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Upcoming Dates & Deadlines

The next application cycle for the JD program will be for Fall 2018; please note the following dates and deadlines:

  • September 1 – online applications open
  • November 1 - application deadline
  • March 1, 11:59 p.m. MST – Supporting documents deadline
  • December 2017 – the final LSAT score that will be considered for Fall 2018 admissions

Please note the following dates and deadlines for upper year applications:

Fall 2017 applications for transfer and LOP applicants

  • February 1 – online applications open
  • May 15, 11:59 p.m. MST – Application deadline
  • June 1, 11:59 p.m. MST – Supporting documents deadline

Winter 2018 applications for LOP applicants

  • September 1, 2017 – online applications open
  • October 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. MST – Application deadline
  • October 15, 2017, 11:59 p.m. MST – Supporting documents deadline

Online Application Form

The online application form is available here.

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

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 31st of the year in which the application is submitted.
  • There is no specific "pre-law" program.
  • There is no mature student category.

JD Admission Categories

Applicants may apply in one of the following six categories:

  • Ordinary
  • Part-time
  • Aboriginal Canadian
  • Re-applicant
  • Transfer
  • Letter of Permission

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

Please note that due to the nature of the comprehensive assessment process for all applicants, there are no mature student or other special categories.

The faculty will consider applicants with an international law degree or a civil law degree from Quebec for admission to the faculty as ordinary applicants for the full 3 year program; however, the University of Calgary's law school policy does not admit students to take one or more courses for credit to satisfy the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). NCA students are advised to contact the NCA offices at 613.236.7250 or www.flsc.ca.

Assessment of Applications

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.

Assessment Process

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.

Admission Factors

The Admissions Committee's mandate is to admit excellent candidates. When selecting the 120 most promising students, the Admissions Committee considers both an applicant's likelihood of succeeding academically in law school and his or her ability to contribute to society.

All aspects of the application will be taken into consideration, and there is no specific weighting assigned to any of the factors.

The Admissions Committee would like to stress the following items:

  • While the grades/GPA for grouping files is based on the applicant's last 20 undergraduate half courses, the Admissions Committee will take into account the applicant's entire academic performance, in both undergraduate and graduate programs
  • While the highest LSAT score is used for grouping files, the Admissions Committee will take into account all of the applicant's LSAT scores from the past 5 years, the average score, and will consider the number of times the test was written
  • An applicant's work experience, extra-curricular activities, and community involvement are considered very important
  • The Faculty of Law encourages applications from persons who have been in the work force after university or who have come to university after their work experience
  • An applicant should take care to provide all of the information requested in the Statement of Interest
  • While a strength in one area of the application may help overcome a weakness in another, applicants should be realistic about their chances and be familiar with the average statistics from previous admission cycles

GPA Conversion

The information provided here is for reference only, for applicants who wish to estimate their GPA. The Student Services office will not fulfill requests to calculate and/or confirm an applicant's GPA.

The average GPAs from past admission cycles can be found on the JD Admission Statistics - Five Year Comparison Chart.

Frequently asked questions regarding GPAs can be found in the FAQs.

GPA Conversion Table

4.0 Scale Letter Grade 4.33 Scale Percentage* 9 Point Scale **
4.00 A+ 4.33
4.00 A 4.00 98% - 100% 9.0
3.90 91% - 97%
3.80 81% - 90%
3.70 A- 3.70 80% 8.0
3.30 B+ 3.30 76% 7.0
3.00 B 3.00 73%
2.70 B- 2.70 70% 6.0
2.30 C+ 2.30 66%
2.00 C 2.00 63% 5.0
1.70 C- 1.70 60%
1.30 D+ 1.30 54% 4.0
1.00 D 1.00 50%
0.00 F 0.00 ≤40% ≤3.0

*Not used if a letter grade is available
**Not used if a letter or % grade is available

Statistics from Past Admission Cycles

JD Admission Statistics - Five Year Comparison

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Number of applications received 1174 1359 1339 1564 1487
Enrolment 122 123 121 109 107
Average age 26 26 25 26 26
Average Undergraduate GPA (on a 4-point scale) 3.63 3.62 3.61 3.64 3.63
Average LSAT score 162 162 161 160 160
Average LSAT percentile 82 83 81 80 80
Percentage of female students admitted 52 49 56 49 51
Percentage of students from out of province 27 38 39 41 42
Provinces represented 6 9 6 4 6
Percentage of students without a degree 2 1 3 2 0
Percentage of students with a bachelor's degree 98 99 97 98 100
Percentage of students with master's/PhD 11 8 10 18 18
Maximum tuition and general fees per year (approximately) $13,600 $13,600 $12,500 $12,500 $12,500
Cost of books per year (approximately) $1,900 $1,900 $1,900 $1,900 $1,900

