New Admits - First YearYOUR NEXT STEPS 2020

Updated: July 25, 2020
 
Please retain your Offer of Admission letter, and bring it with you when you arrive at the university. 
 
First year classes are expected to begin on August 24, 2020 with a two-week course which is a degree requirement. Attendance is mandatory - no exceptions - please plan accordingly.
 
Although they are numbered, some of the steps should be started simultaneously, so read all steps before you proceed with the first step.
 
 

1. Accept your Offer of Admission online & Pay the Tuition Deposit

WHEN
New Admits
  • Applicants with offer letters dated earlier than March 1, accept by April 1, 2020
  • Applicants with offer letters dated later than March 1, accept by the deadline specified in the letter


Admits deferred from a prior year

  • Respond to our request for intent to enrol by February 1, 2020
HOW
New Admits
  • JD ONLY APPLICANTS
    • Log into your OLSAS account
       
    • In the left side menu of Application Links, select Choices/Offers
       
    • Select the link to the Offer for the program University of Toronto ‐ First Year JD

    • Select your one Response to Offer, from among these options:
       
        • Firm Accept
          accept UofT, and not be considered further for all other Ontario law schools, regardless of where those law schools are in their admission selection process
           
        • Provisional Accept  
          • accept UofT, and still be considered for all other Ontario law schools that have active offers, or have yet to make admission decisions.
             
          • this option is available until July 2, after which either an earlier provisional accept becomes a firm accept automatically, or a firm accept only is possible, see OLSAS Important Dates.
             
          • Updated If your only Ontario application was to UofT, then the provisional accept option will not appear since the other Ontario law schools were never considering you, i.e. only the firm accept option will appear.

    • Finalize the transaction by completing the Review & Submit step, linked on the left hand menu on the OLSAS webpage.
       

Admits Deferred from a prior year 

  • Once you have received your new 2020-2021 Offer of Admission letter, please await an email from the JD Admissions Office, indicating when you may log into your new OLSAS account to firmly accept the offer of admission online. The email should be sent within two weeks of the date of the letter.
 
 In addition to accepting the Offer of Admission, to confirm your acceptance at the university, a non-refundable deposit is required. The deposit will be applied to the first session (term) tuition. A Tuition Deposit Form is enclosed in your Offer of Admission package.
WHEN
New Admits
  • For offer letters dated earlier than April 1, pay by May 1, 2020
  • For offer letters dated later than April 1, pay by the deadline specified in the letter.
  • The Offer of Admission will be cancelled if the deposit is not received by the deadline.
 
Admits Deferred from a prior year
  • Pay by May 1, 2020
HOW 
Updated May 1, 2020
 
$500 in Canadian currency, payable to “University of Toronto”, in the form of:
  • Credit card (VISA or Mastercard only) online payment via ACORN
Payment by a certified cheque (bank draft) or a money order is NO LONGER possible due to COVID-19.
 
PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD
Before you pay by credit card, please note:
  • We regret that payment by credit card will not be available for the admits who deferred from 2019
  • VISA or MasterCard accepted only
  • A non-refundable convenience fee of 1.75% (CAD $8.75) will be added
  • Payment is only via your ACORN account accessed by using your JOINid or UTORid

    CAUTION:We do not advise sharing your ACORN access information with anyone in order for them to make the payment, since that will provide access to view and change significant data in your official student record. You will assume all responsibility and risk for doing so.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Please follow these SPECIFIC instructions since they are for paying the deposit and differ from the instructions for paying the rest of your tuition. This difference in procedure is especially important to note for current UofT students.
    DO NOT simply follow the menus in the ACORN system intuitively, please have these specific instructions with you when you are paying the deposit.

  2. If you have not already done so, enable your JOINId see Next Step #3; or use your existing UTORid.

  3. Log in to ACORN

  4. In the DASHBOARD main display area, look for the block titled FINANCES

    • In that block, your ability to pay by credit card is enabled if it displays these specific lines of text:
      1. Outstanding Admission Deposit
      2. Juris Doctor (Faculty of Law)
      3. with a value of $500

    • From that block select the button Make a Payment to proceed to the option to pay by credit card, then make the payment.

  5. After the completion of the payment
    You should receive two separate emails, to your email address on file in ACORN, with receipt of payment information. One email will be from UofT Student Accounts using the sender name ROSI Help, the other from Moneris, the agency which handles the payment transaction.

  6. Once received, forward the Receipt of Payment email to JD Admissions:
    • Do NOT send us a copy of the signed Tuition Deposit form in your offer package

    • Do NOT forward the email from esp_receipt@moneris.com

    • Instead, without delay, please forward the email from ROSI Help to the JD Admissions Office at admissions.law@utoronto.ca
Verification of Receipt of Tuition Deposit at the University
Regardless of payment method, to verify that Student Accounts has received and processed the deposit:
  1. Log into ACORN
  2. From the Finances menu, select Financial Account, then go to Payment History or Account Details to view.

