How do I apply to UCalgary Law?

All the information you need to apply to the JD programs at UCalgary Law.

Admissions Dates and Deadlines

4 things to know about applying to UCalgary Law in 2020

Start your application

Ready to apply to law school? Identify the admission category that applies to you and follow the steps below.

  1. Write the LSAT

  2. Submit your application

    • Create an eID prior to accessing the application system
    • Submit your application between Sept 1 – Dec 1
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  3. Submit your supporting documents

  1. Check eligibility

    • Only students who have completed their first year of study at a Canadian common law school may apply to transfer
    • See the Upper-Year admissions page for more eligibility criteria
  2. Find two referees

    • Ask law school instructors to be your referees.
    • We will invite your referees to complete a reference form after you submit your application.
  3. Submit your application

    • Create an eID prior to accessing the application system
    • Submit your application between Feb 1 – May 15
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  4. Submit your supporting documents

  1. Check eligibility

    • Students who have completed at least one year of study at a Canadian or US law school are eligible to apply for an LOP
  2. Contact your referees

    • Ask law school instructors to be your referees.
    • We will invite your referees to complete a reference form after you submit your application.
  3. Submit your application

  4. Submit your supporting documents

    • Supporting documents are due:
      • Jun 1 for fall applications
      • Oct 15 for winter applications
    • Official transcripts are due July 15 for students admitted for the Fall, and Dec 1 for students admitted for the Winter
    • View the requirements for supporting documents

     

  1. Speak with your UH advisor

    • The University of Houston Law Centre will let us know who has been approved to apply for the IELP.
    • If you are not currently a law student at UH, refer to the first-year applicant process.
  2. Find two referees

    • Ask law school instructors to be your referees.
    • We will invite your referees to complete a reference form after you submit your application.
  3. Submit your application

    • Applications are accessible by invitation only, from Jun 15 – Jul 1
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  4. Submit your supporting documents

  1. Check eligibility

    • Check with the Study Abroad Office site to confirm that your school has an official exchange agreement with UCalgary
    • Review additional details about application requirements, English competency, and course restrictions
  2. Find two referees

    • Ask law school instructors for reference letters
  3. Submit your application and supporting documents

    • Applications are submitted through the Study Abroad Office
    • The Study Abroad Office will collect your supporting documents and forward your completed application to the Faculty of Law

Indigenous Students, Accessibility & English Language Proficiency

Indigenous Students

In the application, all Canadian applicants are asked to indicate if they self-identify as First Nations, Métis, or Inuit. If you answer yes to that question, you’ll be eligible for the Indigenous admissions review process.

View more information about Indigenous admissions, supporting documentation, the assessment process, and Indigenous student life.

Persons with disabilities

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

English Language Proficiency

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission to an undergraduate program. English Language Proficiency for the JD program is met by either:

  • Successful completion of at least two years of formal, full-time study in English at an accredited or recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or a University of Calgary approved English-speaking country; OR
  • Successful completion of an approved English language test/program, as set for undergraduate programs at the University of Calgary.

NOTE: We are aware that COVID-19 is currently impacting access to English tests, 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.

Official test results must be sent by mail to the following address:

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

See the University of Calgary Calendar for more information.

Applying as an upper-year student? Learn about upper-year admissions requirements.

After you apply

Within a few days of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email with your student identification number (UCID). This email will go to your UCalgary email address if you already have one. If you don’t see your email within a couple days, check your spam folder, in case your email filtered the auto-generated email.

Send your supporting documents

See below for required documents for first-year applications, and above for links to upper-year applicant requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure your application is complete.

Check your status

To check the status of documents or your application, log in to your Student Centre.

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Changes to your application

Once you have submitted the online application, it cannot be updated.

Update your contact information

Keep your contact information up-to-date. Update your email address, phone number, or address through your Student Centre.

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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 post-secondary institution 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 Five Year Comparison chart.

Courses to be considered must be completed prior to December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted.

There is no specific "pre-law" program. JD students come from a variety of academic degree programs.

There is no mature student category.


Online Application

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

The online application includes:

  • Academic history: you must disclose every post-secondary institution you have attended
  • Academic and/or other honours
  • LSAT results and LSAC account number (e.g. L12345678)
  • Employment History
  • Extra-curricular involvement
  • Special Facts
  • Statement of Interest

A non-refundable application fee must be paid online when submitting your application.

  • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  • $145 for International Students

We will only consider the information that you provide in the online application. No updates will be accepted after your application is submitted.

Statement of Interest

You must answer the following three questions within a maximum of 500 words in total:

  • 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?

Re-applicants must provide a new Statement of Interest in their reapplication.

