New Admits - First YearYOUR NEXT STEPS 2020

Updated: June16, 2020
Please retain your Offer of Admission letter, and bring it with you when you arrive at the university. Upper year students begin on Tuesday September 8, 2020.

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 acceptance Tuition Deposit

Accept the Offer by the deadline in your Offer of Admission letter.
New Admits 
    • Email the JD Admissions Office, stating your intent to accept and provide your current contact information: mailing & permanent addresses; mobile and home phone numbers
    • Log into your OLSAS account and, if new, update your contact phone numbers, home and mailing address, indicate which address is to be used after May 1

    • 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 ‐ Transfer JD
    • Select your one Response to Offer, from among these options:

      • Firm Accept
        Accept UofT Law, 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
        (option available until August 3, on August 4 a provisional acceptance will change to a firm acceptance automatically at OLSAS).
        Accept UofT Law, and still be considered for all other Ontario law schools that have active offers, or have yet to make admission decisions. 

    • Finalize the transaction by completing the Review & Submit step, linked on the left hand menu on the OLSAS webpage.
 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 with the following payment instructions is enclosed in your Offer of Admission package.
Pay the deposit by the deadline to respond to your Offer of Admission at OLSAS.
The Offer of Admission will be cancelled if the deposit is not received by the deadline.
$500 in Canadian currency, payable to “University of Toronto”, by credit card online payment via ACORN, the UofT student record system.
Before you pay by credit card, please note:
  • 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.


  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 former 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
    • Instead, without delay, please forward the email from ROSI Help to the JD Admissions Office at

Verification of Receipt of Tuition Deposit 
To verify that Student Accounts has received and processed the deposit, log into ACORN as described in Next Step#3.

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.

Get an immediate Aid Estimate
At any time.
Apply for JD Student Financial Aid 
As soon as possible, after you have received an Offer of Admission, please see the financial aid timelines.
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 - overview & details
Visit the UofT Law financial aid website


3. Enable your JOINid & Log in to ACORN

For UofT applicants, the id provides e-access to key student services, including housing resources.
New students to UofT
The JOINid is listed on your Offer of Admission letter.Go online to enable your JOINid.

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

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 university housing applications, simply await further email updates.

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 3 to 5 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.

Go to
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.

  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. If desired, seek Housing

WHENAs soon as possible, due to the variety of options and availability of units which may suit your preferences.
Review the housing options, on-campus and off-campus, online at  
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 is no guaranteed housing for these units, so for the best chance of securing a space, we recommend that you apply early, with the intention of moving in before July or very shortly thereafter.
For off-campus housing, in addition to listings provided via UofT Housing, take a look at the online classifieds for apartments at PadMapper.
New students to UofT
Your enabled JOINid is required for applying to university residence housing, and for viewing off-campus listings provided to the university.
Continuing/Returning U of T students
Use your JOINid for residence housing applications, and for viewing off-campus listings provided to the university.

5. Engage your new colleagues on Facebook

WHENAfter we have received your acceptance of the Offer of Admission, get connected on our admissions group page for the JD class of 2022.
HOWThe JD Admissions Office will send an invitation by email. The invitation will only work if it's sent to the email address you have associated with Facebook. If the email on file at OLSAS is different for the email associated with Facebook, then inform us of the associated Facebook email. Check if your email service may have placed the invitation spam/junk folder. 

6. Get your TCard & UTmail+


TCards may be obtained from June 1, only after the offer of admission has been accepted at OLSAS and then (typically 1-2 business days thereafter) processed by the law school.

Get your card before the first day of classes.

TCard is your official UofT identification (student card) for access to athletic & student services, to sit exams and obtain transit & retail discounts. Note that transit discounts are effective from the start of the fall session in September. The card must be obtained first in order to get your UofT student email, UTMail+
Get a card if you have not been a UofT student during the past two years, or if your card has been misplaced, lost or damaged. 
  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.
UTmail+ may be obtained from June 1 only after the offer of admission has been accepted at OLSAS and then (typically 1-2 business days thereafter) processed by the law school 
Get your account activated before the first day of classes.
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
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. 

 7. Enrol in courses

WHENBegins on June 24.
Upper year students begin on September 8, 2020

The Records Office at the Faculty of Law handles course enrolment and will send access information for the course enrolment system and general enrolment instructions and reminders by email.
Please await the email from the Records Office. 
COVID-19 impact on the Fall 2020 term 
Please read the FAQ on the recovery plans for the Fall 2020 term

8. Submit the Minimum Payment to be Registered and Pay the remainder of Tuition & Incidental Fees

Official tuition fees for 2020-21 are expected online after July 20
In the interim, please view the estimated 2020-21 fees.
Fees will be billed by academic session (term). 
The Minimum Payment in order to be officially registered is due in early August.
For the dates by which payments are to be RECEIVED at the university, refer to our Student Fees website.
Refer to our Student Fees website

In general, for paying 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

9. Obtain a Peer Mentor & Submit a Headshot Photo

WHENObtaining a Peer Mentor begins in July
To be fully supported throughout your starting 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 Mentoring Program.

Submit your Headshot Photo in July
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 June.

10. Attend Orientation

WHENOrientation - held in early September  
An event will be held to welcome new upper year students and familiarize you with the workings of the law school and the university. You may expect an email closer to the event date with the details,