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Transfer and Letter of Permission Spaces

The Faculty of Law welcomes applications from students seeking admission to the upper years of the J.D. program as transfer or letter of permission students.

We expect that there will be from ten to twenty places to be filled every year.

 

Transfer Applicants

The Faculty encourages candidates who have successfully completed their first year of an LL.B. or J.D. program at another common law school (Canadian or non-Canadian) to apply for entry into the second year of our J.D. program. An application will not be considered unless the applicant has completed at least three years of full-time undergraduate university studies and at least four of the following first-year courses which are required at the Faculty of Law: Administrative Law, Canadian Constitutional Law, Legal Process, Contract Law, Criminal Law, Property Law, and Torts. Transfer students will be eligible for the University of Toronto’s JD degree upon the successful completion of two years of academic work and subject to meeting the Faculty’s academic requirements as set out in the Academic Handbook.

Applicants applying to transfer into the second year of the J.D. program may also apply for admission to one of our combined programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to ascertain the application deadline relevant to the other faculty or department involved in the combined program in which they are interested. Applicants interested in combined degree programs must apply to and be admitted separately by both the Faculty of Law and the corresponding department or faculty within the University, meeting all admission requirements for each.

National Committee on Accreditation (NCA) candidates who are required to complete 60 credits, and will complete all 60 credits at the University of Toronto, will be considered as transfer applicants to the degree program.

Please note that transfer students are not eligible to participate in the International Exchange Program. 

Application Procedure for Transfer Applicants:

Transfer applicants must submit the following documentation directly to OLSAS:

  1. An OLSAS application.
  2. Official and original copies of all postsecondary study academic transcripts, including law school transcripts.
  3. LSAT score(s).
  4. Personal statement and Optional Essay.
  5. A letter from their current law school indicating they are in good standing and have not been subject to any disciplinary actions.

Please note: Upper-year applicants are not required to submit reference letters.

The Personal Statement for Transfer Applicants:

The personal statement is an opportunity to discuss your intellectual and academic background and personal interests, as well as provide information about yourself that is not otherwise evident through other information you provide in your application. The Admissions committee wants to get a sense of who you are as a person and as a potential student and graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.  Being authentic and thoughtful is the best approach in writing your statement.

Admissions Policy for Transfer Applicants:

Admission to transfer into the second year of our J.D. program is based on a holistic assessment of a candidate’s profile, including undergraduate record (and, if applicable, graduate work), LSAT score, first year J.D. or LL.B. grades from a common law school, and personal statement.  

The Admissions Committee will take into account the differences in the quality of the law schools, as well as differences in grading policies, etc. Unless this is evident from the transcript, applicants are encouraged to support their applications with information from their law school Registrar or Dean on the grading practices at their law school and to provide their class ranking, if available.

Some applicants have compassionate grounds for seeking admission. As the Admissions Committee finds it extremely difficult to choose among deserving compassionate reasons, selection is not based on these factors.

Decisions on transfer applications are made on a rolling basis, normally after receipt of completed applications.

For those seeking admission for 2014-2015, applications are currently available. For those seeking admission for 2015-2016, applications will open August 2014. Applicants may apply online at:

Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre

170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 5E2
Tel: 519.823-1063
Email: olsas@ouac.on.ca
www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/

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Late Applications for Transfer Applicants:

Upper-year OLSAS applications are due at the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on May 1, 2014. However, the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is prepared to consider requests to submit late applications. Any interested applicants must apply in writing to the Admissions Office at the University of Toronto asking to be considered as a late applicant and outlining reasons for failing to meet the deadline. Student copies of academic transcripts (including law school marks for the current year), LSAT score, undergraduate record, and personal statement should be enclosed with the letter. Requests will only be reviewed when all of these required documents have been received.

The request can be faxed to 416-978-0790 or emailed with attachments to law.admissions@utoronto.ca. The Faculty will provide a response within five business days.

