How to Apply
Ontario Law School Application Service
All applications to Ontario law schools are processed centrally by the Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS), which is a division of the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).
Ontario Universities' Application Centre
170 Research Lane, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 5E2
The annual OLSAS Application Guide provides you with all the details you need to create an account and complete the application process. You may create your account as early as mid-August for the current application cycle. You are strongly encouraged to begin the application process early and allow sufficient time for the processing of all your documents. Please read the Application Guide carefully, including the Western Law pages, to ensure you comply with all application requirements.
The application for the 2018 admissions cycle is available now. The deadline for first-year applications is November 1 for admission the following September. All documentation, including transcripts and reference letters, must be received by OLSAS by this date.
Please also visit our FAQ for First Year Applicants.
If you are interested in our JD/MBA, please submit an application to both programs separately.
Law: Apply to Western Law through OLSAS as indicated above. Check both “JD” and “JD/MBA” when selecting the programs to which you are applying. There is no extra cost associated with this. (If you select only JD/MBA you will still be considered for the JD program.)
Business: The application to the MBA is available on the Ivey Business School website.
For more information about our JD/MBA program, please click here.
Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
The Law School Admission Test is required for all first-year applications and is a key first step in the process. Further details, including the online application, are available at www.lsac.org under the "Future JD Students" tab.
The LSAT is offered four times annually: in February, June, October, and December. For Fall 2018 admission, the LSAT must have been taken on or after June 2013. Although you need not write the LSAT before applying, February 2018 is the latest LSAT score we accept for September 2018 admission. However, it is strongly recommended that you write the LSAT no later than December 2017. Since the results of the February LSAT are not provided to Law Admissions until late March, writing the February LSAT may prejudice your chance of admission given the nature of our rolling admissions process.
A number of LSAT Preparation courses are available such as those offered by Kaplan, Princeton Review, Oxford Seminars, Richardson, Harvard Ready, Alphascore, and Powerscore, among others. Explore several options to choose a course that is right for you based on your individual needs, learning style, available time, and financial resources.
Please also visit our FAQ about the Law School Admission Test.