OLSAS – Western University

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

University program information is subject to change. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: August 22, 2019

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About Western Law

Western University, founded in 1878, is one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. We deliver “The Western Experience”, an exemplary learning experience that engages the best and brightest people, challenging them to meet ever-higher standards in the classroom and beyond. Since its first class graduated in 1883, Western University has become a vibrant centre of learning. Today it offers over 38,000 students more than 400 undergraduate programs, complemented by an exceptional range of curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities in every Faculty. From our home in Southwestern Ontario and outward across every continent, Western prepares future leaders to succeed.

The Faculty of Law was established in 1959 and has a proud tradition of producing great leaders in a variety of fields. With an incoming class size of 185 students, among the smallest in Ontario, we form a collegial dynamic community committed to the success of our students and faculty. In addition to our challenging and innovative curriculum, you can participate in many clinical programs, advocacy competitions and intensive seminars designed to hone your legal reasoning and practical skills.


Western boasts one of the most picturesque campuses in North America, situated along the banks of the Thames River in London, Ontario. Our gothic architecture and our ivy-covered campus blend in seamlessly with 1,200 acres of rolling hills and endless scenic locations to study, chat with friends or relax.

With a population of approximately 400,000, London offers the best of both worlds: Big city excitement with a small town feel, including very affordable living compared to other Canadian cities. Affectionately called the Forest City due to its numerous trees and more than 200 public parks, London has an extensive trail system that runs along the Thames River right on to Western’s campus. Winter sports can be enjoyed at London’s Boler Mountain and our many ice rinks, while in the summer Londoners enjoy the beaches of 2 Great Lakes (Huron and Erie) in nearby Grand Bend and Port Stanley. London also offers affordable sporting events, a thriving creative community and numerous festivals.


Western’s Faculty of Law offers a 3-year Juris Doctor (JD) degree program, as well as combined graduate and undergraduate degrees in a number of disciplines. An extended-time JD program is also available.

Academic Excellence

Academic excellence is at the heart of Western Law. Our faculty scholarship is wide-ranging and boasts expertise in business law, constitutional law, international law, insurance law, intellectual property, legal ethics and torts, among many other areas. Our professors make important contributions to the law and public policy in Canada and the world through their scholarly research.

They also value collegiality, providing you with significant opportunities to interact with them as academic and professional mentors.

Small Group Program

At the heart of the Western Law student experience is our Small Group Program. As a first-year student, you will take a core course with a small group of 20-21 students where you are introduced to fundamental legal skills and provided with an invaluable support system and individualized attention from professors.

This is further enhanced by teaching assistants who conduct hands-on legal research instruction in the library, assist with skills learning and act as mentors.

Updated Curriculum

Our updated curriculum will expand your options and provide greater opportunities for advanced, active and experiential learning.

In first year, in addition to fundamental core courses, you will have the option of taking Corporate Law in the winter term, an opportunity that is unique among Canadian law schools. This will introduce you to the corporate form of organization early on, which is fundamental to many areas of legal practice. It will also allow you to take more specialized business law courses as early as the fall term of second year, if desired, and provide greater flexibility in your upper-year courses.

In upper years, you will gain additional opportunities to practice your professional writing skills through writing requirements that may include court documents like pleadings and facta, statutory interpretation and legislative drafting exercises, legal memoranda and contracts.

You will also participate in intensive Alternative Dispute Resolution training led by experienced practitioners that includes simulations, feedback and reflection, and have the opportunity to enroll in week-long intensive courses in highly-specialized areas of law, such as cannabis law.

Finally, a series of curricular streams are available to provide you with informal guidance on the courses and co-curricular activities you may pursue in light of your interests and career aspirations. The streams will help you understand the relationships between and among courses and progress toward more advanced study in a particular area.

Each curricular stream culminates in an optional capstone course in the spring term of third year. Capstone courses are intended to assist you in making the transition from legal education to legal practice. They combine theoretical, practical and interdisciplinary components that will require you to apply the knowledge and skills you gained over your course of study.

January Intensive Period

Currently, a 3-week period in January is dedicated to providing an intensive active learning experience for every student in the Faculty. First-year students concentrate on moot court exercises that further develop their research, writing and oral advocacy skills, while upper-year students choose a limited-enrollment course from a broad range of options, many of which are taught by distinguished visiting professors from around the world. Several of these courses include experiential components, such as externships, community placements, extended simulations and site visits.

