Admission Requirements

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law, one-year executive Global Professional Masters of Law program attracts lawyers and professionals from a range of industries, including a variety of for-profit businesses, the public sector, not-for-profit organizations, research institutes and hospitals, and start-ups. The Faculty is looking for high achieving, diverse students who work in the law or whose jobs require them to engage with the law, legal issues and lawyers. We select applicants whose professional and academic experience, interests and interpersonal skills will enable them to contribute to the dynamic classroom experience we offer.

Minimum Admissions Standards
 Business LawCanadian Law in a Global ContextInnovation, Law and TechnologyLaw of Leadership

General Admissions requirements common to all concentrations

Applicants may apply to any concentration regardless of whether they have a law degree:

  • Bachelor or Laws (LLB) or Juris Doctor (JD) degree with a minimum mid-B standing in your final year from a recognized university, or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any other discipline with a minimum mid-B standing in your final year from a recognized university, or equivalent.

Language Requirements

Applicants who earned their undergraduate degree in a language other than English are required to submit an English Language assessment score. Information on options can be found on our School of Graduate Studies website.

GPLLM minimum scores required: 

TOEFL - 100 with at least 24 in both Writing and Speaking

IELTS - 7.5 with at least 7.0 in each component

COPE - 86 overall with at least 22 in both Listening and Reading, 40 in Writing, and 7 in TOP (speaking)

Academic Prep Course -  Grade of A in Level 60


Admission Documents

  • Academic Transcripts (please ensure that the grading scale page is included with your grades)
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters 
  • Personal Statement
  • NCA Assessment (if applicable)

Work Experience

A minimum of three years of full-time work experience is required.

A minimum of two years of full-time work experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

A minimum of two years of full-time work experience is strongly preferred, but not required.

A minimum of three years of full-time work experience is required.

Application Process

Applications to the GPLLM are processed on a rolling basis and submitted through the School of Graduate Studies online application system.

Required Documents

Applicants are asked to submit the following documents. Please note that your application will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted and the application fee has been paid: 

  1. Official academic transcripts. Scanned copies of transcripts must be provided with your online application. Upon receiving an offer of admission, applicants must submit official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions and send them to: Ann Vuletin, GPLLM coordinator, University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, 78 Queen's Park, Toronto, On, M5S 2C5.  Official academic transcripts must arrive in sealed envelopes with a stamp or signature from the academic institution's Registrar's Office by the end of August.  Please review this information from the School of Graduate Studies on transcript submission.
  2. Current resume. A comprehensive resume outlining your full-time professional work experience. On average, applicants to the GPLLM program have 11.5 years of work experience.

  3. References. Contact information for two references must be provided, they can be professional and/or academic. Please refrain from soliciting references from peers, co-workers or direct reports.  Personal references are also ineligible (e.g. friends, family members, etc.). The system will automatically email an electronic submission request to each referee with a valid email address after the application fee is paid. Please note that the reference letters must be uploaded by the Round deadline (see Round deadlines below). Referees will receive an auto email from the application system indicating the final deadline of August 16th, so it is the applicant's responsibility to communicate to their referees the specific deadline for the Round to which they are applying.
  4. NCA assessment. While the NCA assessment is requested for all Canadian Law applicants only, if you are unable to obtain your assessment prior to the application deadline, note that the assessment is not required for your application to be considered by the Admissions Committee, if otherwise complete. Please email us so that we can waive the requirement on the system if you cannot obtain it by the deadline. Admitted students must submit their NCA assessment to the GPLLM Coordinator once received. 
  5. Purpose of Graduate Study. Approximately 1000 words outlining your reasons for applying to the GPLLM program. 

  6. English Proficiency Score. A score that meets our minimum requirements (see Minimum Admissions Standards above) is required from all applicants who have undergraduate degrees from institutions in which English is not the language of instruction or examination. 

Helpful Hints When Preparing Your Application

Some advice on who to choose for references, what to write in your personal statement, and what your resume should include.

Application Cycle

GPLLM applications will be considered in four rounds as set out below. Applying early in the process is particularly important for students who will need to obtain appropriate immigration documentation as the process can be a lengthy one. Once your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will review your file and respond to you within 2-4 weeks. The GPLLM Program reserves the right to make off-cycle decisions at their sole discretion. Please note that ALL documents, including reference letters, must be submitted by the deadlines listed below to be considered. 

Round 1: October 1, 2018 - November 23, 2018 (11:59pm EST)
Decision: December 14, 2018

Round 2November 24, 2018 – February 15, 2019 (11:59pm EST)
Decision: March 8, 2019

Round 3: February 16, 2019 – May 6, 2019 (11:59pm EST)
Decision: May 22, 2019

Round 4: May 7, 2019 – August 16, 2019 (11:59pm EST)
Decision: Rolling admissions

Learn More

Our personalized admissions process is structured so as to provide you with several opportunities to learn about, and engage with, the program, so that you can make an informed decision about whether the Global Professional Master of Laws is right for you.

What to do next: 

  1. Review our student showcase and infographic to learn about our students and the composition of our cohort 
  2. Send us your resume and any questions you may have about the program
  3. Schedule a call to learn more about the program
  4. Visit a GPLLM class to meet our students, staff and faculty