JD Program

Upper Year Applicant Requirements

Students who are attending other Canadian Law Schools may apply as Transfer Students or Visiting (Letter of Permission) students. The number of students admitted under this category will vary from year to year depending upon the Faculty's overall enrollment and needs. In deciding upon which applicants to admit, the Committee will assess both the reasons for wishing to attend the Faculty and the student's potential to succeed at the U of A.

Applicants who have completed their first year of law study outside of Canada will not be considered for transfer.

Applicants must submit their application form and fee by May 15th.

Supporting documents are due by June 1st.

The online application can be used by transfer & visiting applicants but only until November 1st.

After November 1st a hard copy application must be used and must be submitted directly to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office (Room 128 Law Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H5).

Requirements

Transfers to 2nd Year (restricted to students who have completed their first year in a Canadian Common Law program):

  • The completed application form (electronic or hard copy as indicated above) along with the $125.00 application fee ($75.00 for readmission).

  • All post-secondary transcripts, including Winter Term results (sent directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office).

  • An official transcript with your final grades from first year law (sent directly to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office from your law school).

  • A chronological resume (including your educational background and work experience).

  • A personal statement explaining why you wish to transfer to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

  • One academic letter of reference from a law professor.

Transfers from Law Schools outside of Canada

The University of Alberta Law Program does not accept transfers from law programs outside of Canada. Canadian law schools have a similar program of studies, making the courses generally transferable between institutions. Any applicants presently attending law school in a foreign jurisdiction who wish to attend the Faculty must apply for entrance as first year/ Regular Applicants. If admitted, the Vice Dean will review the law work completed by the applicant and determine what, if any, credit will be given.

Letter of Permission (LOP)

  • The completed application form (electronic or hard copy as indicated above) along with the $125.00 application fee ($75.00 for readmission).

  • All post-secondary transcripts, including Winter Term results (sent directly from the institution(s) to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office).

  • An official transcript with your final grades from first and second year law (sent directly to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office from your law school).

  • A chronological resume (including your educational background and work experience).

  • A personal statement explaining why you wish to attend the University of Alberta Faculty of Law.

  • A letter of permission from your Dean/Associate Dean of Law.

  • One academic letter of reference from a law professor.

Applicants with non-Canadian law degrees or civil law degrees (from Quebec)

Foreign lawyers or Canadians with a foreign law degree who wish to become members of a Canadian Law Society must apply to the National Committee on Accreditation for an evaluation of their legal credentials and experience.

Follow the link for information about the Faculty’s Internationally Trained Lawyer Program – NCA Accreditation.

The Faculty of Law may admit students to the JD program with Advanced Standing. Advanced Standing means that applicants may be granted some credit for their previous JD (or civil law) work, to a maximum of one full year credit. If admitted to the JD program with advanced standing, the applicant must successfully complete at least two full years of study (in most cases almost three years) in the Faculty of Law, and complete all of the requirements to obtain the JD degree from the University of Alberta.

All applicants who wish to be considered for advanced standing must apply for entrance as first year/ Regular Applicants. If admitted, the Vice Dean will review the law work completed by the applicant and determine what, if any, credit will be given. Applicants in this category must also submit a calendar or course syllabus (describing the previous law school work).