Aboriginal Applicants

Persons of Aboriginal ancestry, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, may apply as either General or Specific category applicants. As Specific category applicants, persons of Aboriginal ancestry who meet the Mature category requirements may apply under both the Mature and Aboriginal categories.

The personal statement should discuss work, personal and community experiences, and other factors relevant to the application. In your statement it is important that you explain the degree to which you identify with your Aboriginal community. There should be some indication given, if appropriate, of the extent to which you have been involved in your Aboriginal community. Aboriginal ancestry and membership may be indicative of identity and can act as good proxies for culture and colonial experience, but there must be some evidence of a connection to Aboriginal culture and/or family impact of colonization in your personal statement. Proof of Aboriginal ancestry and membership is required but can take a number of forms, such as any evidence of connection and membership in an Aboriginal community.

You must submit an up-to-date résumé or curriculum vitae along with your personal statement. Two letters of reference are also required, at least one of which should be from an academic source and the other a non-academic letter supporting your connection to community. You must also include your proof of Aboriginal ancestry or membership. Please ensure that OLSAS receives all of your post-secondary transcripts.

The Admissions Committee may admit applicants in the Aboriginal category unconditionally or subject to successful completion of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People. It is, therefore, crucial that Aboriginal applicants complete their files as quickly as possible so that the Admissions Committee can make its decision in time for eligible applicants to begin the Program of Legal Studies for Native People in Saskatchewan or "Le programme prédroit pour les Autochtones" at the University of Ottawa for French-speaking Aboriginal applicants. Both programs begin in May.

Please note that files are not assessed until they are complete and all required documents have been provided by the applicant.

See Important dates for application deadlines.

Late applications are occasionally permitted, with special permission, in this category only. For information, please contact the Admissions Office at comlaw@uottawa.ca.

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