Prospective Students - General
How many applications do you receive?
Over 2200 applications were received for admission to first-year Law for 2017.
What is your class size?
We anticipate a class size of approximately 176 students. Western Law has the second smallest class size of all the law schools in Ontario.
What is required to be a competitive candidate?
A competitive candidate in the General Category will have completed a minimum of three years of undergraduate university study, (although most of our admitted students have completed a four-year Honors degree), have an A- (82-84%) average (GPA 3.7) preferably overall, but particularly for the last two full years of study, and an LSAT score above the 80th percentile (160 or above).
Do you have different categories of admission?
Yes. Students who meet the appropriate criteria could apply in our Aboriginal, Access, Mature, or Canadian Forces categories of admissions. More details may be found here: Discretionary Categories.
Does Western have any quotas or caps for any category of applicants?
No. In general, we are looking for strong applicants in all categories of admission.
Is there more emphasis placed on an applicant’s grades or LSAT score?
We look at both without placing emphasis on one more than the other, as a general rule, but that can vary depending on the application. In short, ours is a holistic method of assessment.
If I provide you with my LSAT score and grades, can you tell me my chances of admission?
While we can tell you whether you may present as a competitive candidate in terms of LSAT score and grades, it is not possible to predict chances of admission in advance. In addition to strong LSAT scores and grades, we are looking for well-rounded applicants with a variety of experiences (work, public service, leadership, etc.) and skills, including strong communication and social skills. We also consider applicants’ personal statements, reference letters, and LSAT writing sample. Finally, chances of admission are also dependent on the applicant pool with which one is competing in the year of application.
If English is not my first language, do I need to provide proof of English proficiency?
Proof of English proficiency is required if English is not your first language and your university education was in a language other than English.
Is there a particular program of pre-law study you would recommend?
We do not recommend or prescribe any pre-law program of study, as there is value in having a well-rounded knowledge base. You should take a program of study you enjoy and in which you believe you will excel. However, we do encourage future applicants to take courses where they will have significant opportunities to research and write, as these are critical skills for legal study and practice.
Does Western offer part-time study?
We offer an extended-time program where students may complete their JD degree in six years or less instead of three years. This is not a “night-school” program, however. Students contemplating this program should have flexibility in their schedules. If you are interested in this program you should select this option when you apply through OLSAS and mention in your personal statement your reasons for requesting it.
What is Western Law’s tuition?
Tuition for 2017/18 is $22,783 plus estimated supplemental fees of $1,400.
The supplemental fees include Student Activity Fees, OHIP, and a London Transit Bus Pass.