Extra Credential Programs

Western Law recently introduced our Global Sustainability Program, which is designed to train the next generation of leaders in the global mining industry. Students who complete the program will be able to identify the environmental, technological, business, social and legal aspects of global sustainability and apply sustainability theories to current and developing circumstances in the field of resource development. This certification is part of our commitment to teaching mining law best practices and providing our students with unique, interdisciplinary and practical opportunities to learn about this challenging sector.

Read more about our Global Sustainability Program and Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor.

International Experience

Western Law values and embraces the international experience, believing that in this era of globalization, exposure to another legal system is tremendously important. Our extensive exchange and summer law internship programs provide you with an enhanced perspective and a keen understanding of the rule of law beyond our borders. Western Law has an active international exchange program, with 19 partnerships in 15 countries.

Each year we send students to law schools in multiple European countries, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Quebec.

Approximately 1 in 5 upper-year Western Law students participate in an exchange program, allowing them to benefit from expanded curriculum options, study legal issues from a new perspective and create a network of international contacts. Each year, we also welcome more than 25 visiting exchange students, adding a unique perspective to the classroom.

Through our thriving Western Law Internship Program (WLIP), you have the opportunity to intern with government departments, international organizations, corporations and firms. The WLIP provides you with the opportunity to expand your knowledge of international, domestic and comparative legal issues while applying your legal skills in a professional environment. This enriched educational experience opens a new world of opportunities for you to succeed and prosper in an increasingly interdependent global system.

For additional information about the variety of opportunities available, review International Exchanges & Internships.

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The Faculty of Law is strongly committed to excellence and diversity. While we believe that excellence in academic studies is the best evidence of the ability to succeed in law school, we also believe that achievement in other areas may indicate potential for success.

Accordingly, our admission policy, which allows applicants to show their potential in a variety of ways, is designed to produce a mix of students with diverse backgrounds.

Visit Western Law’s website to read more about special programs, intensive courses, advocacy competitions, speaker programs, research groups, clinical programs, Career and Professional Development Office and student life.

Applicant Categories

There are 2 major categories for admission into first year: General and Discretionary.

The Admissions Committee is composed of the Associate Dean (Academic), Assistant Dean (Admissions and Recruitment), faculty members and third-year law students. While academic performance and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores weigh heavily in the Admissions Committee’s decisions, applications are reviewed holistically.

Competitive profiles for each applicant category are provided below and are intended to guide you in determining your likelihood of being admitted to Western Law. If your LSAT score falls below a competitive range for your category of admission, you are encouraged to write the test again. Achieving the competitive criteria in any category does not guarantee admission.

General Category

Western requires a minimum of 3 years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate university study, although the majority of admitted students have a 4-year degree. A competitive candidate in the General category will have a cumulative average of “A-” (80–84%) (grade point average [GPA] of 3.7) and an LSAT score above the 80th percentile.

The Admissions Committee considers the highest LSAT score and cumulative GPA (including grades obtained on academic exchanges). However, if your cumulative GPA is not competitive, we will give greater weight to your last 2 full years of undergraduate university study.

The Committee also considers factors other than grades and LSAT scores, including the following:

  • Employment
  • Personal achievements
  • Success in community and public service
  • Success in business, athletics or the arts

A full course load throughout your academic career, enrollment in honours programs, research and writing experience, and graduate work are also very positive factors.

Required application components:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • 2 confidential reference letters, 1 of which must be academic (Note: If more than 2 reference letters are received, only 2 will be read.)
  • Personal Statement
  • Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)

Resumés are not required for general applicants and will not be considered.

Discretionary Categories

Three years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate university study are required if you apply in either the Indigenous or Access category. A minimum of 2 years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate university study is required if you apply in the Mature category. Moreover, you must provide evidence confirming the basis of your application. The Admissions Committee may interview applicants in the discretionary categories.


The Faculty of Law recognizes that members of First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities are not adequately represented within the legal profession and therefore strongly encourages applications from these groups. Indigenous candidates may be admitted unconditionally, or subject to successfully completing the Wiyasiwewin Mikiwahp Native Law Centre Summer Program at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon successfully completing that program, credit will be given for Property Law.

