Applications to the Faculty of Law's Graduate Programs are submitted entirely online.  Instructions on how to apply to our graduate programs can be found below.  In order to commence an application, you must have a valid email address (to which all University communications will be sent).  If you have previously applied to one of the Faculty's graduate programs and wish to do so again, you must commence a new application and submit the required application documents again. 

Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until they have been completed and all required documents have been submitted online, including reference letters.  Applications which are not completed by any of the application deadlines will not be considered.  Exceptions to these deadlines will not be made.

LLM Application Cycle

Opened:  November 1, 2016

LLM applications for the 2017-18 academic year (beginning September 2017) will be considered on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity, as fewer spots will be available later in the admissions process.

Deadline:  April 20, 2017 (now closed)

MSL Application Cycle

Opened:  November 1, 2016

MSL applications for the 2017-18 academic year (beginning September 2017) will be considered on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity, as fewer spots will be available later in the admissions process.

Deadline:  March 31, 2017 (now closed)

SJD Application Cycle

Opened: November 1, 2016

SJD applications for the 2017-18 academic year (beginning September 2017 or January 2018) will be considered in three rounds.  The application deadlines set out in Rounds 1, 2, and 3 below are intended to provide surety in the timing of the release of results.  Applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity, as fewer spots will be available later in the admissions process.  

If you would like to receive a response to your application by January 30th or March 15th, please ensure that you submit your application in accordance with the deadlines below (January 8th and February 15th, respectively).  Applications that are received between January 9th and February 15th will be included in Round 2.  Those received between February 16th and March 31st will be included in Round 3.  

Round 1
Application Deadline: January 8, 2017
Results: January 30, 2017

Round 2
Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Results: March 15, 2017

Round 3
Application Deadline: March 31, 2017  (now closed)
Results: April 30, 2017

How to Apply to the LLM, MSL and SJD - Overview

The information below sets out the required application documents for the Faculty’s LLM, MSL and SJD programs.  General application instructions may also be found on the School of Graduate Studies’ “How to Apply” webpage.  The Faculty’s executive LL.M., the Global Professional Master of Laws (G.P.LL.M.) has a separate application process. Visit the GPLLM Admissions page for information about applying to that program.

*** Please note that we do not encourage candidates to contact potential faculty supervisors before applying.  All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and then forwarded to potential supervisors. ***

  1. Be prepared to submit contact information for TWO (2) referees only. Inform your referees of your plans in advance and that the University of Toronto, School of Graduate Studies, will be contacting them by email. Further information on references is listed below.
  2. Submit your payment. The application payment is non-refundable and non-transferable and must occur online using a Visa or Mastercard credit card. Applications cannot be processed until the application fee is received. More details.
  3. Upload your documents to the online system. Instructions for each document will be listed in the system.
  4. Wait patiently for a decision. Staff will not be able to provide you with more information than what you can view online, so please do not phone or email seeking updates.

Once all documents are received, your application can be reviewed. It is your responsibility to monitor the status of your documents within your online application and to follow up with your referees if they have not uploaded their letters two weeks before the deadline.

Collaborative Programs

Applicants to the Master of Laws (LLM) and Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) programs can include an interdisciplinary perspective by applying to participate in one of the Faculty of Law’s graduate collaborative programs.

Interest in a given collaborative program may be indicated within an applicant’s Online Admission Application, but admission to the collaborative program must still be approved by both the home faculty as well as the collaborative program unit. A collaborative program cannot admit an applicant until after the home faculty has communicated their admission decision.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to review the admissions procedures on the graduate collaborative program’s website.

Application Instructions - Details

All applicants are strongly encouraged to review in detail all of the information and various links within our Admissions StandardsGraduate Programs and Frequently Asked Questions webpages.  

To download PDF files, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. To download Word documents, you will need Microsoft Word or a compatible word processor installed on your computer.

PLEASE READ THROUGH THE DIRECTIONS IN THEIR ENTIRETY.

STEP 1: SGS Online Application Form

Please complete the SGS Application Form online, including providing the requested biographical information and identifying the program to which you wish to apply.  

