The McGill Faculty of Law strives to attract a diverse and talented pool of applicants to the program through various outreach, recruitment and admissions initiatives.
- The admissions process includes a policy on equity and diversity, and our Admissions Committee conducts a holistic file review of every application received. The Committee strives to create an incoming class with a diversity of backgrounds, profiles, and experiences, where each student can make an important contribution to our Faculty and the legal profession. In particular, we welcome applications from Indigenous people, people with disabilities, racialized people, gender non-conforming and trans people, LGBTQ+ people, women, people from an economically disadvantaged background, and others who may face systemic barriers that impact their access to education.
Before each admissions cycle begins, Admissions Committee members are encouraged to complete an equity education workshop offered by the Equity Team in the Office of the Provost which prepares Committee members to review files through an equity lens and to be mindful of implicit bias.
In order to more accurately and consistently measure our success in recruiting excellence from a broad spectrum of society, as of the 2022 Admissions Cycle, all applicants to the BCL/JD program must fill out an Admissions Demographic Survey. We use these statistics in conjunction with the information we gather in our incoming class survey to assess the effectiveness of and guide the evolution of our outreach and recruitment efforts.
We have a number of initiatives aimed at supporting Indigenous applicants. For more information, please visit the Indigenous Applicants page.
- The Black Law Students Association McGill (BLSAM) and the Admissions Office team host an annual Law School and Diversity Information Session each fall. We collaborate to reach out to various student groups at Universities and CEGEPS in and around Montreal, and we tailor the content of the session to the interests and needs of equity groups.
Our Student Ambassadors hail from diverse backgrounds and are available to connect with prospective students and share their experiences as students at the Faculty, to give tours, and to answer questions about McGill Law.
- The L.E.X. Outreach Program pairs groups of law students with youth belonging to groups that are underrepresented in legal education and in the legal profession or who have faced systemic barriers to education.