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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.

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.

Learn more

Apply online

To access the online application, an eID is required.

Current and former UCalgary students/applicants: Use your previous eID, which is typically firstname.lastname.

New applicants: you must create an eID before starting your application.

For help with creating an eID or with recovering a previous eID/password, please contact the IT Support Centre.

Find out how to apply

Prepare required documents

You must write the LSAT by January and upload your unofficial transcripts by February 15.

Review a list of required supporting documents

After you apply

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

Find out more information

First-Year JD Admissions Dates & Deadlines

For important dates for LOP and Transfer applicants, visit the Upper-Year Admissions page.

Sept 1

Online applications open for Fall 2023 first-year JD applicants and Winter 2023 LOP applicants


Dec 1

Application deadline for Fall 2023 first-year JD applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)


Jan 31

Final LSAT score that will be accepted for Fall 2023 admission


Feb 15

LSAT writing sample for Fall 2023 first-year JD applicants must be completed


Feb 15

Supporting documents deadline for Fall 2023 first-year JD applicants (11:59 p.m. MST)

1. Identify the admission category

Please note UCalgary Law does not offer mature or other discretionary admission categories.

  1. Complete your undergraduate degree

    • Complete an undergraduate degree from an accredited post-secondary institution.
    • Students in their final year of a degree are eligible to apply.
    • There are no preferred or required "pre-law" programs.
    • There are no mature student or any other discretionary admissions categories. 
  2. Write the LSAT

  3. Submit your application

    • To access the application system, an eID is required.
      • Current and former UCalgary students/applicants: Use your previous eID, which is typically firstname.lastname.
      • New applicants: you must create an eID before starting your application.
      • For help with creating an eID or with recovering a previous eID/password, please contact the IT Support Centre.
    • Submit your application between Sept 1 – Dec 1
    • Pay your application fee:
      • $145 for International Students
      • $125 for Canadians or Permanent Residents
  4. 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

International students applying for first-year JD admissions must follow the same steps listed for first-year JD applicants listed above. 

Transcripts that are not in English require a WES transcript.

You must take the TOEFL if your post-secondary education was not taught in English. See information about English language proficiency below.

The fee to apply for international students is $145 CAD.

  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, as per the instructions outlined above.


Academic prerequisites for first-year JD program

Your GPA will be based on a minimum of the last 60 units (credits) of your undergraduate studies (at a post-secondary institution in Alberta or its equivalent), up to December 31 of the year you submit your application. 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, an eID is required.

Current and former UCalgary students/applicants: Use your previous eID, which is typically firstname.lastname. If you forgot your password, find out how to reset it.

New applicants: you must create an eID before starting your application.

For help with creating an eID or with recovering a previous eID/password, please contact the UCalgary IT Support Centre.

**Please ensure you choose "Law" and not "Law & Society" when you start your application.


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 strengths and qualities do you possess that the Admissions Committee should take into account when considering your application for admission?

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

[VIDEO] How to write a great Statement of Interest

Special Facts Related to Diversity, Equity and Lived Experience

This is an optional space available to all applicants. You may choose to share relevant information with the Admissions Committee to help give context and perspective to your application. This section is not intended to be an extension of your Statement of Interest. Many applicants will appropriately choose not to utilize this space. (Maximum 1000 words)

Examples of what you may choose to share in this space include but are not limited to

  • Issues related to systemic barriers you have overcome and or continue to experience
  • How your experience through race, religion, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, disability, age, ancestry, place of origin or other factors have influenced your interest in pursuing a legal education and will shape your contribution to the law school and legal community.
  • Challenges you have overcome or continue to experience.
  • Significant achievements or challenges that relate to your interest in pursuing a legal education and that make you a competitive candidate.
  • Exceptional circumstances negatively affecting grades and /or LSAT score and why they are no longer relevant to assessing your future success.
  • Significant work experience and /or significant time away from post-secondary and how your lived experience will make you a competitive candidate.

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.

Unofficial Transcripts must be in uploaded as one pdf document for each institution and must include the following:

  • The institution name
  • Your name
  • Date printed/downloaded (cannot have a print date older than September 1, 2021)
  • Credential received and date conferred (if degree completed)
    • Some international schools may indicate degree conferrals on a separate document; if this is the case, please scan the two documents together in one file before uploading
  • For those in the process of competing a degree, your grades and academic standing up to and including December 31, 2022. Transcripts dated earlier will not be considered.
  • Transfer credits received

We will not accept as an unofficial transcript:

  • Grade summary
  • Screen shot or downloaded copy of your Student Centre
  • List of courses

If your institution does not provide a digital unofficial transcript with the above listed requirements, you will have to have them mail you an official transcript to your home address which you can then upload.

The Admissions team is unable to upload transcripts for you. Please do not send official transcripts to us unless you are requested to do so. Only applicants who are offered a seat or are waitlisted will be required to provide Official transcripts.

UCalgary Law does not require reference letters as part of your first-year JD application and they will not be accepted. 

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.

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 will start to be assessed after December 1 as they become complete. 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 either an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification through your My UCalgary Student Centre no later than the end of June.

Provide your supporting documents

Review the list of required supporting documents for first-year JD applicants and upper-year applicants. 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.

Go to My UCalgary

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.

Go to My UCalgary


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 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.