Student Aid

Scholarships and awards for BCL/JD students
Indigenous student financial assistance
Enriched Educational Opportunities funding
LLM and DCL students
McGill Student Aid
Tuition and fees

Scholarships and awards for BCL/JD students

The Faculty's Prizes and Scholarships Committee awards scholarships and prizes to outstanding students in upper years. There are also travelling fellowships available to McGill Law BCL/LLB and BCL/JD alumni pursuing graduate studies at other law schools, or for professional training. Many BCL/JD students receive a scholarship or prize carrying financial remuneration at some time during their studies. Finally, BCL/JD students wishing to present their research at a conference can apply for a travel grant. Close to 100 faculty awards are available through:

  1. Entrance scholarships for those with strong academic standing and/or demonstrated financial need. All accepted candidates are automatically considered for Faculty of Law entrance scholarships: there is no need to apply. See the Faculty of Law's BCL/JD Studies page on Tuition and Financial Support. CEGEP students applying to the Faculty of Law are strongly encouraged to apply for University Entrance Scholarships.
  2. Prizes, awards, and bursaries for students achieving academic excellence and making contributions to the life of the Faculty. See Faculty prizes and scholarships for BCL/JD students. Some of the prizes have a discretionary component and candidates must be nominated.
  3. McGill Law Research Travel Grants are aimed at BCL/JD students who have been accepted to present at a conference to help pay for travel and accommodation. Visit the Faculty of Law's Student Research page to find out more.
  4. Prizes and scholarships for post-graduate studies are destined for those who are intent on pursuing further studies. Descriptions of the awards and travelling fellowships are found on Faculty prizes and scholarships for BCL/JD students.

Indigenous student financial assistance

McGill has established a funding program for Indigenous students, made possible in part to Indspire, an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous peoples of Canada.

Need-based funding for Enriched Educational Opportunities

Enriched Educational Opportunities (EEOs) are high quality mobility or work experience opportunities that take place outside of the classroom and are officially recognized by the Faculty. The University has provided the Scholarships and Student Aid Office with special funding to pilot a need-based EEO Bursary Program.  Bursaries are non-repayable forms of financial assistance based on demonstrated financial need.

If you are a full-time undergraduate already receiving need-based aid from a government student financial assistance program and/or McGill’s Bursary & Loan Program, you may qualify for a bursary to help defray the additional costs associated with these extra opportunities. For more information, eligibility requirements and how to apply, please visit the Scholarships & Student Aid website. 

In the context of Law, the Faculty will provide supporting documentation as well as ensure recognition on transcript or co-curricular record for the following EEO opportunities:

  • Unpaid Internships
  • Major Internships
  • Legal Clinic Course
  • Student Clerkships
  • International Human Rights Internships
  • Independent Human Rights Internships

Request a letter from the SAO:

Please contact the SAO.law [at] mcgill.ca for advance written approval (including any pledged funding) of a potential opportunity, or if you have further questions about recording your successfully completed opportunity on your transcript or co-curricular record. When contacting the SAO, students should include their offer letter for the opportunity they wish to receive funding for.

Students should contact the SAO by the following deadlines:

  • March 15: For opportunities that will take place between May 15 and August 31
  • June 15: For opportunities that will take place between September 1 and January 14
  • December 1: opportunities that will take place between January 15 and May 14

Written report - after the opportunity has been completed:

Students who receive EEO funding will be required to send the SAO a 1,500 word report of their experience by the following deadlines:

  • September 1: For opportunities that will take place between May 15 and August 31
  • January 30: For opportunities that will take place between September 1 and January 14
  • May 30: opportunities that will take place between January 15 and May 14

LLM and DCL students

Visit the Faculty of Law's Graduate Studies page on Tuition and Financial Support for info on funding support, McGill-level and Faculty-level funding, differential fee waivers, loans & bursaries, as well as some external funding. You will also find information in McGill's Scholarships and Student Aid section for graduate students.

McGill Student Aid

Current BCL/JD students may apply for need-based financial aid through the Financial Aid menu on Minerva. This program of in-course bursaries and loans is designed to help current full time degree students facing financial challenges, by supplementing existing financial resources. Once you have completed your on-line application, you will need to book an appointment with a counsellor; please make sure to contact the telephone number provided after you submit your application on Minerva.

Don't forget to look at the McGill Student Aid's section on other possible sources of funding, which includes funding for Indigenous students, student athletes, students with disabilities, students who are current and former foster youth, and more.

Furthermore, McGill University provides a variety of financial assistance to students. You will find information about government aid programs, McGill loans and bursaries, scholarship funding, debt management, individualized budget counselling, from the McGill Student Aid.

Tuition and fees

Tuition for the BCL/JD Program is based on the number of credits taken. The Tuition & Fee Calculator reflects a normal course load of 30 credits per year (note that the first year curriculum is 32 credits over two terms). The $400 deposit goes towards first year tuition.

Part-time students will be charged tuition fees at the per-credit rate, and will be subject to student society fees, student services fees, registration and transcripts charges, and information technology charges. To view the latest schedule of fees and to get further information regarding student fees, please refer to McGill's Student Accounts site.

If you require help with tuition and fees, check out Student Accounts' Awards and financial assistance section as well.

McGill University has replaced printed paper bills with e-Billing. All charges to your account, including tuition, fees, health insurance, housing fees and other miscellaneous charges are on your e-bill. You will receive a notification via your official McGill email each time a new e-bill is ready. You can view your e-bill by logging in to Minerva with your McGill ID and PIN or by signing on to myMcGill.

If you are an international student, the Quebec Ministry of Education has defined are nine categories of exemption from international tuition fees. Find out more on McGill Legal Documents' page on International Fee Exemptions.

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