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

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 September 16th.  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. 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 3rd, 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. 

Choosing your References

Reference letters are an important part of your application. Each recommendation should be from an individual who can comment on, and provide examples of your professional qualifications, academic promise and suitability for the program. Ideally, these are from individuals who have supervised you. 

Helpful Hints:

  • A strong reference letter will be based on concrete examples to support the comments the referee is making about you, particularly examples of when the referee observed what they are stating. It's compelling when detailed reasons are provided to explain the referees support of your application. 

  • Please refrain from soliciting references from peers, co-workers or direct reports.  Personal references are also ineligible (e.g. friends, family members, etc.).

  • Please share the following questions with your referees to help guide their reference:

 Comment and provide examples on the following: 

      • Does the applicant have the academic capacity to succeed in the program? 
      • Will the applicant benefit professionally from taking the program?
      • Will the applicant contribute to the classroom and learning experience of others?
      • Does the applicant have both the time and the motivation to succeed in the program?

Please Read: Important Information on Application Documents

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 29, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

Round 2December 2, 2018 – February 13, 2020 (11:59pm EST)

Round 3: February 14, 2020 – May 7, 2020 (11:59pm EST)

Round 4: May 8, 2019 – August 3, 2019 (11:59pm EST)

International Students 

International students are encouraged to apply by Round 2 due to the time required to apply for and obtain your visa. If you are applying for the Canadian Law concentration, you are required to be present for the start of your courses, which you may be required to take for the NCA process. Courses are only offered once during the year.

To determine your student visa requirements and to apply for a student visa go to Citizenship and Immigration Canada.  Please also visit the Centre for International Experience for more information

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