Updated July 31, 2020

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 First Year - 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 their standard deadlines.  

Application Procedure for the First Year, 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.

Required Documents

The following documents are required of general, mature and Indigenous applicants, and constitute a complete file. These materials must be submitted directly to OLSAS only, do not submit to the law school: 

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

International Transcripts & Exchange Transcripts

Applicants who completed at least one academic year of courses at post-secondary institutions outside of Canada or the USA are required to submit a third-party course-by-course assessment of their transcripts from World Education Services (WES Canada) for their applications. 

For applicants who have completed studies on a student exchange, an official transcript of the exchange courses directly from the host institution, must be submitted for the application. If the credit for the exchange courses appears on the home institution's transcript, and the home institution is in Canada or the USA, then a WES evaluation is not required. Otherwise a WES Canada course-by-course evaluation is required.
It is customary for the home institution, on its own transcript to not list the grades obtained for exchange courses, thus the exchange grade performance will be assessed on its own merit using the host institution's grading scale.

References & Interviews

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

Combined Programs

If the desired partner degree program has already been attained, then only the JD remains to be attained in its entirety, therefore please review the admission requirements and application procedures for the JD only.

If both the JD and the partner program are to be attained then apply to each program independently of the other, by each program's application process and timelines. 

See the Combined Programs web page for contact information for applying to the partner program.

Timing of Admission Decisions

The admissions cycle runs from November to late June. The Admissions Committee attempts to make decisions on applications as early as possible. Notification of decisions will be made by email.
 

First Year Applicants
We expect to make three main rounds of offers of admission: one round in early December, another round in late January, and a final round in mid-March

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. 

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 Admissions Committee is able to fill the class by April 1.


Upper Year Applicants (Transfers, Visiting/Letter of Permission, NCA)

Offers are made on a rolling basis, as applications become complete and are reviewed. There is no wait list for upper year applicants.

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 a half-day standardized test designed specifically for admission to Canadian and US law schools. It is administered completely by the LSAC, a nonprofit organization located in the USA. The LSAC creates, conducts and scores the LSAT.

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) provided by LSAC is not to be used for applying to UofT Law.

The LSAT is held at numerous test centres in Canada and abroad. It is required of all JD degree applicants (first-year and transfer) without exception.

The regular LSAT is the only standardized test acceptable for JD admission.

 

Which test is accepted: Standard LSAT, LSAT Flex or the Specially-Designed LSAT?

The appropriate tests for admission to UofT Law are the standard (regular) LSAT test and the LSAT Flex test, wherever in the world they are administered officially by the LSAC.

Inappropriate tests are the specially-designed test for entry into 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 regular LSAT is also available in India and Puerto Rico.
 

Test Frequency

Effective from June 2020

  • In Canada and the US the standard LSAT is offered eight times annually, normally in June, July, August/September, October, November, January, February and April. The March test was discontinued for 2021 and onward. LSAT Flex may be offered in lieu of the standard test.

For all test dates around the world see future test dates at the LSAC website.

 

Valid Tests

Each LSAT score and each LSAT Writing is valid for five years only. 

For entry into the law school in 2021

  • First Year entry
    The LSAT must be taken no later than the January 2021 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 2016 test date.
     
  • Upper Year entry (transfers, letter of permission)
    The LSAT must be taken no later than the April 2021 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 2016 test date.

For entry into the law school in 2022

  • First Year entry
    The LSAT must be taken no later than the January 2022 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 2017 test date.
     
  • Upper Year entry (transfers, letter of permission)
    The LSAT must be taken no later than the April 2022 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 2017 test date. 

 

 Test Portions, Format and Score Release Timing: Multiple Choice sections & LSAT Writing

 The LSAT comprises of two portions, both of which MUST be completed in order for the test score to be available to law schools:

  • a scored Multiple Choice portion with sections of multiple choice questions that test logic, reasoning and reading comprehension. There are five sections for the standard LSAT and three sections for LSAT Flex. No legal knowledge or expertise in any subject is required, it is a test of thinking.

  • an unscored LSAT Writing portion comprising of an essay that tests the ability to construct a persuasive argument.

It is necessary to pay close attention to where, when and how each portion is administered, and most importantly by when you should have the score be available for release to law schools.

 

LSAT completed between June 2015 and May 2019
World-wide, both test portions were written on paper at a test centre in one complete sitting. The LSAT score reports are available for release to law schools since both portions were completed.


LSAT completed after May 2019
World-wide, the Multiple Choice portion and the LSAT Writing are administered separately. For new test takers please note the major differences in completing the two portions in the following table:

  MULTIPLE CHOICE PORTION LSAT WRITING PORTION
Also referred to, as
- LSAT test
- LSAT Digital test
- LSAT Flex
- LSAT Writing
- Writing sample
Held at
A test centre, except for LSAT Flex.

LSAT Flex is held in a room where you should not be interrupted or disturbed. It may be taken at home.
At a room where you should not be interrupted or disturbed while completing the Writing portion. It may be taken at home.
Technology required
In Canada and the USA:
  • The last paper-based only test was the June 2019 test
     
  • The Ditgital Test is administered on a tablet provided on-site at an LSAT test centre by the LSAC. The tablet contains the test questions and the responses are entered on the tablet. On the LSAC website is a free simulation of the tablet experience.
     
