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Applications and Supporting documents deadlines

Law at McGill is a limited enrollment program and thus admission is competitive. Statistics show that the number of applications is approximately eight times greater than the number of available places. Each year the Faculty admits approximately 178 new students.

The on-line application is available as of September 1st.  Deadlines vary by category of admission. Candidates must take the time to identify the category in which they must apply.

Deadlines must be respected. Late applications are not accepted. There are no exceptions.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and submit all required supporting documents as early as possible in the process and in advance of their relevant deadlines.

Note: First-year, transfer, and advanced-standing students may only enter the program in September.

 

All supporting documents should be uploaded via Minerva (with the exception of reference letters, which must be submitted in accordance with specific instructions for referees on our website) by the deadlines listed below. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all supporting documents are uploaded via Minerva by the deadlines listed below. Applicants who are unable to upload their documents online may send them via post or courier, in which case the documents must be postmarked or delivered on or before their appropriate deadlines listed below.

Incomplete applications will not be circulated to the Admissions Committee. Incomplete applications will be cancelled the day following the supporting document submission deadlines.

Where a deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, the effective deadline will be the following business day.

 

Applicants to Upper Year
(January 2014
entrance)

Application Deadline Supporting document submission deadline
Visiting May 1, 2013 June 15, 2013
Exchange May 1, 2013 June 15, 2013

Chambres des notaires & Comité des équivalences

October 1, 2013 December 1, 2013
Special students December 1, 2013 December 8, 2013

Applicants to First Year
(September 2014 entrance)
Application deadline Supporting document submission deadline
University & Mature November 1, 2013 November 8, 2013
Cegep & Quebec French
Baccalaureate (Collège Marie de France and Collège Stanislas)
March 1, 2014 March 7, 2014

Applicants to Upper Year
(September 2014 entrance)
Application Deadline Supporting document submission deadline
Advanced-Standing November 1,
2013
January 15, 2014
Visiting May 1, 2014 June 15, 2014
Exchange April 15, 2014 May 1, 2014
Chambres des notaires & Comité des équivalences May 1, 2014 July 1, 2014
Transfer May 1, 2014 June 15, 2014
Special students August 1, 2014 August 8, 2014

Applicants to Upper Year
(January 2015 entrance)
Application Deadline Supporting document submission deadline
Visiting May 1, 2014 June 15, 2014
Exchange April 15, 2014 May 1, 2014

Chambres des notaires & Comité des équivalences

October 1, 2014 December 1, 2014
Special students December 1, 2014 December 8, 2014

First Nations, Inuit and Metis students - Please refer to our admissions policy for native applicants.

Application to our law program requires preparation, planning and reflection. You should apply for admission only if you will be available and able to start our program on the date you are applying for. Indeed, if admitted, you will be expected to start your course on the date and term for which you applied and as indicated on your admission offer letter. Because of the small enrolment of our program and the competition of admission, the Faculty of Law does not normally accept requests for deferral entry. In particular, international candidates are responsible to ensure they will have a valid status to study in Canada (i.e. student visa, permanent residency) before registration and should plan the timing of their application accordingly.

University applicants

A University Applicant to McGill's Faculty of Law must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time university studies (60 credits), at the time of registration. This category includes applicants who, at time of registration, will have completed more than one year of university studies in addition to a Diploma of Collegial Studies (D.C.S.).

Please note that, while candidates who have completed 60 credits are eligible to apply to the B.C.L./LL.B. program, the strength of the university applicant pool is such that the Faculty rarely admits candidates who will not have completed an undergraduate degree at the time of registration.

Deadline for submitting application: November 1
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: November 8

Mature applicants

A mature applicant is defined as an individual who has interrupted his or her formal education for a minimum of five years. Applicants who qualify as mature must apply in this category. There is no predetermined number of mature candidates admitted in a given year. A mature applicant is normally expected to have completed a D.C.S. (Diploma of Collegial Studies) from a CEGEP or two years (60 credits) of university studies. Mature applicants who are regarded as potentially admissible following a review of their file may be required to attend an interview.

