The Faculty of Law has a strong exchange program, consisting of partnerships with leading institutions around the world. Approximately 25% of undergraduate law students participate in an exchange or study abroad semester.
If you are a McGill law student who is interested in participating in an exchange, consult the Law students from McGill section below.
If you are a law student from another institution who is interested in coming to McGill on exchange, see the Law students from abroad section below.
Exchange information for law students from McGill
Second Round Applications
**Students may now apply for the second round of exchanges** (Updated: April 22, 2013)
Students who wish to apply for an exchange during the Winter 2014 semester may apply on Minerva until May 6 2013 at 23:59. Students may apply to one of the following universities:
- University of Toronto, Canada
- University of British Columbia, Canada
- Fudan University, China
- CIDE, Mexico
- Panamericana, Mexico
Students must fill out the online application form on Minerva AND submit a CV by email to stephanie [dot] nowak [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Ms. Stephanie Nowak). Applications should be addressed to the Assistant Dean, Student Life & Learning (Aisha Topsakal). Students will be informed of the result of their application by email by May 10. Once the Faculty nominates you for an exchange, you will then receive instructions on how to apply directly to your host institution. The final admissions decision rests with the host university.
B.C.L./LL.B. students have the option of spending one semester during their third or fourth year at an exchange partner institution or another university. Students interested in participating in an exchange and study abroad program during the 2013-2014 academic year are strongly encouraged to attend the exchange information session that will be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in the Moot Court. If you wish to be considered for an exchange during Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Winter 2014, you must apply by Friday, November 23, 2012.
**Please note: The Minerva application is NOW CLOSED.**
For all exchange and study abroad programs, students must fill out the online application form on Minerva AND submit a CV via myFuture (apply to the "Exchanges 2013-2014" posting under the "Jobs" tab). Applications should be addressed to the Assistant Dean, Student Life & Learning (Aisha Topsakal). Students are typically informed of the result of their application by email in January. Once the Faculty nominates you for an exchange, you will then receive instructions on how to apply directly to your host institution. The final admissions decision rests with the host university.
If any exchange spots are left after our first round of nominations, we will accept a second round of applications in May 2013 (for the Winter 2014 semester only).
Important information for 2013-2014 applicants
Please visit the McGill Student Exchanges and Study Abroad (SESA) website and read the "How to apply" section carefully. Note the Faculty of Law application deadlines are much earlier than the rest of McGill. Also, unlike other McGill students, you do not have to indicate your exchange course selection at the application stage.
For more information, please read the following exchange application documents:
- Exchange and Study Away Application Procedures 2013-2014
- List of Exchange Partners 2013-2014
- How much does it cost?
Exchange Information Session
Students planning to go on exchange or study abroad must attend the Exchanges information session to be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00 in the Moot Court.
For all 2013-2014 exchange and study away programs (Summer term 2013, Fall term 2013, Winter term 2014 and Full year), students must apply by Friday, November 23, 2012. Should any spots remain available, second round applications for Winter 2014 exchanges will be due on Monday, May 6, 2013. The application is a simple two-step process. 1) Fill in the appropriate Minerva online application ("Exchange" or "Visiting Student" or both). 2) Your CV must be submitted electronically to the Assistant Dean, Student Life & Learning via myFuture (look for the "Exchanges 2013-2014" posting under the "Jobs" tab).
Please note that Minerva may send you an automated reply instructing you to bring your CV to the SAO - disregard these instructions! The entire exchange application is now online.
The Faculty of Law and McGill University have entered into a number of bilateral exchange agreements with several universities around the world. The complete list of McGill's partner institutions may be found on the website of the McGill Student Exchanges and Study Abroad (SESA) Office. You are welcome to apply for an exchange at any of the universities listed on the SESA website - provided, of course, that they have a law faculty! When selecting your preferences, keep in mind that we have guaranteed exchange spots for McGill law students with the partners listed below (bilateral exchange partners, NACLE partners, CREPUQ members).
Bilateral exchange agreements (reserved space for law students):
- University of Melbourne
- University of New South Wales
- Canada: University of British Columbia
- China: Fudan University
- Denmark: University of Copenhagen
- France: Institut d’études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) (Master de droit économique).
- Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong
- Italy: Università di Torino
- Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
- Universiteit Maastricht
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Singapore: National University of Singapore
- Spain: Universitat de Barcelona
- Sweden: Lund University
- United Kingdom: University of Edinburgh (full-year exchange)
- United States: Vermont Law School (Environmental Law Center)
North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE)
In addition, the Faculty is a member of the North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) which allows students to study at a number of American and Mexican institutions. For more information on NACLE, please consult the NACLE website.
- Universidad Panamericana
- Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
- United States:
- George Washington University
- University of Arizona
- University of Houston
Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ)
McGill University is part of a multilateral exchange agreement established through the Conférence des recteurs et principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ). For a complete list of CREPUQ partners, visit the Programmes d’échanges d’étudiants de la CREPUQ site.
The Faculty of Law has, over the years, established privileged relationships with the following CREPUQ partners:
- Université d’Aix-Marseille III
- Université de Grenoble II
- Université Paris I
Other institutions with no established programs ("visiting student")
Students may also request permission to study for one term at an institution with which there is no established exchange program. If permission is granted, the student is responsible for applying directly to the host institution and must pay the host's tuition fees. As a general rule, law students who wish to complete a term at another institution will be expected to choose from one of the existing exchange programs. In order to attend another university as a visiting student, one must have sound academic or personal reasons for wanting to study at that institution.
For all 2013-2014 exchange and study abroad programs, students must complete the online Minerva application and submit a CV via myFuture (look for the "Exchanges 2013-2014" posting) by Friday, November 23, 2012. Students will be informed of the result of their application in early January.
