Tuition fees for the BCL/JD program are based on the number of credits you are registered for. 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.
Student who have been granted permission to study on a part-time basis will be charged tuition fees at the per credit rate and will be required to pay student society fees, student services fees, registration and transcripts charges, and information technology charges.
Complete information regarding fees can be obtained at the Student Accounts Office, McLennan Library Building, (514) 398-7878. Further information regarding fees can also be found on McGill's Student Accounts.
The cost of first-year reading materials is approximately $1,000.
The approximate cost of an apartment in Montreal is between $500 and $1,500 a month per person. For more information about housing, McGill Off Campus Housing web page.
An extensive system of public transportation, including both buses and subway (the Metro) serves the entire city. For further information, visit the STM web site (Montreal's public transportation system).
Many students in the Law Faculty receive a scholarship or prize carrying financial at remuneration some time during their studies. McGill also offers University entrance scholarships and student aid.
Faculty scholarships are awarded to applicants who have previously undertaken university studies, and are therefore ineligible for McGill University entrance scholarships. All admitted University, Mature, and Transfer students are automatically considered for Faculty of Law scholarships; there is no need to apply for these. Admitted CEGEP applicants are eligible to apply for McGill University entrance scholarships.
Several of our entrance scholarships are aimed at supporting individuals from communities or groups who experience systemic barriers to education, such as racialized people and people from an economically disadvantaged background. In order to help us more effectively allocate these scholarships and address systemic barriers, we invite applicants to share self-identifying and contextualizing information in their admission application (e.g. in their Personal Statement and/or Extenuating Circumstances letter). Students who receive offers of admission are also asked to complete a short questionnaire where they can provide additional information such as race, ethnicity, gender and socioeconomic status. Any information shared will be used solely to assist with scholarship allocation in a manner consistent with the Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
McGill University Scholarships and Student Aid
Applicants undertaking University studies for the first time are eligible to apply for McGill University Entrance Scholarships. CEGEP and French Baccalaureate candidates applying to the Faculty of Law are strongly encouraged to apply for University Entrance Scholarships if they meet the academic and other relevant criteria. For more information, see McGill Scholarships on the Scholarships & Student Aid website.
McGill also offers a need-based Entrance Financial Aid program. This program is offered to students admitted to McGill who are entering the first year of full time undergraduate studies in the Fall term. This program offers financial aid to students from modest income families who require assistance to enable them to attend McGill. Since financial need is the primary criterion in the selection of award recipients, it is expected that applicants of this program will apply to the government student aid programs for which they may be eligible. Please consult McGill’s Entrance Financial Aid Program on the Scholarships & Student Aid website.
Entrance Scholarships from the Faculty of Law
125th Anniversary Entrance Scholarships: $1,000 - $2,000. For a student with a distinguished record in pre-law studies. Established by graduates of the Faculty to mark its 125th Anniversary.
Blaine Baker Entrance Scholarship: Estimated value: $3,400. Established in 2013 by former students, friends, family and colleagues of Professor Blaine Baker, in honour of his 30 years of service in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law for one or more outstanding undergraduate students entering the BCL/JD program on the basis of high academic standing. Preference will be given to students having pursued graduate studies prior to entering the Faculty of Law.
Blake's Entrance Scholarships: Amount varies. Established in 2019 by Blake, Cassels, & Graydon LLP and their McGill Law alumni, for up to five outstanding full-time students entering the BCL/JD program in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic and extracurricular merit. Preference will be given to students who have displayed interest in entrepreneurship and/or who have experienced systemic barriers to education, including raciailzed minorities and minorities from diverse backgrounds.
B. Robert Benson, Q.C. Entrance Scholarship: Amount varies. Established in 2015 in loving memory of Robert Benson, BCL 1958, Q.C., by his family. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to an outstanding student entering the BCL/JD program.
Bobby Katz & Tina Otto Entrance Scholarship: Amount varies. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to one or more BCL/JD students entering the Faculty of Law, with preference to Canadian Indigenous students.