In addition to all official post-secondary transcripts, mature applicants are required to submit a detailed résumé of their non-academic experience along with letters of reference from persons who are familiar with their academic potential. The candidate should seek to demonstrate his or her ability to meet the demands of law studies, to reason and analyze, and to express him/herself well both orally and in writing.


Deadline for submitting application: November 1
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: November 8

CEGEP and Quebec French Baccalaureate (Collèges international Marie de France and Stanislas) Applicants

Candidates may apply on the basis of a Diploma of Collegial Studies (D.C.S.) from a CEGEP, or a Quebec French Baccalaureate (Q.F.B.). This category includes candidates who will have completed up to one year of university studies in addition to the D.C.S. or Q.F.B. at the time of registration.

Candidates who will have completed a French Baccalaureate or an International Baccalaureate Diploma outside the province of Quebec, must have completed a minimum of two years of full-time university studies (60 credits), at the time of registration, to be eligible to apply to our program.

Cegep/Q.F.B. candidates are not eligible to apply to the joint degree programs.

Cegep/Q.F.B. candidates who are regarded as potentially admissible following review of their file are required to attend an interview.

Deadline for submitting application: March 1
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: March 7

Advanced-standing applicants

Applicants who hold a law degree from a Canadian or foreign university recognized by McGill must apply for admission to the B.C.L./LL.B. program under the Advanced Standing category, unless applying under the Comité des équivalences category (see Comité des équivalences). There are a limited number of places available for Advanced Standing applicants. Applications are evaluated using the same criteria as applications to the first year of the B.C.L./LL.B. program, with particular attention to performance in law studies.

Successful applicants must complete a minimum of 75 credits at McGill and undertake the integrated B.C.L./LL.B. program. It is not possible to obtain either the B.C.L. or the LL.B. degree on its own. The Associate Dean (Academic) determines equivalences for previous studies.

Note: Advanced-standing candidates applying from the French educational system must have obtained a license (licence en droit) in order to be eligible; candidates holding only a D.E.U.G. are not eligible.

Deadline for submitting application: November 1
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: January 15

Visiting students (non-McGill law degree) - Letters of Permission

Students who have completed two years of studies at another law faculty who wish, for academic or personal reasons, to spend a term at McGill may be admitted as a Visiting Student. The Faculty endeavours to accommodate qualified students who are in good standing in their own faculties, where student numbers at McGill permit.

Students from other law faculties who would like to attend McGill as a Visiting Student must apply through the Admissions Office. Their application must include a Letter of Permission from their home university. The Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning) makes decisions on these applications. Accepted students must arrange their academic program with the Associate Dean (Academic).

  • NOTE: Courses taken by Visiting Students cannot be credited toward a McGill law degree.

Deadline for submitting application: May 1
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: June 15

Exchange students — coming to McGill (non-McGill law degree)

Students registered in degree programs in law at universities that have an official exchange agreement with McGill University or with the Faculty of Law may apply as Exchange Students. In addition, McGill participates in a number of exchange programs through CREPUQ (la Conférence des Recteurs et Principaux des Universités du Québec). McGill's exchange partners are listed on McGill University's website: mcgill.ca/students/international/studyabroad

Students participating in an exchange must fill out the on-line application form. There is no application fee for these candidates.

Exchange Students are selected and officially nominated by their home universities. Please note that home university internal application deadlines may vary. McGill considers applicants on an individual basis; the minimum entrance requirement is generally a cumulative B average or its equivalent. Decisions on applications for exchange are made by the Assistant Dean (Student Life and Learning). Admission decisions on exchange applications are final; there is no reconsideration process.

The Faculty has a limited number of places for Exchange Students, and entrance into courses which have enrolment limits or require the permission of the instructor is not guaranteed.

  • Courses taken by Exchange Students cannot be credited toward a McGill law degree.

Deadline for submitting application: April 15
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: May 1

Applicants from Comité des équivalences / Chambre des notaires (non-McGill law degree)

The Faculty accepts applications from candidates who hold a law degree from a Canadian or foreign university recognized by McGill and who are seeking to fulfil the requirements of the Comité des équivalences of the Barreau du Québec or of the Chambre des notaires, in order to practice in Quebec. Successful applicants must have the final decision of the Comité des équivalences or the Chambre des notaires in hand at the time of registration.

