The Faculty of Law’s tuition fees pay for all the things (world class faculty, clinical and internship opportunities, combined degree programs, career services, to name a few) that allow us to offer one of the best legal educations in the world.

In 2013-14, tuition for the full-time JD program is $28,791.00. Tuition for the half-time JD program is $14,395.00. For more detailed information, please see our Fees page.

We have the highest top-line tuition amongst Canadian law schools. This is true. This is why we also have one of the most generous financial aid programs in Canada. In 2012-2013, we distributed almost $2.6 million in bursaries and loan interest payments to  44% of our current students. With the law school’s financial support, in 2012-13 our first year students receiving assistance paid an average effective tuition of $15,421.00. In addition, we provided more than $100,000 in funding for internships and research assistantships during the summer of 2012.

The Faculty of Law offers a comprehensive financial aid program designed to meet our students’ financial needs. If you have the credentials to be admitted, and you want to come here, financing should not be a barrier. Nor, once you are here, should it have a distorting impact on your career choices.

That’s why we award financial aid purely on the basis of financial need. Unlike many Canadian law schools that use financial aid as a tool to recruit students, we award less than a handful of merit entrance scholarships. At the Faculty of Law, we reserve all of our financial aid resources for students who actually require financial aid assistance. Quite simply, the students with the greatest financial need will receive the largest bursaries. We believe that this approach is equitable, fair and transparent.

While it is true that most law students across the country go into some debt to attend law school, we think that it is a very sound investment. At the Faculty of Law, our students are hired by the top employers in the Canada, New York, and London, and earn internationally competitive salaries. Each year, approximately 95% of our JD students secure articling jobs. This hire rate is by far the best in the country, and reflects the high opinion the legal professional holds for our students and the Faculty of Law’s program.

If, like many of our students, you choose a lower-paying career with a legal aid clinic or small specialty law firm, the Faculty of Law will continue to provide financial assistance through our post-graduation debt relief program. The only program of its kind in Canada, our Post-Graduation Debt Relief Program provides assistance in repaying eligible law school debt for up to ten years after graduation.

Once you have been given an offer of admission, we will invite you to apply for financial aid well before the deadline for accepting our offer. On the basis of the information you provide about your financial resources, we will give you a provisional estimate of the amount of financial aid you can expect to receive in your first year—that way you can make an informed decision about whether the Faculty of Law is the best option for you.

Detailed Financial Aid Information

For more detailed information about financial aid for admitted and current students, see the Financial Aid and Feessection of the JD Academic Program