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University of Calgary Calendar 2020-2021 Faculty of Law 4. Admissions
4. Admissions
Contact the Faculty Admissions Office or visit the Faculty of Law website ( to obtain the most up-to-date information.

The educational prerequisite for admission to the Faculty of Law is successful completion of 60 units 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. Normally, successful applicants will have completed at least one university degree.

When selecting the 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 statement of interest addressing the questions set out in the Faculty’s application, and references.

The Law School Admission Test

All students seeking admission to the Faculty of Law are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The last acceptable LSAT score will be the January writing in the year the applicant is intending to commence law school studies. Only those applicants who have written the LSAT by that date will be given consideration. Any applicant who is not able to afford the LSAT fee may apply to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for a fee waiver.

For more information about the LSAT including the fee waiver form and criteria can be found on the LSAC website:


The deadline for receipt of fully completed application forms is November 1. All supporting documentation must be received by February 15.

The Admissions Committee starts reviewing files as soon as they are complete. This includes an LSAT score, certified transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended and any required reference. Academic references are preferred, although those applicants who have been out of university for a number of years may choose a work-related reference. References must not be from personal friends, family friends or family members.

It is to the applicant's advantage to have a completed file as soon as possible. Successful applicants will be required to confirm, within a specified time period, their acceptance of an offer by sending a non-refundable $500.00 deposit.

Law Society Admission

While the Faculty of Law may admit students to its JD degree program, the right to practice law as a barrister and solicitor is granted only by the law society of the province concerned. Applicants contemplating practice should consider communicating as soon as possible with the law society of the province in which they intend to practice for all relevant particulars. In particular, applicants may wish to make inquires of the law society with respect to matters that raise issues of good character and reputation. Such matters would include, amongst other things, past criminal convictions, instances of academic misconduct or unresolved bankruptcy declarations.