The International Exchange Program at the Faculty of Law allows students to spend one semester studying at some of the top law schools in the world.

Please contact the Student Programs Coordinator at for any of the following:

  • Additional general information, and/or specific questions about exchanges that are not answered on the website.
  • To speak with someone who has been on exchange at the institution you are considering.
  • To review the exchange evaluation binder.

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Important Dates Including Information Session and Application Deadlines

  • Exchange Information Sessions: November 12th, 2014, 12:30-1:30pm. VC101.
  • Deadline to make preliminary request to study at a Category Two school: November 24th, 2014.  
  • Final Deadline for Category One and Category Two school applications: January 9th, 2015. Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Acceptance emails with school matches: February 2015.   
  • Mandatory pre-Departure Orientation Session: TBD.

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Is an Exchange for me?

The exchange program at the Faculty of Law places academics at its core. Law programs at partner institutions are excellent schools with academically rigorous curricula. In addition to gaining valuable experience in international settings, students have the oppurtunity to learn about a wide variety of legal contexts.

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Am I eligible to go on exchange?

  • Students must be in their second or third year.
  • Students must be in good standing.
  • Students must be enrolled in the full time program. 
  • Transfer students are not eligible to go on exchange.

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Internships on exchange

The Faculty of Law encourages students who are going away on exchange to consider undertaking an internship either during their term away. For those away in the second term, students may also choose to pursue an internship in the city of their exchange during the summer break after their studies have finished. 

What rules and requirements should I be aware of?

  • Students must complete U of T JD Requirements while in residence at the Faculty of Law. See the JD requirements webpage. The one exception is the International, Comparative and Transnational course requirement which can be satisfied while on exchange.
  • Students going on exchange in the second term of their graduating year must have successfully completed all of the JD requirements prior to going on exchange.
  • Students can only go on exchange for one term.
  • In order to receive a standing of Honours or High Distinction in the year during which students plan to participate in an exchange, students must complete a minimum of 14 graded credits and obtain Honours or High Distinction standing in courses during the term which is spent at U of T. 
  • Students must attend a pre-departure orientation session.

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What schools can I attend ?

Students have two categories of schools to choose from.

Category One: Law schools with which the Faculty of Law has a direct exchange relationship

University of Toronto law students can apply to study at one of our distinguished partner Law Schools. Our well established agreements with these schools make applications straightforward and likely to be approved. See the list of these schools and their specific requirements.

Category Two: Universities with which the Center for International Experience has a University wide agreement

Students who want to apply for exchange at an institution that has not been approved by the Faculty of Law may apply to be considered for an exchange at an institution with which the Centre for International Experience at U of T has a university-wide exchange agreement. Decisions to approve requests to attend a law school at a university on this list will be made on a case-by-case basis by the Student Programs Coordinator, and will depend on a range of factors including the relative strength and rigour of the law school’s academic program, language of instruction, terms dates, etc. See the list of schools with which the CIE has agreements.

Exchanges at law schools that are not on the above two lists

It is not possible for students to do an exchange at a school that is not included on one of these two lists. Students cannot set up their own exchanges.

The Lottery System 

There are sufficient placement opportunities for all applicants to go on exchange. However, most schools have limited spots and some students may not be able to attend their top ranked school. Students are placed at host schools via a lottery system. Along with their application, students rank their top five schools in order of desirability. For example, if Hong Kong University is a student’s top choice they rank it number one and so on. The lottery is designed to be an equitable and transparent system to place students at host schools and no amount of pleading will result in students being placed at their most desired school.     

The Timing of your Exchange

Graduating Students

Graduating students need to be aware of the requirements they must fulfill in their final year of study and the timelines for convocation, bar admission courses, and articling placements. It is the student's responsibility to check the sessional dates of the host university to determine how schools with terms ending later than April 30 will impact bar admission courses, articling placements and convocation in June.

Bar Admission Courses and Articling Timelines

Graduating students are required to register for the Bar Admission Course in the fall term prior to graduation. Students articling in Ontario may obtain the application form from the Law Society of Upper Canada’s web site. Students articling in other provinces must check with Career Services for details. 

We strongly recommend that students select programs with term dates that do not conflict with bar admission and articling start dates.

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How to apply to opportunities in Categories One & Two

Deadline for final applications: January 9th, 2015. No late applications will be accepted. 

