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Newly admitted students to the McGill BCL/LLB program

Congratulations on your acceptance!

If you have received an email from us with an offer of admission, welcome to the McGill undergraduate law program! You are among a select group of students hailing from a variety of career aspirations, backgrounds and life experiences who have demonstrated great intellectual curiosity, community engagement, insight (cultural, economic, political, social and otherwise), leadership, ability to work with others, openness to diversity, maturity, ethical sense, judgment, and potential for development through opportunity or adversity. Your future professors and your fellow upper-year students look forward to meeting you.

Students admitted for September 2014:  the orientation and registration package will be available on the Student Affairs website at the beginning of July: see Orientation for new students.

What should I do now?

Your formal letter of admission is available on Minerva. You must print this letter for your records, as the Faculty of Law no longer sends admissions documents by post.  If you are an international student, you must print additional copies which you will need for your immigration procedures.

In the admissions email which you have received from us, there will be the list of Student Ambassadors, who can answer your questions.

You may wish to hear more about the doors that the B.C.L./LL.B program will open for you after your graduation. If you are interest in speaking to a member of our Graduate Contact program, please contact the Admissions Office and we will put you in touch with McGill Law alumni who would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about their experiences at McGill, as well as the various careers and opportunities that lie ahead for McGill law grads.

Language Requirements of the B.C.L./LL.B Program

Please ensure that you are fully aware of and comfortable with our bilingual environment. See our page on Law's admissions requirements.

Transcripts

If you have been enrolled as a student at an institution other than McGill University during the 2013-2014 academic year, you must submit a final official university  transcript to the Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law. This transcript should include results for any courses taken during the summer of 2014, as well as a notation of any degree awarded, and must be submitted prior to registration in September. The Admissions Office will obtain final official university transcripts for McGill students directly from the Registrar’s Office.

Consult your Minerva account for any "Official University Transcripts" missing, if this is the case, please submit them by August 1, 2014, consult our website for ; official university transcript information.

In order to be considered official transcripts, they must be submitted in an envelope sealed by the Office of Registrar of the issuing institution and send directly to the Admissions Office of the Faculty of Law.

CREPUQ transcripts: Applicants need not submit paper-based official transcripts of studies performed in Quebec universities to the Admissions Office, if these transcripts are submitted electronically via the CREPUQ system.

Financial Aid

The Faculty of Law offers a number of entrance scholarships based on both merit and financial need.

McGill University also offers a need-based Entrance Financial Aid program. This program is offered to students admitted to McGill who are entering the first year of full time undergraduate studies in the Fall term. This program offers financial aid to students of modest income who require assistance to enable them to attend McGill. Entrance Financial Aid applicants must apply for government student assistance in order to be considered for this need-based program. Newly admitted students should apply within 30 days from their date admitted and no later than June 30. Applications for Entrance Financial Aid will be accessible to new students at the beginning of January 2014. From Minerva, you have to select Financial Aid & Awards Menu and then Financial Aid.

In addition, the University offers a program of In-Course Financial Aid to students who are experiencing financial difficulties while they are in full time attendance. The application form on Minerva is available starting August 1.

For more information on our financial aid programs, please consult the Scholarships and Student Aid web site.

Conditional Admissions

Candidates may be admitted to the B.C.L./LL.B. on different conditions. Whatever the condition, it must be completed before the end of the registration period (end of August).

List of conditions commonly used:

  • Completion of a Diploma of Collegial Studies (D.C.S.) for CEGEP candidates;
  • Completion of a Baccalaureate, for candidates coming from Marie-de-France and Stanislas;
  • Maintain a current cumulative GPA;
  • Complete the necessary requirements to obtain a graduate degree for candidates registered in a graduate program, see below for detailed information;
  • Completion of intensive French language instruction at the Intermediate 2 level, see below for detailed information;

Condition for candidates registered in a graduate program

As explained in your letter of admission, in order to secure your admission to our program, you must complete the necessary requirements of the graduate degree that you are in the process of completing. The graduate degree could be a master or a doctorate program.

By “completing the necessary requirements to obtain your graduate degree”, we intend for you to have:

  • successfully completed all necessary course requirements, AND
  • written and submitted the complete version of your thesis to the graduate studies office, or relevant university department (if your graduate program is one with a thesis), OR
  • successfully completed all internship, essay or other requirements of your program (if yours is a non-thesis program).

