At the Faculty of Law, mature students enrich our learning environment with an extraordinary wealth and diversity of academic, professional and life experiences.

 Some examples of these experiences include:

  • Principal dancer, National Ballet of Canada
  • NYPD Police Officer
  • Stay at home father and Oxfam volunteer
  • Lecturer, Oxford University
  • Rabbi
  • Psychiatrist
  • Justice of the Peace
  • Entrepreneur

Each year, the Faculty of Law hosts a number of social events to help mature students connect with each other and to the broader law school community. Through our Peer Mentorship Program, we also pair incoming mature students with upper years who share first-hand information and guidance about the different ways that students can get the most out of their law school experiences.

Our Career Development Office (CDO) offers counseling and links to resources especially tailored to students pursuing law as a second career. See the CDO brochure for Second Career Lawyers (PDF)

The University of Toronto also offers a range of supports designed to assist mature students, including information on housing, and general tips for succeeding.  The University of Toronto Mature Student Association  also offers information and links to resources.

For more information about the supports and resources available to mature students at the Faculty of Law, please contact the Assistant Dean Students at alexis.archbold@utoronto.ca

Applying to U of T Law as a Mature Student

Mature applicants are those who have or will have at least five complete years of non-academic experience by September of the year of entry. The years of non-academic experience need not be consecutive, but must have been undertaken independently of academic work. Such experience may consist of both remunerated work and unpaid labour, including the care and raising of children. See the Admissions Policies page for more information.

Resources

Macleans magazine “The roads to law school” (2009)

Student parents at U of T Law