Transfer and Letter of Permission Applicants

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Students who are currently studying at another common law school may apply to transfer to the second year of the JD Program at Osgoode Hall Law School, or to spend one year studying at the Law School on a Letter of Permission, with their courses being counted towards their degree at their home school.

Transfer applicants will, upon successful completion of all pertinent requirements, including completion of any unmet required first-year courses, receive the JD degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Eligibility

To be eligible, transfer applicants must have completed a minimum of one year in a common law program that the Admissions Committee judges to be the substantial equivalent of Osgoode’s first-year program, which includes:

  • Criminal Law (Fall Term)
  • Contract Law (Fall Term)
  • Tort Law (Fall Term)
  • Property Law (Winter Term)
  • State and Citizen (Full Year) note: this course is Canadian Constitutional Law
  • Legal Process (Full Year) note: this course is Civil Procedure and Legal Research & Writing
  • Ethical Lawyering (Full Year)

If accepted, transfer students must also complete the following, if not already completed during their first year of law school:

  • A course in Administrative Law, or the not-for-credit Principles of Administrative Law Lecture.
  • A course in Business Associations, or the not-for-credit module, Fiduciary Relationships in a Commercial Context.

Only students who have obtained a minimum “B” average in their previous law study are considered for admission as transfer students (although successful applicants typically have at least a “B+” average). An indication of class rank or standing (where available) should be included in at least one reference, if not included on the transcript. Students who are currently studying at Osgoode on a Letter of Permission are not eligible to transfer into the JD Program.

Students who are currently studying at another law school may apply to enrol for a maximum of one year at Osgoode Hall Law School on a Letter of Permission basis. Although such students would be studying at Osgoode, their work would be credited toward the JD degree at their “home” law school. The law school giving the Letter of Permission would, of course, reserve the right to approve the student’s program of study with regard to both course load and content. Students who are admitted on a Letter of Permission basis are not eligible to transfer into the JD Program.

Eligibility

Only students who have obtained a minimum “B” average in their previous law study are considered for admission as Letter of Permission applicants (successful candidates however, typically have at least a B+ average). An indication of class rank or standing should be included in at least one reference, if not included on the transcript.

Application Deadline

The OLSAS online application for both Transfer and Letter of Permission applicants must be submitted no later than May 1, 2018. All documentation (including final transcripts and letters of reference) must be received by OLSAS no later than June 30, 2018.

Application Components

To be complete your application package must include:

  • Ontario on-line application form
  • Personal Statement plus Supplemental Information
  • Corroborative documents to support compelling reasons cited (where applicable)
  • 1 academic letter of reference from current law professor who can comment on your abilities
  • Transcript of law grades and the Faculty’s current grading practices
  • Undergraduate transcripts (where available)
  • Language Proficiency documents (where applicable)
  • Letter of Permission from your home school (Letter of Permission applicants only)

Students applying to Transfer to Osgoode for studies will be required to provide an LSAT score as part of their application.
For more detailed application information, see the OLSAS Instruction Booklet

Application Decisions

Decisions are typically made in July. The number of openings in each category is dependent on the internal attrition rates at the Law School and is usually quite small. The Admissions Committee will consider an applicant’s complete application including undergraduate grades (where available), LSAT, quality of institution, grade distribution and the Law School’s ability to accommodate required first-year courses.

Decisions are generally made in accordance with the following priorities:

  1. Up to one-half of the available positions will be awarded to applicants on the basis of the strength of their law school academic records to date. It is therefore critical that we receive an indication of an applicant’s standing relative to the rest of his or her class.
  2. No fewer than one-half of the available spaces will be awarded to applicants who demonstrate compelling, compassionate circumstances that require them to transfer to Osgoode Hall Law School. Academic qualifications are not ignored in this subgroup but rather are used to aid in deciding between candidates who demonstrate comparable compassionate circumstances. Within this subgroup, priority will be given to: persons who must relocate to the Toronto area due to their own medical condition or that of an immediate family member; persons who would be separated from their dependents where separation to date has been extensive and commuting is not a viable option; and persons who demonstrate extreme financial hardship occasioned by study outside of the Toronto area.