Registration & Orientation for Newly-Admitted Students

If you've just received a letter of offer of admission, make sure to read Law Admissions: Newly admitted students to find out what you need to know and do. Before arriving, new students are invited by email to read the information below regarding registration and orientation.

To all First Year students joining us in fall 2018: at this time, you are not permitted to register for courses; if you have, you will automatically be un-registered. Information regarding Course Registration will be sent with your orientation package.  

Welcome to the Faculty of Law!

Félicitations!  You are about to embark on an incredible journey of learning and discovery. You are probably wondering what you need to do next. Below is an overview of items to keep in mind as you begin your Law journey: what to register for, how to seek academic advising and support, how to collect your McGill ID, orientation, and more! Keep checking back here as we continue to update our website.

Please browse our website to learn about the BCL/LLB program requirements, the possibility of a Major, Minor or Honours program, academic accommodations and more. For the calendar of student key dates, course calendars, and exam schedules, please refer to the Courses & Registration page.If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email [at]

** Please see the PDF icon 1L Handbook for all of the information you need to know about your program, resources available to you at McGill, and much more! 

Registration 2017-2018

Key Dates:

  • Week of July 10, 2017: Tous les nouveaux élèves sont assignés à un groupe pour l’inscription aux cours de première année. Vous recevrez un courriel avec votre numéro de groupe et les sections de cours auxquelles vous pourrez vous inscrire. All students will be registering for all 1L required courses, but students may only register in the sections assigned to their group. Information about the different sections can be found on our Course Offerings website. Note that all first year courses are full-year courses and span the fall and winter terms. 
  • July 18, 2017 at 9 am: Vous pourrez vous inscrire aux cours à partir de cette date. You can register only in the sections that are assigned to you, as described in the document you will receive the week of July 10. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to register for your courses on Minerva.
  • August 29, 2017 at 9:15am: First day of orientation at the Faculty of Law. Confirmez votre inscription à la faculté. C'est obligatoire. Should you fail to register in person, we will assume you no longer want to attend McGill Law, and we will give your place to another candidate.
  • September 19, 2017: Date limite pour modifier votre horaire sans pénalité.

Please familiarize yourself with the University's calendar of important dates, and the Faculty's calendar of important dates.

Integration Weeks

Integration Week will provide you with an introduction to law and legal studies here at the Faculty and provide you with the building blocks upon which to embark on your legal education. You will be introduced to foundational legal texts, traditions and concepts that will aid your integration into the Faculty. There will be plenary sessions in the morning and small group workshops in the afternoon. Participation in all activities of Integration Week is mandatory.

During the first week of both the Fall and the Winter terms, all 1L students will be participating in Integration Week. Attendance is mandatory. Should you need to miss class, prior approval from the SAO is required, and supporting documentation will be needed. During those weeks, students attend only their LAWG 110 D1/D2 Integration Workshop course and Small Group Teaching section. No other 1L courses will be held during Integration Week.

Integration Week - Fall 2017: September 5-11, 2017 (September 4 is a holiday)

Mandatory lectures include:

  • Tuesday, September 5: Plenary session (10h30-12h30) & Tutorial Session (14h00-16h00)
  • Wednesday, September 6 to Monday, September 11: Plenary session (10h30-12h30) & Tutorial Session (14h30-16h00)

Integration Week - Winter 2018: January 8-12, 2018

Academic Advising & Student Resources provided by the Faculty of Law

Vous avez des questions à propos de votre programme, les examens, des extensions, des accommodations? Perhaps you are struggling to deal with depression, anxiety, financial problems or any other personal problems - support is available. Unsure of where to turn? Venez visiter votre SAÉ au 4e étage ou envoyez vos disponibilités au [at] pour prendre rendez-vous avec Nancy Czemmel, Directrice (études et vie étudiante), Vanessa Morelli, Conseillère (affaires étudiantes) ou Giosi Rota, Conseillère (affaires étudiantes).  The SAO will point you in the direction of the right resources. For our office hours, please see the front page of our website.

The following are student resources provided by the Faculty of Law Student Affairs Office. Click each title to learn more!

Student ID, Name, Fees & OPUS Card

Student ID

Après avoir confirmé votre inscription en ligne, vous pourrez vous procurer une carte étudiante de l’Université McGill au Point de service/Service Point. Cette dernière donne accès aux nombreux services essentiels offerts sur le campus. Nous vous conseillons d’obtenir votre carte dans les plus brefs délais.

You may obtain your student ID card at the times and places indicated on the Service Point website. Please note that you must wait at least 24 hours following registration for at least one course in order to get your card. Be sure to bring the following information or documentation with you:

• McGill Student Number (e.g. on your letter of acceptance)
• One piece of government-issued photo ID

Important: ID cards will not be issued if any of the above documents are missing.

For more information:

Preferred First Name

Your preferred first name is the name by which you are normally addressed, and can be different than your legal first name. The Preferred First Name Procedure enables students to use an alternate preferred first name for certain purposes while studying at McGill. Students who wish to use a Preferred First Name should enter this information into Minerva as soon as possible in order to ensure that their preferred first name is used as widely as possible.

