OLSAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Last updated: September 11, 2020

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2021 admission.

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Important:

  • If you fail to comply with the 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 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, 2020.
    • first-year French program(s) application by March 1, 2021.
    • Windsor Dual JD program application by May 1, 2021.
    • upper-year applications (including transfer, Letter of Permission, advanced standing and/or National Committee on Accreditation) by May 1, 2021.
  • Submit only 1 OLSAS application for 2021. You can add additional programs after you submit your initial application by following the amendment process, as long as the deadlines have 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 application to verify your required documents were received.

If you have a criminal record or 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.

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Submitting Your 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 documentation received after the deadline to the applicable law schools; however, we 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 attend, have attended or have withdrawn from an Ontario university or college, you must submit an online transcript request within your application.
  • The application process may be delayed until all required transcripts and documents are received, as specified by the universities/programs you apply to.
  • Ensure you give your referees sufficient time to complete their reference and submit it to OLSAS by the deadline.

Required documentation includes:

  • Transcripts
  • References

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

Documentation received after the deadline will be forwarded to the applicable law schools; however, we 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 permanent resident (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.

Verifying Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/OLSAS Reference Number (2021-88xxxx) 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 SAM.

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