How to Apply
The deadline for upper year applications is May 1st for studies commencing the following September.
All upper-year law school applications to Western are processed centrally by the:
Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)
Ontario Universities' Application Centre
170 Research Lane
Guelph ON N1G 5E2
You may apply to Western Law on-line from the OLSAS website.
Categories of Applicants
Upper-year students may apply in one of three categories:
Students currently enrolled in first year at another Canadian law school may be admitted to the second year of Western's JD program. They would receive Western's JD degree upon successful completion of all program requirements.
Advanced Standing Applicants
Students who have completed part or all of their legal education outside Canada may be admitted to the second year of Western's JD program. Except in extraordinary circumstances, candidates would not receive more than one year's advanced standing and they would receive Western's JD degree upon successful completion of all program requirements.
Letter of Permission Applicants
Students currently enrolled at a Canadian law school may be admitted to study at Western Law for one year on a letter of permission from their home institution and must complete a program of courses approved by their home institution. Letter of permission students do not receive Western's JD degree. Rather, they receive their law degree from their home institution.
While a holistic review of all applications is undertaken, the following are major considerations in upper-year admissions decisions:
- the availability of places in second and third year courses;
- compassionate grounds, if applicable; and
- academic performance in law school.
Applicants who have undertaken undergraduate studies outside of Canada and the United States must have their foreign transcript(s) assessed by World Education Services, or equivalent credential evaluation service. This is not required for graduate studies, although an assessment may be requested.