The decision to grant permission to a student to participate in an exchange or a study abroad program is based on the student’s reasons for wanting to undertake law studies at the host institution, and the student’s academic record in the Faculty of Law. Students can only go on exchange in their 3rd or 4th year of the B.C.L./LL.B. In addition, students are required to have a minimum CGPA of 2.70.
Please note: Students who are applying to an American University and need funding should apply for the Killam Fellowship. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2013. We strongly recommend that you prepare, in advance, all necessary documents for this funding opportunity if you are applying to an American University.
Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) Aisha Topsakal, in consultation with the student, will establish the student's curriculum of study for the exchange or study abroad program. At the start of their exchange semester, students must obtain confirmation from the Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) that the courses they have selected are approved for credit towards their McGill degrees. Students are expected to take the equivalent of 15 McGill credits during their exchange.
Upon receipt of an official transcript sent directly by the student's host institution, successfully completed transfer credits are entered on the McGill transcript (without grades) and are credited towards the law program.
Exchange information for law students from abroad
To apply to McGill Law as an exchange or visiting student
All questions regarding coming on exchange to the Faculty of Law of McGill University should be directed to the International Studies/Study Abroad Office of your home university. Every year, our exchange partners are sent a reminder that outlines McGill's Student Exchanges application requirements. McGill University will only review exchange applications that are formally submitted to us by the exchange coordinators of exchange partner universities.
If your home university does not have an exchange agreement with McGill or if you have not been selected by your home university to study abroad under an exchange agreement, you may apply to the Faculty of Law as a Visiting student through the Undergraduate Law Admissions Office (see the Visiting student paragraph) or undergradadmissions [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email them) .
You have been accepted as an exchange student to the Faculty of Law
Congratulations on your acceptance: we look forward to welcoming you at McGill.
For complete pre-departure information, please consult McGill’s International Student Services website, where you can download the McGill Pre-Departure Guide, which is updated yearly.
You will find also find useful information on McGill's Study Abroad website.
Exchange students accepted to the Faculty of Law must make an advising appointment with the Assistant Dean, Student Life and Learning, Aisha Topsakal, to arrange their course selection. To make an appointment, students should email info [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (the SAO) .
Frequently asked questions by students coming from abroad
- How do I log onto Minerva?
- How do I find out if I have been accepted to the exchange program?
- When can I register for courses?
- Where do I find information on courses offered at McGill?
- How many credits should I register for?
- How can I register for a full course load if many of the courses that I'm interested in have reached their registration limit?
- Can I register in any undergraduate courses?
- Can I register in graduate courses?
- I have asked for on-campus accommodation and have received no confirmation of a reservation. Whom should I contact?
- Does McGill have a list of off-campus apartments?
How do I log onto Minerva?
- Go to Minerva.
- Click on the Login icon on the sidebar.
- Log in using your McGill student number and Personal Identification number (PIN), which were provided to you in the application acknowledgment notice which you received by e-mail. Your McGill student number also appears on your letter of acceptance.
- If you forget your PIN or have lost your McGill student number, call the Minerva Help Desk at 514-398-4474.
How do I find out if I have been accepted to the exchange program?
- Log in to your Minerva record, select Applicant Menu > View Application Status.
- Click on your application(s) to display information, including the status.
- Once your offer appears on this status page, confirm or decline our offer of admission using Minerva.
When can I register for courses?
- Once you have confirmed our offer of admission using Minerva, you will be able to register for your courses.
- Registration for exchange students will open on Minerva in mid-July, for both Fall and Winter courses.
- You may register for courses until mid September (inclusive) for Fall term courses, and until mid January (inclusive) for Winter term courses.
- Registration how-to information can be found on Minerva for students: registration step-by-step.
Where do I find information on courses offered at McGill?
You will find information on law courses offered, on our Current course information page. Complete course descriptions, including information on the method of evaluation and the schedule, are detailed in the Course Offerings document found on our Current course information page.
How many credits should I register for?
The average course load consists of 12 to 15 credits per term; a minimum course load of 12 credits per term is required to attain full-time status.
How can I register for a full course load if many of the courses that I'm interested in have reached their registration limit?
- You should keep trying to register on Minerva for the courses you wish to take, in the event that space becomes available in those courses. This is most likely to happen during the course change period, which takes place each term during the first two weeks of classes.
- Upon arrival in Montréal, you will meet with the Assistant Dean (Internal Affairs) to complete your course selection, in keeping with the requirements of your home faculty. Admission to your preferred courses is probable, although not guaranteed.
Can I register in any undergraduate courses?
You may register in most upper-year undergraduate courses. Special permission is required for first-year courses.
A few courses are not available to exchange students. Check the course descriptions in the current Course Offerings document found on our Current course information page, where such a restriction will appear under Maximum Enrolment.
Can I register in graduate courses?
Exchange students may register in a maximum of one graduate level course each semester, with permission of the Assistant Dean (Student Life & Learning). These courses are listed in the Course Offerings document found on our Current course information page. Note that some graduate courses are not open to undergraduate students. Registration for graduate courses cannot be done through Minerva.
I have asked for on-campus accommodation and have received no confirmation of a reservation. Whom should I contact?
- If you requested on-campus housing, check on Minerva after you have been admitted to McGill to see if we have been able to offer you housing. On-campus accommodation for exchange students is not guaranteed.
- To check the status of your accommodation request, or to have your name put on a waitlist, please contact Residences and Student Housing, at 514-398-6368, or Graduate Housing Office, at 514-398-6050.
Does McGill have a list of off-campus apartments?
- You will find an on-line listing of apartments available in Montréal on the McGill's Off Campus Housing website.
- Please note that you must have been admitted to McGill in order to access the Housing Lists shown in this website, and must have confirmed our offer of admission.