A competitive candidate in the Indigenous category will have a cumulative average of “B+” (78%) (GPA of 3.3) and an LSAT score above the 60th percentile.

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)’s Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) provides financial assistance to First Nation and eligible Inuit students who are enrolled in eligible postsecondary programs. Additional federal assistance is also available to Indigenous students from several other sources. Finally, financial assistance is available for Métis and Non-Status students through the Department of Justice Canada’s Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Program.

Required application components:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • 2 confidential reference letters, 1 of which must be academic. The other should provide corroboration of involvement with the Indigenous community. (Note: If more than 2 reference letters are received, only 2 will be read.)
  • Personal Statement
  • Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)
  • Proof of Indigenous status or ancestry, or other ties to your Indigenous community

Resumés are not required for Indigenous applicants and will not be considered.


Access applicants are those whose academic performance was affected by a proven disadvantage that may include cultural, financial, medical or physical barriers, and/or a learning disability.

As an Access applicant you must describe how the disadvantage affected your academic record and provide supporting documentation. If you have a disability you are required to provide full documentation from qualified professionals on your disability and its effect on your academic record or LSAT score(s), and indicate whether you received accommodations during your program of study.

To be considered for financial disadvantage, and since many students work part time, the extent of the work should be at least 30 hours per week during the academic year and must be documented by a signed letter from your employer(s) on formal letterhead, where applicable. All documentation to support your access claim may be uploaded electronically through Secure Applicant Messaging (SAM) in your OLSAS application.

If you do not provide supporting documentation for your access claim, you will be assessed as a general applicant.

Although grades may have been affected by a proven disadvantage, you must show evidence of your potential to succeed at law school. This will require at least 1 academic year of competitive grades among 3 years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate university study.

A competitive candidate in the Access category will have a cumulative average of “B+” (78%) (GPA of 3.3) and an LSAT score above the 65th percentile.

Required application components:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • 2 confidential reference letters, 1 of which must be academic (Note: If more than 2 reference letters are received, only 2 will be read.)
  • Personal Statement
  • Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)
  • Corroborative documentation to substantiate the claim of disadvantage and demonstrate its effect on the academic record or LSAT score(s)

Resumés are not required for Access applicants and will not be considered.

Mature Category

Mature applicants must have at least 5 years of non-university experience since leaving high school (and prior to admission) and a minimum of 2 years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate university study. The years of non-university experience do not need to be consecutive.

A competitive candidate in the Mature category will have a cumulative average of “B+” (78%) (GPA of 3.3) and an LSAT score above the 65th percentile.

Required application components:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • 2 confidential reference letters, 1 of which should be academic, if possible, and 1 that provides corroboration of distinctive achievements. This could include a letter from an employer. Where it is not possible to provide an academic reference due to the passage of time, 2 non-academic reference letters are acceptable. (Note: If more than 2 reference letters are received, only 2 will be read.)
  • Personal Statement
  • Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)
  • Resumé (which may provide more detail than the Autobiographical Sketch)

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Eligibility Criteria

Personal Statement

A Personal Statement is required. The statement allows you to expand on information in the Autobiographical Sketch and to identify academic strengths and other achievements.

The ability to succeed in a non-academic area may reflect characteristics that allow the Admissions Committee to predict success in legal studies. Similarly, the fact that you have overcome a significant disadvantage and achieved significant success may also demonstrate these same characteristics.

The Personal Statement must be authored entirely by you and must not exceed 7,000 characters (including spaces).

For General and Mature applicants, there are 2 parts to Western’s Personal Statement (Part A and Part B). For Access and Indigenous applicants, there are 3 parts (Part A, Part B and Part C).

Part A (maximum 5,000 characters)


  • How your academic program(s) and/or employment has prepared you for studying law
  • Personal and/or professional achievements
  • Excellence in non-academic endeavours
  • Life experiences that provide evidence of maturity, focus, leadership, self-discipline, creativity or resiliency
  • Any rigorous research or writing projects you have completed and what you learned from them
  • How you may contribute to the diversity of the law school in terms of your background and experience

Also, if there are any anomalies in your academic record that warrant explanation, you may discuss them in your Personal Statement.

