Osgoode has two application categories:
1. Indigenous Applicants
Osgoode is committed to improving representation of Indigenous people in the legal profession and encourages applications from Indigenous candidates. Anyone applying under the Indigenous category must provide documentation corroborating their identification with and connection to an Indigenous community. This can include a demonstration of service, involvement or leadership within the community, on Indigenous issues, or within Indigenous circles. If the Admissions Committee determines that insufficient documentation has been provided, your file will be reviewed as an application in the General category. For more information about applying as an Indigenous applicant, as well as Indigenous programming, faculty and student life, visit the Indigenous Applicants.
2. General Applicants
If you do not qualify to apply in the Indigenous category you must apply in the General category.
To be eligible to apply to the JD program, you must meet the requirements listed below:
Complete a minimum of 3 years of study (90 credits) at a recognized university in a program leading to a degree by June of the year of admission.
Applicants with fewer than three years of university are welcome to apply if you have demonstrated through the length and quality of your non-academic experience, an ability to successfully complete the JD Program. To be eligible, as of September of the year of admission, you must (i) be at least 26 years of age and (ii) have a minimum of 5 years of non-academic experience.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
You must complete the LSAT no later than January of the year you intend to start the program. For the 2023-2024 application cycle we will accept LSAT scores and writing samples from tests taken between June 2019-January 2024, and we consider your highest score. If you wish to be considered for the Income Contingent Loan Program, you must write the LSAT by November 2023. For test dates and registration, please visit the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website.
English Language Proficiency
Proof of English language proficiency is required unless (i) English is your first language or (ii) you have completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time study at an accredited post-secondary institution in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction.