Individuals who wish to practice law in Canada must graduate from an accredited law school before being admitted to the law society in the province where they wish to practice. There are a limited number of places available in Canadian law schools, and admission is very competitive. There are specific steps that individuals can follow to increase their chances of success.
Enroll in an undergraduate program at a Canadian college or university. Most Canadian law schools require 60 credit hours (two years of study) for admission, but students who complete 90 credits (three years of study) may have an advantage, as law schools calculate applicants' grade point averages based on the 60 credit hours with highest grades, dropping the 30 lowest credits.
Choose a major and a combination of courses in history, political science, philosophy, languages and communication, that will help you develop the skills and knowledge necessary for success.
Prepare for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Self-study, seminars and review courses may help you prepare for and achieve a high score on the LSAT.
Take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) in your last year of school, during the year before you intend to begin law school.
Apply to graduate law programs at Canadian universities. Submit law school application materials in advance of each school's deadline. Application requirements vary, but generally include an application form, letters of reference, personal statements and academic transcripts. Be sure to confirm the deadlines and proper submission address for each school to which you apply.
Attend law school. Complete courses in the recommended sequence, ensuring that you graduate on time.
- Choose undergraduate and graduate programs based on academic reputation, location, cost and other factors.
- Take advantage of internships and enrichment opportunities.
- Seek academic advising for assistance when choosing courses.
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