About the Application
Applications to the Faculty of Law Graduate Program is entirely online. DO NOT send hard copies of any application documents unless we specifically email you to request them.
For the online application, applicants can edit an in-progress application and check the status of all documents submitted using a secure password and UserID. A valid email account is needed to complete the online application, as the University will correspond with applicants using email.
Applications are considered complete and can be reviewed only after ALL documentation is received by the Faculty of Law (this includes letters of reference submitted online by referees). Please read and be familiar with all deadlines.
Applications for the 2015-16 academic year open on Nov. 1, 2014.
See the Application Deadlines page for the deadlines for each program.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so early submission of the application form and all supporting materials is encouraged, and no later than the deadline.
Note that the GPLLM has a separate application process. See the GPLLM Admissions and Application Process page for information about applying to that program.
How to Apply to the LLM, MSL, and SJD - Overview
(Each step is described in detail below. These directions do NOT apply to the GPLLM program; please visit that program's website for further details.)
- Log in to the online application at the URL provided below.
- Provide the biographical and educational information requested.
- Be prepared to submit contact information for TWO referees only. Be sure to inform your referees that you are doing this and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies, will be contacting them by email.
- Submit your payment (online payment is preferred but mail-in payment is available).
- Upload your documents to the online system. Instructions for each document will be found on the online system.
- Wait patiently for a decision. Staff will not be able to tell you any more information that what you see online, so please do not phone or email seeking updates.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis, so early submission of the application form and all supporting materials is encouraged, and no later than the January 30th, 2015 deadline.
Once all documents are received, your application can be reviewed for admission. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents in the online application and to follow up with your referees if references are not received in advance of deadlines.
Application Instructions - Details
Before applying, be sure you have reviewed in detail the Application Standards and the information for the Graduate Academic Program you intend to apply for. If you have any questions, please see the Graduate Application FAQ.
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STEP 1: SGS Online Application Form
Please fill out the SGS Application Form on-line. Before you pay, you will be required to fill out your basic academic background and personal information, and select the program you intend to apply to.
You must use the SGS on-line application form. Hard copies of applications are not accepted.
STEP 2: Application Fee
See "Application Fee" on the School of Graduate Studies Application page. Once you've paid the application fee, you will have access to upload the rest of your supporting documents.
STEP 3: Upload Supporting Documents
The instructions for all supporting documents are on the online application system. If there are forms to fill out, you will be able to download them, fill them out, and upload them to the system.
The supporting documents for your program may include:
- Purpose of Graduate Study personal statement
- Research Proposal or Other Statement (see below)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Reference Letters (to be submitted by your referees online)
- University Transcripts (electronic or scanned copies uploaded online)
- Writing Sample (for SJD applicants only)
- English Language Test Results (TOEFL and TWE or IELTS), if English is not your first language.
- Financial Assistance Form (optional)
Please attach a brief statement (one page) indicating your area of interest and proposed course of study.
LLM Thesis-Intensive (short)
Students pursuing this option will have to write a short thesis of four credits (50-60 pages). Please attach a brief statement (one page) indicating what topic you are considering writing about and why.
The writing of a short interdisciplinary research project is a required component of the MSL program. Please attach a brief statement (one page) indicating what topic you are considering writing about and why.
LLM Thesis-Intensive (long)
If you are applying to write a longer thesis of 16 credits within the thesis-intensive option, please attach a detailed outline (2 to 5 pages) of your proposed research. Please indicate what issues you plan to examine, why you think them worth studying, and what approach you expect to take in your analysis. This description will not preclude changes in your research proposal at a later date, but will help the Committee ascertain your ability to design a substantial research project.
The writing of a dissertation under supervision is the major component of the SJD program. Please attach a detailed outline (5 to 10 pages) of your proposed research. Please indicate what issues you plan to examine, why you think them worth studying, and what approach you expect to take in your analysis. This description will not preclude changes in your research proposal later on, but will help the Committee ascertain your ability to design a substantial research project
Academic References - Please request TWO (2) academic reference letters only. If you cannot obtain academic references, and will be submitting professional references instead, please explain why in your personal statement.
Transcripts - You must upload electronic versions of your transcripts using the university online application. If you are admitted, the Graduate Office MUST receive your official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) prior to registration. You are required to submit a transcript from each university attended. (Do not send secondary school transcripts, Bar results, or other certificates). All foreign language transcripts must be translated into English through an official translator.
English Language Test Scores - If you are an international applicant whose primary language is not English, the Law School requires:
An English language test (most typically the TOEFL and the TWE):
Minimum internet test score of 100 with at least 24 in each component.
Test must have been taken within the past two years.
Scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Toronto Enrolment Services: Our institution code is 0982 and the department code is 03.
An official statement from your University that the language of instruction and examination (in at least one of your degree programs) has been in English.
Managing your Application
Once you have submitted the SGS online application and paid your application fee, you can check the status of your application through your on-line application account. This is the most up-to-date information available, and staff at SGS or the Faculty of Law will not have further information.
You will see one of following status descriptions:
|Draft - Incomplete||Your application is in draft mode and has not been submitted to SGS. You must review and make changes to your application prior to submission since all of the information required to process your application has not yet been provided.|
|Draft - Complete||Your application information is complete but is still in draft mode. You may still review your application and make changes prior to submission.|
|Payment Pending||Your application has been submitted but will not be reviewed until payment and all supporting documents have been received.|
|Documents Pending||Your application and payment have been received. Review of your application is waiting for receipt of supporting documentation. If you've submitted everything, then the status will be changed to "Under Review" manually by a staff member.|
|Under Review||All payments and supporting documentation have been received and your application is being reviewed.|
|Decision Made||A decision has been reached for your application. You will receive a notification via mail with the details of the decision.|
Under no circumstances will application material be released to applicants, regardless of the final decision. Please note, we are not in a position to provide individual admission decision feedback to applicants. We have very few places in the program for the number of applications we receive, and as a result, even outstanding applicants may be refused admission. Admission to the program is extremely competitive, and meeting or exceeding the admission requirements does not guarantee admission.
Domestic LLM and SJD applicants are reminded that applications for OGS and SSHRC scholarships are due in October or November of the year preceding enrolment. Please review the pages concerning financing your graduate education on both the Faculty of Law and SGS websites.
If you have any other questions, please contact Whittney Ambeault, Graduate Program Co-ordinator at email@example.com.
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