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, 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.

Below you will find the minimum admission requirements for the program. Applicants offered admission generally exceed minimum expectations, particularly with respect to the number of years of work experience. 

The program has one intake - September of each year. Please review our Program Calendar for dates. 

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

Academic Requirements 

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.
  • All transcripts are assessed by the Admissions Committee to determine whether your undergraduate grades meet the mid-B equivalency. Please feel free to use the international degree equivalencies tool to do your own pre-assessment. Please note that the Admissions office cannot offer any official assessment of your transcripts until we have reviewed your completed application.

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. Applicants who wish to request a waiver of the language requirements because one degree was completed in English should note that this exemption applies only to the admitting degree (i.e. undergraduate degree) and not graduate degrees.  Please note that the GPLLM required scores are higher than the School of Graduate Studies minimum required scores.

GPLLM minimum scores required: 

  • TOEFL (including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) - 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, if applicable)
  • U of T Academic Prep Course -  Grade of A in Level 60
  • Canadian Academic English Language, Computer Edition (CAEL CE) - 70 minimum total with at least 60 in each part 

*For a full list of open locations for IELTS testing, please check here. Please be advised IELTS Indicator is not acceptable.

Admission Documents

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters (please see Choosing Your References section below)
  • Purpose of Graduate Study
  • NCA Assessment recommended for internationally trained lawyers, but not required to submit with application (Canadian Law concentration only)

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 (SGS) online application system.

The SGS application fee is $125. 

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. Please ensure to provide the transcript legend with your scanned transcripts (this is usually printed on the reverse of each page). Upon receiving an offer of admission, applicants must submit official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions and send them to: Carla Serpe, Graduate Program Assistant, 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. 

  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 Round deadline, so it is the applicant's responsibility to communicate to their referees the specific deadline for earlier Rounds to which they are applying. Note that your referees will be asked to upload a letter. 

  4. NCA assessment (optional). While the NCA assessment is requested for all internationally trained lawyers applying to the Canadian Law concentration, 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. The NCA requirement will remain in "pending" status on your application which is fine and your application will still be reviewed if otherwise completed. Admitted students must submit their NCA assessment to the GPLLM Coordinator once received. 

  5. Purpose of Graduate Study.  Please provide us with an essay of approximately 1000 words outlining your reasons for applying to the GPLLM and why you belong in the program. Your essay should be authentic, and capture the experiences, opportunities, or challenges that have shaped your interest in the program and inform the contributions you will be able to make in the classroom.

  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. 

Note: Upon review of your Application, an interview may be requested if the Admissions Committee requires additional information 

Choosing your Referees

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. Note that your referees will be asked to upload a letter - there are no form questions for them to respond to. 

Helpful Hints:

  • A reference letter is compelling when the referee provides detailed reasons for supporting your application. In a strong reference letter, the referee provides concrete examples to support their comments about you, particularly where they have observed what they are stating. 

  • Please refrain from soliciting references from peers, co-workers or your direct reports (i.e. your subordinates).  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 - Helpful Hints When Preparing Your Application

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.
  • Please note that ALL documents, including reference letters, must be submitted by the deadlines listed below to be considered. 
  • Once your application is complete, the Admissions Committee will review your file and respond to you within 2-4 weeks. Note: assessment of applications received in December will be delayed due to the Winter break office closure.

Round 1: September 4, 2020 - November 28, 2020 (11:59pm EST) - Decision by: December 18th, 2020

Round 2: November 29, 2020 – February 12, 2021 (11:59pm EST) - Decision by: March 12th, 2021

Round 3: February 13, 2021 – May 6, 2021 (11:59pm EST) - Decision by: June 4th, 2021

Round 4: May 7, 2021 – August 6th, 2021 (11:59pm EST) - Decision by: Rolling

International Students 

International students are encouraged (not required) 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 class profiles to learn about our students and the composition of our cohort 
  2. Ask us questions you may have about the program
  3. Schedule a call to speak with a member of our Admissions Team
  4. Visit a GPLLM class to meet our students, staff and faculty
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