First-Year Applicants

How do I apply to Western Law? 
Through the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS): www.ouac.on.ca/olsas

When can I create an account with OLSAS for the upcoming application year?
The 2018 OLSAS application is available now.

What is the application deadline?
November 1 for admission the subsequent Fall. Please be aware this is a firm deadline in that the online OLSAS system locks at midnight. Your application must be complete and payment made before then. Because law school applications take time, applicants are encouraged to begin the process early.

Where do I find all the details about how to apply?
Please see the OLSAS Application Guide at www.ouac.on.ca/olsas. Be sure to read all the general instructions in detail, as well as the specific instructions for each law school to which you intend to apply, as policies and procedures can change year to year and vary from school to school.

Should I send any documents to Western Law directly?
No. All documents should be sent to OLSAS for onward forwarding to all the law schools to which you apply.

How do I submit miscellaneous supporting documents to OLSAS, such as my resume if I am a Mature candidate or documents that substantiate my Access claim?
Once your application has been submitted, you can upload these documents to OLSAS using the Secure Applicant Messaging tool (SAM). Log in to your submitted application to access SAM, and follow the instructions provided.

What happens if some of my materials arrive late (e.g., reference letters, foreign transcripts)?
It is your responsibility to ensure all documents reach OLSAS by the November 1 deadline. Start early and keep in touch with your referees with friendly reminders if necessary. We are generally willing to receive some documents late (determined on a case-by-case basis) provided the applicant was conscientious about attempting to ensure all documents arrived on time.

What happens if I miss the deadline or I am locked out of the system when submitting my application?
You would be required to submit to us a request for permission to file your application late. Our late application policy may be found here: Late Applications

How will I know that you received my application?
You will receive an acknowledgement email from Western Law by the end of November. Please ensure that your email account is configured so that email from Western does not land in your spam or junk folder. When you receive that email, please follow the instructions in it to activate your Western Student Center account. It is there that you will receive an admission decision and can track the status of your application.

How do I indicate I am writing a future LSAT after I have submitted my application?
Log into your OLSAS account and from the left sidebar menu of Application Links, select LSAT. Select the Add button, and select Future LSAT Test Dates.  Select Save and Continue at the very bottom of the screen.

I have tried to activate my Student Center account but am having problems. What can I do?
Please visit the Student Center Access Guide online and follow the instructions there. If you continue to have problems please contact Western's IT Services' Helpdesk at 519-661-3800.

How are applications reviewed?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by members of the Admissions Committee beginning in early December. Complete applications with the most competitive LSAT scores and grades are reviewed first.

Are applications in the discretionary categories (Aboriginal, Access, Mature) reviewed after General category applications?
We are looking for the strongest applicants in every category of admission. Therefore, discretionary category applications are reviewed alongside general category applications.

When I check the status of my application on the Student Center it still says “Applied.” What does this mean?
This means your application is still in the queue for review, is currently with an Admissions Committee member, or has already been reviewed but a final admission decision will not be made (either positively or negatively) until the strength of the balance of applications are reviewed. Please understand that we wish to do a thorough review of all applications and this takes time. Calling to inquire about the status of your application does not speed things up. When we have news to share with you, you will receive an email advising you to check your Student Center for an admission decision. We know it is difficult to wait and appreciate your patience through this process.

When are offers of admission made?
It is our practice to make offers beginning in mid-December to mid-March, after which we wait until admitted students respond to their offers (on or before April 1, the deadline set by OLSAS). After April 1, when we know how many spots are still available, additional offers are made on a smaller scale on a rolling basis until the class is filled, usually by the end of May.

If I do not receive an offer of admission, when I am likely to find out?
You are likely to receive notice that we were unable to offer you a position sometime between late February and late May.

Is a Waitlist created?
A waitlist is typically created in mid-to-late May. Students on the waitlist may receive offers throughout the summer, depending on whether positions open in the class.

How likely is it that I would receive an offer if I am waitlisted?
While there are typically more students on the waitlist than we will have positions available, it is common in every year for some waitlisted students to receive offers.

Can I find out my position on the Waitlist?
We do not rank our waitlist. If you are waitlisted and are interested in coming to Western, please wait for a communication from us to advise you when and if we have a position available for you. Typically we will contact you by telephone first. If you no longer wish to remain on our waitlist because you have accepted a position elsewhere or have changed your plans, please let us know as soon as possible as a courtesy to other waitlisted students.

Are spots set aside for any category of applicant?
We set aside a number of spots for Western combined-degree applicants who apply directly to Western Law by May 1. Any spots that are not filled by these applicants are typically offered to waitlisted students.