Canadian Law Schools- Part 2

PICWelcome back to all of you law school hopefuls. For those of you who are just joining me now, my last post discussed OLSAS and Osgoode Hall, so if you’re interested in attending law school in Ontario, I would encourage you to give it read. In this post I’ll be giving you an overview of the law schools at the University of Ottawa and Queen’s University.

The University of Ottawa is home to the country’s largest law school. Its tuition is also among the lowest for the Ontario schools. Ottawa being the nation’s capital, the school’s location comes with obvious perks such as its proximity to Parliament as well as to the Supreme Court. Between the different languages and the types of degrees, Ottawa offers an impressive assortment of programs. There’s the regular 3-year JD program and the 3-year LLB program, both of which are offered in French and English.

If you’re interested in pursuing both streams of law, you have the option of tacking on the remaining degree through an intensive 8-month program. U of Ottawa also offers a 4-year joint JD/MBA program and joint program with Carleton University where you can graduate with a JD and an MA in international affairs. Finally, there’s the Programme de Droit Canadien, which is an intensive 3-year JD and LLB program. The application process at Ottawa is split up into three different categories: regular, indigenous and access. The access category is intended for applicants who have struggled with some type of illness or disability. Ottawa’s average CGPA is approximately 80% and their average LSAT score is approximately 157 (78th percentile). For all of you francophones out there, the University of Ottawa’s French common law program does NOT require an LSAT score and is also subject to a February deadline, in lieu of the standard November 1st OLSAS deadline.

A little further west, we have Queen’s University. Like Ottawa, Queen’s also offers separate regular, indigenous and access application categories. The admissions board at Queen’s will consider your CGPA, but a heavier weight will be applied to your best two years. Their lowest accepted CGPA is around a 3.3, but their average is much higher at around 82%. As for LSAT scores, their lowest accepted is a 158 but their average is approximately 161. Similarly to the other schools, Queen’s offers several different joint JD programs. Along with your JD, you could also pursue a master’s degree in economics, industrial relations, public administration, a joint JD and bachelor’s in business or a 4-year joint JD/LLB in partnership with the University of Sherbrooke. What I found particularly appealing about Queen’s was their extensive exchange program, more specifically, their Castle Program. The university literally owns a castle located 40 minutes outside of London, England. Through the Castle Program, which runs from May to June, students can take courses in International Business Law or Public International Law. Did I mention it includes a one-week field trip across Europe?

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of some of the impressive law schools Ontario has to offer, keep checking in to find out more about the law schools at McGill as well as the University of British Columbia.

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