Rolling Admissions & Decision Notifications

Rolling Admissions

A form of rolling admissions is used, which means that some offers and rejections are sent out before all the files have been read. This is one reason to have your supporting documents in as early as possible. Offers may be sent as early as November, as applications become complete.

Due to the nature of the comprehensive assessment process, however, there is no specific timeframe in which an applicant will receive a decision after their application becomes complete. An applicant may receive a decision very quickly, or they might receive a decision later in the admission cycle.

Admission Decision Notification

By the end of June all applicants will receive an email with either an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification. The admissions decision will also be updated in the application status section of the applicant's Student Centre.

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.

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

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

Online Application Requirements

Online Applications

  • Only online applications will be accepted for the JD program, available here.
  • Once an application has been submitted, the application is considered final, and no changes or updates will be accepted, with the sole exception of referees. Applicants should therefore take great care when submitting their application.
  • An application fee of $125 (CAD) will be charged for Canadian applicants; $145 (CAD) for international applicants. Payment must be made online when the application is submitted. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • The online application includes:
  • Previous academic history
  • Academic and other honours
  • LSAT results and LSAC account number (e.g. L12345678)
  • Referee names and contact information (both phone and email)
  • Employment history – up to a maximum of 10 entries
  • Extra-curricular involvement – up to a maximum of 10 entries
  • Statement of Interest – up to a maximum of 500 words

Statement of Interest

  • The purpose of the Statement of Interest is to provide the Admissions Committee with additional information about you that will be used in assessing your application. It requires applicants to be succinct in their written response.
  • Applicants should take care to answer all three (3) of the following 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?
  • The members of the Admissions Committee consider the Statement of Interest in the context of the rest of your application; it is useful for you to discuss how the experiences you have listed elsewhere on your application are relevant to your desire to attend law school.
  • Once the application is submitted, the Statement of Interest cannot be edited; applicants should therefore take great care when adding their Statement of Interest to their online application form.

Special Facts

  • The Special Facts section may be used to share extenuating circumstances with the Admissions Committee, and to help put other aspects of the application, e.g., academic history, into perspective.
  • Part-time and upper year applicants must give detailed reasons for applying within their respective admission category.
  • The Special Facts section is not intended to be an extension of the Statement of Interest.
  • Brief supporting documentation (1-2 pages in length) that supports the statements made in the Special Facts section may be provided; please refer to the supporting document requirements for more details.

Supporting Documents - Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

  • All applicants to the JD program must write the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is administered internationally by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).
  • The Faculty of Law will request LSAT scores directly from LSAC.
  • The LSAT must be written no later than December of the year in which the application is submitted; however, applicants are encouraged to write the LSAT before they apply.
  • If an applicant does not write the LSAT by December 31 of the year they submit their application, their application will not be considered for admission; LSAT scores from the following February will not be considered.
  • If an applicant has written the LSAT more than once, the highest score will be used to group their file statistically, however all of their scores from the past 5 years, their average score, and the number of times they have written the LSAT will be taken into account when reviewing their application.
  • The applicant will need to provide the following in their online application:
      • Their LSAC account number (e.g. L12345678).
      • If known, the highest score that the applicant has achieved on the LSAT.
      • If the applicant plans to write the December LSAT or does not yet know their score from a previous sitting of the test, they should indicate the latest date they plan to write the test in their online application and either leave the score blank or enter 'N/A' for their score; Students Services staff will fill in the score once it is received from LSAC.
  • Applicants who indicate they will be writing the December LSAT in their online application should be aware that due to the rolling admissions process, their application cannot be assessed until after the December LSAT scores have been received
  • Similarly, applicants who plan to write the LSAT for the first time in December, after submitting their application, should be aware that scores from the following February will not be considered.
  • Applicants should refer to the LSAC website for information about the test, deadlines, 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 to the Faculty of Law for an LSAT fee waiver. A completed fee waiver form, cover letter, and proof of the applicant's financial position for the previous three years is required. The fee waiver form and criteria can be found on the LSAC website.

