Each year, the University of Toronto welcomes more than 30 international exchange students into its upper year JD law program.

International Students who wish to study at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law through an exchange program, for one year or one semester, must apply through the University of Toronto Centre for International Experience (CIE). Only schools with approved exchange agreements with the Faculty of Law or the University of Toronto are eligible for an exchange.

Application and Participation Procedure

All Exchange students must apply through the University of Toronto Centre for International Experience at: www.cie.utoronto.ca. The deadline for applications is usually the first week of May. This is a firm deadline. Please check the U of T CIE website to confirm the current year's deadline.

Sessional Dates

The Faculty of Law has two terms. The Fall term begins early in September and ends in December. The Winter term begins in January and ends in April. Students may come for either or both terms depending on their home school's policy and availability. Sessional dates for the academic year are posted in January of each year. Students must remain at U of T Faculty of Law during the relevant examination period.

Faculty Approval

All applicants are reviewed and decisions are made by our Admissions Committee before being accepted into the program. Regular admission to the U of T Faculty of Law is competitive and rigorous and the Admissions Committee seeks exchange applicants who will be able to have a successful and enjoyable experience at our Faculty. Therefore, it is recommended that students have strong English skills, both written and oral as no accommodation is given for English as a second language.

Once approved, students receive a confirmation letter from the Faculty of Law. At this time you will receive information about registering for courses. The CIE will also provide you with information regarding your visit e.g. housing, health care, arriving in the city etc.

Course Information

Exchange students register for courses on-line. The Admissions Package will provide students with a username and password to enter e.Community. There are two steps required to register for courses:

1. You must select your courses on-line through e-Community

  • Exchange students must fulfil the credit requirements of their home institution. However, exchange students may not take more than 16 credits per term, and a maximum of 32 credits for the year. Exceptions are permitted only with permission from the Assistant Dean, Students or your home institution. The Faculty of Law does not accept half-time exchange students.
  • A limited number of exchange students may take Business Organizations and International Trade Regulation (spots will be allocated by lottery). 
  • Due to limited enrolment some courses are not open to exchange students. These include:  Advanced Legal Research, Analysis and Writing, Art of the Deal, Capstone Courses, Clinic Work for Credit, International Human Rights Clinic, Negotiation and Trial Advocacy. See the Course List.

Course Timetables and Examination Timetables

This information is found on the web at: Timetables and Examination Schedules.