  • This is a non-degree program: students wishing to obtain the B.C.L./LL.B. degrees should apply under the Advanced Standing category.
  • The Faculty does not consider candidates applying to fulfill the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation.
  • Courses taken by Comité des équivalences / Chambre des notaires Students cannot be credited toward a McGill law degree.

Deadline for submitting application: May 1 (September entrance), October 1 (January entrance)
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: July 1 (September entrance), December 1 (January entrance)

Transfer students

Students who have successfully completed at least one year of full-time studies in an undergraduate program at another Canadian law faculty may apply for admission as a Transfer Student. There are a limited number of places available for Transfer Students. Transfer applications are evaluated according to the criteria for admission to the first year of the B.C.L./LL.B. program. Particular attention is paid to performance in law studies and reasons for requesting a transfer.

Successful Transfer applicants must complete a minimum of 75 credits at McGill. The Associate Dean (Academic) determines credit for previous studies. In most cases, Transfer Students will be required to take the transsystemic first-year courses – Contractual Obligations and Extra-Contractual Obligations/Torts – in order to meet McGill’s degree requirements. Candidates will not receive credit for courses in obligations, contract or tort taken during a first year completed at another faculty.

  • Transfer students should forward transcripts of Winter term results as soon as they become available. Transfer applications cannot be evaluated without these results.
  • Candidates registered in a law certificate are not eligible to apply under the Transfer category.  These candidates must apply in the University, Mature or CEGEP category.  Courses completed in a certificate in law program cannot be credited toward a McGill law degree.
  • Students who are not in good standing or who have been required to withdraw at the end of their first year at another Canadian law faculty are not eligible to transfer to McGill.
  • The online application is available from September 1 until November 1 for this category, even though the deadline for submitting an application is May 1. To submit a paper application in this category after November 1, please contact the undergradadmissions [dot] law [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Undergraduate Admissions) .

Deadline for submitting application: May 1
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: June 15

Special students

The Faculty will exceptionally permit a limited number of candidates not actively pursuing a law degree to apply as Special Students. Students registered in other universities, and candidates not actively pursuing a university degree, may apply to take certain courses within the Faculty.

Special Student status will be granted to applicants who provide compelling academic or professional reasons for taking law courses and who successfully demonstrate the capacity to undertake the requirements of the requested course(s). Status will be granted only where sufficient course space is available.

Special Students are limited to a maximum of 6 credits per term, and to 12 credits in total. Important information about this category:

  • McGill students registered in a faculty other than law, who, for exceptional reasons related to their program of study, wish to enroll in a Faculty of Law course, must obtain the permission of the Associate Dean (Academic) and the course instructor. Such students need not fill out the online application. The form "Application to register in law courses for McGill Students" is available on the Law Student Affairs Office website.
  • Students registered in other Quebec universities who wish to take certain courses within the Faculty must apply through "CREPUQ (Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec)". Such students need not fill out the online application.
  • Courses taken by Special Students will not be credited toward a McGill law degree.
  • Students wishing to obtain a McGill law degree and students recently refused admission to a degree program in the Faculty of Law will not be admitted as Special Students.
  • The Faculty does not consider Special Student applications from candidates seeking to fulfill the requirements of the National Committee on Accreditation.

The list of courses offered by the Faculty of Law is available from the Student Affairs Office website under Current courses and registration.

All mandatory undergraduate courses for the B.C.L./LL.B. program (see list below) and graduate courses (600 level) are not open to special students:

  • Civil Law Property PRV1 144
  • Constitutional Law PUB2 101
  • Contractual Obligations LAWG 100
  • Extra-Contractual Obligations LAWG 101
  • Foundations of Canadian Law PUB3 116
  • Introductory Legal Research PRAC 147
  • Advanced Civil Law Obligations PROC 200
  • Advanced Common Law Obligations PRV3 200
  • Common Law Property PRV4 144
  • Legal Ethics and Advocacy PRAC 155
  • Criminal Law PUB2 111
  • Judicial Institutions and Civil Procedure PROC 124

Deadline for submitting application: August 1 (September entrance), December 1 (January entrance)
Deadline for submitting supporting documents: August 8 (September entrance), December 8 (January entrance)