  • LSAT Flex is not held at a test centre. It is administered on a personal computer, with a webcam, microphone, plus online live proctoring via a web browser. The Flex test will emulate the Digital Test tablet experience.
In the rest of the world:
  • The Multiple Choice portion test is avaialble either paper-based or via LSAT Flex.
Tested on a personal computer, with a webcam, microphone, plus LSAC-provided special software to be downloaded onto the computer.
Test date
Must register for a test date from the list of published LSAT test dates and times
You choose the date and time to complete the Writing portion.
It must be completed anytime during the period spanning from 8 days before, and up to 12 months after, the date of your registered Multiple Choice portion.
Scoring
From 120 to 180. This is your LSAT score.
Not scored
Score release to test takers
3 to 4 weeks from the test date
None, since it's not scored, however ....
 
Immediately after completing the Writing portion you can review it briefly before submitting it. It takes from 1 to 3 weeks thereafter for it to be processed officially the LSAC. Once processed you can once again view your submission.
Score release to law schools
The Multiple Choice portion score becomes available to be released to law schools ONLY after the Writing portion is completed and processed officially by LSAC. 

To your benefit, you should ensure that the score becomes available to us as soon as possible after it is released to you, because, without the score, your file will be incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Therefore, please get the Writing portion processed in time for the release date of the score for the Multiple Choice portion that you wrote.
Frequently Asked Questions


First Year Applicants: LSAT test after Nov 1 Application Deadline

If you plan on taking the LSAT after the deadline, please still apply to OLSAS by the deadline. Do not wait to register for the test or for the test results in order to apply. 

The application form will ask if a future test will be taken, and the scores can be obtained once they are available.  You can return to your OLSAS application at any time to revise your future test dates.

 
Competitive Scores & Repeated Attempts

On the online OLSAS application, provide your LSAC account number (obtained when registering for the LSAT). OLSAS will retrieve your LSAT score report automatically for the admission cycle, when it becomes available.

The LSAT score report includes all scores attained within the past five years. 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.

The most recent competitive scores for admissions can be found in the Admissions Policies section.

 
Prepare & Register for the LSAT

Full information on the test format, cost, fee waivers, sample preparation tests, test centre locations, test dates and test registration 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: lsac.org

 

Official LSAT® Prep
The LSAC in collaboration with the Khan Academy offers to the public, free online personalized preparation featuring thousands of official practice questions from actual past tests.

Khan Academy Official LSAT Prep

 

UofT Law School Access Program (LSAP)
We offer an in-person, free LSAT preparatory course, once a year, from May-August for persons from low-income families. Please read the specifications of the Law School Access Program (LSAP)

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Personal Statement, Optional Essay, and BSAP 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, Optional Essay and BSAP 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 - Mandatory

5,000 characters (maximum), in plain text, including punctuation and spaces.

The statement is part of the OLSAS application form, and is not submitted as a separate document by upload or hardcopy. The text is entered on the application form directly. 

The Personal Statement is part of the OLSAS application form, and not submitted as a separate document. You are encouraged to use the Personal Statement to share your “story” with the Admissions Committee. Indigenous 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. Successful statements tend to be those that feature clear and authentic writing.

See some samples of the Personal Statement and Optional Essay

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Optional Essay

2,500 characters (maximum), in plain text, including punctuation and spaces.

The Optional Essay is part of the OLSAS application form, and is not submitted as a separate document by upload or hardcopy. The text is entered on the application form directly.

We strongly recommend the submission of the essay since it is an additional opportunity to provide specific information about yourself to bolster your personal profile. You may choose one of the topics we suggest, such as:

  1. a meaningful intellectual experience
  2. a vision of your future goals
  3. how you overcame obstacles to achievement
  4. how your identity, background and experiences will contribute to the diversity of the law school

 

Black Student Application Program (BSAP) Essay (effective for entry in 2021)

2,500 characters (maximum), in plain text, including punctuation and spaces.

The essay is part of the OLSAS application form, and is not submitted as a separate document by upload or hardcopy. The text is entered on the application form directly.

In addition to the mandatory Personal Statement and the Optional Essay, Black Student Application Program candidates must submit a BSAP Essay highlighting why they chose the BSAP application.


Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)

The processing of applications for admission to any Ontario law school will be handled centrally and entirely by the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS), which is a division of the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) located in Guelph, Ontario.

The Credential Assembly Service (CAS) provided by LSAC is not to be used for applying to UofT Law.

OUAC 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 2021 to the Faculty of Law must be submitted to OLSAS by 11:59 pm (Toronto time) on November 1, 2020

OLSAS applications must be submitted by the deadline even if supporting documents are not yet available.

The information required by applicants to provide on the application form by the application deadline include the autobiographical sketch, verifiers, personal statement, the optional essay and the BSAP Essay.

Externally-sourced supporting documents such as the LSAT scores and official transcripts may arrive after the deadline. Missing documentation can be submitted to OLSAS as soon as it becomes available. Applications will only be reviewed after all required documentation has been received via OLSAS. 

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Application Fee

The OLSAS processing fee is CAD $200 plus a University Fee of $100 for each law school selection. All fees are non-refundable.

The University Fee, 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 Application Guide 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 admissions.law@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 to applicants admitted into the JD first year only, at the discretion of the Chair of the Admissions Committee. Requests for deferrals are considered only on an individual basis, by doing all of the following: 

  • Accept the offer of admission to the JD first year by the instructions and deadline specified in the offer of admission
  • Pay the non-refundable tuition deposit as per the instructions and deadline in the offer of admission
  • Submit in writing (email will suffice), the reason(s) for requesting a deferral to JD Admissions, please elaborate

Consideration of requests will begin after May 1.  For requests received by May 1, notification of decisions should be made by May 15. 


Previous Applications

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

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Fee Waivers

Information on fee waivers for the LSAT and the UofT University Fee for OLSAS applications is available at the Fee Waivers web page.