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. All applicants are encouraged to apply early as LLM and MSL applications are considered on a rolling basis and SJD applications are considered in rounds (see more information below). 

In order to commence an application, you must have a valid email address (to which all University communications will be sent during the admission process).  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. 

It is the responsibility of every applicant to review all of the details on this webpage and ensure that they have completed their application by the appropriate deadline.  Applications will not be reviewed by the Admissions Committee until they have been completed.  All required documents, including reference letters, must be submitted online, on or before to the appropriate application deadline.  Applications which are not complete by the applicable application deadline will not be considered.  Exceptions to these deadlines will not be made.

Application Cycles

Master of Laws (LLM) Application Cycle

Opens:  October 2, 2017 (9:00am EST)

LLM applications for the 2018-19 academic year (beginning September) will be considered on a rolling basis.  All applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity.  The reasons why early applications are advantageous include the fact that fewer spots are available later in the admissions process, and in the event of a successful result, the process of obtaining appropriate immigration documentation can be lengthy.

Successful applicants will be required to submit their response within two weeks of receiving an offer of admission.  Individuals who cannot provide a response by this deadline may request to be included on a waitlist in order to have their application considered again later in the process.

Application Deadline:  March 28, 2017 (11:59pm EST)

Master of Studies in Law (MSL) Application Cycle

Opens:  October 2, 2017 (9:00am EST)

MSL applications for the 2018-19 academic year (beginning September) will be considered on a rolling basis.  All applicants are encouraged to apply at their earliest opportunity.  The reasons why early applications are advantageous include the fact that fewer spots are available later in the admissions process, and in the event of a successful result, the process of obtaining appropriate immigration documentation can be lengthy.

Successful applicants will be required to submit their response within two weeks of receiving an offer of admission.  Individuals who cannot provide a response by this deadline may request to be included on a waitlist in order to have their application considered again later in the process.

Application Deadline:  March 28, 2017 (11:59pm EST)

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) Application Cycle

Opens:  October 2, 2017 (9:00am EST)

SJD applications for the 2018-19 academic year (beginning September or January) 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. The reasons why early applications are advantageous include the fact that fewer spots are available later in the admissions process, and in the event of a successful result, the process of obtaining appropriate immigration documentation can be lengthy.

If you would like to receive a response to your application by January 31st or March 15th, please ensure that you submit your application in accordance with the deadlines below (January 9th and February 13th, respectively).  Applications that are received between January 10th and February 13th will be included in Round 2.  Those received between February 14th and March 28th will be included in Round 3.  Applications that are not completed by the Round 3 application deadline will not be considered.

In order to be considered for the Connaught International Scholarship, you will need to submit your admissions application within Round 1.  View further details on this award competition.

In order to be considered for the Ontario Trillium Scholarship, which is also for international students, you will need to submit your admissions application within Round 2 at the latest.  View further details on this award competition.

Successful applicants will be required to submit their response within two weeks of receiving an offer of admission.  Applicants who receive offers in Rounds 1 and 2 but cannot provide a response within two weeks may request to be included on a waitlist in order to have their application considered again in a subsequent round.

Round 1
Application Deadline: January 9, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Results: January 31, 2018

Round 2
Application Deadline: February 13, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Results: March 15, 2018

Round 3
Application Deadline: March 28, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Results: May 15, 2018

 

How to Apply to the LLM, MSL, and SJD

Overview

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 (GPLLM) has a separate application process. Visit the GPLLM Admissions page for information about applying to that program.

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

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.

Detailed Instructions

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.  

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.

Please ensure you are applying to the correct program before submitting your payment. 

Once you've paid the application fee, your referees will receive an electronic invitation (sent to the email addresses you have provided) to submit a reference letter on your behalf and you will be permitted to upload your required 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 each of our graduate programs.  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)

*** Please note that applicants are not encouraged 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)

*** Please note that applicants are not encouraged 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 do not have prior legal training, 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)

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

Academic References:

All applicants must submit contact information for TWO (2) academic referees. Additional references cannot be submitted. If you cannot obtain academic references, and will be submitting professional references instead, please explain why in your personal statement.

Referees will receive an email inviting them to submit their reference online.  They are not provided 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:

All applicants must upload electronic versions of their 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. 
Exception: French is an official language of Canada and we therefore do not require English translations of transcripts in French. 

English Language Test Scores:

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.

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

 

Managing your Application

Once you have submitted your application and paid your application fee, you can monitor the status of your application 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 at the Law School and the documents being processed. 
 
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 materials be released to applicants, regardless of the final decision. 

 

 

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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