The educational prerequisite for admission to the Faculty of Law is successful completion of 60 units (10 full-course equivalents) in a program of studies leading to a degree at a university in Alberta, or its equivalent. Courses to be considered must be completed prior to December 31 in the year in which the application is made. These requirements apply to all applicants including Aboriginal Canadian applicants. As a practical matter, however, successful applicants will have completed at least one university degree.
When selecting the 120 most promising students each year, the Admissions Committee considers a number of factors including: academic record, performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), evidence of maturity, extra-curricular activities, work experience, community involvement, the applicant's personal statement addressing the questions set out in the Faculty’s application, and references.
Persons with disabilities who meet the above criteria are encouraged to apply, and once admitted the Faculty will accommodate students in accordance with the University policy.
Prospective applicants are urged to be realistic about their chances for admission. Only a percentage of our more than 1300 applicants are admitted each year. A typical first-year class has an average grade point average of 3.60 (on the University of Calgary system) and an LSAT score above the 80th percentile. The average age of the entering classes has remained around 25 to 28 years of age and actual ages of entering students range from the early 20s to the late 40s.