Grades and Courses

Does Western Law consider all undergraduate study, the best two years, or the last two years?
We consider all years of study and, as a general rule, applicants with strong cumulative averages will be preferred.  However, we will place greater weight on the last two years of full-time (or equivalent) undergraduate study in appropriate circumstances, typically where one’s cumulative average falls below 3.7. 

What if I take a fifth year to complete my degree or I take additional undergraduate courses after I graduate?  Will those courses count towards my “last two” years GPA?
Yes they will.

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.   

Does Western Law consider the grades from a graduate degree program?
While we consider graduate degrees to be a positive factor and we will review the grades, they are not used as part of one's OLSAS GPA calculation for admission purposes.

Does Western Law consider grades received on exchange programs abroad?
Yes, grades earned on exchange will be used in the calculation of your cumulative GPA. As noted in the OLSAS Application Guide, you must request official transcripts be to sent to OLSAS from all post-secondary institutions you have attended, including those on an exchange program.

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

Will Western count the grades from repeated courses?
Yes, we will use the grades of a repeated course in the calculation of your GPA. If the original course grade appears on your official transcript, it will also be used in your GPA calculation.

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 course load of first-year law school (where eight courses are taken).

What is considered to be a full course load?
We consider a full course load to be 5.0 full or equivalent courses in the academic year.

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.  If you have worked 30+ hours on a weekly basis in the academic year, you may wish to apply as an Access category applicant (please see Applicant Categories for more information).

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 at Western. 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.