Please note that all application documents must be submitted online.  Hardcopy documents will not be accepted by the Faculty.

STEP 2: Application Fee

There is a $120 (Cdn) application fee which must be paid in order to proceed with your application.  Payment must be made online using a Visa or Mastercard credit card.  Debit payments will not be accepted.  More details.

Once you've paid the application fee, your referees will receive an electronic invitation (sent to the email address you have provided) to submit a reference letter on your behalf and you will be permitted to upload your supporting documents and complete your application. 

This application fee is non-refundable, non-transferable, and cannot be waived.

STEP 3: Upload Supporting Documents

Please see the list below for a summary of the documents which must be submitted in support of your application to the Graduate Program.  Any forms which must be completed are available through the application system for download and completion. 

Master of Laws (LLM) - Coursework-Only

Application Supplement form

C.V. (education, scholarships and awards, scholarly publications, work experience)

English Language Score (if applicable)

Financial Assistance Application (if applicable)

Statement of Interest / Personal Statement (1 page indicating why you wish to pursue graduate studies)

Plan of Study (one page indicating your area of interest and proposed course of study)

2 Letters of Reference (academic references preferred)

Master of Laws (LLM) -  Short Thesis

Students pursuing the Short Thesis option write a thesis of 4 credits (approx. 50 pages).  

Application Supplement form

C.V. (education, scholarships and awards, scholarly publications, work experience)

English Language Score (if applicable)

Financial Assistance Application (if applicable)

Statement of Interest / Personal Statement (1 page indicating why you wish to pursue graduate studies)

Thesis Proposal (one page indicating what topic you are considering writing about and why)

2 Letters of Reference (academic references preferred)

*** We do not encourage candidates to contact potential faculty supervisors before applying.  All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and then forwarded to potential supervisors. ***

Master of Laws (LLM) -  Long Thesis

Students pursuing the Long Thesis option write a thesis of 16 credits (approx. 150 pages).  

Application Supplement form

C.V.  (education, scholarships and awards, scholarly publications, work experience)

English Language Score (if applicable)

Financial Assistance Application (if applicable)

Statement of Interest / Personal Statement (1 page indicating why you wish to pursue graduate studies)

Thesis Proposal (2 to 5 pages indicating what issues you plan to examine, why you think them worth studying, and what approach you expect to take in your analysis)

2 Letters of Reference (academic references preferred)

*** We do not encourage candidates to contact potential faculty supervisors before applying.  All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and then forwarded to potential supervisors. ***

Master of Studies in Law (MSL)

This program is designed for established academics and scholars who ideally hold a doctorate, already work and write in a discipline related to law, and wish to add a legal dimension to their scholarship.

Application Supplement form

C.V. (education, scholarships and awards, scholarly publications, work experience)

English Language Score (if applicable)

Plan of Study (a short interdisciplinary research project is a required component of this program - submit 1 page indicating what topic you are considering writing about and why)

Statement of Interest / Personal Statement (1 page indicating why you wish to pursue graduate studies)

2 Letters of Reference (academic references preferred)

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Application Supplement form

C.V. (education, scholarships and awards, scholarly publications, work experience)

English Language Score (if applicable)

Financial Assistance Application (if applicable)

Sample of Writing (must demonstrate the applicant's ability to engage in and generate substantive thought and research). Examples of acceptable samples include:

  • introduction, first chapter and conclusion of an LLM thesis (or a portion of it, if it is still in progress) with endnotes/citations
  • a publication in a journal with endnotes/citations
  • paper that satisfied a writing requirement for a course, which is based on the applicant's own research with endnotes/citations

Statement of Interest / Personal Statement (1 page indicating why you wish to pursue graduate studies)

Thesis Proposal (the writing of a dissertation under supervision is the major component of this program - submit 5 to 10 pages indicating what issues you plan to examine, why you think them worth studying, and what approach you expect to take in your analysis)

2 Letters of Reference (academic references preferred)

*** We do not encourage candidates to contact potential faculty supervisors before applying.  All applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and then forwarded to potential supervisors. ***

Academic References

Please request TWO (2) academic reference letters only.  If you cannot obtain academic references, and will be submitting professional references instead, please explain why in your personal statement.

