These admission policies and procedures apply to both domestic (Canadian citizens and permanent residents) and international applicants.

Entry Points into the JD Program

For degree study
JD Year 1 - entry occurs once a year in August
JD Upper Year - entry occurs once a year in September

For non-degree study
Entry occurs in September. Visiting exchange or letter of permission students may be allowed to enter in January, but must apply by standard deadlines. 
 

Application Procedure for the JD Program

This procedure applies to both domestic and international applicants. The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants on a continuous basis as each applicant's file is completed.

The following documents are required of general, mature and Indigenous/Aboriginal applicants, and constitute a complete file. These materials must be submitted directly to OLSAS: 

  1. Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) application;
  2. Official and original copies of all post-secondary academic transcripts; 
  3. All Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores; and
  4. A personal statement (required) and additional essay (optional).
  5. Mature applicants only: a resume in addition to materials in 1-4.

Letters of recommendation are not required and, if submitted, will not form part of the applicant's file. Interviews are not used for selection.

Applicants who completed their undergraduate degrees (or completed more than a year of study) at post-secondary institutions outside of Canada or the United States may be required to submit a third-party course-by-course assessment of their transcripts (from World Evaluation Services) as a condition of an offer of admission.

The admissions cycle runs from November to late June. Offers of admission are made beginning in December. When all places in the class have been filled, a wait list is established to fill vacancies as they occur. Based on past experience, the Committee is able to set standards early in the year.

The Admissions Committee attempts to make decisions on applications as early as possible. A few applicants with complete files may not receive notification of a decision until late spring or early summer. Applicants whose files are incomplete will be notified by the Admissions Office and all applicants are advised in writing when a decision has been made.

More information on the assessment of academic records can be found in the Admissions Policies section.

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Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

The LSAT is held at numerous test centres in Canada and abroad. It is required of all JD degree applicants.

 

Standard LSAT vs Specially-Designed LSAT
The appropriate test for admission to U of T is the standard LSAT test. Inappropriate are the specially-designed test for entry in to law schools located in India (LSAT-India), and the specially-designed Spanish-language test (Spanish LSAT) for law schools located in Puerto Rico. Note that the standard LSAT is also available in India and Puerto Rico.

Test Frequency
Until February 2018
The standard LSAT is offered four times annually, normally in June, September, December and February.

Effective from June 2018
The standard LSAT is offered five times annually, normally in June, September, November, January and March.

Valid Tests
An LSAT score is valid for five years only. 

For entry in 2017 the LSAT must be taken by the February 2017 test date but applicants are strongly encouraged to take the test at one of the earlier dates. Additionally, the LSAT must have been taken on or after the June 2012 test date.

For entry in 2018 the LSAT must be taken by the February 2018 test date but applicants are strongly encouraged to take the test at one of the earlier dates. Additionally, the LSAT must have been taken on or after the June 2013 test date.

 For entry in 2019 the LSAT must be taken by the January 2019 test date but applicants are strongly encouraged to take the test at one of the earlier dates. Additionally, the LSAT must have been taken on or after the June 2014 test date.

If you have not yet written the LSAT, you should still apply to OLSAS by the JD program application deadline of November 1. The results of the December, January or February LSAT can be submitted once they are available. 

Repeated Attempts
If more than one LSAT score is reported, all LSAT scores will be seen and considered by the Admissions Committee. Generally, we place emphasis on the highest LSAT score reported.

Prepare & Register for the LSAT
Test registrations and full information on the test, test preparation sample tests, test centre locations and test dates may be obtained from:

Law School Admission Council (LSAC) 
662 Penn Street
Newtown, PA 18940-0998
USA 

Tel: (215) 968-1001, Fax: (215) 968-1119
e-mail: lsacinfo@lsac.org
Website: http://www.lsac.org

More information about the LSAT can be found in the Admissions Policies section.