Category One

Students apply online at the Center for International Experience website. The online application will open in November 2014. Students will be expected to provide the following: 

  • Statement of interest/questionnaire form. Your statement of interest should address the following questions: Why are you interested in going on exchange? What do you expect to learn or gain from the experience? How does going on exchange fit into your academic and professional goals?
  • Rank your top two institutions. (Please skip this step if you have already received permission to study at a category two school.) Please tell us why you are interested in your first and second ranked institutions.
  • A reference letter.   
  • A current resume. 
  • Interview. Once all applications have been reviewed, the Student Programs Coordinator will meet with everyone for a brief interview. 
  • Students in combined programs must complete the Combined Program Student Approval Form (Word).

Category Two

There are two steps to applying to study at a school that does not have a direct relationship with the Faculty of Law.

Step one:

  • Students identify a school on the list of schools with which the CIE has a university wide agreement. The school must have a law school. 
  • Students email the Student Programs Coordinator at and indicate their interest in studying at this school by November 24th, 2014. Students should provide a few sentences as to why they are interested in studying at this school. 
  • If students do not receive permission to study at a category two school, they are still eligible to apply to schools in category one. 

Step two:

  • Statement of interest. Your statement of interest should be 1-2 pages long double spaced and address the following questions: Why are you interested in going on exchange? What do you expect to learn or gain from the experience? How does going on exchange fit into your academic and professional plans? Why are you interested in studying at the school you have selected?
  • A current CV.
  • Once all applications have been reviewed, the Student Programs Coordinator will meet with everyone for a brief interview.  
  • Students in combined programs must complete the Combined Program Student Approval Form (Word).


Once approved, students applying to category one and two schools will receive an email informing them of their placement in February 2015. Students are required to email an acceptance back to confirm their interest in going on exchange at the school they were matched with. The nominations are then sent to the host institution for their approval. While it is uncommon for U of T Law nominations to be rejected, it is possible that at this stage a school may deny a student entry. Should this occur, the student and the Student Programs Coordinator will work together to find another host school.  

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What do I need to know about going on exchange?

Course Selection

  • All students must ensure they are taking the courses required by both the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and the host institution. See the list of host universities and their requirements.
  • Students may not take a course that they have already taken or plan to take unless the material being covered is significantly different.
  • Course approval: once students have selected their courses at the host university and prior to the add/drop date at the host university, students must seek course approval from the Student Programs Coordinator. Some schools may not allow students to sign up for courses until they arrive at the institution.

Financial Issues/Financing your exchange experience 

  • Students on exchange pay the University of Toronto's tuition and incidental fees. Fees must be paid prior to the start of the term. Students should keep in mind that many institutions require exchange students to purchase health insurance at the host school. 
  • Faculty of Law students going on exchange will receive an exchange bursary to help defray travel and housing costs. While the amount of the bursaries will change year-to-year depending on the number of students in the program, in previous years, students have received bursaries of approximately $850.00 each.
  • The exchange bursaries are considered to be separate from the Faculty of Law’s financial aid program. The Financial Aid program does not claw back any portion of the exchange bursaries. 


Students are responsible for arranging their own accommodations. More information can be found by consulting the host institution's website.

Credit Transfer and Transcripts

On completion of the exchange term, the Faculty will receive a transcript from the host university. Assuming the student has passed all their courses, the University of Toronto transcript will have a notation indicating that the student participated in an exchange for the term.

Credits from the host university will not appear on the University of Toronto transcript. It will be necessary for students to obtain an official transcript from the host university to accompany the University of Toronto transcript for job applications and further study.

Note: Students will not be eligible to graduate until the University of Toronto Faculty of Law has received an official transcript from the host university.


Students going on exchange are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the host country.

Withdrawal/Cancellation Policy

If for any reason students decide to withdraw from an exchange, they must immediately submit a letter of withdrawal to the Student Programs Coordinator, and if applicable, the joint program registrar. Holding a spot that is not used may jeopardize another student from being able to participate in an exchange or possibly jeopardize our relationship with our partner institutions.

First Term Exchanges

Students returning from first term exchanges must register in person with the Records Office by 4:00 p.m on the first day of their first class. If students fail to do so, the student's courses for the second term will be deleted and any priority letters that were used will be forfeited. 

Students who are unable to register on the first day of their first class must e-mail the Student Programs Coordinator as soon as possible to communicate the reason for their absence. Supporting documentation will be required.

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