Admission Criteria

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 requirements
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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 from a recognized university, or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s degree in any other discipline with a minimum mid-B standing from a recognized university, or equivalent.

Language Requirements

Applicants who earned their undergraduate degree in a language other than English are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS assessment.

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.

To learn more about the composition of our current cohort, please review our infographic or student biographies.

How do I learn more about the program?

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..

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please take advantage of one of the following opportunities to do so:

  1. Submit your resume to and one of the members of our team will be in touch to discuss your experience, career goals and motivation for pursuing a graduate legal education;
  2. Join one of our regular online webinars by signing up here;
  3. Register to have coffee with our Assistant Dean, Graduate Programs here to discuss the program; or

  4. Attend a Class and meet our current students by signing up here.

Application Process

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

Applicants are asked to submit the following documents:

  • Official transcripts from every degree granting institution attended;
  • Current resume;
  • Two letters of reference (professional or academic);
  • NCA assessment (if applicable)
  • Statement of Interest; and
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree in a language other than English, a TOEFL or IELTS score. Contact us to find out if this is necessary in your circumstances.

Once your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will review your file and respond to you within a couple of weeks.

Helpful Hints when Preparing Your Application

Curriculum Vitae/Résumé

Your résumé should outline work experience since university graduation.  Be sure to clearly identify:  firms/employers, locations, positions held, responsibilities and dates of employment.

You should also outline your participation in volunteer work or community organizations, board appointments, as well as any other relevant accomplishments or information you feel would help your candidacy. 

Please also include a complete summary of your post-secondary education, including any academic awards you have received.

Choosing your References

Each recommendation should be from an individual who can comment on your professional qualifications, academic promise and suitability for the program. Please refrain from soliciting references from peers, co-workers or direct reports.  Personal references are also ineligible (e.g. friends, family members, etc.). While your reference can provide the Admissions Committee with whatever information s/he thinks would be of value to the Committee, s/he may also wish to comment on the following factors:

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?

Purpose of Graduate Study

This is your opportunity to articulate (in no more than two pages/1000 words) why you want to be admitted to the Global Professional LLM (GPLLM) and why you would be a valuable asset to the program. Please address all of the following:

1.  Why have you chosen to apply to the GPLLM and what do you hope to achieve?  Please refer to your career and any other personal details that you think are relevant.

2. Please indicate the concentration(s) for which you wish to be considered and explain why you have chosen that concentration.

3. Please describe the extent and manner in which your current position requires you to engage with the law and legal or regulatory issues.

4.  If you are a lawyer, please explain why you are pursuing an executive legal education.  

5. How will you contribute to a dynamic classroom experience?

GPLLM 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. The GPLLM Program reserves the right to make off-cycle decisions at their sole discretion.

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

Round 2: November 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