Admissions

The University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 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.

 

Program Structure and Calendar

The program may be completed in one year (three sessions with a F/W/S registration sequence) or through an extended full-time option that allows students to complete the program requirements over two years (six sessions with a F/W/S/F/W/S registration sequence).

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

We are pleased to share with you our preliminary calendar for 2021-2022. We hope this calendar will allow you to preserve class dates for the upcoming year, but it is not final and we will continue to update it with additional (or different) dates for academic and programmatic activities. We will also update the website with information on the method of program delivery, as it becomes available.

 

Admissions Requirements and Documents

  1. Academic Requirements and Transcripts

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

    • Bachelor degree 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.

    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. 

    Official transcripts may be sent electronically by the issuing institutions either directly from their own institutional website or through authorized/licensed third party providers. Please review this information from the School of Graduate Studies on transcript submission.

  2. 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 websiteApplicants 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.

    A score that meets our minimum requirements is required from all applicants who have undergraduate degrees from institutions in which English is not the language of instruction or examination. 

    GPLLM minimum required scores: 

    • TOEFL (including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition) - 100 with at least 24 in both Writing and Speaking
    • IELTS Academic*- 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
  3. Work Experience Requirements

    Innovation, Law and Technology/Business Law/Law of Leadership: A minimum of 5 years of full-time, progressive professional work experience*

    Canadian Law: 0-5 years of progressive professional work experience.* Applicants with fewer than five years of full-time work experience will only be permitted to take courses within the Canadian Law in a Global Context concentration.

    *not including summer jobs or short-term internships

    A comprehensive resume outlining your full-time professional work experience. See Helpful Hints When Preparing Your Application for more information.

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

    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. See Helpful Hints When Preparing Your Application for important information to share with your referees prior to applying.

  5. Purpose of Graduate Study (Personal Statement)

    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. See Helpful Hints When Preparing Your Application for more information.

  6. 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. 

 

How to Apply

  1. Collect your documents

    Carefully review our Admissions Requirements and Documents section above and ensure you have collected all required documents ahead of the application deadline that you are planning to apply for.

  2. Connect with your referees

    Ensure you connect with your referees before you start your application, obtain their consent and share the recommended questions to help them write their letter. . You will be required to enter their information. Reminder that 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 referees will only receive reference requests when you pay the application fee, so give your referees plenty of time to submit their references.

  3. Apply through SGS

    Use The School of Graduate Studies Online Admissions Application system (OAA) to create a personal profile and begin the submission. Set aside 30-60 minutes to create a personal profile on our online application system, including your personal information and academic history. Please note that you will not be able to make changes to this information after paying the application fee.

  4. Upload your documents by the deadline

    GPLLM applications will be considered in four rounds as set out below. The Admissions Committee will review applications once all documents have been uploaded. Applications completed after the Round deadline will be considered in the following Round.

  5. Fees and Funding

    Reviewed the information about tuition, payment deadlines and funding options here.

  6. Monitor your application

    You can check to see if you have uploaded all required documents on the School of Graduate Studies Online Admissions Application system (OAA). Once our admissions committee has reviewed your application, admission decisions are communicated by the Decision date, or sooner, depending on the volume of applications. Be sure to check the OAA to view the status of your application. Best of luck!

 

Application Deadlines

  • 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.
  • Admissions decisions are provided in writing, via official correspondence, and will not be provided orally
  • 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

 

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We would love to hear from you. 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.

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