Supporting Documents - Transcripts

  • One official transcript is required from every post-secondary institution previously attended, for both undergraduate and graduate work. Transcripts must include grades for all courses completed before December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted.
  • The applicants must arrange for transcripts to be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Faculty of Law and transcripts must be postmarked no later than March 1.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of their application must wait until their fall grades are finalized in January before sending a transcript for their current institution.
  • Do not send a transcript for your current institution before the fall grades are finalized; transcripts that are sent before the fall grades are finalized will not be added to an applicant's file under any circumstances.
  • Transcripts for applicants who have previously attended or are currently attending the University of Calgary will be downloaded by the Student Services office and added to application files.
  • Transcripts for students enrolled in the fall term at the University of Calgary will be downloaded in January, once the fall grades are finalized.
  • Transcripts that are not in English or French must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
  • Applicants who have attended an institution within the ApplyAlberta network may choose to send a digital transcript to the University of Calgary.
  • Applicants must order the transcript directly from their institution, not through the Apply Alberta system, and the Faculty of Law cannot order transcripts on behalf of applicants.
  • Digital transcripts cannot be accepted from institutions outside the ApplyAlberta network.
  • Transcripts being mailed to the Faculty of Law should be addressed to:

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

  • Only grades completed prior to December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted will be considered; an updated transcript that includes grades from courses completed after December 31 will not be added to an application.

Supporting Documents - References

  • NEW: Beginning with the Fall 2016 admissions cycle, referees will now provide their references by filling out the new online reference form, which they will access through the unique link that is emailed to them after the applicant submits the online application.
  • All references must be provided through the online reference form no later than 11:59 p.m. MST on March 1
  • Late references and references that are mailed, emailed, or delivered in-person by the referee or applicant will not be added to the application file.
  • Each applicant must provide the names and contact information for two referees within their online application; no more than two references per applicant will be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Applicants should consider the following when selecting their referees:
  • Referees should be academic in nature; an academic referee is someone who has taught the applicant at a post-secondary level and can speak to the applicant's abilities in the classroom.
  • If an applicant cannot secure academic referees, they may instead choose non-academic referees. Non-academic referees must be someone who has had interactions with the applicant in a professional capacity, such as an employer or an individual with an organization for which the applicant has volunteered.
  • Personal references – i.e. from friends or family – will not be considered by the Admissions Committee.
  • By submitting their application, applicants are confirming that they have received consent from the referee and informed their referees that the Faculty of Law will be contacting them by email to obtain the reference.
  • Applicants should take care to obtain an email address from each referee that is capable of accepting auto-generated emails. Applicants should also ask referees to add law@ucalgary.ca to their list of safe email addresses, to prevent the auto-generated email from being redirected to their junk mail folder.
  • The application system will auto-generate the referees emails within 2 weeks after the applicant has submitted their online application.

Supporting Documents - Other Supporting Documents

The following two additional supporting documents may be added to an applicant's file, if applicable to the applicant. These documents will not appear on the To Do List, and it is the applicant's responsibility to provide them by the March 1 deadline, either by mail (using the same address listed for transcripts) or by email, to law@ucalgary.ca.

  • Applicants applying under the Aboriginal Canadian category should provide proof of their Aboriginal status.
  • Applicants who have provided information under the Special Facts section of the online application may provide brief documentation (1-2 pages in length) to support their Special Facts, e.g. a doctor's note, or a letter from their previous institution's student accessibility services office.
  • Applicants submitting documents in support of their Special Facts section should send their documents early in the application cycle. While the documents will be accepted up to the March 1st deadline, the application file may be assessed sooner, since this is not a required supporting document.
  • Other supporting documents not listed above will not be accepted under any circumstances. This includes, but is not limited to, resumes, cover letters, and additional information that was not included in the online application form.

Requests to Resend Referee Emails, Update Referee Contact Information, or Change Referees

  • Requests to resend referee emails, update referee contact information, or change referees will not be accepted prior to December 1, and must be requested no later than February 15.
  • Requests will only be accepted by emailing law@ucalgary.ca and must include the applicant's full name and UCID number.
  • Applicants should exercise patience after submitting their request during peak times of the application cycle, due to a high volume of similar requests.
  • In addition to the applicant's name and UCID number, requests to change referees must include:
  • The name of the referee that the applicant wishes to remove. It is the applicant's responsibility to let this person know that they are no longer a referee and that the link that was previously emailed to them will no longer work.
  • The name, organization name, phone number, and email address for the new referee.
  • Requests to update the referee's email address should include the referee's name and new email address.

