OLSAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Last updated: August 16, 2022

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  • If you fail to comply with admission requirements and deadlines, your application may be not considered by the law schools.
  • Application fees are non-refundable.
  • We will not accept faxed or emailed documentation.
  • Protect the personal information in your OUAC Account and your application. Do not provide it to anyone else or to other organizations in any form (e.g., paper, PDF).

Applicant Responsibilities

  • Become familiar with and observe the application procedures for each law school/program you apply to.
  • Submit your application and all required documents before the deadlines.
  • You can apply to additional programs after you submit your initial application by following the amendment process, as long as the deadlines have not passed.
  • Check Document Tracking in your application frequently to ensure that all your required documents are received by their respective deadlines.

If you have a criminal record or questions about your eventual accreditation by the various legal professional regulatory bodies in Canada, we strongly encourage you to contact the appropriate governing body in your province prior to applying for admission to an Ontario law school.

Verifying Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/OLSAS Reference Number (2023-88xxxx) and an acknowledgement email from OLSAS when you submit and pay for your application.

If you do not receive an acknowledgement email, contact us immediately via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM).

Submitting Your Documents

Required Documentation

Submit your application and all required documents and transcripts by the deadlines, as specified by the law schools you apply to.

Required documentation includes:

  • Transcripts
  • References
    • Ensure you give your referees sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to OLSAS by the deadline.
  • Personal Statement and Supplemental Form
    • You are required to submit a personal statement for all law schools and a supplemental form for some schools. These forms are completed in the application.

OLSAS will forward required documentation we receive after the deadline to the applicable law schools; however, we cannot guarantee that they will consider these documents. The application process may be delayed until all required documentation and transcripts are received, as specified by the law schools you apply to.

Normally, unsolicited application materials and information will not be considered for admission purposes.

Submit only 1 OLSAS application for 2023.

Supplementary Documentation

Any time after you start your application, you can use SAM to upload supplementary documentation, as required by the universities you apply to.

Supplementary documentation includes:

  • Proof of Indigenous status
  • Proof of permanent resident (landed immigrant) status (not required if you are a Canadian citizen)
  • Resumé (pick “CV” from list)
  • Supporting documentation for the Access category
  • Supporting health or medical documentation
  • University of Windsor Dual JD Supplementary Form
If you provide tax return or credit card information to substantiate financial hardship, you must remove your Social Insurance Number and credit card number before sending copies to OLSAS.

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