OLSAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Last updated: August 22, 2019

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

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Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

  • 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. OLSAS must receive your:
    • first-year English program(s) application by November 1, 2019.
    • first-year French program(s) application by March 2, 2020.
    • Windsor Dual JD program application by April 15, 2020.
    • upper-year applications (including transfer, Letter of Permission, advanced standing and/or National Committee on Accreditation) by May 1, 2020.
  • Submit only 1 OLSAS application for 2020. Additional programs can be added after you submit your initial application by following the amendment process, as long as the deadline has not passed.
  • Ensure you give your referees sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to OLSAS by the deadline.
  • Check “Document Tracking” in your online application to verify your required documents were received.

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

Important:

  • Failure to comply with the admission requirements and deadlines may result in your application being cancelled.
  • Application fees are non-refundable.
  • Faxed documentation will not be accepted.

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Documents

You are required to submit a personal profile/statement for all law schools and a supplemental form for some schools. These forms are completed in the application.

Required Documentation

  • Submit your application and all required documents by the deadlines.
    • OLSAS will forward required documentation received after the deadline to the applicable law schools; however, OLSAS cannot guarantee that the law schools will consider these documents.
    • Normally, unsolicited application materials and information will not be considered for admission purposes.
    • Submit all required transcripts and documentation, as specified by the law schools you apply to.
    • Arrange with the registrar’s office of each university, college or CEGEP that you attended to send complete official transcript(s) of all course work completed to date directly to OLSAS.
    • If you attended or are currently enrolled at an Ontario university or college, you must use the online transcript request in the application.
  • Ensure you give your referees sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to OLSAS by the deadline.

Required documentation includes: Transcripts and reference letters.

The application process may be delayed until all required documentation and transcripts are received, as specified by the law schools you apply to.

Required documentation received after the deadline will be forwarded to the applicable law schools; however, OLSAS cannot guarantee that the law schools will consider these documents.

Supplementary Documentation

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

Supplementary documentation includes:

  • proof of landed immigrant status (not required if you are a Canadian citizen)
  • proof of Indigenous status
  • Windsor Dual JD Supplementary Form
  • resumé (pick “CV” from list)
  • supporting documentation for the Access category
  • supporting health or medical documentation

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.

Verify Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/OLSAS Reference Number (2020-88xxxx) and an acknowledgement email from OLSAS when you submit and pay for your application. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email, contact OLSAS immediately via Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM).

If you successfully submit changes to your application and/or respond to offers of admission, you will receive a confirmation number.

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