Juris Doctor Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application deadline?

The online application must be submitted on or before November 1 of the year preceding the year in which admission is sought. The JD at the University of Alberta is an undergraduate program; therefore it is imperative that you ensure that you are submitting the correct application. Do not submit a graduate application.

All required supporting documentation must be submitted to the Faculty of Law on or before February 1 of the year in which admission is sought. Applicants who fail to provide the required documentation by February 1 will not have their applications considered.

What is the University of Alberta Application Fee?

A non-refundable application fee is required from all applicants to the JD Program. The application fee is $125 for new U of A undergraduate students and $75 for current or former U of A students (including those from Augustana Faculty). This fee is not waived for any reason.

What is the Regular category?

Follow the link for Information about Regular Applicants.

What is the Aboriginal category?

Follow the link for Information about Aboriginal Applicants.

How will my application as a Regular applicant be evaluated/considered?

Follow the link for Information about the Admissions Process.

Will you count courses completed after a degree?

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.

What are the average scores for admitted applicants?

Our statistics from the last five to six years show that admission for the majority of applicants by use of the prediction indicator have remained relatively constant with an average GPA of 3.7 - 3.8 and average LSAT score of 160-162. These numbers do not include admitted applicants from the holistic review.

Follow the link to view our Admitted Applicant Profile.

What courses should I take to prepare for law school?

There are no specific courses or programs required for preparation for Law School. We advise that students take courses and/or programs that interest them. Courses and/or programs must be recognized by the University of Alberta in order to be considered in the assessment of an applicant's GPA.

Where can I get information about the LSAT?

A valid LSAT score must be written within the 5 year period before the September of the year in which admission is sought. The last acceptable LSAT writing date for September admission is January of the year in which admission is sought.

The Admissions Office will obtain LSAT scores directly from Law Services for all applicants who have active files with LSAC. At least one LSAT that may be relied upon by the Committee must have been written within the five years prior to admission.

The LSAT score used is an average of all valid LSAT scores. LSAT scores are valid for 5 years.

Follow the link for Information about the LSAT.

Does the Faculty of Law participate in LSDAS?

No, we do not accept transcripts or other documents that are sent through this service.

Does the Faculty of Law require a résumé and/or letters of recommendation for Regular Applicants?

Résumés and reference letters are not accepted in support of Regular Applicants, but are required in the case of Aboriginal Applicants. The Faculty of Law does not have a specific reference letter form.

When will I be advised if I have been admitted?

The Admissions Committee considers applications on a continuous basis beginning in late November. Students with a high prediction indicator may be admitted as early as December. Students are encouraged to complete their files as soon as possible.

All applicants will be given a final decision by the first or second week of July. Applicants who are not extended an offer at first may be offered a place on the wait list. If successful applicants decline an offer, we begin making offers to applicants on this list.The Faculty can make offers as late as the date of Orientation in September to applicants on our wait list.

Upon notification of acceptance, applicants must remit a non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 to the University, by a specific date, to confirm their admission. This amount is credited toward payment of tuition upon completion of registration. A second tuition deposit of $500 will be required at a later date to confirm attendance.

What scholarships and bursaries are available?

All successful applicants are provided with access to the application for entrance scholarships and bursaries.

Follow the link for Information about entrance scholarships and bursaries.

Can the JD be done on a part-time basis?

Follow the link for Information about part-time study.

How large is the first year class?

The law program at the University of Alberta is a quota program. The first year class maximum is set at 185 students. The Faculty usually receives around 1,200 applications each year for admission into first year.

What is the percentage of women enrolled in the first year class?

Since 2000, 48%-51% of the students in incoming first year classes have been women.

Can I apply more than once?

All documentation is kept on file for one year, although applicants who reapply are required to submit a new online application. If an applicant is reapplying in consecutive years, it is not necessary to re-submit documentation that remains valid. The Faculty requires only the most recent changes to the applicant's record, including an updated Personal Statement; any new LSAT scores; and official transcripts with the most recent academic record/final grades included.

What does it cost to attend law school at the University of Alberta?

Students in the Faculty of Law pay undergraduate fees and tuition. Fees are subject to annual increases, as determined by the Board of Governors of the University. For further information regarding fees please visit the Registrar's Office fees information page. In addition to these fees, students also pay a program differential fee of approximately $2,272.00 per term.

Students should also expect to spend approximately $1500 on books and materials. Expenses for room and board and personal items are additional.

Where can I obtain information about housing?

For on-campus housing information, visit Residence Services.

For off-campus housing information, contact the Housing Registry.

For those who will be seeking housing it is highly recommended that you do so as soon as possible. Student housing on campus is in high demand.

Does the Faculty of Law accept transfer & visiting students from other law schools in Canada?

Follow the link for Information about Transfer and Visiting Students.

How do I transfer into second year of the Faculty of Law program at the University of Alberta if I am presently attending law school outside of Canada?

The University of Alberta Law Program does not accept transfers from law programs outside of the country. Canadian law schools have a similar program of studies (therefore the courses are transferable from one institution to the other) but other countries do not have the same course content or program structure. In this situation an applicant must apply for entrance as a first year applicant and if admitted the Associate Dean will review the law work completed and determine what, if any, advanced credit will be given.

Does the Faculty of Law admit students with non-Canadian law degrees, or some work towards 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 our Internationally Trained Lawyer Pathway – NCA Accreditation.

The Faculty of Law may admit such 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 this University.

All applicants with Advanced Standing must meet the same admission requirements and submit the same documentation as applicants to the first year of the JD program. In addition to this documentation they must also submit a calendar or course syllabus (describing the previous law school work).