OLSAS – Applicant Responsibilities and Requirements

Last updated: August 16, 2021

Note: This application guide contains information for fall 2022 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

  • 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, 2021.
    • first-year French program(s) application by March 1, 2022.
    • Windsor Dual JD program application by April 15, 2022.
    • upper-year applications (including transfer, Letter of Permission, advanced standing and/or National Committee on Accreditation) by May 1, 2022.
  • You can add 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 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 required documentation received after the deadline to the applicable law schools; however, we cannot guarantee that they 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.
      • In some instances (for institutions outside of Ontario), you may be able to order your transcript through a third-party digital credential provider to be sent directly to OLSAS. Read more about Approved Transcript Distribution Centres.
      • If you attend, have attended or have withdrawn from an Ontario university or college, you must submit an online transcript request within your application.
  • Submit only 1 OLSAS application for 2022.
  • The application process may be delayed until all required documentation and transcripts are received, as specified by the law schools 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

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.

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Verifying Your Application Information

You will receive an OUAC/OLSAS Reference Number (2022-88xxxx) 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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