2. Financial Aid: Get an immediate estimate and Apply

Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are seeking financial aid are expected to apply to their provincial government student financial aid programs and also the UofT JD Student Financial Aid program.

International students on an immigration Study Permit are not eligible for Canadian government student financial aid programs or the UofT JD Student Financial Aid program, and are encouraged to seek aid from other sources, such as their local governments.

WHEN
Get an immediate Aid Estimate
At any time.
 
Apply for JD Student Financial Aid
  • For offer letters dated earlier than May 15: the application is due at the JD Admissions Office no later than June 1, 2020
  • For offer letters dated later than May 15: the application is due at the JD Admissions Office no later than two weeks from the date of the offer letter 
HOW
Get an immediate Aid Estimate
Use the online UofT Law Financial Aid Calculator

Apply for JD Student Financial Aid
Read the 2020-2021 Financial Aid Program Policies and Procedures Booklet for JD Students, then submit the 2020-2021 JD Financial Aid Application Form 

  • The aid application form is a fillable PDF document. First, download and save the form.
  • To fill in the form electronically, open the form in Adobe Acrobat (Reader - free, DC version) 
  • After completing, print, initial and sign as instructed on the form.
  • Submit by email (of a scan), fax, mail, or in person.

Financial Aid & Awards
Visit the UofT Law financial aid website

  

3. Enable your JOINid & Log in to ACORN

WHEN
JOINid
Without delay, to gain e-access to key student services, including student housing listings on and off-campus.
HOW
New students to UofT
The JD Admissions Office will email your UofT Applicant number, the JOINid username and activation instructions.

Continuing/Returning UofT students
If you have a UTORid then use it instead of the JOINid. With a UTORid there is no need to obtain and activate a JOINid. Likewise, use your Student Number instead of the UofT Applicant Number.

Caution 
If you try to log into applicant services that do not pertain to law students, you will receive login error messages. Therefore, after you have enabled your JOINid, for services other than on-campus housing applications and listings, simply await further email updates.

  
WHEN
ACORN 
This is the Student Web Services (SWS) portal for the student record system that allows you to update your contact information, view your grades, see the details of program fees and payments etc.
 
Within 5 to 7 business days after submitting your acceptance of the Offer of Admission log in to ACORN:
  1. To verify that your tuition deposit has been received by Student Accounts
  2. To verify your mailing and contact information.
  3. To add to your personal information one or more Emergency Contacts, who the university should contact on your behalf, in the event of an emergency.
HOW

Go to www.acorn.utoronto.ca
Your JOINid must be enabled in order to use ACORN.

  1. To verify that your tuition deposit has been received by Student Accounts
    From the Finances menu, select Financial Account, then go to Payment History or Account Details to view.

  2. To verify your mailing and contact information
    From the Profile & Settings menu, select the relevant options

  3. To add to your personal information an Emergency Contact
    From the Profile & Settings menu, select Emergency Contact
 

4. Join us for WELCOME DAY & WELCOME RECEPTIONS 

WHEN
WELCOME RECEPTIONS ACROSS CANADA
January 27 to 31, 2020

WELCOME DAY AT THE LAW SCHOOL
Friday February 21, 2020

HOW
You may attend the events as long as you have not declined our offer of admission. Accepting the offer is not a prerequisite for attending.
 
WELCOME RECEPTIONS 
In addition to Welcome Day at the law school, you are invited to attend a new admit Welcome Reception held in Vancouver, Kingston ON, Ottawa and Montreal.
 
WELCOME DAY AT THE LAW SCHOOL 
This is a comprehensive one-day event where you will meet and mingle with your future classmates, current students, faculty, staff and alumni.
  

5. If desired, seek Housing

WHEN
As soon as possible, due to the variety of options and availability of units which may suit your preferences.
HOW
Review the housing options on-campus and off-campus online at UofT Housing at housing.utoronto.ca

ON-CAMPUS HOUSING: UofT Residences & Guarantee 
  • Incoming first year JD students admitted by May 15, can access guaranteed spaces for at two on-campus University residences: Graduate House, and Student Family Housing.

  • Updated (May 21, 2020)
    For 2020-2021 guaranteed spaces will not be available at the
    Graduate House residence
     
  • Students with families seeking housing for the family should consider the UofT Student Family Housing high rise units, located a 15 min walk east of the law school. There are two guaranteed housing spaces for these units.

  • New students to UofT
    Your enabled JOINid is required for applying to university residence housing.

  • Continuing/Returning UofT students
    Use your UTORid for residence housing applications.

  • Residence Guarantee Requests 
    Submit your request in May. Please read the online specifications and instructions.Updated 

OFF-CAMPUS HOUSING: Non UofT Options 
For off-campus housing, in addition to listings provided via UofT Housing, take a look at the online classifieds for apartments at PadMapper. In your searches on PadMapper, please filter out any Air BnB listings.
 