Before the end of the registration period (end of August), we do not necessarily require you to: 

  • have successfully passed your oral defense, where applicable, OR
  • submit a final transcript indicating the actual date of graduation with your graduate degree.

We would accept that these two last steps be completed after the end of registration period.

A letter from your academic department or a final transcript attesting to such completion is required before you begin the law program.

These guidelines reflect the structure of most graduate programs. It is your responsibility to ensure you fulfill your condition(s) of admission to the Faculty of Law.

Why have you been admitted under this condition?

Our B.C.L./LL.B. program is offered on a full-time basis. Due to the demanding nature of the first year of our program in particular, the Faculty must be satisfied that you will devote your studies solely to our program. The Faculty does not permit students to be registered in our B.C.L./LL.B. program and another university program concurrently. Nor does the Faculty permit its students to register in our program on a part-time basis with a view to completing graduate studies while taking courses in our Faculty. Furthermore, the Faculty does not permit students to take leave from our program in order to complete a graduate program.

What will happen if I cannot meet this condition?

If you are unable to complete the requirements of your graduate program before registration in the B.C.L./LL.B. program, you may choose to withdraw from your graduate program in order to begin the B.C.L./LL.B. program. For this condition of admission to be removed, you are required to demonstrate that you are no longer registered in your graduate program. Therefore, please contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions about your conditional admission

Condition on French language course

As explained in your letter of admission, in order to secure your admission to our program, you must complete French language instruction prior to registration to our Faculty. The French language course must be completed before the end of the registration period (end of August).

By “completing an intensive French language instruction at the Intermediate 2 level”, we intend for you to have successfully completed a French language course with the following characteristics:

  • The course must be university-level (usually 300-level) classified as High Intermediate;
  • The course must be focused on substantive and complex reading and aural comprehension at high intermediate level;
  • Courses focused on strictly grammar or strictly on conversation would NOT meet the condition;
  • The course must be graded (i.e. evaluation based on attendance or pass/fail is not acceptable);
  • The course must be given by a University or an accredited language school;
  • An official transcript, showing level of course and grade received, must be obtained;
  • The course is such that, once successfully completed, you would be eligible to enter into an “advanced-level” French course at the same institution.

These guidelines reflect the type of language courses that have satisfied our condition in the past. It is your responsibility to ensure you fulfill your admission condition. Proof of your registration and, subsequently, proof of successful completion are required. Please contact the Admissions Office if you have any further questions about the suitability of the French language course you intend to take to meet your condition. 

Information Session

In mid-February, the Faculty of Law's Admissions office organizes an information session for candidates who have received an offer. Candidates get a tour of the faculty, meet the dean, vice-deans and professors, attend a short class in law, and pepper current McGill law students with questions. At the end of January, an invitation to the information session will be sent by email to all admitted candidates.

Accepting our offer

You must open your Minerva account. On the page: “Admission Application and Documentation Status”, select the application and then click on the link which allows you to accept offer of admission. You must pay a non-refundable deposit of 400$ by credit card. This deposit will be subtracted from your tuition fees when you register in the law program at McGill or forfeited into a financial aid fund, if you do not register. If you do not respond to this offer before the deadline indicated in your letter of admission, your place will be offered to another candidate. Note: If you have difficulties connecting to Minerva or you need to reset your password for Minerva, please contact the Minerva helpline at (514) 398-7878. Candidates who are offered admission have a period of six weeks to accept or decline the offer of admission. This delay shrinks however as we move closer to the end of the cycle of admissions.

Decision Date Reply deadline,
from date of decision
Sept. 1 – Feb. 20 By April 1
Feb. 21 – April 30 6 weeks
May 1-31 5 weeks
June 1-30 4 weeks
July 1-31 3 weeks
Aug. 1-31 2 weeks

I'm am having difficulties accepting the offer via my Minerva account. What should I do?

If you are currently registered in another program at McGill, you may encounter some difficulties accepting our offer via Minerva. These difficulties may occur because the student information system detects a conflict between your current program and the B.C.L./LL.B. program to which you have been admitted.

If you are enrolled in an undergraduate program at McGill, the conflict may arise because you have not yet declared the date on which you intend to graduate from your current program. You must declare this date on Minerva, and you should then be able to accept our offer of admission on-line.