Referees are not provided with with a template letter to complete.  The system-generated request will ask them to provide the following information:

  • Their academic rank or position;
  • How long they have known you (months or years) and in what capacity;
  • The name and address of their institution, telephone number and email contact; and
  • Whether they have reviewed your research proposal and, if so, their comments on the proposal and your ability to undertake the proposed research project.

Your referees will also be asked to speak to your academic ability within their letter and to comment on your ability to:

  • Conduct independent research (searching for and organizing relevant material);
  • Analyze and criticize the positions of others;
  • Develop your own arguments;
  • Produce original work (for SJD applicants only)

Transcripts

You must upload electronic versions of your transcripts from each university attended using the SGS Online Admissions Application.  Secondary school transcripts, Bar results, or other certificates are not accepted.  All foreign language transcripts must be translated into English through an official translator.

English Language Test Scores

Please review all of the details on the Submission of English Language Proficiency Test Scores webpage.

If you are an international applicant whose primary language is not English, the Law School requires:

EITHER

An English language test (most typically the TOEFL and the TWE):

  • Minimum internet test score of 100 with at least 24 in each component.
  • Test must have been taken within the past two years.
  • Scores must be sent electronically from ETS to the University of Toronto Enrolment Services:  Our institution code is 0982 and the department code is 03. 

OR

An official statement from your University that the language of instruction and examination (in at least one of your degree programs) has been in English.

Managing your Application

Once you have submitted your application and paid your application fee, you can monitor its status through your application account, which will reflect the most up-to-date information.  Staff at neither the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) nor the Faculty of Law will be able to provide you with additional information.   

When you log into the application system to check the status of your application, you will see one of the following descriptions: 

Draft - IncompleteSome application information has been entered and you have been sent an applicant number and password. You are currently able to change any information in your application.
Draft - Complete

All required information has been entered but payment has not yet been submitted. You are currently able to change any information in your application. 

Before submitting your payment, please confirm that all of the information you have entered is correct (including your contact information and the email addresses of your referees).

Payment Pending

Your application has been submitted but will not be reviewed until payment and all supporting documents have been received. 

Documents Pending

Your payment has been received and your referees have been invited (via email) to submit their letters of reference. You may only modify your personal contact information and upload the required Supporting Documents

Once all supporting documents and references have been uploaded to your application, the status will be manually updated to "Under Review".

Under ReviewYour application is now being reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Decision MadeA decision has been reached on your application. All applicants will receive a formal decision letter in the mail.
PLEASE NOTE:
 
If you are specifically asked to submit hardcopy materials, the online admissions system will only show documents as being "received" once they have been manually processed, NOT when they have arrived in the mailroom.  Due to the large volume of mail, there is often a delay between the mail arriving in the mailroom and the documents being processed. This delay will not affect your application and documents will be processed in the order they are received. 
 
Our graduate programs have a limited number of places available each year and early applications are strongly recommended. Master of Laws (LLM) admission and funding decisions are made on a rolling basis.  There are fewer spots available later in the admissions process.  Once the graduate programs are full, the Faculty will cease accepting applications, which may happen without notice. Absolutely no documents will be accepted past the deadline, and exceptions to the deadline will not be made.
 
We are unable to provide individual admission feedback to applicants. We have very few places in the program for the number of applications we receive, and as a result, even outstanding applicants may be refused admission. Admission to the program is extremely competitive, and meeting or exceeding the admission requirements does not guarantee admission. 
 

Under no circumstances will application material be released to applicants, regardless of the final decision.  An application will not be considered until the:

  1. SGS online admissions application and all required supporting documents have been submitted; and the
  2. References have been uploaded to the application.
Domestic LLM and SJD applicants are reminded that applications for the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarships are due in October or November of the year preceding enrolment.  Please review the pages concerning financing your graduate education on both the Faculty of Law and School of Graduate Studies websites.

Contact Information

Our office may be contacted at law.graduate@utoronto.ca for information that is not already covered within these sections:

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