OLSAS – Referee Requirements

Last updated: August 31, 2022

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Referee Selection

You may be required to ask individuals (“referees”) to provide a reference on your behalf. Review the program requirements for each law school as the number and/or type of reference required varies by law school.

Note: Some schools require a non-academic reference. This must be 1 of your 3 selected references. Additional references will not be accepted, even if you add additional program choices to your application.

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Submitting Your References

If you provide an email address for your referee, they must complete their reference online.

Once you add a referee, select “Send Email” to notify them about completing their online reference in a protected environment.

Ensure your referee is prepared to use the online form before entering an email address. Enter a business/university email address rather than a personal email address.

They must be familiar with PDF documents and/or scanners. The “Download” button will appear if you save the referee’s information without an email address. It is your responsibility to ensure your referee receives the email and successfully submits their reference to OLSAS.

If your referee does not have an email address, download the form and forward it to them. They must mail it, with their accompanying letter, to OLSAS when complete.


  • Only 1 version of the reference (online or paper, not both) can be submitted.
  • All references are confidential. Any information provided on your behalf by your chosen referees will be sent only to your chosen university/choices, and will not be made available to you.

Ensure you give your referees sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to OLSAS by the deadline. You may submit your application before your referees submit their references.

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Checking the Status of Your References

You can check the status of your references under the Actions/Status column in the Referees section of your application.

Reference Status

  • Email Sent: Your email was sent to your selected referee.
  • Form Viewed: Your referee viewed the reference form.
  • In Progress: Your referee started their reference but did not submit it.
  • Received: The OUAC received the reference from your referee.

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Referee Resets

You may reset your reference as long as the referee has not started the reference form. You will not be able to make changes to your referees once they have started their reference.

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