Part B (maximum 2,000 characters) – Fact Scenario

You are the Chair of a 3-person hiring team for a prominent local non-profit organization. In August, the team made a decision to hire a university graduate (the employee) to work part-time during the fall (while she completes 3 final courses for her degree program) and then full-time in January. The employee is highly-qualified, is well-liked by everyone on the hiring team and did well during her probationary period. The employee’s full-time employment is dependent upon completing degree requirements.

In the middle of December, the employee tells you she is unable to start full-time in January because she will not have completed 1 of her seminar courses. When you ask why, she tells you she was found responsible for plagiarizing part of an annotated bibliography. She claims the plagiarism was inadvertent but acknowledges she should have known better and is responsible for what she submitted. She must repeat the course and will not complete degree requirements until April. When the hiring team learns about this development, it has 1 of 2 choices:

  1. Let the employee go because she has not met the condition upon which she was to begin full-time in January; or
  2. Exercise its discretion to extend the full-time start date to May and permit her to remain part-time until then.

One member of the hiring team believes the employee should not continue with the organization because she lacks the integrity required for the position. That member believes it is critical the employee be trustworthy because she will work closely with a variety of potentially vulnerable clients. The other member of the hiring team believes the employee showed integrity by stating honestly why she could not begin full-time in January and does not believe client relationships will be jeopardized. This member believes the employee is trustworthy because she assumed responsibility for her actions.

You have the final vote. What would you decide and why?

Part C (maximum 1,000 characters)

Access Applicants

Discuss the disadvantage or barrier for which you are seeking special consideration that may have affected your academic studies or LSAT score(s). Include specific information relating to the timeline, if applicable.

Indigenous Applicants

Discuss your ties to your Indigenous community.

Note: While review of your Personal Statement by others is acceptable, the statement must be written by you alone. Extensive editing or rewriting by others is not permissible. When you submit your Personal Statement to Western University Faculty of Law through OLSAS, you are confirming that you are the true author of the statement.

Additional Documentation

If applicable, you must provide the following additional documentation:

  • Proof of permanent resident status (a clear photocopy of the front and back of the Permanent Resident Card). The date on the back must be legible. Canadian citizens do not need to submit proof of citizenship.
  • Proof of English proficiency (within the last 2 years) if English is not your first language and your university education was in a language other than English. Satisfactory achievement can be demonstrated in 1 of the following ways:
    • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The minimum acceptable score is 109 for the internet-based version, with a minimum score of 25 for writing and speaking skills, 267 (computer-based) or 630 (paper-based). Western’s TOEFL ID is 0984. Application forms and additional information may be obtained from the TOEFL website.
    • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council: The minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9. The IELTS is offered at multiple test centres worldwide. Information on the IELTS may be obtained from the IELTS website.

Extended-Time JD Program

The Extended-Time JD Program is available for students who may not be able to manage a full-time program because of family responsibilities, health problems, disabilities, financial necessity or other special circumstances. Information outlining the reasons for requesting the Extended-Time JD Program should be included in your Personal Statement.

Incoming first-year students in the Extended-Time JD Program are required to take:

  • A small-group core course;
  • Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy (LRWA) and
  • 1 or 2 additional core courses.

Some flexibility is required if you are admitted to the Extended-Time JD Program, as most courses will be scheduled during regular daytime hours.

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • meet the existing admission criteria;
  • apply for the Extended-Time JD Program at the same time as the application for admission to first-year Law and
  • complete the program within 6 years.

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The LSAT is required. The LSAT must have been taken on or after June 2015. February 2020 is the latest LSAT score accepted for September 2020 admission. However, it is strongly recommended that you write the LSAT by December 2019.

Exception: If a decision were to be made in the winter of 2020 to defer our admission decision until your final grades arrived in May (a decision solely within the discretion of Western Law), and if you wrote the March 2020 LSAT while we were waiting for final grades, your March 2020 LSAT score would be taken into consideration when re-assessing your application in May or June 2020. However, it is highly possible you will not be notified about our deferral decision until after the March LSAT registration deadline. Thus, the decision to rewrite in March is yours and must be balanced with the importance of achieving strong grades in your final semester.

Deadlines for First-Year Applicants

The application, reference letters and transcripts are due November 1, 2019.

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Admission to Second or Third Year

There are 3 categories of applicants to second and third year:

  1. Transfer
  2. Letter of Permission
  3. Advanced Standing

The number of students admitted in these categories is limited by the availability of places in the second and third year.

