JD Program

Admissions Process

The Faculty assesses Applicants in two different ways, with the goal of securing students with the highest potential to succeed in law.

The majority of successful Applicants are admitted by use of a "prediction indicator" that constitutes a combination of the Applicant's GPA and LSAT score. The Admissions Committee will adjust the weighting of these scores annually in order to provide the best prediction of success in law school. The applicant profile details competitive admission scores from the previous admission cycle. In constructing the prediction indicator, the following factors are taken into account:

  • The Admission GPA is calculated using the applicant's most recent 60 units/credits (equivalent to 2 years of full time study) in a recognized university degree (undergraduate or graduate), provided those units of course weight are completed by February 1st in the year in which admission is sought. This is the minimum number of units/credits or courses that will be used in the assessment of an applicant's GPA.

  • Courses that are transferable to the U of A, completed as a "special student" or "unclassified student", will be used in the admission GPA, so long as they are not introductory level courses.

  • Courses completed in the Winter/second term of the year admission is sought are not used in the assessment of an application except in the case of two year applicants (those that will have completed between 60 and 89 units/credits at the completion of that term - see Regular Applicants for more information).

  • Grades from universities other than the University of Alberta will be converted to the grading scale in use at the University, for the purpose of comparative evaluation.

  • The LSAT score used is an average of all valid LSAT scores.

Applicants with lower prediction indicators may be assessed as part of an in-depth holistic review of the applicant's overall admission package. This review evaluates a broad range of factors, including the difficulty and quality of the academic program, the applicant’s overall academic record, employment experience, extracurricular and community activities, physical, cultural and economic factors affecting the applicant, and any exceptional circumstances that affected particular grades and/or LSAT scores. The applicant's personal statement is an important part of this review. Admission offers from the holistic review are at the discretion of the Committee.

All completed Aboriginal Applicant files will be considered in the holistic review.

Depending upon the number of evaluations, at any time in the admissions cycle the Admissions Committee may set a minimum GPA and LSAT required for a Regular Applicant file to be considered.