Special Facts Related to Diversity, Equity and Lived Experience

This is an optional space for all applicants, where you may choose to share relevant information with the Admissions Committee related to diversity, equity and lived experience to help give context and perspective to your application. (Maximum 1000 words)

Examples of what you may choose to share in this space include:

  • Issues related to systemic barriers you have overcome
  • How your diversity through culture, languages spoken, or lived experience will enrich the legal community
  • Health or personal challenges you have overcome
  • Achievements or accomplishments you were unable to fit elsewhere in the application

Part-time applicants must give detailed reasons for requesting part-time studies in this section.


Required Supporting Documents

Law School Admission Test (LSAT)

You are encouraged to write the LSAT no later than November of the year you submit your application, though LSAT scores from the following January will also be accepted.

January LSAT scores will be added to applications in late February, so you may be at a disadvantage by writing the LSAT this late. If you opt to write or rewrite the LSAT in January, you should be aware that we may not receive your LSAT test results until after the Entrance Awards of Excellence recipients have been selected.

We will use your LSAC account number to get your LSAT report directly from LSAC.

You must have one writing sample on file with LSAC before LSAC will release your LSAT report to us. We encourage you to provide your writing sample to LSAC within two weeks after your test date, to ensure a timely release of your LSAT report. First-year applicants to UCalgary Law must submit an LSAT writing sample to LSAC no later than February 15 to allow LSAC time for processing.

Refer to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website for information about the test, registration, 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 for an LSAT fee waiver. LSAT fee waivers for Canadians are now assessed by LSAC without requiring prior approval from a Canadian law school.

Visit the LSAC website.

References

NEW: References will not be used for Fall 2021 first-year admissions. Upper-year applicants will continue to provide two law instructors as referees. Upper-year applicants should refer to the Upper-Year Admissions page for more information.

Unofficial Transcripts

Applications will be assessed using unofficial transcripts. You must upload one unofficial transcript or scanned copy of an official transcript for every post-secondary institution that you have previously attended, even if you did not graduate.

The deadline for unofficial transcripts is February 15.

Unofficial transcripts must show the same information that would be on an official transcript, including: your name; the institution name; the date it was printed/downloaded; grades; credits obtained; any transfer credits received; and confirmation of any academic credentials that have been granted, including the date conferred.

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of your application, you must wait until January before uploading a transcript for your current institution. Uploaded transcripts must also include all grades from the fall term. Uploading it earlier may result in a delay in assessment, since you will need to provide a new unofficial transcript before we can begin our assessment.

Transcripts can be uploaded in your Student Centre after your application has been submitted; one file per institution. When uploading a transcript that has multiple pages, all pages for that transcript must be in one file. Please ensure that all pages are right-side up.

The Admissions office will automatically download your UCalgary transcript if you previously attended UCalgary. If you are attending UCalgary at the time of your application, your transcript will be downloaded after fall grades are finalized.

Transcripts that are not in English or French must be accompanied by a notarized translation. When uploading these transcripts, you must ensure that the file contains both the original transcript and translation.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts will be required from admitted and waitlisted applicants only. Offers of admission will be conditional upon receipt and verification of grades and academic status on official transcripts. Official transcripts must include all grades from all academic work completed up to December 31 of the year in which the application is submitted.

The deadline for official transcripts for both admitted and waitlisted applicants is July 15.

You must arrange to have one official transcript from every post-secondary institution that you have attended, even if you did not graduate, sent by the issuing university.

If you applied to UCalgary Law within the past three years, some official transcripts may be pulled forward, unless you have taken more courses at that institution.

The Admissions office will automatically download your UCalgary transcript if you attended UCalgary.

Transcripts that are not in English or French must be accompanied by a notarized translation. Translated transcripts must arrive in a signed and sealed envelope directly from the translator, or from the institution if the translation is done by the school. The copy that was previously scanned and uploaded cannot be accepted as an official transcript. Once opened, transcripts become unofficial.

Please use the following address if mailing official transcripts. Mailed transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.

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

Transcripts from within Alberta can be sent digitally, if your institution provides that as an option. UCalgary Law cannot order them on your behalf. Digital transcripts can also be sent from other institutions through secure electronic delivery services, such as Parchment, e-Script-Safe, or National Student Clearinghouse.

Curious in how we assess your application? Find out more.

Rolling Admissions

A form of rolling admissions is used, which means that some decisions are sent out before all the files have been read. Applications submitted by November 1 may be assessed as early as November, as they become complete. Applications submitted after November 1 may be assessed as early as December. This is one reason to have your application submitted and supporting documents in as early as possible.

If you opt to write or rewrite the LSAT in January, you should be aware that we may not receive your LSAT test results until after the Entrance Awards of Excellence recipients have been selected.

Due to the nature of the assessment process, there is no typical timeframe in which you will receive a decision after your application becomes complete. You may receive a decision very quickly, or you might receive a decision later in the admission cycle. All applicants will receive an email with either an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification no later than the end of June.

Waitlist

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.

Multiple commitments

Please note that UCalgary Law may share which applicants have made a commitment to attend UCalgary Law with other Canadian common-law schools to identify those who have made commitments to multiple law schools.

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