Transfer Applicants

The Faculty of Law welcomes applications from students seeking admission to the second year of the J.D. program as transfer students. We expect that there will be from ten to twenty places to be filled every year.

Degree Completion
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 HandbookPlease note that transfer students are not eligible to participate in the Student Exchange Program. 

Combined JD Programs
Applicants applying to transfer into the second year of the JD 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, application deadlines and procedures for each.

Admissions Policy for Transfer Applicants

Eligibility
Applications will only be considered for candidates who have completed, all of:

  1. at least three years of full-time undergraduate university studies
  2. first year of an LL.B. or J.D. program at another common law school (Canadian or non-Canadian) 
  3. at least four of the following courses which are required at the Faculty of Law:
      • Administrative Law
      • Canadian Constitutional Law
      • Contract Law
      • Criminal Law
      • Legal Process
      • Property Law
      • Torts

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

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

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.

Application Procedure for Transfer Applicants

Transfer applicants must submit the following documentation directly to the Ontario Law School Application Service (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 that Transfer applicants are not required to submit reference letters.

Application Deadline
For admission in the 2015-2016 academic year, applications open(ed) in August 2014 and are to be received by 11:59 pm EDT May 1, 2015.  Applications must be received by this deadline even if law school marks for the current year are not yet available. 

Late Applications
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 JD 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.

Application Fee
For the Ontario law schools, the base application fee is CAD $195.00 with an additional CAD $90.00 for each law school selection. All application fees are non-refundable. 

Submission of Applications Online & Application Fee
Obtain applications from, and submit to:

Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre
170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 5E2
 
Email: olsas@ouac.on.ca
Tel: 519.823-1063

Letter of Permission (LOP) Applicants

Candidates who have successfully completed two years in an LL.B. or JD program at another law school may apply to study for up to one academic year at the University of Toronto on a LOP issued by the candidate's law school.

LOP students do not receive a JD from the University of Toronto. Rather, they will receive a law degree from their home institution (subject to the requirements of their home institution). We expect that there will be from ten to twenty places to be filled every year. 

Admissions Policy for LOP 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.

LOP applications will only be reviewed after all application documentation has been received. Decisions are made on a rolling basis.

Application Procedure for LOP Applicants

Required Documents

  1. An Ontario Law School Application Service (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 that upper-year applicants are not required to submit reference letters.

Application Deadline
For admission in the 2015-2016 academic year, applications open(ed) in August 2014 and are to be received by 11:59 pm EDT May 1, 2015.  Applications must be received by this deadline even if law school marks for the current year are not yet available. 

Late Applications
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 JD 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.

Application Fee
For the Ontario law schools, the base application fee is CDN $195.00 with an additional CDN $90.00 for each law school selection. All application fees are non-refundable. 

Submission of Applications Online
Obtain applications from, and submit to:

Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
Ontario Universities’ Application Centre
170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 5E2
 
Email: olsas@ouac.on.ca
Tel: 519.823-1063

Auditing JD Courses 

Who May Audit
  • Currently registered U of T graduate students. Undergraduates are not permitted to audit.
  • Members of the public.

Permitted Studies
With the approval of the Faculty of Law, auditors may engage in non-degree studies by attending lectures and other class meetings and take part in class discussions. Auditors may not enrol in courses in the first year of the JD program. The University's Code of Student Conduct applies to auditors.

Course Participation & Credit
Except with special permission, auditors will not receive evaluations of participation, and will not be permitted to submit assignments or write examinations and tests. Auditors receive no credit towards a JD degree. 

Certificate of Attendance
Upon request, auditors may receive written Certificate of Attendance. Certificates of Attendance will not be part of the Official Student Academic Record.

Auditing Course Fee

  • Students registered in the University will not be charged an audit fee for auditing except in cases where Certificates of Attendance are requested.

  • For all others, the non-refundable audit fee is CAD $3,500 per JD course
  • The auditing fee is for auditing only. Non-registered students who wish to use other University services (for example, the U of T Library) may have access to them on terms normally available to members of the community at large.

Application & Selection
To apply, please contact the JD Admissions Office. 
law.admissions@utoronto.ca
Tel: (416) 978-3716

Acceptance into courses is subject to available spaces. Often, a decision cannot be made until immediately prior to the beginning of classes in each term.


National Committee on Accreditation Program (NCA)

For detailed information see the National Committee on Accreditation application web page.

Note: Candidates whose NCA assessments require the completion of  60 credits will be considered as transfer applicants to the JD degree program.


Student Exchange to U of T Law

We welcome incoming students from our exchange partner institutions into the upper years of study.

Read the impressions of recent exchange students to U of T Law.

Get application details from the U of T Centre for International Experience