Admissions

Regular Applicant

Admission is based on an applicant’s pre-law academic record and Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. The Admissions Committee adjusts the weighting of these scores annually in order to provide the best prediction of success in law school.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate Degree or Equivalent

    An undergraduate degree, or at least the first three years (90 credits) of a program leading to an undergraduate degree. The degree or credits must be from the University of Alberta or an institution recognized by the University of Alberta, and must be completed prior to beginning law school.

    Applicants of outstanding academic ability without a degree, who have completed two years (60 credits) or equivalent of a full program of studies for credit toward a degree at the University of Alberta may be admitted. Offers of admission to two-year applicants are conditional upon successful completion of enrolled credits.

  • Competitive Average

    The estimated grade point average of students with an undergraduate degree is a 3.8 on the University of Alberta's 4-point scale and 3.7 over two years for applicants of outstanding academic ability without a degree who have completed two years (60 credits) or equivalent.

  • Law School Admission Test Scores

    An LSAT written within five years prior to the September in which admission is sought, but no later than January of that year. Approximate LSAT Score Average: 160. Multiple LSAT scores within the period of validity will be averaged.

    Two-year applicants of outstanding academic ability require an LSAT score that places them within the 90th percentile, however meeting the requirements does not guarantee admission.

    The Faculty of Law will obtain applicant LSAT scores directly from the Law School Admission Council. We do not accept LSAT scores submitted by the applicant. LSAT scores are valid for five years.

  • English Language Proficiency

    English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Alberta. All undergraduate applicants to English-speaking and bilingual programs need an adequate level of English Language Proficiency prior to admission, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

    If you have completed at least three years of full-time education (or equivalent) in English, in Canada or another country where the primary language of instruction is English (excluding ESL), you will meet the ELP requirement automatically.

    If you do not meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements automatically there are several ways that you can demonstrate ELP explained in the link.

  • Visa (International Students)

    International students require appropriate visa approvals for admission and study in Canada.

Documentation

  • Transcripts

    Two official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to the University of Alberta Faculty of Law Admissions Office (Room 128 Law Centre, Edmonton AB T6G 2H5) directly from the issuing institution.Transcripts submitted by the applicant will not be accepted as official.

    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students attending an ApplyAlberta institution as well as present and former University of Alberta students do NOT need to send in their transcripts. The Faculty of Law will obtain them on your behalf.

  • Personal Statement

    Submit your personal statement by email to law.admissions@ualberta.ca, sent from your ualberta.ca email account; or deliver a hard copy to University of Alberta Faculty of Law Admissions Office (Room 128 Law Centre, Edmonton AB T6G 2H5)

    The personal statement should be 750-1,000 words in length. Please include your full name and 7-digit Student ID Number. A PDF version is preferred.

    Successful statements are 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; extracurricular 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. The deadline to submit personal statements is February 1, 23:59:59 (Mountain Time).


Indigenous Applicant

Admission is based on an applicant’s pre-law academic record and LSAT score, as well as on a number of special considerations. This holistic review is designed to help address the traditional under-representation of Indigenous Peoples in the legal profession.

Requirements

  • Undergraduate Law Degree or Equivalent

    An undergraduate degree, or at least the first three years (60 credits) of a program leading to an undergraduate degree. The degree or credits must be from the University of Alberta or an institution recognized by the University of Alberta, and must be completed prior to beginning law school.

    Consideration may be given to those with a minimum of one year (30 credits) leading to a degree, or the equivalent, if they exhibit evidence of past achievements in non-academic areas indicative of an ability to succeed in law school.

  • Law School Admission Test Scores

    An LSAT written within five years prior to the September in which admission is sought, but no later than January of that year. Multiple LSAT scores within the period of validity will be averaged.

  • English Language Proficiency

    English is the primary language of instruction at the University of Alberta. All undergraduate applicants to English-speaking and bilingual programs need an adequate level of English Language Proficiency prior to admission, regardless of citizenship status or country of origin.