Yves Caron Memorial Award: $1,750. Preference to a student proceeding to the notarial profession. Established in 1978 by the family, friends, former students and colleagues of Yves-Armand Caron, BA, LLL (Montr.), LLM (Col.), DPhil (Oxon.)
Class of 1959 Entrance Scholarships: Amount varies. Established in 2019 by the Class of Law 1959, for one outstanding full-time student entering the BCL/JD program in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law Scholarships Committee on the basis of academic merit.
Class of 1962 Professor John W. Durnford Bursary: $2,300. For meritorious entering BCL/JD students who demonstrate financial need. Established in 1987 by the Class of 1962 to mark the 25th anniversary of graduation.
Class of 1964 Entrance Scholarships: $800 scholarships, renewable. For students with distinguished pre-law academic records demonstrating financial need. Established by members of the Class of 1964 on the 25th anniversary of graduation.
Class of 1991 20th Anniversary Entrance Scholarships: Amount varies. For students with distinguished pre-law academic records demonstrating financial need. Established by members of the Class of 1991 on the 20th anniversary of graduation.
Chief Justice R.A.E. Greenshields Memorial Scholarships and Bursaries: $2,000 scholarships, renewable. For students with distinguished records in pre-law studies. Bequeathed by Mrs. R.A.E. Greenshields in memory of her husband.
David L. Johnston Scholarship: Estimated value: $4,500. Established in 1998 by a generous gift from a Chemical Engineering graduate (Class of 1959) in honour of David L. Johnston, CC, former Principal of McGill University and Professor in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty to an outstanding student entering the first year of the BCL/JD program.
E. Leo Kolber Scholarship: $1,800. Awarded to a meritorious Law student who is in financial need. Founded in 1979 by the friends and colleagues of E. Leo Kolber, BA'49, BCL'52, to mark his 50th birthday.
Esther Taranto Rosenberg Scholarship: Amount varies. Established in 2017 by Ariel J. Deckelbaum, BA 1993, BCL 1998, LLB 1998 in honour of his mother, Esther Taranto Rosenberg. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic merit to one or more outstanding BCL/JD students entering the Faculty of Law. First preference will be given to students with a previous degree in music. Second preference will be given to students who have been displaced due to political, social or religious turmoil, such as occupation, civil war, widespread violence, or population displacement.
Fasken Martineau Scholarship for Excellence: $2,500, renewable. Established in 2009 by Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, a leading international business law firm based in Canada. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to one or more outstanding student(s) entering the BCL/JD program.
I. R. Hart Memorial Scholarship: $1,700. Preference to students intending to proceed to the notarial profession. Established in 1989 by the family of the late Isidor Raymond Hart, BA'32, BCL'35.
John Fisher Burns and Jane Scott-Long Scholarship. An Entrance Scholarship, awarded at the discretion of the Faculty of Law to an outstanding candidate. Preference will be given to one whose work or experience in places or circumstances of conflict, violence, or repression – as a journalist or otherwise – bespeaks courage, conscience, and vision, or who has in such circumstances surmounted special challenges. In honour of John Fisher Burns, BA 1966, for over fifty years a journalist, first with the Globe and Mail and then with the New York Times, serving for over four decades as a foreign correspondent of great distinction in many countries and winning two Pulitzer Prizes. Established by Stephen Scott (BA 1961, BCL 1966) in tribute to John Burns’ exceptional personal qualities and career, and as an express ion of friendship and esteem. And in honour of the late Jane Scott-Long, John Burns’ wife and partner of four decades, who with skill and courage managed press bureaus in zones of conflict, in the face of danger and difficulty supplying the bureaus and providing for the needs, the safety and the security of staff – with consistent kindness, generosity, and wit.
Everett Klippert Scholarship: amount varies. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic merit to one or more outstanding undergraduate or graduate students entering the Faculty of Law. Preference will be given to students having demonstrated a commitment to working on issues facing marginalized members of LGBT communities.