Graduate students at McGill require the approval of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies in order to declare the date on which they intend to graduate. If you are currently enrolled in a graduate program at McGill, you must contact your department and obtain the necessary authorization so that you can be registered in two programs at the same time.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any difficulties accepting our offer of admission.



I've accepted! What's next?

Legal Documents

Proof of Residency

The fees you pay at McGill are calculated according to whether you are a Quebec resident, Canadian citizen or permanent resident, or an international student.  The Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Recherche, Science et Technologie (MESRST) requires all students to provide proof of their status. Note that Canadian citizens and Quebec Residents shall be billed as international students until proof of citizenship/residency are submitted and approved by McGill. Relevant forms and detailed information about the required legal documents can be found on Enrolment Services's Legal Documents website..

Permanent Code

The Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur, Recherche, Science et Technologie (MESRST) requires that all students who are registered in a Quebec University be assigned a “Permanent Code”.  Students who have previously attended an educational institution in Quebec have already been assigned a Permanent Code.  If you do not have a Permanent Code, the University must collect the appropriate data and documents for submission to the MESRST, so that a Permanent Code can be created for you.   If McGill does not have a Permanent Code for you, which can be viewed on Minerva from the Personal Menu, we will require a signed copy of the Permanent Code Data Form.

International students

International students should consult McGill's Office of International Student Services website for information about all services offered to international students by the university and for an overview of the immigration processes. Copies of any and all valid immigration documents (e.g. CAQ and Study Permit) must be remitted to McGill, and should be valid for any and all terms in which you are registered. Relevant forms and detailed information about the required legal documents can be found on the Enrolment Services's Legal Documents website.

Residences and Student Housing

Each year McGill welcomes 3000 undergraduates students to their dorms, apartments and shared-facilities houses. Visit then McGill students housing website.

Off Campus Housing Services

The McGill Off Campus Housing Service published lists of apartments for rent and to share, as well as rooms for rent in private homes in the vicinity of the downtown campus and close to major bus and metro lines.

Students with Disabilities

Students are encouraged to contact the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) at the time of their acceptance at McGill. If they discover that they require assistance once they are at McGill, they may also contact OSD at that time. If you feel that you will require assistance, please call and make an appointment. Visit the Office for Students with Disabilities website.

First Peoples' House

Like most "Houses" across Canada, the First Peoples's House attemps to provide a sense of community and a voice to Aboriginal students who have left their communities in order to pursue their education. Visit the First People's House website.

Proof of Enrolment

Students who require confirmation of their status at McGill can obtain a letter acknowledging they have accepted enrolment in the B.C.L./LL.B. program at the Faculty of Law. 

Prior to course registration you can request this letter by sending an email to the undergradadmissions [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Undegraduate Admission's) office.

Once you have registered for your courses you can obtain this letter by accessing your record in Minerva. For more information visit Proof of Enrolment.

Registration for first year courses and orientation

At the beginning of July, an Orientation and Registration Package will be available on the Student Affairs Office website under Orientation for new students. All students who have accepted our offer of admission will be contacted via email when the Package becomes available. If you have accepted our offer of admission and you have not yet received an email from us by the end of July, verify that your email address which you used when you submitted your application is still valid, or communicate directly with the Admissions Office. Registration for newly-admitted students for September 2014 will begin on July 8 (to be confirmed). The registration process requires three steps:

  • From July 8-July 31, you must confirm your registration for Autumn 2014 and Winter 2015. (date to be confirmed)
  • From August 1 to August 30, you must register in all your mandatory first year courses. (date to be confirmed)
  • August 28 you must attend the registration day, in person. (date to be confirmed)

You will find in your orientation and registration package all the necessary information to register in your courses on Minerva.

Get your ID card, etc.

Your package also contains instructions on how to get your ID card, a campus map, along with a calendar of key dates, the course calendar and the exam schedules.

Enjoy the Orientation Weeks!

The Law Students Association organizes various orientation activities (see http://www.lsa-aed.ca/) for new students over the course of the first two weeks of the Fall term. This is the Faculty of Law's own version of Frosh. It's a great way to meet fellow law students. Your Orientation and Registration Package will contain a calendar of activities.