What we look for
The Faculty’s admissions policy is to select applicants who are best suited to studying law in McGill’s uniquely comparative, transsystemic, and bilingual environment. Diversity and excellence are essential to our Faculty. Indeed, our Faculty’s excellence is based on its diversity.
The Admissions Committee looks for indicators of intellectual curiosity, community engagement, insight (cultural, economic, political, social and otherwise), leadership skills, ability to work with others, openness to diversity, maturity, ethical sense, judgment, and potential for development through opportunity or adversity, among other criteria.
The Committee conducts its assessment through a holistic evaluation of each applicant's file, including the applicant's academic record, linguistic abilities, personal statement, extracurricular, community or professional activities, and letters of reference (see Supporting documents).
In addition, applicants must demonstrate substantial reading ability in, and aural comprehension of, both English and French (see Language requirements).
The Admissions Committee seeks to achieve a pluralistic learning community drawn from across Quebec, Canada and beyond, in which there is a wide range of career aspirations, backgrounds and life experiences.
Equity and Diversity
The Faculty of Law is committed to equity and diversity. We welcome applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, racialized people, gender non-conforming and trans people, LGBQ people, women, people from an economically disadvantaged background, and others who may face systemic barriers that impact their access to education.
We invite applicants to share self-identifying and contextualizing information in the admission application (e.g. in personal statement and/or under extenuating circumstances), which will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and used in a manner consistent with the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Further, we strongly encourage all applicants to fill out the post-application survey, which is anonymous and used solely for statistics and the development of recruitment efforts.
A candidate may seek permission to pursue studies on a part-time basis, either before admission (from the Admissions Committee which will consult the Associate Dean, Academic) or while studying in the Faculty (from the Associate Dean, Academic). The Faculty may grant permission for the duration of studies or for a limited period, provided that the student can demonstrate that full-time study is not possible for any of the following reasons:
- Health problems, physical disabilities
- Responsibility for the primary care of others
- Serious financial hardship
- Other exceptional circumstances
Applicants seeking admission to study on a part-time basis must submit a separate letter giving the reasons why they want to study part-time. The Faculty evaluates applications for part-time study on the same basis as those for full-time study.
Students granted permission to register on a part-time basis must register for a minimum of nine credits per term, and complete all the requirements of the B.C.L./LL.B. program within seven academic years.
Candidates seeking admission on a part-time basis must fulfill all the standard entrance requirements of the Faculty of Law.
All courses offered by the Faculty of Law are given Monday to Friday during the day. Although some courses may finish later, the majority of our courses are taught between 8:00 and 19:00. The Faculty does not offer evening classes, correspondence or distance courses, or internet courses.
Students attend classes at the Faculty of Law in person, and are expected to be fully active in the Faculty and in the community.
The B.C.L./LL.B. is a limited enrolment program for which admission is competitive. Each year the Faculty admits approximately 180 new students. Statistics show that the number of applications is approximately seven times greater than the number of available places.
Successful applicants are chosen by the Faculty's Admissions Committee, which is composed this year of eight full-time faculty members appointed by the Dean, two senior law students selected by the Law Students' Association Executive, and the Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment. Each application is reviewed by at least one member of the Admissions Committee, and the majority of applications are reviewed by two or three members before a final decision is rendered by the Assistant Dean, Admissions and Recruitment.
Honesty and Integrity in the Application Process
McGill University and the Faculty of Law value honesty and integrity. Applicants to the Faculty of Law are expected to conduct themselves accordingly. The submission of false, incomplete, inconsistent or misleading information, or any omission that may result in a false or misleading conclusion, constitutes misconduct in the admission process. Instances of such misconduct include, as examples: the submission of a personal statement that was not written by the applicant, and failure to disclose an LSAT score.
A finding of misconduct in the application process may lead – and has led in the past – to a refusal or, if an offer of admission has already been extended, a withdrawal of the offer at the sole discretion of the University. Intent is not an element of a finding of misconduct.
As a member school of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), McGill’s Faculty of Law reserves the right to report any misconduct to the LSAC’s Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admissions Process Subcommittee for its investigation.