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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.



We hope that you and your families are in good health and spirits in these extraordinary and challenging times.  While all University buildings are closed to the general public as part of our country’s ongoing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Faculty of Law continues to be engaged with our current students, and in the delivery of our various programs. 

This page provides a wealth of information about the University's emerging plans for the Fall 2020 semester and is intended to answer some of the questions raised by our incoming students to the extent that we are able.  Much still remains uncertain.  While Ontario has begun a staged approach to reopening the province, it is difficulty to predict which stage we will be in when September arrives.  As more information becomes available, we will update this page.  The websites referred to below are also regularly updated and thus worth checking frequently.

What can I expect in September?

As the Faculty of Law develops our reopening plans, we are committed above all else to the health and safety of our entire community.  We do not expect teaching and learning to be fully back to normal by September.  While we recognize the value of on-campus and face-to-face instruction, as conditions allow, there is good reason to believe that limitations imposed by public health officials, including physical distancing and travel restrictions, may continue into the Fall.  With this in mind, we are considering different scenarios for teaching next year that will balance our commitment to ensuring the high-quality learning experience expected of a U of T education with the practical realities that some of you are wrestling with.

What can we tell you right now?

The Faculty of Law is firmly committed to delivering all of its academic programs in fall 2020;

In planning our programs for the fall, we will need to work within whatever constraints the University considers appropriate, which will in turn depend on the guidance of Public Health authorities, among other things.  The Faculty's goal is to keep faculty, staff and students safe, while offering as much in-person teaching as we can. We are currently developing different models that allow for a combination of in-person and remote teaching in the hopes that that will be possible;

While we are eager to welcome those of you who are able to come to Toronto (or are already here), we understand that for some of you, it may simply not be possible to relocate to Toronto in September.  Accordingly, students will not be required to attend classes in-person during the fall semester if they cannot do so for a COVID-related reason

Where do I find more detailed information about the University's plans for the fall term?

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.

I am an international admittee.  Will I be able to begin classes in the fall if travel restrictions are still in place?

The current situation is evolving rapidly and the University is monitoring events closely.  We are committed to finding ways to allow newly enrolled students, including international students, to begin their studies at the University of Toronto in the 2020-2021 academic year if restrictions continue to be in place. 

We understand the government of Canada is aware of these types of issues, and we are working with the government and expect announcements soon. Current or future international students should reach out to a University of Toronto Immigration Advisor.

Staff from the International Centres at all three campuses are currently working remotely and continue to answer all questions and support international students’ needs.

Can I defer my offer of admission?

If you are unable to begin your studies this fall, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission.  Deferrals are not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Admissions Committee.  Deferral requests that are approved do not always include deferral of entrance scholarships awarded.  Should your deferral request be approved you will have to satisfiy the conditions of your offer and pay the admission deposit.

What technology do I need for remote or online learning?

The University of Toronto, has outlined the minimum technical requirements (computer specifications), recommended accessories, internet connection and frequently asked questions about learning remotely.

Can I get my T-Card and U of T email address before arriving on campus?

Yes. You can authenticate your TCard and get your U of T email address before arriving.  Having these tools will make it easier for you to connect with U of T and access resources. For full information, visit https://tcard.utoronto.ca/.  You can pick up your physical T-Card when you arrive on campus.

Will classes be offered in person in Winter 2021?

We hope that students who begin their studies in the Fall will have the opportunity to pursue all of their courses safely on campus during the winter semester.  That said, it is possible that the Public Health guidance may still prevent in-person gatherings in Winter 2021.

Still need to speak with someone?

We are keen to support our incoming students during these challenging times.  If you have questions that are not addressed on this page, or you wish to speak to someone, please don’t hesitate to contact our Graduate Program Coordinator.


Program Key Dates 

Course selection opens

July 2020 (exact date to be announced)

Registration begins

July 20, 2020

Deadline for graduate students to apply to the IHR Clinic.

August 3, 2020

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

August 28, 2020


To be announced

 Acquisition of TCard and UTMail 

September 8, 2020

Classes start

September 8, 2020

Course selection closes

September 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

Directed Research application due

September 21, 2020 at 10:00 am

The second and final instalment of tuition fees dueNovember 30, 2020


SGS Web Chats and Webinars for Newly Accepted Students

Online Chat Sessions:

The chat sessions will be delivered on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, July 7, 2020 (10:00 – 11:00 am EST) - Participating offices include: Student Academic Services, Graduate Awards/Financial Aid, Housing, Family Care, Student Life.
  • Thursday, July 16, 2020 (4:00 - 5:00 pm EST) - Participating offices include: Student Academic Services, Graduate Awards/Financial Aid, Housing, Family Care, Student Life.
  • Wednesday, July 22, 2020 (11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST) - Participating offices include: Student Academic Services, Graduate Awards/Financial Aid, Housing, Family Car

How to Participate:

In order to participate in these chats, you need your JOINid or UTORid. You can join the chats at http://chat.sgs.utoronto.ca. You will be prompted to log in using one of two means; choose University of Toronto weblogin. After logging in, you will be taken to the welcome room. You will need to click on the link to “rooms” on the upper left-hand side to see a list of themed rooms. It is important to ask questions in the appropriate room, as the moderators in each room are specialists in one area only. You are welcome to join different rooms.

Webinar: Study Permits and Other Immigration Related Questions

You can join the immigration webinar, where representatives from the Centre for International Experience and the School of Graduate Studies Office of Student Academic Services will discuss immigration issues relevant to incoming international graduate students, at one of the following times:

  • Wednesday, July 15 (9:30-11:00 am EST)
  • Monday, July 20 (9:30-11:00 am EST)

How to Participate:

You will need to click on the following link to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83300619338  

The University recommends that international students apply for their study permit as soon as they get their acceptance letter (and prepare the other required documents). The goal of this webinar is to help international graduate students with the application process and answer their immigration-related questions. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • The options for applying for a study permit.
  • The required documents for a study permit application.
  • Creating an online account at the website of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).Completing the online Eligibility Questionnaire.
  • Completing and validating the required forms.
  • Uploading the required documents to the online application system.
  • Applying for family members (spouse/partner and/or children) to accompany you.
  • Making an online payment and submitting your application.
  • Advice to improve the chances of a successful study permit application.
  • Communicating with the Canadian visa office/consulate in your country.
  • Replying to immigration officers' requests.
  • What to do if your application is refused.
  • Starting your program remotely.
  • Deferring your program's start date.
  • Next steps.

After the main portion of the webinar is over, SGS staff will remain online to answer non-immigration questions.


University Orientation Events

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

To be determined

School of Graduate Studies OrientationTo be determined