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IELP Admissions

Submitted by amabel on Thu, 05/04/2017 - 2:51pm

International Energy Lawyers Program (IELP) Admissions

This application procedure is for law students currently attending the University of Houston Law Center, who have received approval to apply to the IELP.

Individuals who are not currently attending the University of Houston and are applying for first-year admission to UCalgary Law should refer to the JD Admissions page for admissions information.

Upcoming Dates and Deadlines

The next admission cycle for the IELP program will be for Fall 2018. Please note the following dates and deadlines:

  • Online applications open: June 15, 2017
  • Application deadline: July 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. MDT
  • Supporting document deadline: August 1, 2017, 11:59 p.m. MDT

How to Access the Online Application

The online application for the IELP category is accessible by invitation only, to candidates who have received prior approval from their advisor at the University of Houston Law Center. Invitations will be sent by email when the application opens, and will include a link to the online application form.

IELP applicants must use the link within their emailed invitation to access the online application form; the IELP applicant category cannot be accessed through the regular online application link that is used by other applicant categories.

To access the online application, applicants must first 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. The IT website also has various FAQs about eID registration.

After signing into the online application with their eID, applicants will see that an application has already been started for them. Please click "edit" next to this application to complete the application; applicants must not start a new application, or they will not be able to access the IELP application category to complete their application.

Online Application Requirements

The application will open on June 15, and is due by July 1, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

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 the following two questions within a maximum of 500 words:

  1. Why are you interested in the IELP specifically?
  2. What would you like to do with your law degree?

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. 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 by email to These documents will not appear on the To Do List, and it is the applicant's responsibility to provide them by the August 1 deadline; an application may be assessed before such documents arrive.

Examples of acceptable supporting documentation are a doctor's note, or a letter from the student accessibility services office at a previous institution.

Resumes, cover letters, and additional information that was not included in the online application form will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Supporting Documents

Supporting documents are due August 1, at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

Supporting documents include LSAT scores, transcripts, and references. Please see the sections below for more detailed information on each supporting document type.

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).

Applicants 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.

The Faculty of Law will request LSAT scores directly from LSAC.

Supporting Documents - Transcripts

One official transcript is required from every post-secondary institution previously attended, for both undergraduate and graduate work.

The applicants must arrange for transcripts to be mailed directly from the issuing institution to the Faculty of Law. It may take several weeks for transcripts to arrive from Houston through lettermail. Please plan accordingly.

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

Digital transcript may only be accepted from institutions within the ApplyAlberta network.

  • 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.

If an applicant has applied to UCalgary Law in the previous 3 years, transcripts may be pulled forward from the previous application, unless the applicant has since completed more courses at that institution.

Supporting Documents - References

Applicants must provide the names and contact information for two referees within their online application. Both referees must be law school instructors. No more than two references per applicant will be accepted under any circumstances.

Referees provide their references by filling out the online reference form, which they access through a unique link that is emailed to them after the applicant submits the online application.

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 to their list of safe email addresses, to prevent the auto-generated email from being redirected to their junk mail folder.

By submitting their application, applicants are confirming that they have received consent from the referees and informed their referees that the Faculty of Law will be contacting them by email to obtain the reference.

Late references and references that are mailed, emailed, or delivered in-person by the referee or applicant will not be accepted.