Admission Criteria

What are we looking for in a candidate?

Diverse strengths

The University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is a vibrant and diverse academic environment that trains competent lawyers who are sensitive to the needs of their community. To ensure that the student body represents the fullest possible range of social, economic, ethnic and cultural perspectives in our society, the Admissions Committee considers many factors in evaluating applicants.

These include:

  • 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.


A strong CGPA at the undergraduate level

Apart from those in the Mature category, applicants must have completed at least three years of undergraduate studies (the equivalent of 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.

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).


A high LSAT score

The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is mandatory for admission to the English JD program. 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 (157). 

The weight given to the LSAT will vary according to the other elements in your file. If English is not your first language, the LSAT, while relevant, may carry less weight in the Admission Committee’s evaluation of the application. The LSAT is not a requirement for admission to our French JD programs.


Click here for more information on our File Assessment Process.

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