Grades and Courses

Does Western Law consider all undergraduate grades, the best two years, or the last two years?
We consider all years of study, but place greater weight on the last two years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate study. If you are taking longer to complete your degree than the standard four years, we will count among those last two years a fifth or post-graduate year of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate study.

Are graduate degree grades included in the GPA calculation?
No, but graduate degrees are considered a positive factor for your overall application.

Does Western Law consider grades received on exchange programs abroad?
Yes.

Does Western Law consider courses taken during intersession or summer semesters?
Yes.

Is part-time university study counted?
Yes, but greater weight is given to full-time study with a full course load because it provides the best evidence of how a student will handle the rigorous full-time course load of first-year law school (where eight courses are taken).

Am I still considered to be in a full course load for law school admission purposes if I took 4 or 4.5 courses instead of 5 in one or more semesters?
Yes. However, strong academic performance with a full course load (5.0 courses) is preferred.

What if I was working heavily to finance my education and had to take a lighter course load?
This would be taken into consideration in the assessment of your application.

I have some college courses/a college diploma/a college degree. Do they count?
College courses are not included in a student’s GPA calculation for the purpose of law school admission. Further, college study does not count towards the minimum academic requirements for Western Law. A minimum of three years (two years for Mature students) of full-time (or equivalent) university study is required. This is in accordance with the requirements for approved law degrees as set out by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (i.e., “post-secondary education at a recognized university or CEGEP”). That said, additional education (including a college diploma or degree) is a positive factor in any application and is taken into consideration separately.

What about college courses for which a university will grant transfer credit?
College courses for which an applicant receives credit towards a university degree, as part of a pathways or bridging program, will be considered as appropriate pre-law study, provided an applicant has at least two years of university study beyond the college transfer credits.

Is it advantageous to take upper-year courses in third and fourth year or in post-degree work?
Yes. While taking first year or second year courses is not prohibited, greater weight is given to upper-year courses.