    If you have completed at least three years of full-time education (or equivalent) in English, in Canada or another country where the primary language of instruction is English (excluding ESL), you will meet the ELP requirement automatically.

    If you do not meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements automatically, there are several ways that you can demonstrate ELP explained in the link.

Documentation for Indigenous Applicants

  • Status

    Documentation to verify status (such as a Band Membership or Métis Nation Membership).

  • Transcripts

    Two official transcripts (must bear the seal and original signature of the issuing institution) of all post-secondary institutions (including undergraduate, graduate and 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. Transcripts submitted by the applicant will not be accepted as official.
    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. The Faculty of Law will automatically receive them from the Registrar's Office.

  • Personal Statement

    Submit your personal statement by email to law.admissions@ualberta.ca sent from your ualberta.ca email account; or deliver a hard copy to University of Alberta Faculty of Law Admissions Office (Room 128 Law Centre, Edmonton AB T6G 2H5)

    The personal statement should be 750-1,000 words in length. Please include your full name and 7-digit Student ID Number. A PDF version is preferred.

    Successful statements are 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; extracurricular 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. The deadline to submit personal statements is February 1, 23:59:59 (Mountain Time).

  • Letter of Reference

    Two letters of reference.

  • Resumé

    A chronological resumé, including your educational background and work experience.

  • Program of Legal Studies

    Indigenous applicants are recommended, and may be required as a condition of admission, to complete and pass the University of Saskatchewan Native Law Centre Summer Program.


Other Applicants

  • Transfer Students, Visiting/Letter of Permission Applicants

    Students who are attending another Canadian law school may apply as Transfer Students or Visiting/Letter of Permission students. The number admitted under this category varies from year to year.

    Requirements

    Assessment

    In deciding which applicants to admit, the admissions committee will assess both the reasons the student wishes to attend the Faculty and the student's potential to succeed.

    University of Alberta Law does NOT accept transfers from law programs outside of Canada. Any applicants currently attending law school in a foreign jurisdiction who wish to attend the Faculty must apply for entrance as a first-year regular applicant. If they are admitted, the vice-dean will review the law work completed by the applicant and determine what, if any, credit will be given. Students with a law degree from outside of Canada can refer to our Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway.

    Documentation

    Transcripts

    All post-secondary transcripts, including Winter Term results, sent directly from the issuing institution(s) to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office. Applicants must also submit an official transcript with their final grades from first-year law (sent directly to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office from your law school).

    Resumé

    A chronological resumé, including your educational background and work experience.

    Personal Statement

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

    Letter of Reference

    One academic letter of reference from a law professor.

    Letter of Permission

    A letter of permission from your dean/associate dean of law.

    All the documentation required for Transfer / Visiting students (resume and letters of reference/ letters of permission but NOT transcripts), should be emailed in PDF form to law.admissions@ualberta.ca.

  • Non-Canadian or Civil Law Degrees Applicants (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. Please consider the Faculty’s Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway.

  • Incoming Exchange Student Applicants

    If your university is an exchange partner of the University of Alberta, you can apply for a study abroad period at the International Office of your own university.

    As an exchange student you pay tuition only to your home institution. You can choose from a wide selection of courses which are taught in English. The University of Alberta International provides guidance for exchange students.

Application Deadlines

Juris Doctor: Online application MUST be received on or before 11:59 PM (Mountain Time) on November 1 of the year prior to admission. Documentation must be received by February 1, on or before 11:59:59 (Mountain Time), in the year in which admission is sought. There is a $125 application fee.

Transfer Students, Visiting/Letter of Permission Applicants: Online application form and fee ($125 application fee, $75 for readmission) must be submitted by May 15. Supporting documents are due by June 1. After November 1, a hard copy application must be submitted directly to the Faculty of Law Admissions Office (Room 128 Law Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2H5).

Application Status

Check application status within the online system. Successful applicants will be notified by email when accepted for admission.