Extended Time Program JD

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Osgoode is committed to enhancing the accessibility and flexibility of the JD Program to a wide range of students.  The Extended Time Program (ETP) allows students, whose life circumstances prevent them from engaging in a full-time study program, to reduce their courses to approximately half the required course load.  Such circumstances would include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Family obligations such as childcare, or care of elderly, ill or disabled family members
  • Temporary or long-term illness or disability
  • Financial hardship

How to Apply

  • Typically, incoming first-year students will apply to the ETP once they have received their offer of admission. However, applications may be received up until the start of the fall term.
  • Students may also apply to enter into the program in the summers before second and third year.
  • Submit a written request and supporting rationale(s) by email to the Assistant Dean, Students.

ETP Program Details

A typical ETP first-year program of study is as follows:

Year 1
Fall Term Winter Term
*Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community (3 credits)
*Legal Process Legal Process (8 credits)
one of Torts or Contracts (4 credits) Property Law (4 credits)

 

Year 2
Fall Term Winter Term
State & Citizen State & Citizen (6 credits)
Criminal Law (4 credits) Perspective Option (3 credits)
one of Torts or Contracts (whichever was not taken in Year 1) (4 credits)

*Ethical Lawyering in a Global Community and Legal Process MUST be taken in Year 1 of the first-year ETP program.  With special permission, students may take the remaining courses in another order if they have reason to do so.

Upper-year students in the ETP will normally carry between 13-17 credit hours over two terms (a student in the regular JD program will normally carry between 13-17 credit hours in one term).

Students are allowed to enter or leave the ETP in any year level of the JD program.

ETP Fees & Financial Considerations

Tuition fees for ETP students are paid on a per-credit basis.  The fee per credit for the 2017/2018 academic year is approximately $940.

OSAP entitlements may be affected by the number of credits enrolled in per term.

For OSAP purposes, the following qualifies as a full-time student:

Category of student Course load needed to apply for full-time OSAP Course load equivalent in registered credits
Undergraduates without a permanent disability At least 60% course load At least 9 credits in each term
Undergraduates with a permanent disability At least 40% At least 6 credits in each term

Visit the OSAP website for information on calculating your course load.

For OSAP purposes, the following qualifies as a part-time student:

Category of student Course load needed to apply for part-time OSAP Course load equivalent in registered credits
Undergraduates without a permanent disability At least 20%-59% course load At least 3-8 credits in each term
Undergraduates with a permanent disability At least 20%-39% course load At least 3-5 credits in each term

Visit the York website for more information on part-time loans and grants.

For further and specific clarification, it is best to speak directly to an OSAP Advisor at York University by calling (416) 872-9675.

ETP Program & Career Development

All regulated recruitment periods are structured around when a candidate expects to be eligible to article.  Students are eligible to article after they complete their JD degree.  As the ETP allows students to complete their JD in a longer period of time, the timing of when a student will be eligible for a particular recruitment process will vary depending on the length of their plan of study.  For example, students who will be eligible to article in 2019 may participate in the fall On-Campus interview (ie. summer employment) recruitment process in 2017 – this will include all students who expect to graduate in June 2019 – whether they are in second-year of the JD program or any other year of the ETP.

To ensure all students are getting the correct career development information, the Career Development Office (CDO) uses the MyCareer portal for all of its communications.  This portal allows students to adjust their anticipate date of graduation as necessary.  It is very important that students (especially ETP students) keep this information up to date to ensure they are receiving all the relevant communications from the CDO.