COVID-19

Information for incoming and future UCalgary Law students.

Incoming first-year JD students (September 2020 start)

All first-year classes will be online for the Fall 2020 semester. (September to December 2020) This wasn't an easy decision, but the health and safety of all of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority, and we are convinced this is the right decision.

While we haven’t completely established what that will look like, please know that we are working extremely hard to ensure a meaningful and fulsome experience for you.

Our faculty are working to provide an engaging, interactive online experience. We are an innovative law school and will do our utmost to ensure a high-quality learning experience and a welcoming and supportive integration into the UCalgary Law community.

We are committed to providing opportunities throughout orientation, Foundations and beyond for students to meet and form friendships with classmates and the larger law school community.

We don't have an answer to this question at this time, but we can confirm that this is something that is being taken into consideration. We will update this page as soon as we know the answer.

Right now, we plan to be ready to welcome you in person come January; however, there are still a lot of unknowns. We appreciate that plans must be fluid to take into account emerging issues. We undertake to keep you up to date on any changes to our plans or policies that affect prospective students.

We understand that it might be disappointing to think about the possibility of starting your law school experience in an online environment. At this time, we are maintaining our current deferral policy and will only grant deferrals in limited circumstances. A preference for learning in-person will not be considered a reason for deferral. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify you of any updates to the current policy.

We are maintaining our current deferral policy and will only grant deferrals in limited circumstances. Other academic programs and financial reasons, or a preference for learning in-person will not be considered as grounds for a deferral. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify you of any updates to the current policy.

Ww are working hard to process and evaluate JD applications. At this time, our progress in assessing applications is in-line with previous years. If that should change, we will update this page.

There is no typical timeframe in which you will receive a decision after your application becomes complete. All applicants will receive an email with either an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification no later than the end of June.

At this time, the Government of Canada is still accepting applications for study permits. Details and information on how to apply can be found on their website.

JD Applicants for September 2021

We are aware that many post-secondary institutions for the 2019-20 academic year are either changing their grading systems to credit/no credit, or allowing students to have an option to elect credit/no credit due to COVID-19. Future applicants are advised that this will not negatively affect eligibility to apply. 

Events are still unfolding so we do not know how or whether this will affect our GPA calculation in the upcoming Fall 2021 application cycle. The issue of how to treat the Winter 2020 semester going forward in admission considerations is currently being considered at a university-wide level.  We will be in a position to provide more information about the GPA calculation closer to the start of the next application cycle, once we have more of the facts and time for proper consideration.

Events are still unfolding so we do not know the answer to this at this time. We will have an answer closer to the start of the next application cycle, when we have more information.

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.

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.

Incoming graduate students (September 2020 start)

At this time, the Government of Canada is still accepting applications for study permits. Details and information on how to apply can be found on their website.

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