Canadian Law Schools- Part 3

meme-law-schoolHere we are at our final installment of the Canadian Law School series. So far, I’ve gone through the Ontario law schools who attended the McGill Pre-Law Society’s Canadian Law Forum, namely Osgoode, Ottawa and Queen’s. And I also discussed their shared application system, OLSAS. To wrap up the series, I’ll be relaying information provided by the representatives from McGill and the University of British Columbia.



Unlike the aforementioned schools, McGill University’s law program is entirely bilingual, so at the very least, it’s recommended that you possess a high level of oral and reading comprehension in French. It also takes a comparative approach to common and civil law, so you would be studying both simultaneously. As with Ottawa’s French program, McGill does not require an LSAT score. Instead, their application requirements include a personal statement, two academic letters of reference and academic transcripts. McGill also offers several different program and degree options. There’s an honours program, which involves conducting research and writing an honours thesis, as well as a joint degree in law with an MBA from the Desautels Faculty of Management or a joint degree in law with a master’s in social work. In addition, you can also choose to supplement your legal education with any of the minors offered by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. On average, successful applicants come with a CGPA equivalent to an 85% and an LSAT score of approximately 168, but again the LSAT is not required.

Last but not least, we have the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. UBC offers a diverse curriculum with one of the largest selection of courses to choose from. More specifically, the school offers a broad range of courses focused on Asian Law. In terms of joint programs, UBC offers a JD/MBA, a joint JD/LLM with the Melbourne School of Law, as well as joint legal education programs with the University of Hong Kong and the University of Hawaii. Furthermore, the Allard School offers exchange opportunities with one of UBC’s many partner schools, which could take your studies to Paris, Edinburgh, Lyon, Johannesburg etc. In terms of application requirements, UBC considers your GPA and your LSAT score with equal weights. Average GPA and LSAT are around 83% and 165 respectively. It’s also important to note that if you’re applying from a 4-year program, the 12 worst credits from your 4th year will be excluded from your GPA and if you’re applying from a 3-year program, the same applies to the 6 worst credits from your 3rd year. As a side note, I’m going to go ahead and give UBC bonus points for location and climate. After enduring Montreal winters for this long, I would be more than willing to move across country for temperate seasons where “winter” is characterized by a negligible drop below zero. Let’s be honest, pouring over law books and studying until the wee hours is probably much more enjoyable under favourable weather conditions.

Well, that brings us to the end of the Canadian Law School series. Choosing a law school is obviously a hugely important decision and I wish you all the best of luck in your applications!

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