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 I Legal Process I (4 credits)

Legal Process II (4 credits)

one of Torts or Contracts (4 credits) Property Law (4 credits)

 

Year 2
Fall Term Winter Term
Public & Constitutional Law Public & Constitutional Law (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 I 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.  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.