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How do I apply to UCalgary Law?

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

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Quick checklist to help you get started

Before you apply

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

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Apply online

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.

Find out how to apply

Prepare required documents

Follow the link to find out more information about the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), unofficial and official transcripts.

Review a list of documents

After you apply

Read more about the confirmation email, sending supporting documents, as well as how to check the status of your application.

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JD Admissions Dates & Deadlines

Sept 1

Online applications open for Fall 2022 first-year JD applicants and Winter 2022 LOP applicants


Oct 1

Application deadline for Winter 2022 LOP applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)


Oct 15

Supporting documents deadline for Winter 2022 LOP applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)


Dec 1

Application deadline for Fall 2022 first-year JD applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)


Dec 1

Official transcript deadline for Winter 2022 admitted LOP applicants

Jan 31

Final LSAT score that will be accepted for Fall 2022 admission


Feb 1

Online applications open for Fall 2022 transfer and LOP applicants


Feb 15

LSAT writing sample for Fall 2022 first-year JD applicants must be completed


Feb 15

Supporting documents deadline for Fall 2022 first-year JD applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)


May 15

Application deadline for Fall 2022 transfer and LOP applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)

Jun 1

Supporting documents deadline for Fall 2022 transfer and LOP applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)

1. Identify the admission category

  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

     

  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

UCalgary Law now offers a foreign-trained lawyers program for applicants with an international law degree or a civil law degree. The one-year program will allow you to satisfy the educational requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation (NCA).

If you have an international law degree or a civil law degree from Quebec and wish to complete the full 3-year JD program, you may apply for admission as an ordinary first-year applicant.


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.

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.

Black Students

In the online application, all applicants are asked to indicate if they self-identify as Black. If you answer yes to that question, you are eligible for the Black applicant review process.

View more information about the Black Students Admissions Process, the assessment process, and Black student life.

Accessibility 

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.

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.

2. 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
  • Other non-academic pursuits
  • 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.


3. Prepare required supporting documents

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.

NEWReferences will not be used for Fall 2022 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.

You must provide one official transcript from every post-secondary institution that you have attended, even if you did not graduate. Please note that UCalgary Law cannot order them on your behalf.

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at the time of your application, you must wait until January before sending a transcript for your current institution. Transcripts must include all grades from the fall term, as well as your standing with the institution up to December 31. Sending it earlier may result in a delay in assessment, since we cannot assess an application with an incomplete transcript.

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.

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

Official digital transcripts can also be sent directly by the issuing institution to law@ucalgary.ca, through the ApplyAlberta network, or through secure electronic delivery services such as Parchment, e-Script-Safe, or National Student Clearinghouse.

4. 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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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.

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Multiple commitments

Please note that UCalgary Law may share which applicants have made a commitment to attend UCalgary Law with LSAC and/or 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.

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Auditing

Permission will only be granted to individuals who hold a law degree and are currently practicing law in the province of Alberta. Space restrictions limit the number of students allowed to audit law courses.

You must email the Student Services office at law@ucalgary.ca to initiate the application/approval process. All admission, registration and fee deadlines which apply to regular students must be met. Tuition and fees are paid on a per-course basis.

Auditors may not participate in assignments, examinations or parts of courses such as laboratories. They may participate in class discussion with the instructor's consent. If the instructor wishes the student to participate in activities other than class discussions, permission must be obtained from the Associate Dean (Academic).


Courses for credit

Permission will only be granted to UCalgary students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies, persons holding a law degree from an accredited Canadian or American law school, and students admitted to UCalgary Law through an international student exchange program.

You must email the Student Services office at law@ucalgary.ca to initiate the application/approval process. Approval is required before any person not enrolled in the JD or LLM programs will be permitted to take a course for credit in the Faculty of Law.

UCalgary students registered in the Faculty of Graduate Studies must show that the proposed JD course is related to their studies, and the student must have their supervisor’s consent.

Persons holding a law degree from an accredited Canadian or American law school will not be permitted to enroll in compulsory courses at the Faculty of Law absent exceptional circumstances.

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