JD Admission Statistics
A five year comparison of admission statistics from the past five years.
|Number of applications received||1050||1058||1186||1603||1512|
|Average undergraduate GPA (4 point scale)||3.66||3.63||3.66||3.67||3.72|
|Average LSAT score||161||161||161||163||164|
|Average LSAT percentile||82||81||82||85||85|
|Percentage of female Students||53%||49%||49%||60%||57%|
|Percentage of non-binary students||-||-||1%||1%||4%|
|Percentage of students from out of province||29%||31%||30%||34%||28%|
|Provinces and territories represented||7||6||7||8||7|
|Percentage of students without a degree||0%||2%||2%||2%||0%|
|Percentage of students with a bachelor's degree||100%||98%||98%||98%||100%|
|Percentage of students with a masters/PhD||9%||12%||11%||8%||9%|
|Tuition and general fees per year (approx.)||$13,600||$13,700||$14,600||$15,400||$16,100|
|Cost of books per year (approx.)||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000|
The average GPA for this intake cycle was 3.72 on the 4.0 scale.
- Was your GPA significantly below this average? If so, you may wish to consider taking additional undergraduate courses to boost your GPA should you wish to reapply.
- Does your GPA demonstrate a positive academic trajectory (i.e., it has improved year over year)? If not, did you provide any insight in your application as to why?
- Are there any unexplained gaps or patterns of poor performance in your academic record that you failed to explain in the Special Facts section of the application?
The average LSAT score for this intake cycle was approximately the 85th percentile, or 164.
- Was your LSAT score significantly below this average? If so, you may want to rewrite the LSAT for a better score prior to reapplying.
- Did you write the LSAT multiple times? If so, did you provide some insight into why that was necessary?
- Did your LSAT score go down? If so, did you provide some insight in your application as to why?
- Some free LSAT resources to consider if you plan to rewrite the LSAT for a better score:
UCalgary Law provides a free LSAT Prep Program every spring/summer for low income applicants. The applications will open mid-February for spring of 2023.
The minimum academic prerequisite for law school is the completion of 60 credits (typically 2 years of full time study) towards a bachelor's degree, however, it is rare (less than 2%) that an applicant is admitted without completing their full bachelor's degree prior to the start of law school. Typically, those within this 2% are mature applicants with strong career and lived experience.
Did you include work experience in your application?
If no, or you have less than 2 years of work experience, this may have been a factor.
If yes, did you emphasize in your application how your work experience is relevant to your application? Examples include, but are not limited to, lengthy career, relevant experience, strong work ethic, and working while in school to support yourself and others, leadership opportunities, growth opportunities.
Please note we are not looking for a specific kind of work experience, but we are looking for how that work experience has prepared you for law school, contributed to your interest in law school, or the unique contributions your work experience might make to the legal community.
Did you include any community involvement or extra curricular activities in your application?
If no, did you explain any extenuating circumstances in the Special Facts section, i.e., need to work while in school, significant family obligations, economic or other barriers to participation, illness, etc.
If yes, please know that we are not looking for specific experience or involvement in particular activities, including law related activities. We are looking to see what your interests and involvement in your community are outside of academics, and how those personal interests and experiences have prepared you for, and contributed to, your interest in law school, and the unique contributions you might make to the legal community.
This section allows all applicants to provide additional information about themselves that provides context and perspective to their application with respect to diversity, equity and lived experience. It is a difficult thing to provide any general feedback on the contents of this section as it is a highly individual part of the application.
If you chose to use this optional section, did you use it appropriately for providing context and perspective regarding the contents of your application, or did you treat it as additional space to use as an extension of your Statement of Interest?
- Did you answer all three questions posed?
- Was the Statement of Interest well-written?
- Were there typos or grammatical errors?
- Did you explain why you were interested in attending UCalgary Law specifically or was your Statement generic enough that it could have been provided to multiple institutions?
Given the high number of applications received this year and the fact that we assess applicants on a rolling basis (when a file becomes complete) you may have missed out on an offer by writing the last available LSAT in January, or failing to providing your LSAT writing sample or transcripts on a timely basis. If any of these supplemental materials were left until the deadline, it may have been a factor in our ability to extend an offer.