Key Dates and Deadlines

McGill Universal Deadlines can be found in McGill's Important Dates website, with detailed information about the latest class schedule located under their key academic dates page.

Specific deadlines for the Faculty of Law


Fall 2021 Term

  • LAWG 110D1/D2: Integration Workshop Week runs alongside Orientation, August 30, 2021 – September 3, 2021.
  • Upper-year classes start on September 1, 2021.
  • First-year classes start on September 7, 2021.
  • Labour Day, September 6, 2021: No class
  • Add/drop deadline: September 14, 2021. See also: withdrawal information.
  • Fall Term Essay application forms are due September 8 by 15:00 (see SAO forms).
  • Undergraduate Honours Program application form is due at the SAO by Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 15:00.
  • The Fall term verification week runs September 20-24, 2021. Students MUST verify their record on Minerva and report any errors or omissions to the SAO.
  • Course Withdrawal with Refund September 21, 2021.
  • Thanksgiving Day Holiday: October 11, 2021. Classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed.
  • Fall Break: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 and Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (some exceptions apply). No Classes.
  • Fall Law Focus Week Workshops: October 18-22, 2021. ALL classes suspended (except 1st year mandatory courses). Registration for FWW (Fall term) will open on July 7th at 11:00am. See course offerings list for more information.
  • Deadline to REMOVE S/U Option for Fall 2021, October 26, 2021 *Students who selected the S/U option for one of their Fall 2021 courses can remove the S/U option up until 26 Oct 2021. See description of McGill's Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.
  • Course Withdrawal with NO Refund October 26, 2021.
  • The deadline to report an Exam Conflict is November 15, 2021. For more information, please see the SAO's Examination Policy webpage.
  • For Outgoing Exchange/Study Away programs, the application deadline for Summer 2022, Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 exchange is November 15, 2021
  • Apply to graduate on Minerva: For all undergraduate students who expect to complete their program requirements at the end of the Fall 2021 term (February 2022 graduation), the deadline to apply on Minerva is December 1, 2021.
  • Makeup Days: Thursday, October 14, 2021 and Friday, October 15, 2021
    • Thursday and Friday, October 14–15, the normal Thursday & Friday schedules of course lectures, labs, and conferences will be replaced by Monday & Tuesday schedules. To determine which courses will be taught on that day, see Key Dates.
  • Study Day(s): December 4-5, 2021
  • Last day of lectures: December 6, 2021
  • Fall examination period runs December 7 – December 21, 2021 (inclusive).
  • Applications for deferred examinations and evaluations must be made through the Student Affairs Office. Supporting documentation is required. Students must inform the SAO, prior to or within twenty-four hours of the examination, of the reasons for requesting permission to write a deferred examination.
  • Fall Term Essays, Honours progress reports and term papers are due via SAOAssignments.law [at] mcgill.ca on December 15, 2021 at 15:00 unless an earlier deadline has been imposed by the instructor. Late submissions will be subject to late penalties.
  • Take-Home exams for both BCL/JD students and graduate programs students must be downloaded and submitted within the examination period via ExamSoft. Instructors may assign specific download and submission dates & times. The last date and time to upload a completed exam is December 21, 2021 at 17:00.
  • All assignments must be handed in electronically by 15:00 unless otherwise stated by the instructor.
  • All extension requests must be submitted to the Student Affairs Office for approval (supporting documentation is required), before the original deadline. See the SAO policy on Extensions. Late submissions will be subject to late penalties.
  • All assignments submitted to the SAO are final - students will not be permitted to submit any additional work or an alternative version. Only the initial submission to the SAO will be forwarded for grading. (With permission only, a subsequent submission will be subject to a penalty of a deduction of one grading unit.)

Winter 2022 Term

The dates for courses are January 5 to April 12 (specific dates available at www.mcgill.ca/importantdates/key-dates).