Checking Supporting Document and Application Status

  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application is complete.
  • Applicants may check the status of their application in their Student Centre, by signing in to the UCalgary Student Centre. Supporting documents that have not yet been received will be listed in the To Do List, located in the right-hand column of the Student Centre.
  • Applicants may not check the status of their supporting documents by calling or emailing the Student Services office.
  • Supporting documents are removed from the To Do List on an ongoing basis. Applicants are encouraged to exercise patience, especially during peak times of the admissions cycle, when thousands of supporting documents are received in a short period of time.

Re-Applicants

  • If you have applied to the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary within the last three years, your original application should still be on file. If you are not sure when you previously applied, please contact the Student Services office at law@ucalgary.ca or 403.220.4155.
  • If we still have your previous application on-file, some information can be pulled forward from your previous application. Please note the following:
  • A new Statement of Interest should be included in the re-application.
  • Updated transcripts are only required if more undergraduate or graduate courses have been completed since your previous application.
  • One new referee is required if we received one or both of your references for your previous application, and one reference will be pulled forward from the previous application.
    • If you do not indicate your preference within the online re-application form, we will pull forward a previous reference at random.
  • LSAT scores are only valid for 5 years; re-applicants must have an LSAT score that is currently valid to be considered for admission.
  • An application fee of $125 (CAD) will be charged for Canadian re-applicants; $145 for international re-applicants. Payment must be made online when the application is submitted. The application fee is non-refundable.
  • If your previous application was incomplete because no references were received, please submit your application under the Ordinary Applicant category, so you can enter two referees.
  • If your previous application was submitted more than three years ago, we will no longer have your previous application on file, so you will need to apply as a new applicant and provide all new supporting documents.
  • Re-applicants should take care to show improvement within their reapplication and are advised to familiarize themselves with statistics from the past five admissions cycles to aid in their preparation for a reapplication.

Aboriginal Applicants

Aboriginal Applicants to the JD Program
The Faculty of Law encourages applications from Aboriginal Canadian applicants including applicants of Indian, Inuit, and Métis heritage. These applications will first be assessed in the usual way; however applicants who are not admitted in this way will be assessed a second time to determine eligibility for admission. This second review process is designed to facilitate access to legal education and to the legal profession for Aboriginal peoples and to increase diversity in the student body of the law school.

Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Program
Purpose
This program is offered by the Government of Canada, and information can be found on their website. The purpose of this program is to provide financial assistance to Métis and Non-Status Indians in order to help promote the equitable representation of Aboriginal people in the legal profession.

Eligibility
An applicant must be a Métis or Non-Status Indian of Canadian citizenship, living in Canada, who has received acceptance or is registered in a pre-law or a law program in Canada.

  • Pre-Law Orientation Program Bursary: Bursaries are awarded towards an introductory-level law program that is designed to assess the student's ability and potential to succeed in law school.
  • Law School Bursary: Annual bursaries are awarded to selected students who have been accepted to or are attending a Canadian law school. Bursaries will help students defray some of the costs of tuition, fees, textbooks, and general living expenses while attending law school. Since the bursaries partially cover students' costs, students are expected to obtain summer employment to help defray expenses during the school year.

Applications
Students interested in the Pre-Law Orientation and/or the Law School Bursaries are required to forward a separate application for consideration. For more information visit Indspire