The preferred first name will appear on:

  • McGill I.D. cards
  • Minerva Class lists
  • Student Advising Transcripts
  • Display Name in Outlook and Office 365
  • McGill email alias (see instructions)
  • Change in Summer 2017- myCourses
  • Change in Summer 2017- myFuture

The student’s legal name appears on:

  • Official university transcripts
  • Reports to government
  • Letters of attestation
  • Diplomas and certificates
  • Tuition fee e-bills
  • Tax receipts

It is important to note that making a request to use a preferred first name at McGill does not change a student’s legal name in the McGill student record or records with government authorities.

You can provide a preferred first name on your application for admission or, once admitted, on Minerva, under the Personal Menu. From the Personal Menu, select Name Change and then add your preferred first name in the preferred first name field.

For more information, consult the following page:

Note: Please wait 24 hours after entering your preferred first name into Minerva before requesting a new McGill ID card. This ensures that our information systems will be updated with your preferred first name so that a new ID card can be issued.

Student Fees

Notez que les étudiants de McGill reçoivent des notifications/avis à leur courriel McGill quand leur facture électronique est disponible sur Minerva. La date limite de paiement est disponible sur le calendrier de dates importantes pour étudiants ou sur votre facture électronique. Fees are visible on Account Summary by Term in early August and payment is due end of August. 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. Take note that you will be considered an international student until the reception of your proof of residency. Relevant forms and detailed information about the required legal documents can be found on the Legal Documents website.

For additional details on undergraduate tuition and student fees, please visit:

Note that in-person tuition payments are no longer accepted at Service Point. Details at:

Please note: Students may also incur Campus Printing charges, which are charged to the fee account on a monthly basis and represent pay for use of printers on campus.


Reduced Fare Public-Transit Card
Take the bus or métro? Say goodbye to waiting in line!
You can now order your Reduced-Fare OPUS Card from Minerva


Student Wellness

Nous comprenons qu’en tant qu’étudiants, vous n’êtes pas uniquement intéressé à vos études, mais que vous possédez des intérêts et des responsabilités hors des quatre murs du NCDH. Nous voulons vous assister et vous supporter dans vos études en fournissant une opportunité de balancer tous les aspects de votre vie, académique et autres. Nous vous encourageons à ne pas percevoir votre apprentissage comme étant limité aux cours, mais un trajet qui continue au-delà de la faculté de droit.

Check out our website to find out more about:


Orientation begins at the Faculty on August 29, 2017 starting at 9:15am.

Mandatory sessions include the ones below. If you are unable to attend, please email [at] as soon as possible.

August 29, 2017 (9h15 to 16h00):

  • In-person registration (Atrium, NCDH)
  • Dean's Welcome (Moot Court, NCDH 100)
  • Meet your student services (Moot Court, NCDH 100)
  • Introducing the Law program (Moot Court, NCDH 100)

August 30, 2017 (9h30 to 16h00)

  • Inter-Tribal Welcome (Moot Court, NCDH 100)

  • Small-group workshops with upper year Law students (various rooms)

August 31, 2017 (9h30 to 15h00):

  • Small-group workshops with upper year Law students (various rooms)
  • Upper year student Panel (Moot Court, NCDH 100)

Message from the Law Students' Association

Bonjour à tous et toutes!

Bienvenue à la faculté de droit de l'université McGill ! Nous somme votre association étudiante en droit: l'AED/LSA. Nous souhaitons vous féliciter pour votre acceptation dans ce beau programme! Voici maintenant quelques informations importante concernant vos premières semaines à la faculté.

This year, the LSA presents: Orientation 2017 How to Get Away with Law School based on ABC' popular series "How to Get Away with Murder". It will be the most intriguing, exciting, and fun event of the year! Come celebrate the beginning of a new chapter of your life with your new classmates! 

During two weeks of thrilling activities, you will get to solve a murder mystery, learn how to survive through law school and compete against opposing teams in various challenges to win the one and only Lady Justice trophy. Get ready for the the adventure you won't forget, because How to Get Away with Law School is here! Orientation is the best chance you will get to make friends and get to know your colleagues before school starts!

Orientation week lasts from Aug 29th-Sep 8th. 

The Orientation wristband, which comes with a ticket to the Welcome Ball, Med/Law party, admission to all activities and events, meals, free drinks, a t-shirt, and a welcome package, costs 85$ + tax. If you have any questions or difficulties regarding Orientation Registration, email the vp-internal.lsa [at] (VP-Internal LSA)!

Pour s'enregistrer:

Pour s'enregistrer à la journée 'Beach Day' optionnelle:

Here is the link to sign up to your IT computer session: Please sign up for one session.

You will also find the Orientation 2017 schedule, along with the Orientation Handbook which explains all the activities on Dropbox.

Pour toutes questions, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter via email ou directement à partir de notre page Facebook.