JD Program

Indigenous Applicants

The Faculty recognizes that Indigenous peoples have traditionally been underrepresented in the legal field. In order to assist Indigenous students in obtaining legal training, the Admissions Committee admits Indigenous Applicants in accordance with the guidelines outlined below.

Indigenous applicants who are admitted may be required to complete and pass the University of Saskatchewan Program of Legal Studies for Native People as a condition of admission.

Requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree, or at least the first two years (60 credits) of a program leading to a degree, at the University of Alberta or from a university recognized by the University of Alberta, completed prior to the September in which admission is sought. Consideration may be given to Indigenous Applicants with a minimum of one year (30 credits) leading to a degree, or equivalent, if they exhibit evidence of past achievements in non-academic areas indicative of an ability to succeed in law school.

  2. A valid LSAT score written within the five-year period before the September of the year in which admission is sought. The last acceptable LSAT writing date for September admission is December of the previous year.

  3. If English is not your first language you must meet the University of Alberta’s English language proficiency requirement.

  4. A personal statement meeting the criteria set out in the application checklist.

  5. A résumé.

  6. Two letters of reference.

  7. Documentation to verify status (i.e. a Band Membership or Métis Association Card, or other official certification of the same).

  8. A completed online application.

Application Process Checklist:

November 1 Application Deadline

The undergraduate online application MUST be received on or before this date of the year prior to admission (i.e. November 1, 2015 for admission in September 2016).

December Last Acceptable LSAT Writing

The last acceptable LSAT writing date for September admission is December of the previous year. LSAT scores are valid for 5 years.

The Faculty of Law will obtain an applicant's LSAT score directly from LSAC. We do not accept LSAT scores submitted by the applicant.

February 1 Documentation Deadline
  1. Two (2) official transcripts of all post-secondary institutions (including undergraduate, graduate & exchange programs) are required. All official transcripts must be submitted to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office (Room 128 Law Centre, Edmonton AB T6G 2H5) directly from the issuing institution and must bear the seal of the issuing agency as well as the original signature of the issuing office. Transcripts submitted by the applicant in any fashion will not be accepted as official.

    These transcripts must be complete and indicate any degree(s) received.

    If the applicant is enrolled in post-secondary studies at the time of the application, the transcripts must show any completed fall/first term work.

    Present or former University of Alberta students do NOT need to order University of Alberta transcripts, as the Faculty of Law will automatically receive them from the Registrar's Office.

  2. Personal statement* (750-1000 words).

  3. Résumé.

  4. Two letters of reference.

  5. Documentation to verify status (i.e. a Band Membership or Métis Association Card, or other official certification of the same).

* The personal statement should provide information about your background. In order to ensure that the admissions process is culturally relevant and sensitive to Aboriginal people, the Admissions Committee requests information from each applicant that will assist in reaching a fair evaluation.

Successful statements tend to be those that feature clear and authentic writing. There is no specific template to follow as the statement serves as the means for self-expression and self-description. Where appropriate, the statement should touch on exceptional circumstances that adversely affected particular grades or academic performance and/or LSAT score(s), the difficulty and quality of the pre-law academic program, any relevant employment experience, extra-curricular and community activities, as well as any physical, cultural and economic factors that might assist the Committee in assessing the applicant's candidacy and desire to succeed in law.

For example, factors such as whether the first language spoken was an aboriginal language, whether you were raised in an isolated community, the financial and social circumstances of your family, educational experiences and the degree to which you hold to traditional culture and values are important considerations.

All documents must be received in the Faculty Office by February 1.

Please have the above mailed to:

Admissions Office
Room 128, Law Centre
University of Alberta, T6G 2H5
Edmonton, AB.

These deadlines must be met by all applicants.