Profile of the Law School

Faculty of Law, University of Toronto
78 Queen's Park Cres.
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2C5
(416) 978-0210

The law school took on its modern form under the leadership of Cecil Wright in 1949, building on the foundations of the law school established at the University of Toronto in 1887.


 Jutta Brunnée
Associate Dean, JD Program: Christopher Essert
Associate Dean, Graduate Program: Larissa Katz

Degrees Offered

Juris Doctor (JD)
Combined JD/MA or JD/PhD programs
Master of Laws (LLM)
Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)
Masters of Studies in Law (MSL)
Global Professional Master of Laws (GPLLM)


Approximately 850 students (650 JD students, 65 graduate LLM/SJD students, and 135 GPLLM students)


More than 50 full-time faculty, 60 adjunct faculty, 8-15 distinguished visiting faculty 

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Why U of T?

An academically gifted and engaged student body: Our students are highly educated, extremely diverse and deeply committed to justice at home and around the world. Academically, they are the strongest student body in the country and they rank among the top in North America.

A world-renowned faculty:  Professors at the Faculty of Law are leading experts in their fields who regularly shape the most important policy issues and debates in our society. More than 60 full-time faculty and 15 visiting scholars from across the globe create an intellectually robust and exciting academic environment.

An array of challenging academic programs: Our JD, LLM, SJD and GPLLM programs offer broad and diverse curricula that allow students to tailor their programs of study to meet their individual needs and ambitions. U of T also offers an array of exciting combined degrees options and certificates of specialization

An unmatched  selection of public interest clinics and programs: We believe that an outstanding law school is one that demonstrates extensive public engagement with a broad cross-section of society, and a strong commitment to social responsibility in local and global communities. As such, public service is a critical component of the faculty’s mission and of every law student’s legal education.

A career advantage: At the Faculty of Law, our students are hired by the top employers in the Canada, New York, and London. 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.

A fabulous city: Toronto is Canada’s largest urban centre with a population of 2.5 million people, and a richness and cultural diversity that no other city in the world can match. Located in the heart of old Toronto, the Faculty of Law is just steps away from the provincial legislature, the Ontario Court of Appeal and Superior Courts, and the country’s largest legal and financial district.

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What is a JD?

JD stands for Juris Doctor. It is a law degree that is typically granted to students who receive a legal education after they’ve completed an undergraduate degree. On the other hand, the LL.B. is typically granted after completion of a legal education that is obtained following graduation from high school in virtually all Commonwealth jurisdictions. The JD degree designation is intended to bring the law school up to the growing international standards for second-degree law programs. 

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JD students at ConvocationThe JD Student Body

  • total enrolment is approximately 600 students
  • 11:1 student/faculty ratio, one of the best in North America
  • about 50 per cent of the student body are women
  • about 30 per cent of the student body is composed of Indigenous and visible minority students
  • student body represents more than 40 undergraduate institutions worldwide
  • approximately 30 per cent of the student body comes from outside the province of Ontario

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First Year JD Class (2023-2024)

data as of Aug 16, 2023

Class Size214
Graduate education11%
Median LSAT167 (94th percentile)
Median GPA  3.90/4.0 on the OLSAS scale, based on best 3 years of undergraduate study

Students attended 46 undergraduate institutions represented from across Canada and other countries.

For additional demographics of the class, including diversity statistics, admissions standards and educational backgrounds please view the detailed Class Profile webpage.

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SpecJackman Law Buildingial Features

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Graduate students

Graduate Program

The University of Toronto provides a stimulating, diverse and inter-disciplinary intellectual environment for domestic and international students pursuing graduate education in law.

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SeminarPublications and Scholarship

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About the University of Toronto

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