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Congratulations to our newly-admitted graduate students!

The Graduate Program team is here to help you prepare for your journey at the Faculty of Law. Please take the time to carefully and thoroughly read the following information, which describes a number of action items you will need to complete in the coming weeks. We are delighted to welcome you to the U of T Faculty of Law Graduate Program. You are joining a stimulating and diverse intellectual environment at a law school considered to be one of the very best in the world. We are confident that you will gain a lot from, and bring a lot to, our program.

We encourage you to join the Graduate Law Students' Association (GLSA) Facebook page and to participate in any upcoming events.

We encourage you to check this page regularly, as we will be regularly updating the content throughout the summer.

 

COVID-19 UPDATES:
 
If you would like to keep abreast of the University’s position on COVID-19, please refer to the University’s website for the latest COVID-19 updates and FAQs. Please also refer to the COVID-19 updates from The School of Graduate Studies. The Vice-Provost Students website also contains a wealth of information.

The University of Toronto is optimistically planning for a safe return to in-person learning and on-campus activity for fall 2021, as permitted by public health guidelines.  In his latest message, President Gertler expressed optimism that most academic activities will be able to take place on campus this September. The Provost has also shared information about what to expect for the 2021-2022 academic year, including details about in-person instruction and supports; research and libraries; and ensuring the health and safety of our community.  

Students should plan to be in Toronto to attend classes and to participate in co- and extra-curricular activities. 

 In light of the guidance we have received from the University and of the incredible importance of in-person learning to the student experience, the Faculty of Law is committed to offering as much in-person learning as we can in the Fall of 2021. We anticipate that we will be able to offer most of our courses, important co- and extra-curricular experiences, and student services on campus starting in September.  While there remains a possibility that some very large courses may be offered remotely due to public health requirements and possible shutdowns, we are optimistic that students will be able to enjoy significant in-person learning experiences at the law school during the Fall 2021 term.  Consistent with this optimism we expect all students to make every effort to be in Toronto in September to attend classes and engage with all the law school has to offer. 

Notwithstanding our overall excitement for the possibility of a return to in-person learning in the fall, we recognize that there is still considerable uncertainty about the future, which will compel us to approach our planning with fluidity.  This may mean allowing for the possibility of a more gradual transition back into exclusively in-person programming for those whose circumstances require that flexibility or even more generally, depending on public health guidance. We also recognize that it may remain difficult for some of our graduate students to obtain student permits/visas in time to be in Toronto at the start of September.  In recognition of this fact, the law school is willing to allow students who are unable to be on campus at the start of the academic year to attend classes remotely as they continue to work toward getting to Toronto as soon as possible.  It is important to note, however, that the Faculty will not provide a remote access guarantee for the entire 2021-2022 academic year. While the University and the Faculty of Law are prepared to accommodate those who need a more gradual transition back to in-person study, please note final assessments at the Faculty of Law will take place exclusively in-person, commencing with the December 2021 exam period.

We know that uncertainty is stressful and that many of our students need to make travel and housing arrangements. Given the uncertainty around precise details, we will provide more specific information as it becomes available, including during the first weeks of July and August, as well as whenever other information becomes available.

Please see the following FAQ’s about the Fall, 2021 Term: 

How are the University and the Faculty of Law Preparing for the Return of Student, Faculty, and Staff in September of 2021?

The University of Toronto has developed a comprehensive plan for a safe return to campus.  The current plans include changes to the physical environment such as clearly marked physical distancing measures; enhanced cleaning routines and increased number of sanitizing stations; and significantly upgraded building ventilation and air filtration.  It also includes changes to community behaviour, including mandatory Ucheck health screenings; a requirement for non-medical face masks in in-door spaces; and the use of contact tracing through QR codes.  We are actively planning for a variety of potential reductions in classroom capacity, piloting rapid screening for some staff and supporting Ontario’s vaccination efforts.   You can read about these measures in detail at https://www.utoronto.ca/news/12-ways-u-t-preparing-safe-return-person-instruction.

Will some classes be in-person and other classes be remote?

We expect that most classes will be offered in person and students will be in attendance.  Based on limitations on classroom capacity under relevant social distancing requirements, and faculty availability, some classes may be offered remotely.  A likely scenario is that classes with very large enrolments would be offered remotely, and smaller classes will meet in person.

Notwithstanding our overall excitement for the possibility of a return to in-person learning in the fall, we recognize that it may remain difficult for some of our graduate students to obtain student permits/visas in time to be in Toronto at the start of September.  In recognition of this fact, the law school is willing to allow students who are unable to be on campus at the start of the academic year to attend classes remotely as they continue to work toward getting to Toronto as soon as possible.  It is important to note, however, that the Faculty will not provide a remote access guarantee for the entire 2021-2022 academic year.  While the University and the Faculty of Law are prepared to accommodate those who need a more gradual transition back to in-person study, please note final assessments at the Faculty of Law will take place exclusively in-person, commencing with the December 2021 exam period.

Will students be signing up as either “in-person” or “remote” attendees for the 2021-2022 academic year?

No.  Students should expect to attend law school in-person.  Students who are unable to obtain student permits/visas in time to be in Toronto at the start of September, will be allowed to attend classes remotely as they continue to work toward getting to Toronto as soon as possible.


Program Key Dates 

Course selection opens

July 2021 (exact date to be announced)

Registration begins

July 19 2021

Deadline for graduate students to apply to the IHR Clinic.

To be announced

Fee payment deadline for Fall semester (for more information see Registration webpage)

August 27, 2021

Orientation

To be announced

Classes start

September 7, 2021

Course selection closes

To be announced

Directed Research application due

To be announced

The second and final instalment of tuition fees dueNovember 30, 2021

 

SGS Web Chats and Webinars for Newly Accepted Students

To be announced.

 

University Orientation Events

Transitioning to Grad School: Strategies for Success in a Research Program

To be determined

School of Graduate Studies OrientationTo be determined