Transfer Applicants

  • Students who have competed their first year of study at a Canadian common law school and have written the LSAT may apply to the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary to complete two years of legal study and receive their JD from the University of Calgary.
  • Transfer applications for the fall term are due each year by 11:59 p.m. MST on May 15, with supporting documents due by 11:59 p.m. MST on June 1.
  • Supporting document requirements:
  • LSAT score.
  • Two references from law school professors.
  • One official transcript from every post-secondary institution previously attended.
    • If you previously applied for JD admissions in the past 3 years, some of your transcripts may be pulled forward, unless you have completed more courses at that institution since your previous application.
    • Winter term grades must be included on your first year law school transcript.
  • In addition to the specific information relevant to their application category, Transfer applicants should also refer to the supporting document requirements.
  • Transfer applications will be assessed on the following basis:
  • Applicants will be assessed using the same criteria as for students being admitted into their first year of the JD program.
  • The reviewer will also assess the extent to which an applicant's previous studies in law prepare him or her for performing at the same level as students who have been in the Calgary program since the beginning of their first year.
  • Consideration will also be given to the applicant's stated reasons for wishing to transfer. Space limitation in the law school will be a factor in admitting applicants, which means that in some years few or no transfer applicants will be admitted, despite compelling or extenuating circumstances that make studying at UCalgary Law highly desirable to the transfer applicant.
  • Applicants who are admitted as transfer students must successfully complete at least two years of study at the law school in order to be entitled to a JD from the University of Calgary.
  • Space limitation in the law school will be a factor in admitting applicants; in some years few or no transfer applicants will be admitted.
  • Applications to transfer will not be accepted from applicants who are not studying at a Canadian common law school, or from applicants who have already completed more than one full year at a Canadian common law school.

Letter of Permission (LOP) Applicants

  • Students who have completed at least one year of study at a Canadian or US law school may apply to study law at the University of Calgary for one year or one semester.
  • LOP applications for the fall term are due each year by 11:59 p.m. MST on May 15, with supporting documents due by 11:59 p.m. MST on June 1.
  • LOP applications for the winter term or calendar year (January – December) are due each year by 11:59 p.m. MST on October 1, with supporting documents due by 11:59 p.m. MST on October 15.
  • Supporting document requirements:
  • A letter of permission from the student's current law school indicating that they are in good standing and have not been subject to any disciplinary actions, nor have they breached any university regulations regarding student academic or non-academic misconduct.
  • LSAT score.
    • Exceptionally, Letter of Permission applicants from Canadian civil law or Francophone schools which do not themselves require the LSAT as part of their admissions process may apply to the University of Calgary without writing the LSAT.
  • Two references from law school professors.
  • One official transcript from every post-secondary institution previously attended.
    • If you previously applied for JD admissions in the past 3 years, some of your transcripts may be pulled forward, unless you have completed more courses at that institution since your previous application.
  • In addition to the specific information relevant to their application category, Letter of Permission applicants should also refer to the supporting document requirements
  • Letter of Permission students may be required by their home institution to complete certain courses while they are at the University of Calgary. The availability of those courses must be confirmed with prior to enrolment, as space is not always available in those courses. It is the sole responsibility of the student to ensure that all graduation requirements from their home law school are satisfied.
  • Space limitations in the law school may be a factor in admitting LOP applicants, which means in some years not all otherwise qualified LOP applicants will be admitted, even those with compelling personal reasons or extenuating circumstances that make finishing their legal studies at UCalgary Law highly desirable.
  • Applicants should also be aware that due to space constraints, the following compulsory courses may not be taken by Letter of Permission students:
  • Any 400 level law course
  • Law 503 – Administrative Law
  • Law 505 – Civil Procedure
  • Law 507 – Evidence
  • Law 509 – Business Associations
  • Law 510 – Ethical Lawyering
  • Law 513 – Negotiation: Selected Topics
  • Law 602 – Advocacy: Selected Topics

International Exchange Students

  • An Exchange Student Application through CISSA.
  • A Statement of Interest that indicates the applicant's reasons for wishing to attend the University of Calgary.
  • One official transcript from each post-secondary institutions previously attended.
  • Two letters of reference from law school professors.
  • Exchange applicants should contact CISSA to identify additional requirements that may exist with respect to admission to the University of Calgary as an exchange applicant.
  • Exchange applicants are not required to write the LSAT; however, exchange applicants may be required to complete the TOFEL and demonstrate appropriate competency in written and spoken English. Account will be taken of the TOFEL score as well as the English competency indicated by other documents submitted by the applicant.
  • Exchange applications are reviewed by the Director, Recruitment and Admissions; staff in the Student Services office; or a member of the Admissions Committee based on their reasons for application, the contribution they will make to the law school and their suitability for legal studies at the Faculty of Law.
  • Space limitations in the Faculty will be a factor in admitting applicants.
  • Exchange applicants pay tuition to their home institution, except for certain incidental fees, e.g. a transit pass (UPass).
  • Applicants should also be aware that due to space constraints, the following compulsory courses may not be taken by Exchange students:
  • Any 400 level law course
  • Law 503 – Administrative Law
  • Law 505 – Civil Procedure
  • Law 507 – Evidence
  • Law 509 – Business Associations
  • Law 510 – Ethical Lawyering
  • Law 513 – Negotiation: Selected Topics
  • Law 602 – Advocacy: Selected Topics
  • All courses to be taken by exchange students must be approved by the office of the Associate Dean (Academic) prior to enrolment.

