Apply to UCalgary Law

All the information you need to apply to the JD programs at UCalgary Law.

Admissions Dates & Deadlines

Please note the following dates and deadlines for the Fall 2019 application cycle.

Start your application

Identify the admission category that applies to you and follow the steps below.

  1. Write the LSAT

    • Applicants are encouraged to write the LSAT no later than November
    • See the Law School Admission Council website for test dates and registration information
  2. Find two referees

    • Ask past post-secondary instructors to be your referees. If you cannot find academic referees, then you may use non-academic referees.
    • We will invite your referees to complete an online reference form after you submit your application.
  3. Submit your application

    • Submit your application between Sept 1 – Nov 1
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  4. Submit your supporting documents

    • Supporting documents are due Feb 15
    • See below for supporting document requirements
  1. Check eligibility

    • Only students who have completed their first year of study at a Canadian common law school may apply to transfer
    • See the Upper-Year admissions page for more eligibility criteria
  2. Find two referees

    • Ask law school instructors to be your referees
    • We will invite your referees to complete an online reference form after you submit your application
  3. Submit your application

    • Submit your application between Feb 1 – May 15
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  4. Submit your supporting documents

  1. Check eligibility

    • Students who have completed at least one year of study at a Canadian or US law school are eligible to apply for an LOP
  2. Contact your referees

    • Ask law school instructors to be your referees
    • We will invite your referees to complete an online reference form after you submit your application
  3. Submit your application

  4. Submit your supporting documents

     

  1. Speak with your UH advisor

    • The University of Houston Law Centre will let us know who has been approved to apply for the IELP
    • If you are not currently a law student at UH, refer to the first-year applicant process
  2. Find two referees

    • Ask law school instructors to be your referees
    • We will invite your referees to complete an online reference form after you submit your application
  3. Submit your application

    • Applications are accessible by invitation only, from Jun 15 – Jul 1
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  4. Submit your supporting documents

  1. Check eligibility

  2. Find two referees

    • Ask law school instructors for reference letters
  3. Submit your application and supporting documents

    • Applications are submitted through the Study Abroad Office
    • The Study Abroad Office will collect your supporting documents and forward your completed application to the Faculty of Law

Indigenous Students

In the application, all Canadian applicants are asked to indicate if they self-identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. If you answer yes to that question, you’ll be eligible for the Indigenous admissions review process.

View more information about Indigenous admissions, supporting documentation, the assessment process, and Indigenous student life.

Persons with disabilities

Persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply and, once admitted, we will accommodate you in accordance with university policy. More information about accessibility services available to UCalgary students can be found on the Student Accessibility Services website.

Applying as an upper-year student? Learn about upper-year admissions requirements.

After you apply

Within a few days of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email with your student identification number (UCID). This email will go to your UCalgary email address if you already have one. If you don’t see your email within a couple days, check your spam folder, in case your email filtered the auto-generated email.

Send your supporting documents

See below for required documents for first-year applications, and above for links to upper-year applicant requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete.

Check your status

To check the status of documents or your application, log in to your Student Centre.

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Changes to your application

Once you have submitted the online application, it cannot be updated. The only thing you may update is referee contact information or change referees, if needed.

Update your references

Update your contact information

Keep your contact information up-to-date. Update your email address, phone number, or address through your Student Centre.

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Academic Prerequisites

The academic prerequisite is the completion of 20 half courses (equivalent to 10 full courses or 60 credits) towards a bachelor's degree at a university in Alberta or its equivalent. No exception is made for any admission category.

It is rare that an applicant is admitted without completing their full bachelor's degree – please refer to the statistics on the JD Admission Statistics – Five Year Comparison chart.

Courses to be considered must be completed prior to December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted.

There is no specific "pre-law" program. JD students come from a variety of academic degree programs.

There is no mature student category.


Online Application

To access the online application, you must create an eID. For help with creating an eID or with recovering a previous eID, please contact the IT Support Centre.

The online application includes:

  • Academic history: you must disclose every post-secondary institution you have attended
  • Academic and/or other honours
  • LSAT results and LSAC account number (e.g. L12345678)
  • Referee names and contact information: both phone and email
  • Employment History
  • Extra-curricular involvement
  • Special Facts
  • Statement of Interest

A non-refundable application fee must be paid online when submitting your application.

  • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  • $145 for International Students

We will only consider the information that you provide in the online application. No updates will be accepted after your application is submitted.

Statement of Interest

You must answer the following three questions within a maximum of 500 words:

  • How have your previous experiences and academic choices influenced your decision to apply to law school?
  • Why are you interested in attending UCalgary Law specifically?
  • What would you like to do with your law degree?

Special Facts

The Special Facts section is not an extension of the Statement of Interest. Its intention is to provide a space for applicants who wish to share information that does not fit elsewhere in the application – usually extenuating circumstances – to give context and perspective to other aspects of the application. A maximum of 250 words is allowed.

Applicants who wish to pursue part-time studies must provide detailed reasons in the Special Facts section.


Required Supporting Documents

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

You are encouraged to write the LSAT no later than November of the year you submit your application, though LSAT scores from the following January will also be accepted.

January LSAT scores will be added to applications in late February, so you may be at a disadvantage by writing the LSAT this late.

We will use your LSAC account number to get your LSAT report directly from LSAC.

Refer to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website for information about the test, registration, locations, and study guides, and all questions about such information should be directed to LSAC.

Any applicant who cannot afford the LSAT fee may apply for an LSAT fee waiver. To apply, send a completed fee waiver form, cover letter, and proof of your financial position for the previous three years to UCalgary Law. The fee waiver form and criteria can be found on the LSAC website.

Visit the LSAC website.

Official Transcripts

You must arrange to have official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions that you have attended, even if you did not graduate, sent in a sealed envelope from the issuing university.

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of your application, you must wait until January before sending a transcript for your current institution.

The Admissions office will automatically download your UCalgary transcript if you previously attended UCalgary. If you are attending UCalgary at the time of your application, your transcript will be downloaded after fall grades are finalized.

If you applied to UCalgary Law within the past three years, some transcripts may be pulled forward, unless you have taken more courses at that institution.

Transcripts that are not in English or French must be accompanied by a notarized translation.

Please use the following mailing address for transcripts:

Law Admissions, MFH 2380
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Digital transcripts will only be accepted from institutions within Alberta, if your institution gives you the option. UCalgary Law cannot order transcripts on your behalf through ApplyAlberta.

Digital transcripts will not be accepted from institutions outside Alberta.

References

You must provide the names and contact information for two referees when submitting your online application.

We will send your referees an email with a unique link to our online reference form within two weeks after you submit your application. Your referees will have until 11:59 p.m. MST on February 15 to submit their online reference form.

If you applied to UCalgary Law within the past three years, you may use either:

  • Two new referees who have never been used for an application to UCalgary Law, or
  • One new referee plus one referee who has previously provided a reference (The previous referee will still be sent an email with a link to the online reference form)

Find out more about references. 

Curious in how we assess your application? Find out more.

Rolling Admissions

A form of rolling admissions is used, which means that some decisions are sent out before all the files have been read. This is one reason to have your supporting documents in as early as possible.

Due to the nature of the assessment process, there is no typical timeframe in which you will receive a decision after your application becomes complete. You may receive a decision very quickly, or you might receive a decision later in the admission cycle.

Offers may be sent as early as November, as applications become complete. All applicants will receive an email with either an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification no later than the end of June.

Waitlist

There are no rankings assigned to those who are on the waitlist. The committee will consider everyone on the waitlist to determine who will receive an offer at the time a spot becomes available.

This means that we cannot estimate how long it will take for each waitlisted applicant to receive a final decision; waitlisted applicants may receive their final decision as late as orientation week.

We want you to know that based on past experience, there are often changes to our class list throughout the application cycle. The final first year roster will likely include individuals whose application was waitlisted at some point.

Multiple commitments

You should be aware that UCalgary Law reports which applicants have made a commitment to attend the UCalgary to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), and has access to a report made available through LSAC which shows a list of applicants who have made a commitment to both UCalgary and other law schools.

Your chances of being admitted will not be affected by applying to, or being admitted to, another law school; however, if you have accepted an offer at multiple schools, the Admissions Committee may set a deadline by which you must decide whether you will be attending UCalgary Law.