To be eligible for selection, an applicant must have:
Note: Courses completed toward a diploma program and subsequently transferred to a degree program will not be considered until the degree has been granted. Prospective applicants should be aware that almost all of our students have completed a four year degree.
Applicants should regard their satisfaction of the entrance requirements as meaning only that they are eligible for selection. The median applicant accepted has an academic average of approximately 83%, with an LSAT score of 166 (93rd percentile). The academic average and LSAT score are weighted equally. In calculating the academic average, only those years of undergraduate study making up the first undergraduate degree that are complete at the time of deadline for application are considered, except for item 3 above, where the applicant must maintain the overall standing of the first two years of studies. Generally, no greater weight is attached to one series of academic courses or disciplines than to another. Performance courses are counted towards the required minimum 90 credits but the grades earned in such courses are not usually counted in computing the academic average. Second degrees or graduate degrees are not taken into account, except within the Discretionary category discussed below. The personal statement may be used to assess admissibility and it will be used, in conjunction with the academic average and LSAT score, to determine entrance scholarship offers.
All courses completed towards an undergraduate degree will be considered for admission. Courses in progress, during the final year of an undergraduate program, will not be used in the calculation of the admission GPA. For applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree, the lowest 12 credits (equivalent to four UBC term/semester courses or two year-long courses) will be eliminated from the calculation of the admission GPA. For applicants in the third year of an undergraduate degree program at the time of application, the lowest 6 credits (equivalent to two UBC term/semester courses or one year-long course) will be eliminated from the calculation of the admission GPA.
A personal statement is required in all categories. Regular applicants may request that special circumstances be considered in determining their academic average. The special factors or circumstances (such as medical or other emergency matters) must be documented fully. If a regular applicant requests the Committee to consider making an adjustment to the academic average (not including certain courses or a year), the facts must be verified and supported by appropriate documentation. If the special circumstances are medical, then a doctor's letter is required. Not all special circumstances can be considered in the regular category. Certain factors such as financial hardship, learning disabilities or other disadvantages, or ethnic background, can only be considered in the discretionary category.
Regular applicants will be advised via e-mail as soon as possible whether their application has been accepted or rejected for admission purposes. Applicants who have not received an e-mail will be on the wait list until a decision can be made.
Because of special factors in life, an applicant may not satisfy one or more of the requirements for regular applicants, but may have other relevant achievements and experience. The Admissions Committee has the discretion to respond to this type of situation by taking into account factors such as disability or special needs, financial disadvantage, membership in a historically disadvantaged group, and any other factors that the applicant wishes the Admissions Committee to consider. They may have other relevant personal achievements, work experience, contributions to their community, or personal challenges in their lives that are extraordinary and would not normally be experienced by other applicants to the law school. The process by which the Admissions Committee reviews these Discretionary category applications is designed to provide the opportunity for applicants of this nature to receive individual and exceptional scrutiny of their special circumstances in order for these candidates to be able to join and contribute to the richness and diverse nature of the academic community and ultimately to the practice of law in the society that is served by the Allard School of Law.
Discretionary applicants are normally required to have completed the first two years of an approved course of studies leading to an undergraduate degree at an approved college or university. A personal statement, LSAT score, and two letters of reference are required, and where appropriate, documentation such as medical reports should be submitted. Each application is considered individually on its merits. If an applicant has completed an undergraduate degree they will also automatically be considered within the regular category as well.
Discretionary applicants must submit a personal statement detailing the special factors, including their achievements and work experience, that they wish the Admissions Committee to consider. Each application is considered individually on its merits. It is important that applicants send detailed accounts of their circumstances, including their involvement in community or charitable organizations. In this category it is also important that applicants submit documentation (e.g., medical reports, if applicable or letters of reference) in order for the Admissions Committee to evaluate their files. Incomplete applications cannot be evaluated and it is the responsibility of applicants to ensure their applications are complete. Decisions in this category are made at the end of May.
Applicants who self-identify as Canadian Aboriginal within the First Nations, Métis, or Inuit communities are encouraged to apply in the Indigenous Category. These applicants will automatically be considered within the regular category as well.
Indigenous applicants should contact the Associate Director of Indigenous Legal Studies, as early as possible to discuss their application.
The Faculty considers the applicant's involvement with a commitment to Indigenous communities and organizations, and the applicant's intention to use his or her legal training to advance Indigenous concerns and interests. All applicants are required to provide evidence of their eligibility to apply in the Indigenous category by supplying a photocopy of their Indian status card, Métis card, or Government of Canada or respective provincial or territorial government documentation supporting their self-identification. Non-status Indians should contact the Associate Director of the ILSP for additional information. In addition, a personal statement is required, two letters of recommendation, LSAT score, and official transcripts are required.
Each year there are many requests for admission to the upper years. Only a few applicants, however, can be accommodated.
Applicants who have started their LL.B. or J.D. degree at another Canadian common law school can apply under the Transfer category. Applicants who have graduated from a foreign law school can apply under the Advanced Standing category; however their credentials must be reviewed by the National Committee on Accreditation and they are required to write the LSAT. They must successfully complete two years of legal studies at Allard Law to receive a degree from Allard Law.
Please note that applicants admitted in the following category are not eligible to receive a J.D. from the Allard School of Law.
Graduates from a civil law program at a Canadian law school may:
Students currently enrolled in a civil law program at a Canadian law school are not eligible to transfer to the Allard School of Law. They may, however, request visiting (letter of permission) status at the Allard School of Law if permitted to do so by their current law school. Visiting status will be granted for a maximum of one year only.