Admission Criteria

Admission Criteria

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Common Law is a vibrant and diverse academic environment. To ensure that the student body represents the fullest possible range of social, economic, ethnic and cultural perspectives in our society.

We consider many factors including:

  • significant achievements in extracurricular activities while at university or in community involvement;
  • outstanding qualities or achievements in previous careers;
  • linguistic, cultural or other factors that add to an applicant’s overall academic achievement; and
  • personal success in overcoming challenges such as a disability or financial hardship.

Any information provided will be considered in a manner consistent with the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Undergraduate academic performance is a significant numerical factor in the evaluation process. Most successful applicants have at least an A- or 80% average overall (CGPA).

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is mandatory for all applicants. The Faculty of Law does not have a cut-off or minimum score requirement. However, the Law School looks for an LSAT score above the 70th percentile. 

InformationPlease consult our How to Apply page to learn more about preparing your application to Common Law.

There are 5 applicant categories

  1. General
  2. General Category: Special Circumstances
  3. Mature
  4. Indigenous
  5. Access

Each category has specific criteria and a process for applying or special circumstances relevant to an application.

When applying for admission, general applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies (having completed 90 credits or 30 half-courses) prior to beginning law school. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their undergraduate program of studies in full prior to beginning law school.

Please consult our File Assessment Process page for more information on how files are reviewed.

InformationApplications to the English JD program are due November 1st of each year for the following September. All applications are completed online through the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS), a not-for-profit centralized application service for applicants to all Ontario law schools.

We remind you that admission decisions cannot be appealed. Therefore, all decisions of the Admissions Committee are final.

Inquiries: or 613-562-5800 ext. 3270.

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