In order to qualify as a mature student, at the time of application, a person:
- must have five or more years of work or other non-academic experience since completing secondary school studies; and
- the period of non-academic experience may include part-time, but not full time, post-secondary studies.
Consideration will be given to any previous academic performance and the LSAT, as well as relevant outstanding qualities, as evidenced by previous career and/or life experiences. The academic program in law school is very demanding and so it is recommended that demonstration of capacity for academic success include satisfactory completion of at least one course of University study. Applicants in this category must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
Mature applicants must also submit to OLSAS an up-to-date résumé or curriculum vitae along with their personal statement. Two letters of reference are also required, at least one of which should come from an academic source. If you are unable to obtain a letter of reference from an academic source, please choose referees who are able to speak to your abilities as they relate to law school, namely your ability to analyse, write, conduct research, work in groups, and organize your time. Please make sure that OLSAS has received all your post-secondary transcripts.
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.