U of T Law offers an in-person, free LSAT preparatory course, once a year, in  the spring/summer for persons from low-income families.  Please read the specifications of the Law School Access Program (LSAP)

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Personal Statement and Optional Essay

Letters of recommendation are not required, and interviews are not conducted for admission selection. For this reason, applicants are encouraged to use the personal statement and optional personal essay to highlight their academic, personal and professional accomplishments, and share with the Committee a more three-dimensional picture of themselves and their vision for their own legal education at the University of Toronto.

All statements and essays of applicants who are offered admission are read independently by at least three (and as many as six) members of the Admissions Committee, which includes students, senior administrative staff and faculty members.

Personal Statement
5,000 characters, in plain text, including punctuation and spaces.
Successful statements tend to be those that feature clear and authentic writing. Aboriginal applicants are encouraged to outline in their personal statements their interest in, identification with and connection to their communities. There is no template to follow as the statement serves as the means for self-expression and self-description. See some samples of personal statements.

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Optional Essay
2,500 characters, in plain text, including punctuation and spaces.
The essay should be used to provide additional personal information from a choice of topics we suggest, such as a meaningful intellectual experience, a vision of your future goals or how you overcame obstacles to achievement.


Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)

The processing of applications for admission to any Ontario law school will be handled centrally by the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS) a division of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).

The OUAC, located in Guelph, Ontario, currently processes applications for undergraduate full-time studies for Ontario's universities and for a number of second degree programs. OLSAS offers numerous benefits to applicants through a simplified application process and will also reduce duplication and processing costs at the universities. In late August applicants may apply online for entry in the following year.

Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
Ontario Universities' Application Centre
170 Research Lane
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 5E2
Tel: (519) 823-1063
Fax: (519) 823-5232
e-mail: olsas@ouac.on.ca
Website: http://www.ouac.on.ca/olsas/

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Deadline for Filing Applications

Applications for admission to the JD first year in 2018 to the Faculty of Law must be submitted to OLSAS by 11:59 pm (Toronto time) on November 1, 2017

OLSAS applications must be submitted by the deadline listed above even if documentation is not yet complete or available. Missing documentation can be submitted once they are available. Applications will only be reviewed after all documentation has been received. 

See JD Admission timelines.

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Application Fee

Effective for entry in 2018, the OLSAS processing fee is $200.00 CDN plus an institutional levy of $100.00 for each law school selection. All fees and levies are non-refundable. The $100.00 levy, collected by OLSAS but remitted directly to the Faculty of Law, assists us in covering a portion of our costs associated with the admission assessment. Please see the OLSAS instruction booklet for detailed fee information.

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First-Year Applicants: Late Applications

The Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto is prepared to consider requests to submit late applications by email with attachments to law.admissions@utoronto.ca.

The Admissions Committee will be more receptive to requests for late application that are accompanied by unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts and LSAT score reports.

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Entrance Scholarships and Bursaries

Virtually all of the Faculty's financial aid is in the form of needs-based funding. A small number of merit-based entrance scholarships are available. All admitted students will be automatically considered for Faculty of Law merit-based scholarships without further application.

All admitted students will be provided a financial aid application. By completing and submitting the Faculty of Law JD Financial Aid Program application, admitted students can be considered for bursaries and other needs-based financial aid. 

A list of available entrance bursaries and scholarships is available on the Faculty of Law website.

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Deferral of Admission

Deferrals may be granted at the discretion of the Chair of the Admissions Committee. Requests for deferrals are considered only on an individual basis after applicants have been admitted. Reasons in support of such requests should be submitted in writing. Consideration of requests will begin after May 1.  For requests received by May 1, notification of decisions should be made by May 31. For applicants who have been granted a deferral, a non-refundable administrative fee to the Faculty may be required. 


Previous Applications

All applicants who have previously submitted an application must re-apply for admission through OLSAS.

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Fee Waivers

Fee waivers for the $100 law school fee exemption may be downloaded from the Fee Waivers web page.

 

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