Am I prepared enough for applying to law school?
What unique programs does each law school offer?
Does my LSAT score or GPA weigh more?
When is the best time to take the LSAT?
MUST I complete a full 4-year undergraduate degree to apply to law school?
How important are extracurricular activities to the law school I want to attend?
If any of these questions have popped up into your mind recently, we urge you to attend our first event of the year – Admissions Night! If you’re about to apply to law school or want to feel really prepared for when you do apply, Admissions Night is a fantastic opportunity to know all the details about the process of getting admitted into law school and how to make your application stand out to the school you want. Pre-Law brings together a panel of admissions officers from law schools all over Canada (sometimes the U.S.) in order to answer all the questions you may have about getting admitted into law school. You will have an opportunity to visit their booths, chat one-on-one with the representatives, and of course, indulge in some free food. Further, this year, we’re offering to take students on a tour around our stunning venue – the Allard School of Law at UBC!
Here are some interesting general facts about admission to law schools in Canada:
- There are 16 law schools in Canada currently, each with a different standard of admission in terms of GPA, LSAT, and other requirements.
- Not all law schools have the same application deadline; the most common is November 1st, but deadlines can range from December to March.
- Every law school in Canada requires you to take the LSAT; some schools take the highest score, others take the average of all your test scores, etc.
- Typically, your application will consist of your academic and personal information, a personal statement, extracurricular activity experience, and sometimes letters of references from at least 2 professors.
- For UBC Law only, it is possible to get admitted after completing only 3 years of your undergraduate study (What?!)
- Think about the type of law you may want to specialize in – different law schools have different programs and are stronger with certain types of law.
- The first-level law degree (a J.D.) is 3 years long, after which students must “article” (working under supervision of a licensed lawyer for 10 months) or take the Law Practice Program (Ontario only).
- There are considerable differences between Canadian and U.S. law schools, so do the research and consider which path is more fitting to your goals!
Want to know more? Details for Admissions Night are as follows:
Date: Wednesday, Sept 30th (2 days from now!)
Time: 5:00 – 9:00pm (Registration opens at 4:30pm)
Location: Allard Hall (Allard School of Law, UBC) 1822 East Mall
Cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members (includes membership for the year)
Dress Code: Business Casual preferred
More information here!
See you there!