COVID-19

Information for JD applicants.

JD Applicants for September 2021

In response to the wide-spread variation in grading policy at academic institutions in response to COVID-19 in the Winter 2020 semester, we will discount any Credit/No Credit or grades of D+ or under in the GPA calculation based on an applicant’s last 20 half courses. This means the GPA calculation may be based on between 15 and 20 half courses depending on the individual applicant’s Winter 2020 transcript.

This change is intended to be as fair as possible to students who did receive grades to be able to use them towards their GPA calculation and those students who did not receive grades either by choice or institutional policy.

The Winter 2020 term is very different from the other terms in 2020: students chose to register for the Spring, Summer, and Fall 2020 terms knowing how social distancing measure would affect course delivery; however, the Winter 2020 term was suddenly and unexpectedly disrupted mid-semester.

We will accept up to the January writing of the LSAT.

We recommend keeping tabs on LSAC’s COVID-19 updates as well. Please keep in mind that some of the Q&As on LSAC’s website may not apply because they are for American law school applicants. We only receive your LSAT report from LSAC, not your other supporting documents like transcripts, for example.

We understand that all applicants will likely be affected by COVID-19 in some way. This will be taken into account when assessing all applications.

We understand that all applicants will likely be affected by COVID-19 in some way. This will be taken into account when assessing all applications.

We are aware that COVID-19 is currently impacting access to English tests such as TOEFL or IELTS, so we will also be accepting the Duolingo English Test for the Fall 2021 application cycle. A score of 115 is needed to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement.

If you had a positive COVID-19 test and it affected your academics or another portion of your application, we do not require supporting documentation or proof of a positive test. We understand that all applicants will likely be affected by COVID-19 in some way.

Transfer, Letter of Permission and Exchange Applicants

Where final 1L law grades are pass/fail (or credit/no credit) we will look to any mid-term grades to assist us with our assessment. We may rely more heavily on the assessment of your law school references regarding your academic ability. Remember that the number of transfer applicants we can admit depends on the number of our own students transferring to other schools.

For LOP applicants, we may rely more heavily on the assessment of your law school references regarding your academic ability.

We understand that all applicants will likely be affected by COVID-19 in some way. We will keep this in mind when assessing all applications.

(e.g. family illness, personal health issues)

We understand that all applicants will likely be affected by COVID-19 in some way. We will keep this in mind when assessing all applications. We will consider COVID-19-related special circumstances as well as other special circumstances in your application.

No, the application deadline for Fall 2020 upper-year applications cannot be extended for a number of reasons, including course registration – which takes place in late-June – so all upper-year applicants can move forward in making their plans for the upcoming fall term as soon as possible.

At this time, we expect the majority of our classes to be delivered online in the Fall (September to December). We are working out how we can continue to offer some of our clinical courses, such as Student Legal Assistance and the Public Interest Law Clinic, and will provide updates once we know more.