6. Engage your new colleagues on Facebook

WHEN
After we have offered admission get connected on our new admits group page.
HOWThe JD Admissions Office will send an invitation by email. Depending on your mail spam settings, the email may go your inbox and spam/junk folder. In the email select the web link to join the group.
 

7. Get your TCard & UTmail+

WHEN
TCards Updated
Cards are issued starting iune 1 
Get your card no later than your second day of class, August 25.
HOW
Updated
TCard is your official UofT identification (student card) for access to athletic & student services, to sit exams and obtain select retail & transit discounts. Note that transit discounts are effective from the start of the fall session in September. 

Get a card if you have not been a UofT student during the past two years. 
  1. Upload an appropriate photo of yourself via the MyPhoto link on the T-Card web site.
  2. Book an appointment for a live online verification of your identity via a combination of live webcam feed and acceptable government-issued photo ID.
  3. Pick up your T-Card in-person at any UofT campus, after the T-card offices re-open to students later in the year.
  4. Follow the full set of instructions at the official TCard website.
 
WHEN
UTmail+  Updated
Access begins on June 1 
Get your account activated no later than your second day of class, August 25.
HOW 
Updated
 UTmail+ is the only email used by the university to communicate officially with students. 
  • First, begin the process to obtain your TCard.
  • The UTMail+ activation instructions will be given to you at the end of the online appointment of your identity for your T-Card.
  • Once activated, to log in to your account go to http://mail.utoronto.ca
 
EVERYONE: Let us know you've got them both!
As a courtesy, and to prevent future reminders to do so, please let us know that you've obtained your TCard and also set up your UTMail+ account, by emailing JD Admissions from your UTMail+ account. 
  

8. Enrol in courses & the impact of COVID-19

WHEN
Anticipated to be in mid-late August, typically during the week prior to the start of classes
HOW
 
First year classes begin on August 24, 2020
The first year of the JD program consists of mandatory courses.
 
For your convenience the Records Office at the Faculty of Law will enrol you in your courses automatically and will email enrolment information in August, usually a week before the start of classes. 
UPDATE
COVID-19 impact on the Fall 2020 term New information
Please read the FAQ on the recovery plans for the Fall 2020 term
 

9. Get Registered: Pay the Minimum Payment to be Registered and the remainder of Tuition & Incidental Fees

WHEN
In order to be officially registered, a Minimum Payment is due by August 5.
 
By request a deferral (delay) of this Minimum Payment may be permitted for eligible students who are receiving external student aid (e.g. government student aid)
 
Official tuition fees for 2020-2021 are expected online after July 20. In the interim, please view the estimated 2020-2021 fees. Updated
 
Fees will be billed by academic session (term).
 
For the deadline dates by which payments are to be RECEIVED or may be deferred (if eligible) at the university, refer to our Student Fees website
HOW
Refer to the Student Fees website for fee payment and fee deferral procedures.

In general, for paying tuition and incidental/ancillary fees from:
  • Inside Canada
    Pay through a Canadian financial institution (e.g. your bank, credit union etc.) in-person at the bank, by online or telephone banking if offered by your bank or by credit card (with a service fee).

  • Outside of Canada
    In collaboration with your local bank:
    • pay through Western Union GlobalPay for Students, or
    • obtain a bank draft or money order, in Canadian funds
 

10. Obtain a Peer Mentor, Sign-up for Orientation & Submit a Headshot Photo

WHEN
Obtaining a Peer Mentor begins in July
HOW 
To be fully supported throughout your first year of law school, obtain an upper-year student mentor who will help to ease your transition. 

In order to match you with a mentor with similar interests, you will be invited to provide basic information about yourself and your preferences on an online questionnaire. The JD Admissions Office will email the link to the questionnaire on behalf of the Peer Mentorship Program.

  
WHEN
Orientation begins in August, sign-up in July
HOW
Upper year students will plan a series of fun, social and practical events to familiarize you to the workings of the law school, the UofT and the city of Toronto.  Orientation activities will be interspersed with classes for your first course (Legal Methods intensive) which spans the last two weeks of August.
 
The JD Admissions Office will email the sign-up and event details in July on behalf of the Orientation Committee.
 
WHEN
Submit your Headshot Photo in July/August Updated
HOW
Your professors and support staff like to familiarize themselves with incoming students before you arrive. A well-lit headshot photo taken with a smart phone will suffice.
Detailed specifications on photo dimensions, file format and where to email the photo will be posted here in the summer.
 

11. Additional Arrangements, including Final Transcripts

WHEN
As soon as possible, no later than June 30, 2020
WHAT
Official Final Transcripts 
If you enroled in post-secondary studies during the 2019-2020 academic year then arrange for your official final transcript to be sent to OLSAS for your file. If a degree will be completed, order a transcript that will show that the degree was conferred/awarded/received.
This is also indicated at the OLSAS website under Final Transcripts.