Your Application Package
You must complete your application for admission to Law School on-line at the OLSAS (Ontario Law School Application Service) website. All documents must be submitted to OLSAS directly.
The deadline to apply for the next fall session is November 1st. Late applications will not be accepted.
In order for the application to be considered complete, OLSAS must have received all of the following components:
- Completed on-line application form which includes:
- Personal Statement
- Autobiographical Sketch with verifiers
- Required Personal Information (date of birth, etc.)
- LSAT Reports (English program only);
- Letters of Reference (two letters are required);
- Official Transcripts for All Post-Secondary Studies.
Persons of indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples) may apply as either general or Aboriginal applicants.
Writing Your Personal Statement
The Personal Statement that each candidate must prepare is a critical part of the application and should be thought of as an interview with the Admissions Committee.
In reviewing Personal Statements, committee members assess candidates according to the following considerations:
- Capacity for critical, creative and original thinking.
- Communication skills, including writing skills.
- Evidence of capacity to manage workload and time.
- Ability to make a meaningful contribution to the law school environment, to the profession and to the public it serves as demonstrated by:
- A record of extracurricular activities and community involvement;
- Career experiences and achievements;
- Personal success in dealing with challenges;
- Diverse social, economic, ethnic, or cultural experiences and perspectives;
- Interest in specializations and other strengths of the Faculty’s program of legal education; and,
- Specific career aspirations.
- Commitment to upholding ethical standards and to treating all members of the university community with respect.
Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution you have attended.
If you have attended or are currently enrolled at an Ontario university you must use the OUAC appropriate online form.
If you studied outside of Ontario, you must contact the Registrar's Office of the universities where you studied to request that official transcripts be sent directly to OLSAS.
Please note that only official transcripts will be accepted by OLSAS
Transcripts from outside North America are not converted by OLSAS. Applicants must ensure foreign credentials are the equivalent to a recognized Canadian degree before applying. An evaluation of foreign credentials from the World Education Service is required. This evaluation must be based on a course-by-course assessment and must specify Canadian degree, grade and credit hour equivalency. Universities in the United States are exempt from this requirement.
Obtaining Letters of Reference
Applicants must provide two letters of reference. We strongly recommend that at least one be from an academic source. It is important that you carefully choose the individuals who will write your letters.
These individuals should be able to speak to your abilities as a future law student, such as your ability to write, conduct research, work in groups, organize your time, etc. If the person is someone who has taught you, this person should also indicate your performance relative to the rest of the group. Avoid asking someone who cannot provide more than a character reference.
Applicants who have submitted an application under the Mature category who can't secure an academic reference, should find suitable references who can speak to the skills listed above.
Writing the LSAT
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required for someone applying to first year in the English program, without exception.
The University of Ottawa does not set a minimum required LSAT score. The weight given to the LSAT will vary according to the other elements in each applicant’s file. Only the highest LSAT score will be considered by the Admissions Committee. LSAT results from before June 2012 are not accepted.
Applicants who decide to write the LSAT on a date other than what is indicated on their application should inform OLSAS and the University of Ottawa in writing prior to writing the test. Where an applicant's mother tongue is not English, the LSAT, while relevant, may carry less weight in the evaluation. The LSAT is not required for students applying to our upper year programs.
The LSAT is offered four times a year. To obtain information and registration materials, please contact the Law School Admissions Council.
It is strongly recommended that applicants write the LSAT by December. Since the results of the February LSAT are not provided to Law Admissions until late March, writing the February LSAT may prejudice your chance of admission given the nature of our rolling admissions process.
Furthermore, if an LSAT score is already available in your file, the admissions committee will not necessarily wait until February to assess your application. The decision would be based on that score.
Please note that an incomplete application will not be evaluated until all documents, including the LSAT results, are received.
All applications for admission are to be completed on-line at the OLSAS (Ontario Law School Application Service) website. Paper application kits may be obtained, for an additional fee, on the OLSAS website.