The admissions process
Apply early and send in your documents promptly
Law at McGill is a limited enrollment program. Apply as early as possible and ensure that we have received all required supporting documents on or before the appropriate deadline. Files are reviewed only when complete.
1. Online application
Candidates must apply to the B.C.L./LL.B. program online, unless they are unable to pay the application fee by credit card. The online application is available as of September 1. In order to avoid unnecessary processing delays, please read carefully the help sections of the online application. Please undergradadmissions [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) the Undergraduate Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law if you are unable to apply online.
Once you have applied, an acknowledgement notice will be sent to the email address indicated on your application the day following the submission of your application form. If you have not received your acknowledgment notice the day after completing your application, you should contact the Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law (514-398-6602 or undergradadmissions [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (email) ).
Our How to apply page explains how to access the web application form and what the procedure is.
All candidates who submit an online application will be invited to fill out a survey once the application has been submitted and the application fee paid. We ask that you kindly fill out the survey, which enables us to gain a better understanding of our pool of applicants. This information is collected for statistical purposes only. The Admissions Office of the Faculty of Law thanks you in advance for your cooperation.
2. Verifying the status of your application via Minerva
Your acknowledgment notice will provide you with your McGill Identification (ID), and a password that you will need to log in to the Minerva website. On this website, you will be able to check the status of your application and, as your supporting documents are received and recorded, you will be able to verify which documents (if any) are still missing.
You are responsible for monitoring the status of your application on Minerva. When verifying the status of your application, an indication of "Items outstanding" means that your application is incomplete. If your application remains incomplete after the deadline for submission of supporting documents, your application will be cancelled. An indication of "Ready for review" means that your file is complete and/or under review by the Admissions Committee. Your status will indicate "Ready for Review" until a final decision is rendered.
- Your file will not be cancelled if only your LSAT score is missing after the deadline. The status of your application will indicate "Items outstanding" until we get your score. If writing the LSAT, your file will be circulated for review by the Admissions Committee only when all pending LSAT results are received.
During peak periods (i.e., close to the deadlines), the Admissions Office receives a high volume of documents and there may be a delay of up to 48 hours between the receipt of a document and the date on which it is recorded in our information system and verifiable by you on Minerva. Taking this delay into consideration, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office only if your file remains incomplete 48 hours past the deadline.
3. Uploading supporting documents via Minerva
Candidates may, and are strongly encouraged to, UPLOAD supporting documents via Minerva the day after having completed the online application (after having received the acknowledgment notice via email). Not all documents may be uploaded via Minerva. See the "Uploading supporting documents" section for more information.
4. Review of application by Admissions Committee
Once an application is complete, it is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Without exception, every application to the McGill Program is reviewed by at least one member of the Admissions Committee; the majority of applications are reviewed by two or three members. Committee members carefully review all documents submitted and evaluate the candidacy according to the Faculty's Admissions Policy, and in comparison to all other candidates in the applicant pool.
5. Decision on Applications
The official decision of the Admissions Committee of the Faculty of Law is released by electronic mail and confirmed via the candidate's Minerva account. Decisions on individual applications cannot and will not be disclosed over the phone. After reviewing each application, the Admissions Committee will admit or refuse the applicant, or place the candidate on a waitlist.
In all cases, the decision of the Admissions Committee is final.
A positive decision on an application will be available on Minerva. Official acceptance letters will also be available on Minerva. You are invited to print your acceptance letter for your record as the faculty is no longer mailing them. International candidates should print multiple copies of their acceptance letter for their immigration process.
Candidates who are offered admission will be given a delay (see Delays) to accept or decline the offer of admission. If no response is received by the Undergraduate Admissions Office upon expiration of the delay indicated in the offer letter, the offer of admission will be cancelled.
A candidate may be placed on the waitlist if the application is considered admissible but there are no available places in the class at that particular moment in the process. We have no ranking of students whose files have been placed on the waiting. Every effort is made to inform candidates of the decision of the Admissions Committee at the earliest possible date. However, the process is extremely labour-intensive and extends into July. Final decision about applicants who have been placed on the waitlist may not be made before August. The decision "Waiting List" and the waitlist letter will be available in Minerva for all candidates placed on the waitlist.
Candidates in the Cegep category whose applications, upon review by the Admissions Committee, are regarded as potentially admissible will be invited to sit a twenty-five-minute interview.
Candidates in the Mature category whose applications, upon review by the Admissions Committee, are regarded as potentially admissible may be invited to sit a twenty-five-minute interview. The Committee may, at its discretion, request that other applicants attend an interview in some instances.
Interviews take place in Montreal or, if it is not possible, by telephone or teleconference. All interviews are conducted in English and French. The interview weeks are to be determined and will be posted in this section.
A candidate whose application is refused by the Admissions Committee will be informed of the decision by electronic mail and via Minerva.
Every effort is made to inform candidates of the decision of the Admissions Committee at the earliest possible date. However, the process is extremely labour-intensive and extends into July. Final decision about applicants who have been placed on the waitlist may not be made before August.