About the Application
Applications to the Faculty of Law Graduate Program include two parts:
- An application to the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies (SGS) using an online application that is housed on a secure university server, and
- A hard-copy Faculty of Law application and supporting documents sent directly to the Faculty of Law.
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 and transcripts uploaded or sent by mail). Please read and be familiar with all deadlines.
Applications for the 2014-15 academic year open on Nov. 15, 2013.
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 in 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).
This application includes:
- The University of Toronto online application form plus application fee, AND
- The Faculty of Law application form.
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 February 15th, 2014 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 Application Form
Please fill out the SGS Application Form on-line.
You must use the SGS on-line application form.
STEP 2: Law School Application Form
Complete the Law School Application Form(s)
STEP 3: Supporting Documents
Gather Supporting Documents:
- Purpose of Graduate Study personal statement (see Law School Graduate Application)
- Research Proposal or Other Statement (see below)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Reference Letters: see online instructions on the university application.
- University Transcripts (either uploaded electronically or submitted in sealed envelopes)
- Writing Sample (optional - see Law School Graduate Application for directions)
- English Language Test Results (TOEFL and TWE or IELTS), if English is not your first language.
- Financial Assistance Form (optional)
- Area of Concentration Statement (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, please explain why in your personal statement.
Transcripts - You may either upload electronic versions of your transcripts using the university online application or submit originals by mail. 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; written score of 22.
Test must have been taken within the past two years.
Scores must be sent directly from ETS: 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.
STEP 4: Application Fee
See "Application Fee" on the School of Graduate Studies Application page.
STEP 5: Final Checklist
Submit to Faculty of Law: application form, supporting documents, and completed signed checklist above.
Submit to the University of Toronto (SGS):
- On-line SGS application form (via internet only - do not send hard copy to SGS)
- Invoice and certified cheque or money order (if you have not paid online with a credit card)
Faculty of Law
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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.
Remember to enter your SGS applicant ID on the documents you mail in. Our graduate co-ordinator will update this information so that you can check online when your application is complete.
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.|
|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.|
Please allow at least two weeks from within Canada for the material to be received by mail, processed and updated on the on-line system. Mail from an international address may take considerably longer - sometimes up to four weeks or more. The online admissions system will only show your documents as being "received" once your documents have been manually processed, NOT when they arrive in the mail room. Due to the large voume of mail received, there is often a delay between the mail being received, and the documents being processed. Thank you for your patience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.