The competition for these positions is significant. Generally, you will receive priority if you are an upper-year applicant who meets the competitive profile (as outlined in the eligibility criteria for our General category) and you have strong first-year law school grades, which factor heavily in the admission decision. Compassionate reasons, where relevant, will also be considered.

As an upper-year applicant, you must provide the following:

  • Personal Statement, including your reason for transfer, seeking advanced standing or studying on a letter of permission, as the case may be. The structure of the Personal Statement is the same for first-year and upper-year applicants.
  • Autobiographical Sketch and verifiers.

You must also submit additional documents (as specified for each of the following categories) to OLSAS as part of your application. Resumés are not required for upper-year applicants and will not be considered.


If you are currently enrolled in first year at another Canadian law school, you may be admitted as a transfer student to the second year of the Western Law program. Transfer students who successfully complete the last 2 years of the program will receive a JD degree from Western University.

Required documents:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • Up-to-date transcript from your current law school
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)
  • 2 confidential reference letters from law professors
  • A letter from your current law school confirming you are in good standing and have not been the subject of any academic or non-academic discipline

Letter of Permission

If you are currently enrolled at a Canadian law school you can apply to study for 1 academic year at Western Law on a Letter of Permission prescribing a program of approved courses from your current law school.

Typically these requests are made by second-year students who seek to study at Western in their third year. If you successfully complete the approved program on a Letter of Permission you do not receive a JD degree from Western. Rather, you receive a law degree from your home law school.

Required documents:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • Up-to-date transcript from your current law school
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)
  • 2 confidential reference letters from law professors
  • A letter from your current law school confirming you are in good standing and have not been the subject of any academic or non-academic discipline
  • A letter from your current law school prescribing a program of approved courses and/or setting out any specific requirements that must be met while studying at Western Law

Advanced Standing

If you have successfully completed part or all of your legal education outside Canada, you may be considered for admission with advanced standing. Except in extraordinary circumstances, you will not receive more than 1 year’s advanced standing. Thus, if admitted, you will be required to satisfy the program requirements of Western Law over a 2-year period.

Upon successfully completing the program, you will be eligible to receive a JD degree from Western University. Advanced standing applicants who have not written the LSAT are required to do so. June 2020 LSAT scores for September 2020 admission will be accepted.

Required documents:

  • Official transcripts for all postsecondary education
  • A final or up-to-date transcript from your current law school
  • 2 confidential reference letters from law professors
  • LSAT score(s) (including writing samples)
  • A letter from your current law school confirming that you are in good standing and have not been the subject of any academic or non-academic discipline

Deadline for Upper-Year Applicants

The application, reference letters, transcripts and any other supporting documents are due May 1, 2020. If your transcript for the current academic year is not available before May 1, 2020, you must ensure it is provided as soon as it is available.

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Combined-Degree Programs

Western Law offers an HBA/JD with the Ivey Business School and a BESc/JD with the Faculty of Engineering (8 programs). These programs allow students to complete both degrees in 6 years (1 year less than if the degrees were pursued consecutively).

Applications for combined-degree undergraduate programs are submitted directly to the Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law by May 1, 2020, for September 2020 admission. June 2020 LSAT scores are accepted.

Visit our website for further details about applying to combined-degree programs.

Western Law also offers a combined JD/LLB program with the Université Laval and the following combined-degree graduate programs:

  • JD/MSc (Geology or Geophysics)
  • JD/MA (History)
  • JD/MBA (Ivey Business School)
  • JD/LLM (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)

Applications to the JD/MSc or JD/MA combined programs must be submitted to both programs separately. This can be done in 1 of 2 ways:

  1. Apply to both programs separately by the deadlines established by the Faculty of Law (November 1 for Fall Admission) and the Geology/Geophysics or History Graduate programs. The application for the JD program is available on the OLSAS website.
  2. Apply to the MSc or MA program by the deadline established by the Geology/Geophysics or History Graduate programs (after admission to but prior to beginning Law 1).

In either case, you must indicate on both applications your intention to pursue the combined‑degree program.

JD/MBA Program

The JD/MBA program is a limited-enrollment program administered jointly by the Faculty of Law and the Ivey Business School.

