Admission to the JD program is highly competitive; there are only 120 spots available in our first year class. We received 1300-1500 applications in each of the past five admission cycles.
Applicants are urged to be realistic about their chances for admission and about their alternative options should they not be admitted.
A typical first year class has a GPA in the range of 3.60 (on a 4.0 scale), an LSAT score around the 80th percentile, and an average age of 26 (a range of early 20s to mid-50s). Statistics from the past five admission cycles can be found on the JD Admission Statistics – Five Year Comparison chart.
The Faculty of Law will not defer admission to a future year.
Applications are assessed on a written basis only; interviews will not be given.
Grouping of Applications
Applications received by the Faculty of Law are grouped with other similar applications, based on the applicant's performance on the LSAT and their undergraduate grades, as follows:
- The applicant's LSAT score is the highest score achieved for grouping purposes
- The applicant's most recently completed 20 undergraduate half courses are used for grouping purposes; courses must be completed by December 31st of the year in which the application is submitted to be considered
If needed by the Admissions Committee, a grade point average (GPA) may be calculated using the applicant's most recently completed 20 undergraduate half courses. An average GPA of successful applicants for each admission cycle will be calculated for statistical purposes. GPAs are converted into a 4.0 scale.
In any given year, the Admissions Committee may impose a minimum requirement for undergraduate grades or LSAT scores in order for applications to be considered further.
An application will not be assessed until all of the applicant's supporting documents have been received and the application file is complete. Applications that are complete except that only one reference has been received will be read only after all completed applications are read. This puts the applicant at a severe disadvantage.
The process for reviewing applications used by the Admissions Committee depends on the applicant's statistical profile. Files will be reviewed either once or twice by a member of the Admissions Committee, or by staff in the Student Services office.
The decision to make an offer to the applicant, reject the application, or give the applicant the opportunity to be placed on a waitlist will be based on the ranking given to the application as a consequence of those review processes.