Auditing & Courses for Credit

Auditing

  • Space restrictions limit the number of students allowed to audit law courses. Applicants must meet with the Associate Dean (Academic) to discuss course selection.
  • Auditors may not participate in assignments, examinations or parts of courses such as laboratories. They may participate in class discussion with the instructor's consent. If the instructor wishes the student to participate in activities other than class discussions, permission must be obtained from the Associate Dean (Academic).
  • All admission, registration and fee deadlines which apply to regular students must be met by students who are auditing.
  • Applicants are required to contact the Student Services office by email at law@ucalgary.ca to initiate the application process and complete the necessary documentation.
  • Permission will only be granted to individuals who hold a law degree and are currently practicing law in the province of Alberta.
  • Tuition and fees are paid on a per-course basis.

Courses for Credit

  • The approval of the Associate Dean (Academic) is required before any person not enrolled in the JD, LLM or PhD programs will be permitted to take a course for credit in the Faculty of Law.
  • Permission will only be granted to University of Calgary students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, persons holding a law degree from an accredited Canadian or American law school, and students admitted to the University of Calgary through an international student exchange program.
  • Before allowing University of Calgary students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies to take a JD course for credit, it is the Faculty of Law's practice to require that the proposed JD course be related to the graduate student's research and that the graduate student have their supervisor's consent.
  • Persons holding a law degree from an accredited Canadian or American law school will not be permitted to enrol in compulsory courses at the Faculty of Law absent exceptional circumstances.

Internationally Trained Lawyers & Lawyers with a Canadian Civil Law Degree

  • The faculty will consider applicants with an international law degree or a civil law degree from Quebec for admission to the faculty as ordinary applicants for the full 3-year program.
  • The University of Calgary's law school policy does not admit students to take one or more courses for credit to satisfy the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA). NCA students are advised to contact the NCA offices at 613.236.7250 or www.flsc.ca.
  • Find out more about the steps to take to practice law in Alberta from the Law Society of Alberta.

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2015-16 student ambassadors

UCalgary Law's Student Ambassador Program is here to help prospective and admitted students of UCalgary Law gather the necessary information to make an informed decision about applying to or accepting an offer from UCalgary Law.

Student Ambassadors are current UCalgary Law students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Ambassadors can provide honest and thorough impressions and information about UCalgary Law to applicants and admitted students, and can be a resource for new students as they transition to law school.

Contact an Ambassador

If you wish to contact a Student Ambassador regarding the law school experience, life at UCalgary Law, or living in Calgary, please email law.ambassadors@ucalgary.ca. Your email will be forwarded to one of our Ambassadors for a personalized response. If you would like to speak to an Ambassador with experience in a specific area (e.g., someone who is familiar with the University of Calgary's exchange program, going to law school as a mature student, etc.) please include your question in your initial email.

Please note that it may take up to five days for a Student Ambassador to respond to your email.

Click here to read the Student Ambassador profiles.

Tours of the Law School

Student Ambassadors are available to provide prospective and incoming students with personalized tours of Murray Fraser Hall and key University of Calgary buildings. Tours are an excellent opportunity to explore UCalgary Law and to speak to an upper-year student about their experiences.

Tours must be pre-booked with the Student Ambassadors by emailing them directly at law.ambassadors@ucalgary.ca. Please include "TOUR" in the subject line and specify the days and times you are available in the body of your email.

Tours last approximately 60 minutes and begin at the Faculty of Law Student Services office, located at Murray Fraser Hall 2380.

NOTE: Tours are not always possible on a specific date or timeframe requested. Due to student availability, there is limited tour availability during the spring/summer, and are not available during final exam times in December and April.

Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to our frequently asked questions, click here.

For information about the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), click here.

Contact UCalgary Law

If you have admissions questions for which there is no answer on our website, we can be contacted by email at law@ucalgary.ca, or by phone at 403.220.4155.

Please note that we receive a very high volume of emails and calls, particularly during peak times of the admissions cycle (September through March), and we thank you for your patience.