  • LAWG 110D1/D2: Integration Workshop Week (Tentative Date): January 5-11, 2022 (inclusive).
  • Winter term classes start: January 5, 2022.
  • Winter Term Essay application forms are due by January 12 by 15:00 (Tentative Date) (see SAO forms).
  • Assignments:
  • All assignments must be submitted electronically before 15:00 unless otherwise stated by the instructor. Course work received after 15:00, without an approved extension, will be subject to a grading penalty
  • Extension requests must be submitted via email to the Student Affairs Office, before the original deadline. See the SAO policy on Extensions. Late submissions will be subject to late penalties.
  • All assignments submitted to the SAO are final. Students are not be permitted to submit any additional work or an alternative version. Only the initial submission to the SAO will be forwarded for grading. (With permission only, a subsequent submission will be subject to a penalty of a deduction of one grading unit.)
  • Add/drop deadline is January 18, 2022.
  • Course with refund is Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
  • Course withdrawal with NO REFUND for winter 2022 courses is March 8, 2022 on Minerva.
  • The Winter term verification week runs January 24-28, 2022. Students MUST verify their record on Minerva and report any errors or omissions to the SAO.
  • Winter Law Focus Week Workshops: February 21-25, 2022. ALL classes suspended (except 1st year mandatory courses). See course offerings list for more information.
  • Apply to graduate on Minerva before February 28, 2022: deadline to apply to graduate on Minerva for all undergraduate students who expect to complete their program requirements at the end of the Winter 2022 term (Spring 2022 Convocation).
  • Study Break: February 28 – March 4, 2022.
  • The deadline to report an exam conflict is March 15, 2022 via SAO.law [at] mcgill.ca. For more information, please see the SAO's Examination Policy.
  • The deadline to submit Clerkship Application is April 8, 2022
  • EASTER holiday. No classes or exams. Administrative offices closed. April 15-18, 2022
  • Last day of Lectures: April 12, 2022.
  • Study day(s): April 9-10 & 15-18, 2022
  • Winter examination period runs April 13 - April 29, 2022 (inclusive).
  • Applications for deferred examinations and evaluations must be made through the Student Affairs Office. Supporting documentation is required. Students must inform the SAO, prior to or within twenty-four hours of the examination, of the reasons for requesting permission to write a deferred examination.
  • Undergraduate Honours Theses must be submitted by the end of the fourth academic year: April 25 at 15:00 via SAOAssignments.law [at] mcgill.ca
  • Winter term essays, Honours progress reports and term papers are due via SAOAssignments.law [at] mcgill.ca on April 25 at 15:00 unless an earlier deadline has been imposed by the instructor. Late submissions will be subject to late penalties.
  • Take-Home exams for both Undergraduate Students and Graduate Students must be downloaded and submitted within the examination period via ExamSoft. Instructors may assign specific download and submission dates & times. The last date and time to upload a completed exam is April 29, 2021 at 5:00pm.

Summer 2021 Term

Last day to add/drop a course
(with refund)*

4th SCHEDULED CLASS

*The add/drop deadline might differ for intensive courses; please consult the course description for details.

Last day to withdraw from a course
(no refund)**

9th SCHEDULED CLASS

**The withdrawal deadline might differ for intensive courses; please consult the course description for details.

*Due to the intensive nature of Focus Week Workshop courses, the standard add/drop and withdrawal deadlines do not apply. Add/drop is the first lecture day and withdrawal is the second lecture day.*

  • Apply to graduate on Minerva before May 1, 2021: deadline to apply to graduate on Minerva for all undergraduate students who expect to complete their program requirements at the end of the Summer 2021 term (Fall 2020 Convocation).
  • Summer Term Essay applications are due by May 26, 2021 by 15:00 (see SAO forms).
  • Assignments:
    • All assignments must be submitted electronically before 15:00 unless otherwise stated by the instructor. Course work received after 15:00, without an approved extension, will be subject to a grading penalty
    • Extension requests must be submitted via email to the Student Affairs Office, before the original deadline. See the SAO policy on Extensions. Late submissions will be subject to late penalties.
    • All assignments submitted to the SAO are final. Students are not be permitted to submit any additional work or an alternative version. Only the initial submission to the SAO will be forwarded for grading. (With permission only, a subsequent submission will be subject to a penalty of a deduction of one grading unit.)
  • National Patriots’ Day holiday: May 24, 2021. Classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed.
  • La Fête Nationale du Québec holiday : June 24, 2021. Classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed. Libraries closed.
  • Canada Day holiday: July 1, 2021. Classes cancelled. Administrative offices closed. Libraries closed.
  • Summer examinations: Refer to the Summer 2021 Course Offerings document.
  • Applications for deferred examinations and evaluations must be made through the Student Affairs Office. Supporting documentation is required. Students must inform the SAO, prior to or within twenty-four hours of the examination, of the reasons for requesting permission to write a deferred examination.
  • Summer term essays, Honours progress reports and term papers are due via SAOAssignments.law [at] mcgill.ca on August 18, 2021 at 15:00 unless an earlier deadline has been imposed by the instructor. Late submissions will be subject to late penalties.

(*Students starting l’école du barreau in September will need to submit by 15:00 on August 2, 2021.)

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