Leon Levinson Award: Estimated value: $6,500. For a journalist or broadcaster, preferably from Quebec, who wishes to study Law full or part-time. Established in 1977 by the associates and friends of Leon Levinson, esq., to mark his 75th birthday.
L. Yves Fortier Entrance Scholarship: approx. $10,000. Established in 2008 by L. Yves Fortier, CC, 00, QC, BCL'58, LLD'05 to support the presence and vitality of bilingualism in legal education at McGill University. Awarded by the Faculty of law to an outstanding student entering a full-time BCL/JD program at the Faculty.
The Hon. Melvin L. Rothman BA’51, BCL’54 Entrance scholarship in Law: Estimated value: $5,000, renewable. Established in 2007 by friends and family of Melvin L. Rothman, upon the initiative of Ms. Claire Rothman BA’81, BCL’84; James Robb BA’52, BCL’54; Herb Siblin Bcom’50; and the Dean of Law, Nicholas Kasirer, in honour of a great father, friend and judge, Melvin L. Rothman. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to an outstanding student entering a full time BCL/JD program.
National Programme Scholarships: $2,000. For Law students with distinguished pre-law records.
Norton Rose Fulbright Scholarship: $2,000. For a student with a distinguished academic record. Established in 1980 to mark the firm's centenary in 1979. (Formerly called the Ogilvy Renault scholarship).
Pierre Péladeau-Quebecor Law Entrance Scholarship: Variable amount. The Pierre Péladeau-Quebecor Law Entrance Scholarship was established by Quebecor in 2015 in honour of the memory of Pierre Péladeau, C.M., O.Q., BCL 1950, the founder of Quebecor, a Québec company recognized as a Canadian leader in telecommunications, news media, entertainment and culture. It is awarded by a committee of the Faculty of Law to a French-mother-tongue student residing in Québec who is entering a full time BCL/JD program, on the basis of academic merit, with consideration given to the students’ involvement in the community. Preference is given to candidates from outside Montréal.
Samuel Haberkorn Memorial Entrance Scholarship: $1,750. To a student with a distinguished pre-law academic record and who needs financial aid. Established in 1997 by Max Haberkorn, BCL‘71, LLB‘72, in memory of his father Samuel Haberkorn, a decorated resistance fighter of the Second World War, in recognition of the sacrifices he made for his children's education.
The Scotiabank Scholarship for Law Students
Established in 2020 by Scotiabank. Awarded on the basis of academic merit to a student entering the BCL/JD program in the Faculty of Law. Preference will be given to students who self-identify as a member of the Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour community. Students must have demonstrated work or voluntary experience supporting BIPOC, marginalized or disadvantaged groups, and are asked to submit a one-page essay describing their plan to positively impact the University and underrepresented groups by combatting racism and furthering inclusivity. Value: $10,000. Renewable.
Scott-Rappaport Family Entrance Scholarship: Estimated value: $5,000. Established by Professor Stephen Scott, BA'61, BCL'66, for many years a member of the teaching staff of the Faculty of Law, in memory of his mother, Thelma Scott Rappaport (née Vaintrub; 1915-2003), who imbued her sons from childhood with a love of learning; of his father, Irving H. Scott (1909-1965), a businessman of Montreal, a man of quiet generosity; and of his stepfather Nathaniel Leonard Rappaport, QC (1905-1995). For nearly 70 years a member of the Bar of Quebec and sometime President of the Montreal Board of Trade, he rose from modest circumstances to play a significant role in the professional and business life of the City, and in its charitable and benevolent organizations, which he supported generously. He worked actively against discrimination in public life, and declined several honours and offices in favour of others. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to a student entering the BCL/JD program full-time. The award is based on academic merit; preference will be given to a student who has demonstrated a financial need in his or her application to the program. Consideration will also be given to the student’s involvement in the community and in extra-curricular activities.
S. Frances Norych Memorial Scholarships: $3,000 scholarships, renewable. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to students entering a full-time BCL/JD program who have distinguished academic records. Established in 1991 by family, friends, and colleagues of Frances Norych, BCL'74, LLB'75.
