Students in class FLB

Who may benefit from the Half-Time program?

The half-time J.D. program is intended to provide access to legal education to those who meet the ordinary admission requirements of the Faculty but are unable to undertake degree studies in law on a full-time basis.

The program is not intended for those who:

  • want to test their interest in law
  • prefer a light course load
  • wish to pursue other interests while studying law
  • wish to overload their JD course enrolment to complete the JD degree faster

Program Length & Course Schedule

Half-time students must complete the J.D. program in no more than six years, rather than the traditional three years full-time. In exceptional circumstances an extension of one year to complete the program may be granted by the Admissions Committee.

Law school courses are taught throughout the day and early evening (typically spanning 8:30am - 8:00pm on weekdays) and students must be prepared to attend courses whenever they are offered. This may result in limited flexibility to schedule other commitments, particularly in first year, in view of course requirements.


Consideration is given to:

  1. J.D. applicants in the Regular, Mature and Aboriginal categories who have applied to, and have been offered admission to, full-time degree studies.
  2. Applicants must demonstrate that they are not able to attend on a full-time basis because of any of the following:
    • health or physical disability
    • exceptional family obligations either to young children or dependents requiring their presence at home
    • financial hardship
      as financial hardship is common to many students, applicants seeking admission under this criterion must establish unique and compelling reasons

In limited circumstances, consideration may also be given to occupational involvement where an applicant is established in a continuing office or performing duties of a public character or benefit and whose work would be assisted and improved by the study of law.

Application Process

  1. Apply to the JD program for full-time studies, subject to the ordinary application procedures and deadlines of the Faculty. Admission decisions will be made as part of the normal admissions process on a rolling basis as files are completed.
  2. On or before May 1, submit a letter detailing the circumstances that demonstrate the inability to attend on a full-time basis to:

JD Admissions Committee
Faculty of  Law
University of Toronto
78 Queen's Park
Toronto ON  M5S 2C5

Program Selection & Notification

The half-time circumstances will be used for half-time consideration only, and will not be used to decide whether to admit to the Faculty.

After the full-time admission decision is made, applicants will be notified subsequently, in writing, of a decision on their application to the half-time program.