At Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), our tradition is innovation. Situated in Canada’s largest urban area and financial centre, we are known for our dedication to meeting societal needs through career-relevant education and practical learning. In recent years, we added a focus on entrepreneurship to our academic teaching and research to better prepare students to meet evolving societal needs.
Lincoln Alexander Law builds on this distinctive history. We designed a different kind of law school to create a different kind of lawyer – one who is innovative, nimble and well equipped to meet the evolving technological and social challenges taking place in society and the marketplace.
The overriding purpose of the Lincoln Alexander School of Law’s Juris Doctor (JD) program is to train career-ready legal professionals who possess the diversity of skills required to innovate the legal profession and to expand the reach of justice for all Canadians.
We received preliminary approval of our program from the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) in 2017. Based on this approval, we opened our doors to the first cohort of students in September 2020.
Like all common law programs in Canada with either full or preliminary approval, the Lincoln Alexander Law JD program is subject to the FLSC annual review process. A law program that is compliant with the National Requirement will be eligible for full program approval only once it graduates, or is about to graduate, its first class (Spring 2023).
In addition, the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) unanimously approved the designation of our JD program as an Integrated Practice Curriculum (IPC). That means students who graduate from Lincoln Alexander Law will not be required to article or complete the Law Practice Program (LPP) to be licensed as lawyers.
Lincoln Alexander Law’s Juris Doctor (JD) Program
We prepare and empower the lawyers of the future. The overriding purpose of our JD program is to train lawyers who can adapt to new trends by concentrating on practice-readiness in all its forms.
To do this, we leverage our distinctive strengths as a hub for entrepreneurial innovation and as a leader in equity, diversity and inclusion to develop a fresh educational perspective that combines theory, skills and practice.
Admission Requirements and Supporting Documents
We seek to create a vibrant and diverse academic environment that is focused on developing a new kind of lawyer: One who is innovative, adaptable and well equipped to meet evolving social challenges and shifts taking place in the Canadian legal market.
Our assessment is grounded in 3 of our key pillars:
- Increasing access to justice
- Promoting innovation and entrepreneurship
- Promoting equity, diversity and inclusion
To ensure that our student body represents the fullest possible range of social, economic, ethnic and cultural perspectives, the Admissions Committee considers many factors. The goal of the Committee is to evaluate each applicant’s potential by completing a holistic review of the application through a diversity lens, without setting a minimum grade point average (GPA) or Law School Admission Test (LSAT) requirement.
The Committee considers:
- All postsecondary studies
- Your best LSAT score
- Personal Statement (School Submissions)
- Reference letters
- Resumé or curriculum vitae (CV)
- Autobiographical Sketch
- Online interview (completed through a separate link that will be sent after we receive your application from OLSAS)
Any information provided is considered in a manner consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code.
The following documentation is required to complete your application:
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including those as a visiting or exchange student or study abroad program
- Official LSAT score(s) and the dates of any 2023 or 2024 LSAT to be written
- Personal Statement
- Letters of reference (1 academic reference strongly recommended)
- Resumé or CV
- Online interview
- Proof of English-language proficiency (if applicable)
It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted by the published deadlines. We will not consider incomplete applications.
There are 3 applicant categories:
Through your application to any category for the JD program, you must show that you:
- have strong potential to complete the rigorous JD program;
- have the ability to reason and analyze;
- can express yourself effectively orally and in writing with professionalism and civility; and
- possess the skills and attributes necessary to cope with the demands of law school.
Meeting minimum standards does not guarantee admission.
Direct all application submission and documentation receipt inquiries to OLSAS using Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) in your OLSAS Application.
Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University
Telephone: 416-979-5000, ext. 557762