Here are the steps of our admissions process, from getting your file ready, to the Admissions Committee's decision.
1. Read the following carefully
- Our admissions policy
- Our eligibility requirements (education, language, LSAT)
- Our applicant categories
- Our application deadlines
- Our instructions for supporting documents
- The detailed instructions on completing the online application (external link)
- Our Frequently Asked Questions
And then download our BCL/JD Application checklist | Liste de vérification
2. Submit your application form online
Candidates must apply to the BCL/JD program using McGill University's online application system. A non-refundable application fee of $122.52 is required to complete the application. This can be paid by credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). Read McGill University's application guide for full details.
The online application system opens on September 1 and closes on November 1 (University and Mature applicants) and March 1 (CEGEP applicants) of each year. To avoid unnecessary processing delays, please read the help sections of the online application carefully. Transfer applicants should admissions.law [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Transfer%20Application%20) (email the Faculty of Law's Admissions Office )if unable to apply online.
Once you have applied, an acknowledgement notice will be sent to the email address indicated on your application within 48 hours. If you have not received your acknowledgement notice 3 days after completing your application, you should contact the Admissions Office at the Faculty of Law by admissions.law [at] mcgill.ca (subject: Acknowledgement%20Notice%20) (email).
3. Verify the status of your application on Minerva
Your acknowledgment notice will include your McGill identification number (McGill ID), and a password to log into the Minerva website, where you can monitor the status of your application. As your supporting documents are received and recorded, consult the admissions checklist to see which documents (if any) are missing, incomplete, or illegible. Consult your admissions checklist regularly as new items might be requested to complete your file. It is important to respond to requests for further documentation in a timely manner.
You are responsible for monitoring the status of your application on Minerva.
A status of "Items outstanding" means that your application is incomplete. If your application remains incomplete after the deadline for submission of supporting documents, your application will be cancelled. However, your application will not be cancelled if only your LSAT score is missing after the deadline. If you plan on writing the LSAT, your application status will remain "Items outstanding" until we get your score, after which your file will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
A "Ready for review" status means that your file is complete and/or under review by the Admissions Committee. The "Ready for Review" status will remain until a final decision is rendered.
During peak periods (i.e., close to the deadlines), we receive a high volume of documents. At those times, there may be a delay of up to 48 hours between when a document is received and when it is verified on Minerva. Taking this delay into consideration, please contact the BCL/JD Admissions Office only if your file remains incomplete 48 hours past the deadline.
4. Upload supporting documents on Minerva
With the exception of references and some transcripts, applicants must upload supporting documents via Minerva after completing the online application and receiving the acknowledgement email from the application system.
Please see the instructions for uploading supporting documents on the Applying to McGill website.
5. Review of application by Admissions Committee
Once an application is complete, it is circulated for review. Reviewers carefully assess all documents submitted and evaluate each file according to the Faculty's Admissions Policy, and in comparison to all other candidates in the applicant pool.
6. Admission decisions
Applicants receive an email from the Admissions Office when a decision has been rendered. Final decisions are available in Minerva. Decisions are never disclosed over the phone.
Every effort is made to inform candidates of the decision at the earliest possible date. However, the review process is labour-intensive and may extend into June. Final decisions on waitlisted applicants may be made until the end of August.
Candidates who are offered admission are given a deadline (see Accept our Offer) by which they must accept or decline our offer. This deadline is indicated in our letter of admission. If we have not received a response by the indicated deadline, our offer of admission will be withdrawn.
Official acceptance letters will be available on Minerva only. Since the Faculty of Law does not mail acceptance letters, you are invited to print your letter for your records. International candidates should print multiple copies for their immigration process.
A candidate may offered a place on the waitlist if the application is considered admissible but there are no available places in the cohort at that particular moment in the process. Waitlisted files are not ranked. Every effort is made to inform candidates of the decision of the Admissions Committee at the earliest possible date. Final decisions about applicants who have been placed on the waitlist may be made until the end of August.
The official waitlist letter will be available in Minerva.
Candidates in the CEGEP category whose applications are regarded as potentially admissible will be invited to an interview.
Candidates in the Mature category whose applications are regarded as potentially admissible may be invited to an interview.
In some instances, the Admissions Committee may also request that applicants in other categories attend an interview.
See the “How we make admissions decisions” section of our Admissions Policy for more.
We understand candidates' disappointment at being refused admission. We invite them to view or attend our Re-Applicant Workshop to better understand the reasons that could have led to a rejection.
Note that all decisions are final and refused files will not be reviewed anew at the request of a refused candidate.