 

Letter of Permission Applicants

Subject to the availability of places, applicants who have successfully completed two years in an LL.B. or J.D. program at another law school may apply to study for up to one academic year at the University of Toronto as a letter of permission student. The letter of permission is issued by the applicant's home institution. Letter of permission students do not receive a J.D. from the University of Toronto. Rather, they will receive a law degree from their home institution (subject to the requirements of their home institution).

Application Procedure for Letter of Permission Applicants:

Letter of Permission applicants must submit the following documentation directly to OLSAS:

  1. An OLSAS application.
  2. Official and original copies of all postsecondary study academic transcripts, including law school transcripts.
  3. A letter from their current law school indicating they are in good standing and have not been subject to any disciplinary actions. This letter should also state that their home institution is allowing them to register at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.

Please note: Upper-year applicants are not required to submit reference letters.

Admissions Policy for Letter of Permission Applicants:

The Admissions Committee will take into account the differences in the quality of the law schools, as well as differences in grading policies, etc. Unless this is evident from the transcript, applicants are encouraged to support their applications with information from their law school Registrar or Dean on the grading practices at their law school and to provide their class ranking, if available.

Decisions on letter of permission applications are made on a rolling basis, normally after receipt of completed applications.

For those seeking admission for 2014-2015, applications are currently available. For those seeking admission for 2015-2016, applications will open August 2014. Applicants may apply online at:

Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre

170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 5E2
Tel: 519.823-1063
Email: olsas@ouac.on.ca
www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/

 

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Late Applications for Letter of Permission Applicants:

Upper-year OLSAS applications are due at the Ontario Universities' Application Centre on May 1, 2014. However, the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is prepared to consider requests to submit late applications. Any interested applicants must apply in writing to the Admissions Office at the University of Toronto asking to be considered as a late applicant and outlining reasons for failing to meet the deadline. Student copies of academic transcripts (including law school marks for the current year) should be enclosed with the letter. Requests will only be reviewed when all of these required documents have been received.

The request can be faxed to 416-978-0790 or emailed with attachments to law.admissions@utoronto.ca. The Faculty will provide a response within five business days.

Filing of Applications

Online OLSAS applications are due at the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) by 11:59 pm EDT May 1, 2014.

Please note: The Upper Year application deadline has been extended to May 15th, 2014 by 11:59pm EDT. Applications are due at the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).

OLSAS applications must be submitted by this deadline even if law school marks for the current year are not yet available. Applications will only be reviewed after all documentation has been received.

 

Application Fee

The OLSAS processing fee is $195.00 CDN plus an institutional levy of $90.00 for each law school selection. All fees and levies are non-refundable. The $90.00 levy, collected by OLSAS but remitted directly to the Faculty of Law, assists us in covering a portion of our costs associated with the admission assessment. Please see the OLSAS application material for detailed fee information.

 

Audit Students

Those wishing to audit courses at the Faculty should contact the Admissions Office. Subject to the payment of the appropriate fee ($3,500 per course in 2013-2014), auditors may attend lectures and other class meetings, take part in class discussions, and on request, may receive written confirmation of attendance. Except with special permission, an auditor will not receive evaluations of participation, and will not be permitted to submit assignments or write examinations and tests. The University's Code of Student Conduct applies to auditors. Auditors may not enrol in courses in the first year of the J.D. program and will only be accepted into other courses if space is available. Often, a decision cannot be made until immediately prior to the beginning of classes in each term. Auditors receive no credit towards a J.D. degree.

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Non-Law U of T Students

Students from other departments at the University of Toronto wishing to take a course at the Faculty of Law must contact the Admissions Office:

Tel: (416) 978-3716
law.admissions@utoronto.ca

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National Committee on Accreditation Program

For information about National Committee on Accreditation applications, see the National Committee on Accreditation applications web page.

NCA candidates who are required to complete 60 credits will be considered as transfer applicants to the degree program.

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