The program is designed for candidates who envision a career in areas where business and law are integrated. It provides an exceptional education for highly motivated, talented students capable of managing the demands of 2 intensive programs simultaneously. In this program, you complete both degrees in just over 3 years instead of the 4 it would take if the programs were completed consecutively.

A minimum of 2 years of full-time quality work experience is required for the MBA program. If you apply to the JD/MBA, you are not required to write the GMAT. If you do not meet the work experience requirement for the MBA program, you will still be considered for our regular JD program.

Your LSAT score will be considered by the Ivey Business School instead of the GMAT.

While you select “JD/MBA” as an option when you complete your OLSAS application, you must submit a separate application to the Ivey Business School no later than January 2020, as the first MBA component (business essentials) of the JD/MBA program begins in March 2020 – before first-year law.

After completing first-year law, you will take both MBA and law courses in your second and third years of study. This schedule allows you to be available for summer employment after first or second year.

Read more about Ivey’s MBA program and application details.

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Supplementary Information for All Applicants

Assessment of International Transcripts

If you have undertaken undergraduate studies outside Canada and the United States, you must have your international transcript assessed by World Education Services (WES).

If you have undertaken graduate studies outside of Canada and the United States, you are not required to have your international transcript assessed by WES, although such an assessment may be requested.

A WES evaluation is not required for courses you take as part of an exchange program, as long as transfer credits for those courses appear on the home university transcript.

Document Submission

It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is submitted to OLSAS by the published deadlines.

Deferral of Admission

Requests for a 1-year deferral of admission will be considered on an individual basis after you are admitted. Written requests, with supporting documentation, should be submitted to the Assistant Dean (Admissions and Recruitment). Deferrals are granted in exceptional circumstances only, typically when a situation arises that could not have been reasonably anticipated at the time of application.

If a deferral is granted, you must firmly accept your offer of admission and not apply to any other law schools in the next application cycle.

Fee Waivers

If you wish to apply for a waiver of Western University’s portion of the application fee, you should make this request directly to the Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law prior to submitting your Law School application through OLSAS.

Contact the Admissions Office in advance to request the proper form.

Complete supporting documentation is required.

Granting fee waivers is discretionary and rare. The deadline for submitting a fee waiver application and supporting documentation is October 15, 2019 (for first-year applicants), and April 15, 2020 (for upper-year applicants).

Late Applications

Late applications may be submitted only with the permission of the Admissions Committee.

Visit our website for details on filing a late application.

Entrance Scholarships

First-year students may receive Dean of Law Entrance Scholarships and Dean of Law Continuing Entrance Scholarships in amounts up to $40,000.

Read the descriptions of other Faculty of Law Entrance Scholarships.

Read additional information about financial aid and awards for all 3 years of study.

All admitted students will be considered for merit-based entrance scholarships without further application.

Government and Student Loans

Both the federal and provincial governments provide student financial assistance for Canadian citizens and permanent residents studying at the postsecondary level.

Financial assistance is in the form of an interest-free loan while you are a full-time student. Ontario students should apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

Students from other provinces should obtain financial aid information by contacting the appropriate government office in their province.


More than 50% of Western’s law students qualify for bursaries each year.

To be considered for an entrance bursary, which is non-repayable, you must also apply for government student loans. The online entrance bursary application is typically available in January. This information is sent to you via email after confirmation of receipt of your application, which is sent to you via email in mid-November. Ensure your email account is configured to receive all email from Western. For more information on bursaries, visit Student Finances.

False or Misleading Information

If it is discovered that your application, or any communications during the application process, contain false or misleading information, your application will be rejected or your offer of admission and/or registration will be revoked. You may also be reported to the Law School Admission Council’s Misconduct and Irregularities in the Application Process Subcommittee for further action.

Please provide complete accurate information with your application, and take extra care with your Autobiographical Sketch, where attention to detail is particularly important.


If you have questions about the application and receipt of supporting documents, contact OLSAS.

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Contact Information

If you have questions about our admission policies and standards or wish to arrange a tour of Western Law with a student ambassador or admission personnel, contact Admissions:

JD Admissions
Faculty of Law
Room 222
Western University
London ON  N6A 3K7

Telephone: 519-661-3347
Fax: 519-661-2063
Email: lawapp@uwo.ca

We invite you to meet with us at Western University’s Graduate & Professional School Fair on October 29, 2019.

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