Steve and Rob Michelin Entrance Scholarships: $3,000 each. Established in 2002 in memory of Steve Michelin, BA'86, BCL'90, LLB'90, and re-designated in 2004 to commemorate the life of Robert Michelin, BA'86, MA'88, BCL'92, LLB'92, in recognition of both of their commitments to student life. The scholarships were established by Steve and Rob’s family and friends, and by the Classes of 1990 and 1992, the former on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their graduation from the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law to deserving students entering a full-time BCL/JD program. The awards are based on academic merit, with consideration being given to the students’ involvement in the community and in extra-curricular activities.
Stuart H. (Kip) Cobbett Entrance Scholarships: Amount varies. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic merit to one or two outstanding BCL/JD students entering the Faculty of Law. Established in 2017 by McGill University in honour of Stuart H. (Kip) Cobbett, BA 1969, BCL 1972, former Chairman of the Board of Governors, to commemorate his extraordinary service to the Faculty of Law and the University.
Toronto Law Alumni 150th Anniversary Scholarship: $1,750. Established in 1998 by Faculty of Law graduates in the Toronto area to mark the Faculty's 150th anniversary: Awarded by the Faculty to a student with a distinguished academic record entering an BCL/JD program in the Faculty of Law.
Wainwright Scholarships and Bursaries: $4,000. Awarded to BCL/JD students having distinguished scholastic records. Established by the estate of Arnold Wainwright, QC, BA 1899, BCL 1902, DCL honoris causa 1963.
Jordan H. Waxman Entrance Scholarship: Estimated value: $4,900. Established in 2010 by Jordan H. Waxman, BA'86, LLB'91, BCL'92, Scarlet Key 1992, for outstanding students entering the BCL/JD program full time in the Faculty of Law. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of academic merit to students who have demonstrated leadership in extracurricular and community activities.
Alex Woo Prestige Entrance Scholarship: Value varies. Established in 2013 by Alex Woo, BEng'80, a strong supporter of McGill University and advocate of lifelong learning, for one or more outstanding students entering the BCL/JD program in the Faculty of Law. Alex Woo is passionate about legal studies and believes it touches every aspect of our lives. Awarded by the Faculty of Law on the basis of high academic standing.
Please note that the monetary value of scholarships may vary, based on endowment performance.
Law Society Scholarships
Various provincial law societies and law foundations sponsor scholarships for residents of their respective provinces. The following scholarships are awarded directly by the organizations listed.
Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador Scholarship: Up to two entrance scholarships valued at $5,000 each awarded to residents of the province of Newfoundland (and Labrador). Application should be made to the Law Foundation of Newfoundland. 49-55 Elizabeth Avenue, P.O. Box 5907, St John's, NF, A1C 5X4. Telephone: (709) 754-4424. Fax: (709) 754-4320. Website: www.lawfoundationnl.com/en/.
Law Society of Prince Edward Island Scholarship: A scholarship awarded to a student in any year who is a resident of Prince Edward Island. Application should be made to the Law Society of Prince Edward Island at P.O. Box 128, 49 Water Street, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 7K2. Telephone: (902) 566-1666. Fax: (902) 368-7557.
McCall MacBain Scholars - Professional Programs
The McCall MacBain Scholarship is a full graduate scholarship for your second-entry professional undergraduate studies. Applications open from June to September 2020 for an expected program start of Fall 2021. McCall MacBain Scholars will have a track record of community engagement, informed by a sense of duty, empathy, intellectual curiosity, grit, and a willingness to take risks. They aim to create meaningful and lasting change, while improving the lives of others.
In the selection process, the administrators will look for:
- Exceptional character
- Community engagement
- Leadership potential
- Entrepreneurial spirit
- Academic strength and intellectual curiosity
To be eligible to apply in 2020/21, you must have:
- Canadian citizenship, permanent residency, or refugee status in Canada
- A bachelor’s degree, or be on track to graduate before August 2021
- Been admitted to an eligible professional program or master’s at McGill University.