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School:University of Alberta
Faculty:Faculty of Law
Field of Study:Law (LL.B, J.D., B.C.L.)
Description:The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is a highly regarded credential in the field of law. Our three-year program is based on a strong core curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation in legal fundamentals while also opening doors to more specialized areas of study.

The University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law is highly regarded among leading Canadian law firms, with a superb track record for career success among graduates. Our century-long tradition of excellence has produced three Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, including the Chief Justice, along with a host of provincial and federal politicians, legal visionaries, entrepreneurs, and public intellectuals.
URL:Law at University of Alberta
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $11,701
International: $48,261

This estimate is based on one year of full-time study, and represents only the tuition cost.
Careers:Court Officers and Justices of the PeaceLawyersJudges

Admission Requirements

Test Scores:
  • Law School Admission Test
Application Notes : The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) must be written no later than December for applicants to the following September. LSAT scores are valid for a five-year period and the test may not be written more than three times in any two-year period.
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Statement of Research Interests
There is no direct entry from high school into the Juris Doctor program (JD). Exceptional students may be admitted to the program after completing two years of university study with a minimum GPA of 3.7 and 90th percentile Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score. All other students must have completed at least the first three years of a degree before being admitted to the JD. There are no specific university courses that must be taken for admission to the JD, and no specific degree that is recommended. Admission is competitive based on a student's overall academic record and LSAT score. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is compulsory for all applicants.

Preprofessional Study Time: Completion of at least the first three years of a transferable degree. Students with outstanding academic ability may be considered after 2 years.

Applicants must also submit: personal statements, and 2 letters of reference are required for Aboriginal Applicants.

To be considered after 2 years as an applicant with outstanding ability, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or equivalent over your 2 years of study and have an LSAT score which places you in the 90th percentile.

Your application will be ranked according to your academic performance using a weighted performance indicator. This indicator is based on your GPA in the most recent 60 units of course weight (completed by February 1 in the year in which admission is sought) and your LSAT score.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on February 26, 2022

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