginal Legal Studies
  • JD/Certificate in Environmental Studies
  • JD/Certificate in Sexual Diversity and Gender Studies
  • JD/Collaborative Program in Jewish Studies

Categories: General, Mature, Indigenous

Other:

  • Mature applicants are required to submit a resumé.
  • We strongly recommend you submit an optional essay.
  • For the Black Student Application Process (BSAP) option, you are required to submit the BSAP Essay.
  • Interviews are not used; letters of reference are not requested.

Read more about the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

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Western University

First-year class size in 2019: 185

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 academic year: 2,174

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

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

LSAT: Earliest test accepted: June 2016; latest test accepted: February 2021; 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.

School Submissions: Required from all applicants.

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

Programs:

  • Extended-Time JD
  • JD
  • JD/LLM (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • JD/LLB (l’Université Laval, Quebec)
  • JD/MA (History)
  • JD/MBA
  • JD/MSc (Geology/Geophysics)

Categories: General, Indigenous, Access, Mature

Other:

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

Visit Western Law for a full list of combined programs.

Read more about Western University’s Faculty of Law.

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University of Windsor

First-year class size in 2019: 159 (JD); 83 (JD/JD)

Number of first-year applicants in 2020 academic year: 1,929 (JD); 433 (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 a 4-year 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: November 2015 (earliest acceptable); highest score; no minimum LSAT score; the LSAT is 1 of 7 criteria considered.

Academic minimums: Refer to our 7 criteria.

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

Referee forms (letters of reference): 1 academic reference form and 1 non-academic reference form (preferably from a community engagement experience).

Programs:

  • JD
  • JD Half‑time
  • Canadian & American Dual JD
  • MSW/JD
  • MBA/JD
  • LLM

Categories: General, 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.

Read more about the University of Windsor’s Faculty of Law.

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